Galloway and Collens, PLLC

Possible compromise in Michigan property dispute

Plans for two apartment buildings in Eastown hit a snag when community stakeholders became concerned about the loss of commercial possibilities in the properties. Stakeholders included local community and business organizations, neighborhood residents, city planners and staff and real estate experts. A plan was submitted for residential space as well as ground floor retail space at the Wealthy Street sites.

Two apartment buildings were planned out, with one of them being a 17-unit building at the site of a former car wash. The other is a 16-unit building at the site of a parking lot. Rents are planned to range from $800 to $1200 per month depending on the number of bedrooms. Property developers were disinterested in including retail space in the plans due to lack of profitability, but they reconsidered and planned to apply for Neighborhood Enterprise Zone tax incentives.

This is viewed as a workable compromise by some business owners in the area who had hoped for the entire first floors to be retail space and view the area as a strategic location close to the business district. Stakeholder groups have announced a willingness to support the project with the retail space compromise and are eager for new businesses in the locations.

Property ownership and management is a complex business. Real estate planning must consider zoning, neighborhood groups, governmental entities and business interests that can all influence plans for property. Landlord-tenant issues occur even in small apartment buildings or rental properties without the complication of neighborhood and governmental stakeholders exerting control over property development. While a compromise can often allow for a project to go forward, interested parties may need aid in drawing up a legal contract for their development plans.

Source:, "Rent details on Eastown Flats: Grand Rapids apartment plan up for hearing", Matt Vande Bunte, December 11, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • dbusiness - 2016 Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness - Top Lawyers
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney
  • Senior & Caregiver
  • American Apartment Owners Association - Member since 2015
  • Same Address
  • ICLE Contributor
Email Us For A Response

Contact Our Metro Detroit Attorneys

Our law firm is ready to help. Contact the real estate and estate planning attorneys at Galloway and Collens, PLLC, by calling 248-284-1990.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

26075 Woodward Avenue Suite 200 Huntington Woods, MI 48070-1341 Phone: 248-284-1990 Fax: 248-545-2520 Huntington Woods Law Office Map