Seeing ‘strong need’ for housing, developer plans 239 apartments in Holland

HOLLAND, MI – Seeing a “strong need” for housing in West Michigan, an Indianapolis-based developer plans to construct another apartment complex with 239 market-rate units in Holland.

Kendall Property Group plans to construct the 16-building apartment complex on 22 acres off of E. 16th Street and Country Club Road.

Construction is slated to begin this summer and wrap up in about two years, said J.R. Kendall, president of Kendall Property Group.

The complex will have 85 one-bedroom units ranging in monthly rent from $1,100 to $1,400. There will also be 121 two-bedroom units with rent between $1,500 and $1,750, and 33 three-bedrooms with rent around $1,800 to $1,900.

The complex will be the company’s second in Holland.

The first, Shoreline Flats, is located at 361 Quarterline Road and is consistently 99% to 100% full, Kendall said. Kendall Property Group has apartment complexes in Kalamazoo, Wyoming and Grand Rapids as well as others out of state.

Of all the property group’s apartment developments, none were leased faster than Shoreline Flats, Kendall said.

The demand at that 175-unit complex, which opened in September 2021, showed a “strong need for housing” in West Michigan, Kendall said.

The new apartment complex in Holland, phase two of Shoreline Flats, will feature a club house, pool, fitness center, business center, dog park and playground.

The buildings will be styled like the Shoreline Flats complex. The complex will have 478 parking spaces and two entrances, one off of Country Club Road and the other off of E. 16th Street.

About three acres of the development requires a zoning change from the city, from low density residential to high density residential. The Holland City Council on April 14 will vote on whether to allow the zoning change.

About 39 units of the development’s 239 units are planned to be located in that area. Kendall said the company agreed to make the apartment buildings located in that area two stories to ease the impact on the neighbors. The other apartment buildings are three stories.

Should city leaders shoot down the zoning change, Kendall said they’ll still be moving forward with the 200 apartment units in the area already zoned for high density residential.

The development site features about a combined 3.58 acres of wetlands, not all of which will be distrubed by the construction. Kendall said he is working with state regulators on a plan for offsite mitigation for the acreage filled by the development.

Offsite mitigation means to restore or create wetlands in another location to offset the loss of wetlands filled by development.

Along with concerns about traffic and light pollution, according to Planning Commission documents, some of those living near the development have raised concerns about the impact of the complex on stormwater drainage, Kendall said.

Kendall said the development is expected to aid stormwater issues rather than create them.

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