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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 05/30/12
Woodland Waters road
paving to begin this year
by CHRIS GRAYA long-awaited road will finally be paved in a Bruce Township development.
Observer Staff Writer
Developers have purchased property in the 186-acre Woodland Waters subdivision and are expected to begin paving a road that was expected to be completed five years ago.
Clerk Susan Brockmann reported that a developer, James C. George, purchased the remaining 27 parcels in the subdivision at the end of 2011.
In addition, they provided a check that reimbursed the township for survey work and soil boring costs as well as paying for the necessary requirements to complete the paving project.
Brockmann said the next step is for Giffels-Webster, the township's engineering firm, to review the developer's site plan to ensure it conforms to local ordinances. She said the review was expected to be completed last week.
"I expect them to begin work within two weeks," she said May 23.
The paving will be tested once more before it's deemed structurally sound, but once that occurs a ban on building permits for the development will be lifted.
Building permits have been on hold since November 2008 until the matter of the road was resolved.
"I've had several inquiries of people potentially buying property, so that's good news," Brockmann said. "We don't hear too many people wanting to buy property and build these days, so we're very excited about that."
The original developers were supposed to finish the road when 90 percent of the development was completed or in 2007. Residents of the development asked the township for assistance in 2008 since the road remained unfinished.
"There were nine homes built before we realized the condition of the road," Brockmann said.
When the road wasn't completed by a July 2009 deadline, the township met with the developers before pursuing litigation. However, in July 2010 the township took them to court after agreements couldn't be reached.
On Oct. 11 of the same year, the township was granted the right by a Circuit Court judge to demand $373,815 from the developers.