One Water Street Cottage Condominiums Gain Zoning Approval on Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City, Michigan

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Cottage-style condominiums with private boat slips are set for construction on Lake Charlevoix in the Northern Michigan resort town of Boyne City. The residential units with first-floor lock-off suites received zoning approval on July 31, 2012. The cottages will be part of One Water Street, a mixed-use development by Catt Development.

On July 30, 2012, Boyne City commissioners gave final approval to Catt Development’s One Water Street condominium cottages (http://www.onewaterusa.com), set to be constructed in a mixed-use area on Lake Charlevoix's waterfront next to the existing One Water Street retail and office buildings. In a unanimous decision, commissioners granted a site-specific conditional rezoning request to accommodate the freshly designed project in the central business district.

Zoning requirements allow for hotels but not motels. The project-specific revision of the ordinance now clears the way for construction to begin on the multi-unit design, which technically falls under the motel designation.

Glen Catt’s successful second attempt at approval came with a creative redesign by Mansfield Associates of Traverse City, who created a multi-structure motor court–style arrangement of individual buildings. Architect Dave Spala envisioned a collection of 13 cottage-style buildings containing 15 separate units, each containing inspiration from by Boyne City’s historic architecture. Condos will feature first-floor lock-off suites in addition to upper-level living space, giving owners rental flexibility. The concept also includes five storefronts on the ground level and a 24-slip private marina capable of holding boats up to 80 feet in length.

Catt signed the development agreement with city officials at a city hall ceremony on August 3. He expects construction to begin by fall. The One Water development has already created around 100 jobs.

“The city has really been with us from the start on this [project],” said Catt. “The community has been very supportive of our team throughout this process.”

Wally Kidd of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, Petoskey and Boyne City, is handling sales of the 15 cottage units, starting immediately (http://www.kiddleavy.com). Kidd explains that the new design is lower in height, less dense, and greener than the original concept. He calls this property “the most significant piece of real estate in the city limits.” He adds that the development’s design is sure to enhance the face of Boyne City and serve as a landmark for the city from the water.

Boyne City, Michigan (http://www.boynecity.com), is located in Charlevoix County on Lake Charlevoix and the Boyne River. It lies about 15 miles south of Petoskey and 250 miles north of Detroit.

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