Plainfield Township Board of Trustees

Seven Mile/Northland complex unanimously approved

May 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Advantage Health to be first tenant in medical development by BETH ALTENA There was little fanfare as the Plainfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved changing the zoning on acreage on the northeast corner of Seven Mile and Northland Drive from Rural Residential to Planned Unit Development (PUD) with a proposed medical complex of six buildings and future senior housing. Ground won’t likely be broken this summer for the first phase of the project, which will be an urgent care facility, parking and a curb cut entrance on both Northland Drive and Seven Mile. According to Mike Berg of Dykema Excavators—who spoke on behalf of the project on Monday, May 2, when the vote was taken—there are still many steps to be taken before construction commences. Al McAvoy, who was a principal player in a very visible opposition to a 2007 development plan that included an all-night gas station and a Family Fare store, had minor questions about the plan and reported that neighborhood comments about the new proposal were positive. The 27-acre PUD would be built in phases that could include an adult day care facility and an 80-bed senior housing facility. The first phase, slated for the western portion of the property, would include the urgent care facility and offices for specialists. Dr. Fred Reverts, who currently works from the Plainfield Avenue Advantage Health facility, said patient feedback shows people would like access to specialists to be located on-site with urgent care doctors. He used the example of a person referred to a specialist who could then just see that specialist within the same building, rather than to travel to a downtown Grand Rapids hospital. This concept of “coordinated patient care” offers convenience and the location is also in a very convenient area, he said. He stressed the facility would not be a surgical center, would have evening hours but not all-night hours, and would not be the destination for ambulance patients, although patients could be transported from the facility by ambulance. “We look at this as meeting the needs of the community,” Reverts said. He said typical hours would be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with weekend hours until 10 p.m. “In addition, we see an aging population. We look for their […]

Belmont plan puts residents in ‘road rage’

March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

  A small but vocal group of residents are disputing whether a decision to upgrade parts of Belmont Road was properly handled. They hope to stop the Kent County Road Commission project. On Friday, February 26, about 20 people met at Plainfield Township Hall to speak with Senator Mark Jansen, who was holding office hours there. The group, led by Belmont resident Tim Rau, also confronted the Plainfield Township Board on Monday, March 1 to state their complaints. The Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) received a federal grant to help cover the costs of road improvements on Belmont Road from Jupiter to Post drive, a 1.1 mile stretch. According to Jon Rice, managing director of the KCRC, that stretch of road will be widened into a narrow three-lane road, enclosed storm drains, curbs and gutters will be put in and some sidewalks will be added. Financing on the $1.4 million project will be covered with an 80-20 split, with the federal grant paying for 80 percent, KCRC paying $300,000 and Plainfield Township contributing $200,000. Opponents of the project insist they were not involved in the planning of the work, believe the addition of the third lane will increase traffic speed and endanger the students at the two elementary schools and one day care center located within the improvement boundaries. They also believe property values will decrease for residents on the road. The owner of Consolidated Controls, just north of Plainfield Township Hall, said the widening would be a hardship for his business and likely make him unable to park in front of his business. “This is a rural area. Are we trying to put an expressway in there? If anything, narrow the road and push traffic to Jupiter,” he stated. He stated that a residence north of him has a porch already practically on the road and the Belmont Grocery is also very close as it is. Robert Homan, Plainfield Township manager, told the audience that in some form, the project has been in the works for decades and at one point a four-lane road was planned. Those opposing the plan believe the process did not sufficiently allow public input as required. Rau said he believes planners of the project were unlawful in excluding public […]