SAUGATUCK, MI (WHTC) - The ongoing battle between development and conservation in Saugatuck resumed last night.
Singapore Dunes LLC is seeking six variances to build a 25-suite hotel and spa complex that would include a central tower standing 90 feet tall, adjoining condo buildings, a 66-slip marina and a nine-hole golf course. All that would be built on 310 acres on the northern side of the Kalamazoo River near its mouth. The township Zoning Board saw one proposal last night that would be built if the variances are allowed, and another plan without the variances is presented next Wednesday night.
This is the latest chapter in a protracted and expensive legal battle between developer Aubrey McClendon and various environmental groups who want to protect the undeveloped aspect of the former Denison property. In the middle is Saugatuck Township leaders, including Supervisor Bill Wester, who told Juke Van Oss on WHTC's "Talk of the Town" program on Tuesday about his novel solution of having a sale of "worthless stock" to fund the purchase of the land from McClendon, similar to what helped the NFL's Green Bay Packers upgrade Lambeau Field.
The Zoning Board meeting for next Wednesday evening begins at 5 PM inside of St. Peter’s Church Hall. No final decision is expected immediately.