Preliminary approval granted for construction of 45 homes in Greenville 

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Proposal next comes before Greenville City Council 

It seems with nearly every other public hearing that comes before the Greenville Planning Commission, another set of housing units is being granted for construction. 

Greenville’s housing boom continued on Thursday evening as developer Mike West of Green Development Ventures LLC in Portage came before the Commission with a request to construct 45 new single-family homes.

Forest View moves forward

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Greenville City Council approves 114-unit housing development project, despite concerns from residents

This community’s next sizable housing development — featuring the eventual construction of more than 110 units — will soon be underway now that the Greenville City Council has given its stamp of approval. 

The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the Forest View Planned Unit Development (PUD) Site Plan submitted by Green Development Ventures LLC of Portage. 

Planners recommend zoning changes for development

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Zoning change recommendations will now head to Eureka Township Board

A proposal to turn an abandoned gravel pit into a housing complex featuring 83 single-family homes took a step toward fruition last week after two zoning change requests were recommended for approval. 

During the May 17 meeting of the Eureka Township Planning Commission, commissioners voted unanimously on two separate requests from Visser Brothers Vice President Heath Baxter, who is aiming to purchase and develop the 63-acre property consisting of the former Rydahl Industries sand and gravel pit at 8116 Ride All Drive and turn it into a housing subdivision. 

Montcalm Economic Alliance discusses need for more housing in Montcalm County 

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In coming together for their first quarterly membership meeting of the year, members of the Montcalm Economic Alliance were treated to a subject that has been all too familiar to most area municipalities: More housing is needed. 

During the March 22 meeting of the MEA held at Montcalm Community College, MEA Executive Director Jakob Bigard welcomed several guest speakers to present on topics that focused on increasing community development, both through new industry and housing. 

Housing development proposed for old gravel pit in Eureka Township

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A proposal by a Grand Rapids developer could see more than 100 new homes constructed on a former gravel pit that township officials have long been hoping to see find a new use. 

The Eureka Township Planning Commission on Feb. 15 voted unanimously, with Commissioner Mary Sharp absent, to schedule two public hearings — first to rezone property, and second to subsequently establish a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to accommodate as many as 123 new single-family homes on what are approximately 63 total acres spread out over five parcels.

TEN QUESTIONS: Engineer, car guy

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Who are you? Jim Barrus of Greenville. Mayor pro tem for the city of Greenville. Validation engineer and finance officer at ADAC Automotive.

Developments, changes in leadership and tragic events lead top local news stories of 2022

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Here’s a look at some of the other top local news stories of the year, from housing to new businesses to marijuana to court cases.

Developer offers new proposal for Greenville’s Forest View subdivision

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A new housing development proposed in the north end of the city could bring about a revitalization of a subdivision that was once planned to be filled with more than 300 housing units. 

Eighteen years ago, developer Alden Nash Properties of Grand Rapids purchased a 56-acre site located on the northern boundary of Greenville West Drive, previously owned by the city of Greenville, with a plan to construct a total of 96 buildings.

The invisible population: Shining a light on homeless youth

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When the word “housing” comes to the forefront, the direction a conversation can go will likely head in one of several specific routes. 

Is it a buyer or seller’s market? Should one rent or own? Where can one find affordable housing? 

However, for Esther Combs of the Alternative Counseling Center in Stanton, the subject of housing is looked at through a completely different lens — the absence of a home altogether. 

Addressing a ‘multi-faceted’ affordable housing problem

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Multiple issues over several years have led to current affordable housing crisis, pricing out ALICE families from renting or purchasing homes

For those who may find themselves frustrated if currently searching for an affordable home, there’s one sentiment that, while it doesn’t provide a solution, it may deliver a small sense of comfort — you are not alone. 

That’s the message Luke Forest, executive director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, delivered at the United Way Community Leadership Conference earlier this year.