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DEQ Holds Hearing on Point West I Marina Request

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PARK TWP., MI (WHTC) - It was apparently another opportunity for those opposed to a controversial development on the south shore of Lake Macatawa to vent their frustrations.

Point West I, a company owned by the daughter of the late Amway co-founder Jay Van Andel, wants to build a 40-unit, 80-slip condo-marina at the site of the former Point West restaurant and resort. Last week, the state Court of Appeals declined to hear a request to overturn an Ottawa County Circuit Court ruling that allowed the project to move forward.

Now, the state Department of Environmental Quality is considering a request by the developer to make the boating site a “clean marina,” subject to more stringent environmental guidelines. Last night, as part of the public comment process, DEQ officials held a hearing at the Park Township Hall, where 50 people attended, and all who testified asked that the permit request be denied. As in the residential aspect of the project, the objections all stem from size and density concerns, and they are asking for a smaller plan.

Macatawa Area Residents for Fair Development, the group against the condo project, has until next month to decide whether to take their case to the state Supreme Court. The DEQ will take public comment on the marina question through November 8th, with a decision expected in six weeks.

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