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Grand Haven Tribune: Negotiations underway for Dune Property

Negotiations are underway to incorporate the last private piece of land into the Kitchel-Lindquist-Hartger Dunes Preserve.

The 1.8-acre parcel dissects the preserve and adjoining Grand Haven park land, according to Dunes Preserve Board President Joe Sage.

The property belongs to the late Harold Hartger’s three children, who are working with developer Brian Sytsma on options for it. Hartger was one of the original land donors for the dune preserve.

The developer, acting as an agent for the family, met with the Dunes Preserve Board recently to discuss some of those options — one of which is a land swap, Sage said.

“I was pleasantly surprised. The meeting started in a positive fashion,” Sage said. “The three children really cherish the dunes preserve. They feel like they have a legacy obligation, based on their father’s donation.”

Sage said he didn’t know why the piece of land wasn’t included in the original donation. But the land is zoned as “waterfront” and anyone trying to develop it would have to go through a lot of hoops. Sage said the driveway easement on the property is 900 feet long and 50 feet wide.

An ad hoc committee has been created to meet with Sytsma, Sage said. Once an agreement is reached, it will have to be formalized and presented to The Nature Conservancy for approval, Sage said.

“This is the first step in the right direction,” he said. “This is a process that could take a year or two.”

Sage said a proposal could be presented at the next board meeting in June.

The Kitchel-Lindquist-Hartger Dunes Preserve includes 115 acres of natural dune land in Grand Haven’s North Shore area adjacent to North Shore Marina and Dewey Hill. While the protection of the dune land dates from 1971, when Gerald and Connie Lindquist and Harold Hartger donated 60 acres to The Nature Conservancy, actual ownership and responsibility for the land changed hands several times.

The Nature Conservancy deeded the Lindquist-Hartger Dunes to Central Michigan University in 1971. CMU planned to use the site for environmental studies.

In 1974, after a long campaign by area environmentalists to prevent residential development of the land between the dunes and Dewey Hill, The Nature Conservancy purchased the 52 acres of dunes using its own funds and a contribution from the Lindquist family. These dunes were named the Kitchel Dunes after local environmentalist Dr. John Kitchel.

By 1987, CMU was no longer interested in the dune area. The Nature Conservancy searched for a local government to take ownership. The City of Grand Haven declined, but the City of Ferrysburg approved the recommendation.

The land deeds contain converter clauses. If Ferrysburg ever decides to end ownership, the land reverts back to The Nature Conservancy.

The deeds also require the land be kept in its natural state, with minimal improvement.

A Dunes Preserve Board was created in 1988. A master plan was created and a trail system was started. The Dr. Mary S. Kitchel Outdoor Classroom was added in 2002.

Most recently, the Meime vandenBerg Trail was added. This goes by the 1.8-acre parcel presently under negotiation.

Note: Historical information compiled by Dennis Craun.

http://www.grandhaventribune.com/Government/2017/05/20/Negotiations-underway-for-last-piece-of-dune-preserve-property.html?ci=stream&lp=7&p=1

How to build the perfect beach house ~ Eight West

 SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WOOD 8) The   Spring Parade of Homes   continues through June 4, featuring 86 homes in 22 different communities in West Michigan. One Parade home in Spring Lake is special because the interior is truly a reflection of the home’s beautiful lakeshore setting!  Sytsma Construction worked with   DeGraaf Interiors   on the home. Sytsma works with specialty products for high end homes. This home’s design was focused on maximizing its setting on the shore of Lake Michigan. Sytsma works with clients from the very beginning, even as early as lot selection.  DeGraaf put great thought into selecting design elements for the home, bringing in features that reflect the home’s beach setting with durable flooring, a bright kitchen with a hint of bling, and stone accents in the bathroom.  The house is number 52 in the Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WOOD 8) The Spring Parade of Homes continues through June 4, featuring 86 homes in 22 different communities in West Michigan. One Parade home in Spring Lake is special because the interior is truly a reflection of the home’s beautiful lakeshore setting!

Sytsma Construction worked with DeGraaf Interiors on the home. Sytsma works with specialty products for high end homes. This home’s design was focused on maximizing its setting on the shore of Lake Michigan. Sytsma works with clients from the very beginning, even as early as lot selection.

DeGraaf put great thought into selecting design elements for the home, bringing in features that reflect the home’s beach setting with durable flooring, a bright kitchen with a hint of bling, and stone accents in the bathroom.

The house is number 52 in the Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

Summer 2016 Cosmopolitan Home magazine

Summer 2016 Cosmopolitan Home magazine  

Published on Jul 18, 2016  

Our annual water issue features two prime examples of why if you're lucky enough to own on water ... then you're lucky enough! Our cover feature ..."On The Harbor" built by Bouwkamp Builders out of Holland is as unique as it gets while Sytsma Construction creates a "beach house " like it has risen from the dune itself. Looking for exterior material options? Then look no further than brick. We dispel fact from fiction and the leaders at Belden Brick and Supply help us along the way. Enjoy!See Less

 

Cosmopolitan Home magazine

2016 HBA Parade of Homes

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*Well appointed 3,545 sf main floor custom home that includes, four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder bath. Large open kitchen, great room, sun room, dining area and master bedroom that overlook Lake Michigan and have beautiful sweeping views of the Grand Haven pier.

This home also has a spacious rear entryway, an elevator and a large finished and heated 2 1/2 stall garage. The exterior was designed with maintenance-free materials for years of carefree enjoyment.

This home also has approximately 2500 square feet of unfinished lower-level space with tremendous potential for many different finish options, as well as lots of storage space.

This home features the following HBA members - Building Materials – Standard Lumber Decorative Hardware – Modern Hardware Flooring – DeGraaf Interiors Garage Doors – Bouma Bros. Sales & Service, Inc.

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