After the L&L grocery store closed in 2011, the Haslett Village Square in Meridian Township was nearly deserted for years. Now, a $60 million housing and commercial development is being proposed.
One of the developers aiming to breathe new life into the now-empty plaza is Michael Bosgraaf, president of Bosgraff Homes.
“It’s had a few brighter days,” Bosgraaf said, “and we’ve purchased the entire site there, except the Pine Village site, which is the assisted living area to the west.”
According to Bosgraaf, they are proposing 301 new dwelling units.
“There are stack flats in a four-story structure to apartments in a three-story building, and then we have multiple apartments or townhouses, condominiums at the backside of the property,” said Bosgraaf.
There will also be commercial space available.
“We’re keeping the corner, which is currently a bank site and will remain commercial and maybe a future Walgreens, restaurant, brewpub, or something of that type,” Bosgraaf added.
A community center featuring pickleball courts, a fitness facility, and outdoor activities is also available.
“It’s either a restaurant or a coffee shop,” says the narrator “According to Bosgraaf. “We’ve proposed a public food truck location where we could park up to four food trucks temporarily, creating a community, party, and vibe. Outside seating, fire pits, and a pool area are all available to the public.”
Working with a pre-developed location, such as the Haslett Village Square, offers advantages and downsides, according to Bosgraaf, especially in terms of cost.
“Potential pollutants, water, sewer lines, pavement structures,” says the report “According to Bosgraaf. “The benefits are that it is surrounded by a completely developed area. There are numerous areas that people find appealing. In that neighborhood, there are restaurants, shopping, a school system, friends, and walking routes. So, while it was an outstanding site, there was a lot of clutter on it that needed to be removed. The wonderful thing about redeveloping this brownfield property is that it’s very clean, except the prohibitively expensive buildings.”
According to Bosgraaf, the cost is expected to be between $60 and $70 million, with private finance, probable bank funding, and some help from the Meridian Redevelopment Fund.
“I suppose it’s in the range of $900,000 to a million dollars, which is a modest request given the scope of the project,” says the author “According to Bosgraaf. “We’d expect a cleanup request of five to ten percent for a project of this size. The benefits include a rather tidy website. All that’s needed now is the destruction and some of that to make it competitive with the rest of the marketplace.”
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At their most recent meeting, the Meridian Economic Development Corporation voted in favor of the requested sum. The next step in the approval process will be a review by a township board-appointed subcommittee, followed by board approval.
There will be six phases of building, according to the developers’ funding proposal. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed in about three years, according to Bosgraaf.