Lot graded at site of former proposed hotel | Business
TRAVERSE CITY – The late Michael G. Eyde had a vision of what he wanted to do with real estate immediately west of Keith Charters State Park.
Thanks to Team Elmer’s work over the past week, others can get a glimpse of the former owner’s vision.
Team Elmer’s began removing massive piles of dirt from the spot where Eyde was planning to build a hotel with every room overlooking the bay from May 3rd. A rooftop restaurant was also planned for the planned independent Hotel Eyde called East Bay One.
Claire Karner, director of planning and zoning for the East Bay community, said zoning administrator Leslie Couturier deserves the credit for trying to knock down the mounds of dirt on the property.
“I have already called local residents with their appreciation,” said Karner.
Eyde was excited as he discussed plans to build a 150-room hotel that would be nearly 80 feet tall according to a 3-foot rating. Eyde said the site plan had been approved and the Federal Aviation Administration also approved the project he was discussing for a Record Eagle story dated July 24, 2019.
“He was very passionate,” said Jeff Stump, a site and civil engineer at Land One, LLC. “He knew what he wanted.”
But Eyde’s death in November 2019 brought the 4.34-acre property at 1050 US 31 North to a trust. According to realtor Kelly Miller, the listing agent, the property has been for sale with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services since late fall 2020.
Both the seller and the listing agent are happy with the fresh appearance of the package, which is listed for $ 3.5 million.
“It looks a lot better,” said Stump, who also works for the MGE Trust Foundation. “It’s ready for something now.”
“Hopefully the package looks really good and invites someone to develop it,” said Miller, who works in East Lansing.
After leveling the property, Team Elmer’s will plant grass seeds on the property. Miller said the property would be a great location for a hotel or two or an apartment building.
Because the property is across from Traverse City State Park Beach in US 31, the property continues to overlook East Grand Traverse Bay.
“It’s a beautiful lot with uninterrupted views of the bay,” said Miller. “It’s right next to a hotel and it’s right next to a state park.”
While there are some developments to report on another planned hotel location in East Bay Township, Karner said she did not receive any updates on a proposal from Stellar Hospitality, LLC to build on a property between Four Mile and Five Mile streets .
Karner said she believes the developer is still working with the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to divert power on the property adjacent to the Hopscotch Brick Oven and Tap Room. On the property at NUS Highway 31 North 2072 was the Pebble Brook Fun Park and two houses that have since been demolished.
Karner said the developers received site plan approval from the municipality’s planning committee under certain conditions, but never received land use permits. “We’ve had pretty limited interaction with them for a while,” she said.
The East Bay Township Planning Commission is expected to discuss another hotel project and two further development proposals at its Zoom meeting on May 11th. The agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting includes:
- A public hearing for an application for the conditional rededication of the Elmbrook Golf Course at 1750 Townline Road. Karner said developer Joe Locricchio, owner of JLG Properties, is trying to change the zoning from low to high density on the 30 acres closest to Hammond Road and from low to moderate density on the 200 acres.
- Discussing a review of the site plan of Lake Michigan Hospitality 31, LLC over a proposal to build a four-story AVID Hotel in 1942 US 31 North, the site of a former Wendy’s restaurant.
- A public hearing on an amended site plan at Lakemore Resort, 2323 Salon Road.