GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There was frustration and anger Wednesday night at Walker City Hall.
"It's a bad idea for Walker, it's a bad idea for this community and it's a bad idea for the longstanding residents on Cummings," says one resident.
"This is stupid, just stupid, to put that there where there are kids in a regular neighborhood, this is insane," said another man during public comment.
The anger comes after preliminary plans were unveiled that show a new development on Cummings Avenue near Walker Community Park.
Around 40 three-bedroom townhouses could be built on the private property which is surrounded by a residential neighborhood. Neighbors believe that college students would be the main clientele because the property is near a Grand Valley State University bus stop.
"And the fact that these are rentals, there has been great effort to call these townhouses, these are apartments, three-bedroom apartments with a low price point, there's no question about who is going to be living here," says one resident.
But city leaders were quick to point out that discussions are preliminary and no approvals have been made.
"Tonight we're all learning details about a project that is really not a project yet, and of this afternoon there have been no plans submitted to the city," said Walker's Mayor.
And residents were not the only ones frustrated, Randy Anes has owned the land in question for years.
"If people want to control the property, the people should divide up the cost of the property, come to me with a proposal and they can own it and then their problems are completely solved," says Anes.
A formal application could be submitted in the next four to eight weeks.
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