2018-09-06 / Local News

Apartment complex proposed in S-B for ‘workforce housing’

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff

Another new multi-family residential development has been proposed for construction just outside the Suttons Bay Village limits that could increase the stock of “workforce housing” in the community.

Developer Richard Baldwin of Suttons Bay, who is best known for building homes on lots on Stony Point in Suttons Bay Township, has submitted his latest plan to the Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission.

Baldwin hopes to build four twostory, four-plex buildings on a two-acre parcel on Herman Road close to Herman Community Park, which is located across from the Suttons Bay Public Schools campus. The development would contain 16 two-bedroom residential units that would be available to rent on year-long leases.

Preliminary plans call for each unit to be approximately 1,200 square feet in size. In a letter to planners, Baldwin wrote that he hopes to create a “green development” that will be energy effi- cient and may rely on solar energy. Units will be built on insulated concrete slabs.

“The exteriors will be designed to a more modern standard and will include a permanent car port for two cars per unit,” according to Baldwin’s introductory letter for township planners.

The proposed development is close enough to the Village of Suttons Bay that it could hook up to the village sewer system. However, it would likely operate off a community well system.

According to township zoning administrator Steve Patmore, the extension of the village sewer system to Baldwin’s proposed development could also benefit nearby Herman Park where portable toilets are currently being used. A community well system could also serve the park.

The Planning Commission has taken no formal action on Baldwin’s proposal, but will conduct a public hearing at its next regular monthly meeting on Oct. 2 when more details will likely be available.

Patmore said Baldwin’s introductory presentation, made at the planners’ Aug. 21 meeting, was “very well received” by members of the Planning Commission. He added that the developer appears “very serious” about moving ahead with the project.

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