Housing updates: developments on the bridge, STR legislation, opening of the safe harbor


East Bay Township Planning Commissioners will review and possibly approve a site plan tonight (Tuesday) for a new 192-unit apartment complex off Hammond Road between Vanderlip and Four Mile Roads. The project is just one of many housing related developments and updates underway in the Grand Traverse area.

Owner Calvin Coseo is proposing to build a multi-family community called Brigantine Apartments on a 38.57-acre parcel near the Crystal Ridge and Headwaters Apartments neighborhoods (pictured, property lines in blue). The complex would contain eight buildings of 24 units, including a total of 24 three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, 72 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, and 48 two-bedroom, one-bathroom and one-bedroom units each. , apartments with bathroom. The buildings would be 35 feet high, or three stories.

According to the site plan request, the complex would include “a garage and storage as well as community amenities such as a pavilion, swimming pool, community meeting room, picnic areas with barbecues, paddocks for children. fenced dogs, play areas for everyone, a short basketball court, a mowed-grass multisport field, extensive landscaping and walking trails. Primary access to the neighborhood would come from Four Mile Road directly across from East Bay Calvary Church Driveway, with secondary access provided by Vanderlip Road along the western boundary of the site. The development would be served by the municipal water and sewer networks. A majority of the perimeter of the property would be preserved as ‘naturalized grassland landscape’, as requested, with the wetlands at the northwest end also being intact.

In a note to Planning Commissioners, Township Planning and Zoning Director Claire Karner noted that another applicant – David Whiteford – had received approval in 2014 to develop 216 multi-family dwellings on the same property. This project also provided for eight buildings and access from Four Mile Road, although it did not include a proposed connection to Vanderlip Road. Three of the proposed buildings have been constructed and now include the Headwaters Apartments; however, the rest of the development was never built. Karner said that while the Brigantine Apartments plan does not include a connection to Headwaters, staff would like to see one added if possible. The project plan includes a non-motorized connection from Brigantine to Crystal Ridge.

Karner’s memo recommends approving the site plan for Brigantine Apartments, although she notes that town planning commissioners might choose to do so tonight or wait until their December meeting after some outstanding issues with it. the request are resolved. These are primarily related to road and traffic issues, with the Grand Traversed County Highway Commission requesting a traffic impact analysis, site plan right-of-way adjustments, and problem resolution. in some potential problem areas, including the Vanderlip / Hammond intersection.

In other housing news …
> Garfield Township Planning Commissioners will vote Wednesday to approve a 60-unit apartment complex called Marengo 31 on nearly 16 vacant acres behind the Baymont Inn between Hartman Roads and South Airport. M Brothers Northern LLC plans to construct two three-story apartment buildings, each with 30 units comprising a combination of one and two bedroom apartments. Ninety-five parking spaces are provided for the development. A large majority of the site would be preserved as an undisturbed wetland, with over 19,000 square feet of common outdoor open space and barbecue area available to tenants.

> The Grand Traverse County Brownfields Redevelopment Authority recently approved $ 986,172 in reimbursement funds for environmental and non-environmental clean-up work for a new mixed-use development at 309 West Front Street. The four-story building – which will be located along the Boardman River adjacent to the new 4Front Credit Union headquarters building – will include 84,400 square feet of residential condominiums (91 units) and 5,030 square feet of office space. retail and catering, according to project documents. . The building will also include 11,000 square feet of underground parking, including 85 spaces for vehicles and five spaces for motorcycles. The developers are investing around $ 25.3 million in total capital in the property, according to project documents.

> Despite overwhelming municipal opposition in Michigan, Michigan House lawmakers approved legislation in a recent 55-48 vote that would prohibit communities from banning short-term rentals or subjecting them to permits. special use. The controversial bill would include vacation rentals as an approved residential use in Michigan, with cities and townships able to enact noise or nuisance rules, but not outright prohibiting short-term rentals .

The Michigan Municipal League opposed the legislation, saying its passage would be a “calamity” that would strip local communities of their right to pass local zoning ordinances and ignite an already burning housing market. Leaders in the Traverse City area have also criticized the legislation. Michigan Realtors and conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy, meanwhile, back the bill, saying it would help protect private property rights. Last minute wording added to the House bill in an attempt to reach a compromise states that municipalities can limit the number of short-term units by the same owner to two and limit overall short-term rentals to no less than 30 percent of all existing residential units in the community. A complementary bill in the state Senate has yet to go to a full chamber vote.

> Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse opened the doors of its emergency shelter on November 1 for the winter season for homeless people. The property is open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily until April 30 at 517 Wellington Street, with guest check-in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. According to Safe Port. Guests who show symptoms of COVID will be able to see a doctor and receive a rapid test in a separate room, with an isolation room available for those who test positive (if there is a positive case, Safe Harbor will usually try to move this guest for the protection of other guests). Safe Harbor also has a new heated 20×20 ‘outdoor tent next to the building to provide an expanded socializing area with a projector and movie screen.

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