HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - After lengthy discussion and contention, a senior housing project for Holland cleared a City Hall hurdle last night.
On a 6-2 vote, with Mayor Kurt Dykstra recused due to a professional conflict of interest in the matter, Council members approved rezoning the 25-acre site where the clubhouse stood at the now-closed Holland Country Club from single-family residential to multi-planned development. Grand Rapids-based Covenant Development had sought the change in order to build a 68-unit complex that would have a mix of duplexes and condos in a “zero-step” design that would accommodate older residents.
The project had run into opposition due to neighborhood concerns about density and infrastructure demands. Others supported the plan, saying that the property had become a haven for crime and garbage ever since the Country Club was forced to close due to financial problems in 2009. Most of the one-time golf course had been acquired by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and converted into a natural land park.
Developers say that there is a waiting list of 26 potential residents for the Villas of Holland, and hopes to start construction by next spring.