Real Estate and Sustainability

Developer plans $6.7M condo project

April 13, 2015
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Developer plans $6.7M condo project
A rendering of some of the 51 condos planned for Rockford as part of the Tamarack Run development. Courtesy Prime Development Co.

Construction could start this fall on a $6.7-million condominium development in the area.

That is if a June Rockford City Commission meeting gives the project its final approval.

The proposed Tamarack Run project is by Prime Development Co. in Grand Rapids.

The development would create 51 condo units on 7.3 acres, at 202 N. Monroe St., said Prime Development Co-Owner Marcel Burgler.

The condos would be about 1,014-1,800 square feet each and come in three styles: ranch, two-story townhomes and stacked flats in a three-story building.

Concept Design in Grand Rapids would serve as the project’s architect, and a contractor has not yet been revealed.

Site desirability

The site was selected for its desirable close proximity and walkability to downtown Rockford, Burgler said, calling Rockford a “vibrant” community.

Rockford’s quality school system was also very attractive.

Burgler added that most of these types of condos are in high demand for single parents who want to be able to walk to the schools, as well as very active empty nesters who want to be close to the buzz of downtown.

Site cleanup

The land Prime Development Co. hopes to develop is currently a contaminated manufacturing site that formerly housed Burch Body Works, Burgler said.

If the proposed plan gets approved by the city, Prime Development would still need to make the land environmentally healthy before developing.

About 64 percent of the 7.3 acres would be left as green space.

“As part of this process, we’re going to work with the city to do remediation and clean up of the site,” Burgler said. “The other part is a wetlands survey and delineation and working with the DEQ on the site.”


Tamarack Run received some push back from the neighbors, who Burgler said had understandable concerns about the development creating too much density and traffic in the neighborhood.

Burgler said the city did a study on the issue and found the traffic concerns have been disproven.

“The chief of police even came to one of the planning meetings and said there’s really no concern about traffic on this street,” he said.

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