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GT Regional Land Conservancy plans .5 million project on Lake Michigan

GT Regional Land Conservancy plans $19.5 million project on Lake Michigan

GT Regional Land Conservancy plans .5 million project on Lake Michigan

By Beth Milligan | July 8, 2024

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) has signed a $19.5 million purchase agreement to acquire 35 acres of land in the Town of Elberta. The property includes 578 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, 3,125 feet of shoreline on Betsie Bay and 10 acres of steep, forested dunes.

According to GTRLC, the organization’s board of directors has until August 28 to approve the project. Before then, “GTRLC will conduct due diligence to uncover any environmental issues, hold discussions to identify potential uses for the property, and explore partners and fundraising feasibility,” the organization states.

“It is vitally important to our board that the Village of Elberta and the community support the goal of protecting the portions of the property that have high conservation and recreation value while balancing other economic development needs of the community,” says GTRLC Executive Director Glen Chown.

Chown goes on to say that GTRLC intends to work with “communities to find balanced solutions in land conservation and resource-based placemaking.” In addition to protecting various natural and coastal areas, the project offers the “opportunity to develop other portions of the former industrial property in a way that meets the town’s goals and needs,” according to Chown.

More details of the project are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, according to GTRLC.

Photo credit: Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy


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