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Firm building 43-home development in suburb

August 23, 2018
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Sable Home Country Meadows home under construction
An under-construction home at the Country Meadows development in Sparta. Courtesy Sable Homes

A homebuilder is progressing on a 43-lot development in a Grand Rapids suburb.

Representatives from Rockford-based Sable Homes and officials from the Village of Sparta and Sparta Chamber of Commerce celebrated last week the formal “opening” of lots in the sixth and final phase of the 50-year-old Country Meadows development in Sparta.

The 43-lot sixth phase is located east of Martindale Street NW and Tentree Street on the village’s southeast side.

Home are being sold through a combination of pre-sold lots and built inventory. About six homes at the site are in various stages of construction.

“It is great to see Country Meadows’ final phase come to life after all these years,” Village Manager Julius Suchy said. “We are excited to finally welcome new homeowners in this corner of Sparta.”

Sable Homes broke ground on the $1.5-million sixth phase of Country Meadows last September. The 43-home phase should be completed in under three years.

The 16-acre project includes new streets with village water and sewer, cable, electricity and natural gas, the Business Journal previously reported.

“Sparta is a great community for families from all walks of life, and the Country Meadows neighborhood is no exception,” said John Bitely, the president of Sable Homes, who was born and raised in Sparta. 

Homes range from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet and $180,000 to $250,000.

“Completing the Country Meadows neighborhood will only add to Sparta’s residential and economic growth,” said Elizabeth Morse, director, Sparta Downtown Development Authority and Sparta Chamber of Commerce.

Sable Homes is handling the project’s architecture and construction in-house.

The firm also contracted with GBL Excavation for the project.

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank is the project’s preferred lender.

The first phase of Country Meadows was developed in 1961, and subsequent phases were developed through 1998. The father-and-son team of Bob Taylor and Bill Taylor was behind the development’s first five phases.

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