By: Dave Alexander | [email protected]
Feb. 25, 2013
MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon City commissioners are being asked to approve an amendment to the Terrace Point planned unit development that would allow for a $14 million residential neighborhood on Muskegon Lake.
Parkland Development Corp. is proposing a 70-lot “new urbanism” style cluster of single-family homes on the point of land between the Shoreline Inn and Conference Center and the Grand Valley State University energy center. The waterfront development is being called Terrace Point Landing.
Commissioners Tuesday are being asked to approve changes to the original Terrace Point plans, which include the former SPX Corp. Headquarters office building, the Shoreline Inn, the Lake House restaurant, the Terrace Point Marina and a public walkway along the northwest portion of the property.
The Muskegon City Commission meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Muskegon City Hall, 933 Terrace St. Commissioners face a light agenda.
The Muskegon Planning Commision unanimously recommended city commission’s approval of the Terrace Point Landing plans at a Feb. 14 meeting. Mayor Steve Gawron, who also sits on the planning commision, called the plans from Parkland Development’s Jon Rooks “game-changing” for the city’s downtown Muskegon Lake waterfront.
The 70 housing sites are designed for a layout on 10.75 acres with narrow lots, allowing 28 of the sites to be directly on the shoreline. The other 42 lots are upland from the shoreline but all property owners would have access to a beach directly on the point and to a green space in the middle of the development that would be a common area.
Terrace Point Landing is being designed as a site condominium with a public street, Rooks said. Muskegon Department of Public Works officials have worked with Rooks to design streets wide enough to construct public utilities for the development, city officials have said.
The lots are designed for multi-level houses in the 1,500- to 4,000-square-foot range. Total cost of the lot and house would be from $150,000 to $300,000, Rooks said.
With city commission’s approval, Rooks said he would begin developing the site condominium documents that are needed for lot sales. The neighborhood vould be constructed yet this year and houses occupied by the end of 2014, Rooks said. Besides Terrace Point Landing, city commissioners are being asked to approve a state transportation resolution calling on the governor and Michigan Legislature to fund a $10 billion roads and bridges program now being discussed in Lansing. The resolution was developed by the Michigan Municipal League.
Commissioners also are being asked to ratify their 2013-2014 goals, established at a special session Feb. 8. The top priority ios a focus on law enforcement, with selection of a new city manager, improvements at Pere Marquette Park and further working relationships with other governments all being tied for the commission’s second goal.
Finally, the commision has demolition recommendations from the Housing Board of Appeals to remove structures, deemed unsafe by officials, at 1275 and 665 Allen Ave.
Besides Tuesday’s regular commision meeting, commissioners have called a special work session Thursday at 5:30pm to discuss the process of selecting a new city manager. City Manger Byron Mazade told commissioners last week that he will retire as of Oct. 1 after nearly 20 years as manager.
Both commission sessions this week are open to the public and are in the commision chambers of Muskegon City Hall, 933 Terrace. Citizens are able to comment on agenda items and at the end of the meetings discuss other issues of public interest.