Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

BELVIDERE TOWNSHIP — Residence very long home to a church campground is in the process of getting produced for housing, significantly of it with lake frontage.

As viewed looking west from the Every day News drone, approximately 250 acres of previous church campground home concerning Townline Lake (at prime) and Bass Lake (at bottom) in Belvidere Township has been obtained and planned for new housing by Lakeview Shores LLC. — DN Image | Cory Smith

A total of 247.6 acres — with 2,800 toes of frontage on Townline Lake and 1,832 toes of frontage on Bass Lake — was deeded this past March by Michigan Region United Methodist Tenting, a nonprofit company in St. Johns, to Lakeview Shores LLC, according to the Montcalm County Sign up of Deeds Office.

The Belvidere Township assets was listed for $1,499,900 and bought for $1,050,000, according to Greenridge Realty Inc.

Lakeview Shores LLC is comprised of Scott Chandler, Daniel Dykgraaf and a person other particular person, according to Chandler, all 3 of whom are affiliated with Space Resource in Holland, Michigan, “the resource of commercial and household room.”

Chandler instructed the Each day News he ordinarily handles entitlements and gross sales for Lakeview Shores and he also has a salesperson’s true estate license at Apex Realty Team, which he says he uses at times on household attributes.

The Belvidere Township Organizing Commission achieved this past Tuesday night to hear from Chandler about tentative ideas for the property. Absolutely nothing has been submitted with the township still, but Chandler reported he plans to file for an R2 zoning application soon.

As viewed looking south from the Daily Information drone, practically 250 acres of previous church campground home concerning Townline Lake (at right) and Bass Lake (at still left) in Belvidere Township has been bought and prepared for new housing by Lakeview Shores LLC. — DN Image | Cory Smith

“He would like to rezone what use to be the church campground,” Setting up Fee Chairman Wayne Watts summarized. “It’s currently zoned ag and he’d like to improve that as what we define as R2, residential.”

R2 zoning will allow for minimal 80-foot lots, which means the building of up to 35 properties together the lakeshore is attainable, in accordance to Chandler. He emphasised that he has no ideas to build condos or modulars, only stick-crafted, solitary-spouse and children homes.

“We want to hold it basic, less produced,” he said. “We want to preserve it smaller and retain the character of what it is now and do some homes on the h2o and probably off the h2o, we’re nevertheless seeking at the feasibility of that.”

Chandler didn’t have a lot of details nonetheless in reaction to audience questions as he’s continue to operating on topography maps. He mentioned whilst the timeline of the project is unfamiliar, he hopes to work on a several a lot yet this summertime and a couple of much more next calendar year.

“It’s likely a a few-year challenge,” he reported. “A large amount of this is for own use, it is not like a ordinary development wherever we test to increase density and check out to get by way of it as rapid as we can — it’s me and my partner creating a residence and constructing a several many others and getting our time.”

Chandler explained he’s not planning on building a marina to offer with a possible boost in boat targeted visitors.

Scott Chandler of Lakeview Shores LLC, at remaining, shares his options for creating new properties at a previous church campground website in Belvidere Township throughout Tuesday’s Belvidere Township Scheduling Commission conference. Listening at appropriate is Belvidere Township Supervisor John Anderson. — DN Image | Elisabeth Waldon

“I feel going from campground to properties will minimize the amount of boats,” he claimed (though quite a few audience users vocally disagreed with this).

Jarrod Rummel, the vice president of the Schmeid Park Association, asked no matter whether there are strategies to affiliate the new advancement with close by Schmeid Park and Honeymoon Heights.

“We’re having head aches with Honeymoon Heights and Schmeid Park,” Rummel said. “Do you have any strategies to organize any kind of householders association about there?”

“I think so,” Chandler responded. “If we have some widespread places, like a pavilion or everything like that, we in all probability will. If we have roadways in there, they will almost certainly be private, they will not be managed by the county, so we’d likely have an affiliation for that.”

A woman in the audience stated she didn’t see any benefits for existing lake inhabitants relating to the development and she problems about more traffic and sounds.

Jarrod Rummel, the vice president of the Schmeid Park Association, raises his hand to inquire a issue about the establishing of a previous church campground site during Tuesday’s Belvidere Township Organizing Fee meeting. — DN Picture | Elisabeth Waldon

“Instead of acquiring campers there, hundreds of them on the weekends or in the course of the 7 days and Sea-Doos and boats and some of the exact kinds who have been at the property past 7 days partying, to me to not have that and to have residences — you just can’t build a property for under $300,000 any longer — you’re going to have nice households in there,” Chandler responded. “To me, that is a acquire.”

Nancy Snyder is on the Townline Lake Board and she life on Cutler Road. She reported she doesn’t miss the now-shuttered campground at all, but she is involved about long run growth.

“Are we happy the campground is gone? Sure,” she declared. “The campers, the trailers, the four-wheelers, we do not skip that, it’s been awesome. We’re hoping that you’re likely to carry superior things and that we’re not heading to be overrun any extra than we are.”

Snyder mentioned that Townline Lake has a community boat start preserved by the Michigan Section of Normal Sources and also sees traffic from Schmeid Park, Honeymoon Heights, Montcalm County-owned Camp Ford Lincoln and the Townline Lake Campground.

Nancy Snyder, who is on the Townline Lake Board, asks a question about the producing of a former church campground website throughout Tuesday’s Belvidere Township Preparing Fee meeting. — DN Picture | Elisabeth Waldon

“Our lake is a 260-acre all athletics lake and correct now there is a campground just down the highway from me that continue to is there, nevertheless growing, 100 websites, he places in at least 45 boats or far more on our lake,” Snyder mentioned. “It’s complicated when we are living there and we’re shelling out for the lake and software costs. The campground fills the west conclusion of the lake with boats on weekends. It helps make it tricky. They want to get pleasure from the lake and swim, house owners want to love their properties, persons are seeking to fish. So you can see where we’re involved about acquiring extra individuals on our lake.”

“We really do not intend to do anything at all superior density or funneling men and women to the h2o,” Chandler responded. “I personally believe what we’re undertaking is fantastic, we’re chopping down on targeted visitors. I believe it’s heading to raise the value of residences.

Chandler claimed he has already offered 80 acres on the north facet of the residence (which is mainly wetland area) to a neighbor. He also marketed two 10-acre a lot of 40 acres on the east aspect of Hillman Street and he has the remaining 20 acres for sale as just one 20 or two 10-acre plenty. He noted those people plenty are bringing in $50,000 each and every, even though they are not even on the lake.

Longtime township resident Tim Rasmussen was optimistic about the growth.

Land previously used as a church campground with frontage on Bass Lake and Townline Lake (pictured) in Belvidere Township has been acquired and is prepared for new housing by Lakeview Shores LLC. — DN Picture | Cory Smith

“My own imagined is there in all probability will be a lot less boats,” he reported. “I’ve lived there my total life and I concur with all of you, boat targeted traffic is terrible and it’s anything we have to deal with having said that, if Scott does not do this and if we really don’t build these loads … somebody else is going to do something with that land. It is no extended a church camp. That ship has sailed. Now something’s heading to happen with this land. I consider you want to choose your ideal solutions and initially working with Scott, he’s carried out a excellent career from my issue of perspective.”

Tuesday’s conference was informational only. The Setting up Fee will host a public listening to on any zoning requests built by Chandler in the around future.

“I however it’d be superior to appear and fulfill all people and response thoughts,” Chandler summarized. “We’ll apply for an R2 soon.”