Club officials have been working with Eastbrook Homes CEO Mick McGraw for more than two years to come up with ideas for the 39 acres off State Road immediately south of the golf course.
“I think Eastbrook Homes does a nice job working on developments,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “I think our Planning Commission did a very thorough job working with this developer to get a a mutually beneficial development.”
Gallagher said he's particularly impressed with a pedestrian connection planned within the Villas of Spring Lake development.
“They added some amenities that will really make this a nice site,” he said.
As long as the weather cooperates, site work could begin within the next 30 days.
“They have a lot of infrastructure work to do — water, sanitary sewer and road development,” Gallagher said.
Spring Lake Country Club General Manager Kevin Green said the plan is for Eastbrook Homes to purchase the land and construct the condo neighborhood, with two access points from State Road. The roads would be private and maintained by the condo association.
McGraw said respecting the land is key.
“It's a beautiful, wooded site,” he said. “We have to find a way to develop it in a respectful manner. We want it to become an asset to the Spring Lake Country Club and the community at large.”
The condos will be 150 feet away from the golf course so they won't be a “visual interruption” to golfers, according to McGraw.
“This will be an opportunity for more people to join the country club and enjoy a great resource,” he said. “And it will be an opportunity for people that are already members of the country club to live right there and play there. A number of members have expressed some interest.”
Although it was discussed, the new neighborhood will not be a “golf cart community,” and there are no planned golf cart routes to the course or clubhouse, although there will be a walking path to Petty's Bayou to the north. The development may also include a small boat dock and/or kayak launch.
McGraw said he envisions the community will attract empty-nesters, generally people ages 45-75. Most of the units will be built as single-family detached units.
“Every one of these units is individually designed and individually built,” McGraw said. “We will build them one at a time.”
The condos will feature high-end amenities, including granite and quartz counter tops and high-end appliances. Prices will range from $300,000 for attached units to between $400,000 to $500,000 or more for detached condos. Each unit will have a two-stall attached garage.
The property will include a large pond and landscaped boulevard entryway.
Outdoor maintenance will be handled by the association.
“We want it to be maintained all at once, impeccably,” McGraw said. “(The occupants) don't want to run a lawnmower. They've gotten to this point in life and they want to enjoy it a little bit more.”
Although several township planning commissioners asked about on-site recreation areas, McGraw said he didn't see a need because many of the residents will be country club members with access to the clubhouse, golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts.