North Shores Of Saugatuck Development Project Moves Forward
The new developers of the former McClendon dune property - North Shores of Saugatuck LLC - are moving forward with their plans to build homes in “The Wild Heart of Saugatuck” thanks to a recent initial decision by the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission.
Last week the planning commission approved the developer’s request to rezone 17.2 acres of the portion of the 304 acres laying on the eastern side of the property.
Specifically, the planning commission allowed the redesignation of that portion of property from R-1 Riverside Residential to C-1 General Commercial.
For area residents, that means the property along Blue Star Highway and 135th Avenue near the Saugatuck Dune Rides.
Planning Commission members also decided to take their time in deciding a second request by the developers.
North Shores of Saugatuck LLC wants the township to allow them to build approximately 23 homes around a boat basin leading from the Kalamazoo River forming the channel to the entry point into Lake Michigan.
Holding up the decision was a desire by planning commissioners to review and discuss a recently received attorney’s report on that request.
The acreage involved in that request totals about 95 acres and covers the area where the historic Singapore village once was a thriving lumber area during the mid-1800s.
This request has drawn rebuke by some environmentalists and historians who would like to see this area preserved. They are expected to voice their opposition to the township Planning Commission giving the builders the green light to develop this section of land.
Awaiting the outcome of their second request now pending before the township Planning Commission are officials of Cottage Home of Holland and Jeff Padnos, president of Padnos Iron and Metal Co., who, along with his wife, Peg, sealed the deal on the purchase of the property on Jan. 30, 2017.
Township officials are expected to address the second request by the developer when the Planning Commission next convenes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the township hall located at 3461 Blue Star Highway.