County Purchases More Parkland

April 28, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County commissioners bought more property for Millennium Park last week.

Board members agreed to spend $436,550 on parcels from two sellers that rim the northern edge of the 1,500-acre planned public park.

The county also gained a right-of-first-refusal for other properties within the park’s borders, land currently owned by one of the sellers.

“I consider this a high privilege to be able to cast this vote,” said David Morren, Kent County Chairman.

Grubb & Ellis/Paramount Properties represented the county in the transactions.

Deputy Administrator Al Vanderberg told commissioners the county has dedicated $7 million toward the development of the park so far.

The county has a $14.5 million budget for the park, and Vanderberg said he would have an update next month on the progress the county has made in putting the park together.

Commissioners also agreed last week to expand Myers Lake Park as they bought three parcels in Courtland Township for $97,370.           

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