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Cottage Plan Moving Ahead

July 14, 2009 - By Kevin Allen, Herald Palladium

This rendering from Harbor Shores shows the Hideaway cottage development along the Paw Paw River, south of Higman Park Road, in Benton Township. Developers said Monday that they plan to break ground on roads and utilities for the neighborhood in late August or early September.

BENTON TOWNSHIP - Developers will begin building roads and installing utilities before the end of summer for a new neighborhood of cottages at Harbor Shores, a project official said Monday.

The 58-lot development called Hideaway will be built along the north shore of the Paw Paw River, south of Higman Park Road, in the 530-acre Harbor Shores golf, residential and resort project taking shape in Benton Harbor, Benton Township and St. Joseph.

Harbor Shores project manager Bob McFeeter told the Benton Township Planning Commission on Monday that developers plan to put the Hideaway infrastructure contract out for bid in the next 10 days. They plan to break ground by late August or early September, he said.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan for the cottage development.

Powell Construction Services of St. Joseph was selected in March to build the 58 cottages.

Hideaway will be built in two phases, said Wendy Dant Chesser, a Harbor Shores trustee and president of the economic development organization Cornerstone Alliance.

The first phase will be in the 27 lots at the neighborhood's west end, she said.

Of those lots in the first phase, 13 have been reserved - a number developers are happy with, especially considering the state of the real estate market.

"We were very pleased with the numbers," Chesser said.

Greg Powell, owner and manager of Powell Construction, said the lots at Hideaway are priced from $99,000 to $199,000. The houses there will range in price from $250,000 to $550,000, not including the lot, he said.

Brochures about the development show seven cottage models ranging in size from 1,648 square feet to 2,544 square feet.

Plans also call for construction of a neighborhood clubhouse, swimming pool, and canoe and kayak launches along the river.

Hideaway residents will pay fees that will cover communal costs for maintenance at the clubhouse and pool as well as landscaping and snow removal, Chesser said.

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