Pine Brook Properties is developing a 200-plus-site recreational vehicle park and a self-storage facility on 80 acres of commercially zoned property along M-72, just west of the village of Kalkaska (Michigan).
According to a report, the project’s goal is to provide more options for storage and camping in the area, an issue for several years exacerbated by the pandemic.
“There’s a big demand right now,” Jordan Development Company Chief Operating Officer Ben Brower said, who is managing the Pine Brook project and is one of the minority owners. “They’re all full.”
While the storage part of the plan is progressing first, the addition of an RV park on the property is what Brower is most excited about. Bob Boeve, the majority owner of the project, has owned the 80-acre property on the north side of M-72 for about 20 years, said Brower.
Brower, who is joined by Ben Leggett as a minority owner, said the two projects would significantly impact the community.
“We’re excited about building a development,” he said of Pine Brook. “Our goal is to bring some economic development to Kalkaska County through job creation, and people will also spend money in the city if we build a campground.”
Kalkaska Zoning Administrator and Soil Erosion Agent Laura Hendricks said the special use permit for both Pine Brook projects was unanimously approved in February.
Brower stated that he isn’t keen on making his RV Park anything but a kind of place he would like to have a camper on for a week.
He said the sites would have full hook-up, and plans are to have the campground off the road and away from the sounds of traffic.
“We don’t want to make it a concrete park,” he said. “We want to keep it woodsy, with the goal of cutting the minimal amount of trees as possible. We also want activities for kids like bike trails, a (remote control) course track, disc golf, those types of things.
“I want a canopy of trees overhead and some space between sites. I want to make it a place I want to go.”
The self-storage portion of Pine Brook will bring 40,000 square feet of storage space over eight buildings with 24 storage units in each.
This story originally appeared on Traverse City Record-Eagle.