DEQ To Hold Public Hearing June 30th On Barker Project
A second public hearing will be held by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on plans by a developer for the former Saugatuck Presbyterian Camps.
That hearing will take place Monday, June 30 in the Saugatuck High School media center at 6:30 p.m.
The property is owned by Dune Ridge SA LP, a private equity company funded by Paulus C. Heule of Grand Rapids.
Developer David Barker has also been instrumental in pulling together the investors needed to build multi-million homes within the 130 acre site.
Barker and his associates purchased the property from the Presbytery of Chicago for $10 million in what some have termed a “fire sale” so the church could pay off multi-million dollar legal judgments against it stemming from highly publicized sexual abuse cases dating back several years.
Dune Ridge SA LP is seeking DEQ permission and permits to improve existing roadways that will lead to eight single-family homesites located on 22.7 acres of property positioned along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The private property is located next to the popular Saugatuck City-owned Oval Beach.
The property owners have submitted revised plans to install private well and septic systems on the land for the proposed homes, said John Bayha, DEQ Water Resources Division environmental engineer.
If approved, Bayha said it would negate the need for a more environmentally intrusive public water and sewer system throughout the sensitive eco area.