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SPRING LAKE VILLAGE, MI-Failure to secure keyfederal and state grants have shelved long-standing plans to redevelop six industrial and retail buildings on the village’s west end.

In late October, the Village Council officiallyscaled back plans by authorizing a land survey of only three of the smallest properties within the proposed West End Redevelopment area.

The survey targets only the village-owned formerFireside Design building at 921 W. Savidge, Portside Yacht Brokers at 915 W. Savidge, and the former Marie’s Diner, 909 W. Savidge, that will reopen at the end of the month as Blimpie Subs & Salads. It also includes the 80-ft West Savidge Street right of way running west of Savidge Court.

Officials had hoped to group the Fletemeyer properties with the three other buildings to the south to attract a major redevelopment. And numerous development plans have been considered, including an 80-unit condominiumwith some retail, or three three-story buildingscontaining a total of 12 apartments or condominiums on the top floors. The ground floor of each building was to be retail space for small shops.

“What we are saying, without grants we had to scale back our vision for the area,” Village Council member Dan Keller says.

That “fallback plan” was part of 10 businessdevelopment priorities adopted by the village council Monday. Although the properties remaining in the fallback plan have three separate owners, Keller says the $2,300 survey was authorized in case a single developer can be attracted by next spring, when the village is expected to put the former Fireside Designbuilding back on the market once it no longer isneeded as temporary offices for the SpringLake/Ferrysburg Police Department. Keller says the goal is to bring the properties into common ownership.

It marked one of several grant rejections thatfinancially crippled redevelopment plans. The village, however, did receive a $105,000 Clean Michigan Initiative grant for $225,000 to help purchase the former Fireside Design building 17 months ago. The village did obtain a purchase option for the three Fletemeyer parcels, but balked at the $1.3-million asking price. Those options expire next March. It also passed on the former Marie’s Diner, which was on the market this year.

Faced with no new grant prospects, village manager Ryan Cotton says the village opted to reduce the west-end redevelopment to only those properties south of West Savidge. Cotton says part of that redevelopment would be to narrow the width of the West Savidge right of way by about half and combine the former street right of way with the three parcels being marketed for development.

For at least three years, the village has beenattempting to redevelop its west end, which once was part of the village’s main street. But with the construction of the M-104 bridge, a small portion of West Savidge no longer was part of the village’s main thoroughfare. For years, the isolated area slowly deteriorated into a series of underused industrial andretail buildings.

The area has seen some resurgence in recent years, including the development of the Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Spring Lake Condominium and the former Pier 33 boat showroom that recently was purchased by North Shore Marina.

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