Grand Haven Tribune

February 26, 2015

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015 50ยข Weekday, $1.00 Saturday www.grandhaventribune.com Page 7 Lakers basketball falls to Shelby SPORTS INSIDE: Do we use sand on our roads? See Mailbag, Page 3 INSIDE: Companies tackle drone issues See Story, Page 6 Tomorrow's Weather Mostly sunny, bitterly cold High 23 Low -7 Grand Haven Tribune Keep up with breaking news 24/7 at www.grandhaventribune.com 2013 & 2014 Newspaper of the Year BY MARIE HAVENGA mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com SPRING LAKE โ€” Plans for a senior housing facility in the village are growing almost as old as the residents which it would serve. First presented eight years ago, a proposed 24-unit senior community may get new life after the Spring Lake Village Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a request by Mount Pleasant-based developer Phil Seybert to extend the timeframe for the planned unit development. Seybert plans to seek state tax credits for Mill Point Place before an April deadline. If he is successful, the development north of M-104 between Park and Cutler streets would break ground before the end of the year, according to terms of the extension agreement. The tax credits would help subsidize the low- to moderate- income apartments, similar to what Seybert arranged at Spring Lake Township's Lloyd's Bayou Senior Apartments, which he also constructed. Seybert is partnering with local developers and land owners Chad and Chris Peel for Mill Point Place. The apartments would serve residents ages 55 and older. The village first approved the project in 2007 under the name Cutler View, but plans for the senior apartments fell off the drawing board when the economy stalled. Seybert received tax credits from the state for the planned Cutler View development, but had to give them back when he couldn't complete the project. The Village Planning Commission will have final say on site plan details, such as landscaping, carport design, lighting and color schemes. "I do think there's a need for that type of housing in the village," Planning Commission Chairwoman Christine Miller said. Commissioner Chip Bohnhoff agreed: "It is definitely needed. I'm looking forward to it taking off. BY KRYSTLE WAGNER kwanger@grandhaventribune.com GRAND HAVEN TWP. โ€” Grand Haven High School students will be "Dancing to Duets" next weekend in the school's pool. The Catalina Club's 2015 shows are March 6-7 in the school's Aquatic Center. Students dived into preparation for the annual show during the summer when o ffi c e r s Ma d i s o n Wilder, Stephanie S h a n t z , Tr e s s a Bathke and President Bailey Colella started meeting to pick out a theme and songs, and begin choreograph- ing the dances. "It should be a pretty good show," said Wilder, 18. Rehearsal for the more than 130 girls and more than 20 boys in the show started in December. When the early- morning prac tices star t to become exhausting, Wilder said she encourages everyone by saying "it's worth it." Wilder first fell in love with the group when her mother took her to see the club's show when she was in eighth grade. The following year, Wilder joined the club as a GHHS freshman. Now a senior, Wilder said her favorite part of being in the club is the performance, which includes a "weekend filled with fun and hanging out with girls that go to your school." "It's really fun to be out there performing it," she said. Bathke, 17, also became involved in the club during her freshman year after friends encouraged her to join. After four years in the club, she said she's made a lot of friends she might not normally spend time with outside of class. Bathke said she's looking forward to the shows, but it's nerve- wracking because the months of hard work come down to five performances. BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com NUNICA โ€” Joy Kulikamp said she's known since she moved to her Nunica residence in 1960 that the property adjacent to her home was a street. Because it was never developed, her family used buildings on the Williams Street right of way for years without any problem. Now Crockery Township wants to formalize possession of the street to make way for the future North Bank Trail. They filed a lawsuit, but Township Supervisor Leon Stille said it's not against the 83-year- old woman. He said he hopes they can come to an agreement, which will allow a "friendly" vacation of the property. "Our hope is that it's a friendly process," Stille said. Kulikamp's property, which has a legal address of 11115 Cass St., sits off 112th Avenue, almost directly behind the Nunica post office. The undeveloped Williams Street serves mainly as her driveway, accessed through the post office parking lot. Stille said township officials chose to take the legal steps due to new legislation and recent court cases that allow individuals to put some kind of hold on public property. "We wanted to do this to protect the township's interest in holding Williams Street," the township supervisor explained. The Williams Street property lies just north of Kulikamp's 4.9 acres. A former railroad track ran just north of it. Two buildings were located on the Williams Street property while Kulikamp and her husband, Art, raised their four children next door. Art died in 2001. An existing building was used by the railroad, she said. "Farmers around here raised beans for Stokely & Camp. That was their way station," she said. More recently, the Kulikamps maintained the building and used it for storage. After her husband died, the building eventually collapsed. Knowing that the property was going to be used for a bike path, Kulikamp said she and her daughters, who are in their 60s, have been doing their best to clean up the property. A large woodshed, closer to the house, is also on Williams Street. "Yes, we built it," Kulikamp said. She claimed they tried to get permits, but nobody could find their address on Williams Street. "At the time, nobody cared," she said. Tribune photo/Marie Havenga First approved in 2007, a 24-unit senior housing community is still in the works for this vacant lot north of Savidge Street in Spring Lake, between Park and Cutler streets. Senior housing project revived See REVIVED on Page 3 Courtesy photo From left to right, 2015 Catalina Club officers Madison Wilder, Stephanie Shantz, Tressa Bathke and President Bailey Colella. The male officers for the Grand Haven High School club are Adam Greer (president), Nate Dufon, David Koostra and Spencer Poort. Next weekend, the club will present "Dancing to Duets," featuring more than 150 students in the synchronized swim show. Tribune file photo/Krystle Wagner Months before practices started in December, Catalina Club officers started cho- reographing synchronized swimming and dancing. Dancing to Duets See DUETS on Page 3 Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Joy Kulikamp looks at an old plat map of the Village of Nunica. Crockery Township has filed a lawsuit against her to keep her from using the undeveloped portion of Williams Street. Tow n s h i p s u e s resident to make way for new trail See TRAIL on Page 3

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