December 7, 2022

A former dump will become a first to be developed for Portage

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A $47 million project converting a contaminated former junkyard into high-demand housing in Portage is getting a boost from the state.

On Wednesday, the Board of Directors of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Strategic Fund approved the Portage Brownfield Development Authority’s plan to recover more than $4.7 million in state taxes over 25 years to repay Tall Timbers Portage , LLC for site cleanup at 3413 W. Center Avenue, just east of US-131.

The project is expected to be a first for Portage as the first private LEED-certified multi-family building with a structured parking deck. Tall Timbers Portage plans to construct a four-story building housing 180 apartments on the 13.5-acre property. The apartment complex will include terraces, green roofs, Zoom rooms for people working remotely and common areas. The underground car park would include 147 spaces for vehicles.

The teams have already completed the preparation of the site. Construction is expected to begin soon after Wednesday’s approval. If all goes well, the project will be completed in 2024.

The project also benefits from municipal support of approximately $6.4 million under the Brownfields Plan. MEDC says Portage town leaders see the project as a priority because it helps meet the growing need for labor and mixed-income housing, especially as Stryker, Pfizer and other businesses in the region are growing. Tall Timbers Portage plans to set aside 10% of apartments for households earning between 80% and 120% of the area’s median income.

Tall Timbers Portage, LLC is part-owned by the Hinman, LLC family, which also developed the triangular Residence Inn hotel at 10 Ionia in downtown Grand Rapids, 400 Rose Apartments in Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek Tower Apartments. The other partner of Tall Timbers Portage, LLC is Joseph Gesmundo, who has been involved in hundreds of millions of dollars in previous developments.

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