Camp developer seeks Park Street marina permit

Scott Sullivan
Concerned citizens have through Sept. 11 to submit written comments on the proposal to Charles M. Simon, Chief, Permit Evaluation, Western Branch Regulatory Office, Detroit District, Corps of Engineers, 477 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226-2550. Comments may be emailed to, but must include a name and mailing address.

The new owner of Saugatuck’s Presbyterian Camps is proposing to build a private marina with slips for nine boats and 10 personal watercraft in the Kalamazoo River south of the chain ferry landing on Park Street.

The parcel, 170 feet south of where Perryman Street intersects Park and north of Casa Loma, is zoned by the City of Saugatuck R-1 Peninsula South, which does not allow marinas.

Dune Ridge SA LP, which Feb. 14 bought the 130-acre camps for $10 million from the Presbytery of Chicago, filed July 15 with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a permit to build a boat house, bulkhead, fill and dock for a “Dune Grass” project on now largely-vacant riverfront land it owns. The DEQ’s Coastal and Inland Waters Permit Information Systems lists the request’s status as Waiting for Additional Information.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Aug. 22 issued a public notice with drawings on the proposed construction (

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