Jupiter Corridor Traffic Advantage

August 27, 2004
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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — A developer is capitalizing on the increased traffic created by the Jupiter extension that runs from Plainfield Avenue to Post Drive in Belmont.

In February, All Properties Unlimited (APU) Development bought 3.23 acres along Post Drive west of U.S. 131 and received approval in March for a two-building commercial development.

The first building of the Post Drive Retail Center is nearing completion and should be available for lease within the next few months.

The 15,000-square-foot structure will be a traditional retail strip center with rents starting at $1,000 monthly, according to broker Mark Baker of Prime Development who facilitated the land purchase and will handle the leasing of the property.

The building can accommodate retail, office and medical tenants, and its 10 suites can be expanded at the request of the tenant.

“We set it up so that it would be attractive to most retail tenants,” Baker said. “If we get someone that wants to adapt it, we can. We built it in such a way so that there would be as much flexibility as possible.”

The development is situated in a crossroads of sorts among the communities of Rockford, Belmont, Walker and Grand Rapids.

It is either on or near intersections of the thoroughfares West River Drive, Pine Island Drive, Post Drive, U.S. 131, Alpine Avenue, Six Mile Road and Plainfield Avenue, with the most notable of these the Jupiter-Belmont corridor that connects Plainfield and West River Drive to Post Drive and U.S. 131.

“There is definitely an increased traffic coming through that area from the northeast side,” Baker said.

“Plus, it’s a drive-home ride for all of the northwest area,” he adde.

“We felt the area was underserved, being central to the entire north county area,” he said, “so it’s really a combination of the ideal development with the layout of property and conducive traffic patterns.”

The second building in the project will contain at least 10,000 square feet of space and will be of a style similar to the first.

Baker said he has had discussions with a number of possible tenants, including restaurants, but the second building has not moved past the planning stage — and won’t until there is a need for more retail space at the site.

Adjacent to the APU site, there is another 3.35 acres of undeveloped land. Owner Julius Erhart was approached by APU about the possibility of selling his property, but declined.

Michael Miedema, a Holland resident and contractor, is the owner of APU Development, which is not the only company with an interest in that area. The YMCA is building a new facility near the Post Drive Retail Center.    

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