Sturgis planning commission approves proposed development

A special land-use request and site-plan review for a proposed apartment development in Sturgis were approved Tuesday by the city’s planning commission.

Spire Development is proposing to develop St. Joseph Street Lofts, a high-density apartment complex at 303 St. Joseph St. – the former Paramount Furniture Co. site.

The property, vacant since 1996, is owned by the city’s economic development corporation.

Spire is proposing to construct a three-story building with 50 apartments: 12 one-bedroom units, 25 two-bedroom units and 14 three-bedroom units. Spire Development will be seeking funding through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for the project. Due to the high cost of housing complex construction, projects are contingent of securing state funding, a highly competitive process.

The deadline for Spire’s application to MSHDA is Dec. 1. MSHDA will award the selected projects in April 2024.

Project completion would be set for late fall or early winter 2025.

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