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Sunday, 16 March 2014 22:00

Developer plans high-end homes at former Spring Lake retreat

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David G. Bos Homes Inc. plans to develop high-end homes at the former St. Lazare House property it purchased on Spring Lake. David G. Bos Homes Inc. plans to develop high-end homes at the former St. Lazare House property it purchased on Spring Lake. COURTESY PHOTO

The former site of a sprawling religious retreat on Spring Lake could become the next upscale single-family community on the lakeshore.

In December, the Vincentian Fathers of the Eastern Province sold the 26-acre St. Lazare House property to David C. Bos Homes Inc. and a partner investor for $3.1 million.

Planning for the property is underway and an early site plan includes a proposed network of roads and ancillary infrastructure as well as open space and connection to West Spring Lake Road.

“It’s early in the process, but I don’t imagine more than 35 sites,” said David Bos, president and CEO of the Spring Lake-based homebuilder. “It’s pretty hard to describe our level of enthusiasm for this site. We’re pretty eager to get going.”

Preliminary designs also call for much of the property to remain as natural space.

“In the some of the conversations we had with the former owners, (we said) that it was our intention to be sensitive to the land,” Bos said. “Our record over the years has been one of a really high level of stewardship both environmentally and socially. We assured (them) that we weren’t going to go in and clear-cut or do any more damage than what’s necessary.”

The project has yet to get county and township approvals, but Bos said he hopes the firm can break ground on the project sometime in the fall.

“Right now, we’re working on concepts for the site that work with the landscape,” Bos said. “The perception of the property is that it’s dead flat, and really it’s anything but. There is a large ridge that runs diagonally through the property, and that’s something we want to be able to work into the plans.”

The property also includes approximately 700 feet of frontage on Spring Lake. Bos anticipates the lakefront plats will likely be the site of several large homes, each on 1.5-acre parcels.

Prices for homes at the development that’s tentatively named The Sanctuary at St. Lazare are expected to in a range similar to Bos’ other projects in the northwest Ottawa County area. Homes should start between $300,000 to $600,000 and range up to about $1 million, Bos said.

Given the development’s close proximity to The Lakes Mall in Norton Shores and easy access to I-96 as well as the draw of the Spring Lake School District, people have been reaching out and expressing interest in the project, Bos said.

If the project moves forward as expected, it would also be a boost to the Spring Lake Township property tax base, he said.

“What gives us the confidence in this project is the incredibly positive and progressive attitude and results from those attitudes in Western Michigan,” Bos said. “Businesses are moving here and people are moving here.”

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