alpine twp. Officials lay out a major golf course housing plan amid community opposition

Alpine TWP. Local backlash has caused town officials to pause consideration of a developer’s plan to build 567 condominiums at Gracewil Country Club in Kent County.

The Alpine City Planning Commission voted Thursday night to prepare a preliminary development plan that would replace the 36-hole golf course.

At least 20 residents spoke out against the Wilder Crossings project during a public hearing on November 17, calling the project “wild” and “disingenuous” and claiming it contradicted the town’s rural character.

Homebuilders in Wyoming GTP Homes LLC And the Entra Homes LLCdoing business as GWCC Holdings LLC, behind the project, eg MyBiz Previously mentioned. Howie Herrier, director of land development for JTB Homes and Interra Homes, said the development team plans to return the plan to the planning committee.

“We take the public’s comments very seriously and are actively working on solutions to address concerns,” Herrer said in an interview. “We will continue to work on the plan and ensure it fully complies with all requirements.”

The developer is seeking to rezoning the 206-acre, 36-hole golf course located at 2597 Four Mile Road from a low-density residential area into a planned “open space neighborhood” (PUD) residential area. The 567 residential units in the site plan consist of 315 single-family plots of land, 104 single-family detached housing units, 84 single-family annexes across 42 buildings, and 64 single-family annexes across 16 buildings.

The development team has received opposition from surrounding residents regarding density and traffic concerns since they were first presented at the concept stage of the town in November 2021, according to town meeting minutes. The plan was modified slightly to move high-density uses away from surrounding single-family homes in response to community concerns.

All of the buildings on the golf course for the project will eventually be demolished, except for the clubhouse, which will be renovated into a community club for the residents. Plans also call for sidewalks on both sides of the street, trails, covered benches, two pickleball courts, and a splash pad.

Gracewil Country Club opened in 1929 and has 36 holes open to the public. GWCC Holdings LLC purchased about 100 acres of the golf course property in February of this year and has a development deal with Gracewil Country Club owner John Wilson to buy the rest of the property by 2024. The plan is for the golf course to continue operations in the early stages of development until Year 2024.

The project will be built in phases, with the first phase scheduled to begin in 2023, and full construction expected to be completed in 2042. Three access points are planned on Four Mile Road, Walker Street and Beach Ridge Street.

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