‘A done deal’

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Reynolds Township special land use request for apartments stands approved as recommended

A special use permit for a development of apartments just outside of Howard City will stand approved as recommended by the Reynolds Township Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission met on April 28 and voted 4-2 to recommend the township board approve a special use permit requested by business partners Ryan Pitcher of Lakeview and Jon Cole of Cedar Springs.

‘This area is going to keep growing’

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Business duo looking to add 44 new apartments just outside of Howard City

The Reynolds Township Planning Commission in a split vote last week approved recommending a special use permit to allow the construction of 11 quadplex buildings just outside of Howard City.

Last Thursday’s public hearing was held in a very informal manner — residents were allowed to speak as long as they wanted to without identifying themselves, multiple people spoke at the same time and often went off-topic and the Daily News at one point asked the Planning Commission to restore some sort of order so that deliberations could be overheard.

‘Out of alignment’

Lack of housing, increased demand for workers leading to potential ‘bottleneck’ of growth in communities

Twenty-five years ago, when buying a house for the first time, Randy Thelen and his wife Christa were determined to do things the “right way” — to find a price that worked for them, in a location that would make them happy.

The newlyweds, ready to move on from renting an apartment, began their search in West Michigan, searching for that ideal spot to call home.

Montcalm, Ionia households struggling on ‘bare-bones’ budgets have become ‘rent-burdened’ due to flat wages, rising costs

When addressing the issue of affordable housing, one element of that crisis can be identified through a specific demographic of people — ALICE.

ALICE is an acronym used to identify those who are “Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed.”

‘The path of affordable housing’

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties ‘tackling’ issue of affordable housing

In her rounds across both Montcalm and Ionia counties, Terri Legg has conversed with more employers, legislators, community leaders and organizations than perhaps any other figurehead in the area.

In her six years as the executive director of United Way Montcalm-Ionia counties, it’s been Legg’s mission to transform the organization from what was best described as a fundraiser, to now being a convener, mobilizer and agent for community change.

Local housing in demand

Conference speakers: Montcalm, Ionia counties ‘have to be ready’ for growing housing demand

Between the urban, high-density cities of Grand Rapids and Lansing, sit two rural counties that couldn’t be more different, though they may actually be closer connected than believed. 

As the second-largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids boasts a metropolitan population of more than 1 million residents, and with that comes tens of thousands of jobs, commercial and industrial projects and housing developments. 

From farmland to housing?

Local developer aims to put in housing subdivision on edge of Eureka Township

During Wednesday’s meeting of the Eureka Township Planning Commission, commissioners listened as Al Lehman of Al Lehman Construction in Oakfield Township expressed a desire to potentially purchase a vacant property with a goal to turn it into a housing development. 

Belding Housing Commission’s executive director appointed to national housing board

Sharon Carlson has been a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) since 1984.

During the past 37 years, she’s served in a number of positions and taken on a nearly infinite amount of leadership roles.

MSHDA rolls out tool for COVID Emergency Rental Assistance

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties, in partnership with EightCap Inc. and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has launched an online tool to help streamline the application process for renters and landlords seeking COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA).

MSHDA currently has federal funds available to help tenants avoid eviction and landlords recoup owed rent. Renters making 80% of the area median income or less are eligible. For other eligibility criteria and a link to the secure online application site, visit Michigan.gov/CERA to apply.  Landlords or tenants can fill out the CERA application and upload required documents.