Category Archives: Community Events

Rosewood…Preserved for Natural Areas

Villa’s of Rosewood in Rockford MI
When Sable Developing first looked at the rolling hills, wooded acreage, and wetlands, there was no question this was a site that called out for preservation and protection. There are 62 acres of land with approximately 23 acres preserved for natural areas, and wetlands.

The Villas of Rosewood is a single-family home, detached condominium community situated on 62 acres in Rockford. What makes the 105-unit development so unique is the careful planning and engineering devoted to protecting its natural environment and allowing its residents to connect with nature. To ensure continuing protection of the natural areas, all lawn care will be serviced by professionals using organic methods. The goal of Villas of Rosewood is to make the site as beneficial to the environment after development as it was prior to development.

The community includes multiple rain gardens, ponds, and connecting stream beds combined with native species of trees, shrubs, water plants, and wildflowers. In traditional developments, retention ponds are built to capture runoff from pavement and roofs, often resulting in stagnant water that invites mosquitoes and flies. The Villas of Rosewood has an innovative ecosystem using a series of three bio retention ponds, connected by 1,700 feet of streambed, and surrounded by several rain gardens. This system will protect nearby wetlands by continuously cycling and filtering surface water. The ponds have aerators to provide water movement and oxygenation, and special plants known for their removal of organic and inorganic materials. These plants, which are all historically native to northern Kent County, will produce flowers, seeds, and fruit beneficial to wildlife. The rain gardens include several native plants, including pickerel weed (which produces beautiful spikes of purple flowers and removes heavy metals), switch grass, spice bush, water talla, and blue lobelia.

The landscape in the Villas of Rosewood provides a beautiful setting for the European cottage-style homes built according to Energy Star specifications. Conditioning costs of the homes is 40% less than non-Energy Star homes. Benefits include minimizing runoff into the community storm drains, and preservation of wetlands and wooded areas. This preservation permits the continued growth and sustainment of wildlife and vegetation.

Integrated storm water management early in the site planning process
Microscale techniques to manage precipitation
Natural features in landscape
Fewer pipe and underground infrastructure
Flowing streams with water falls and retention ponds
Preserved and improved wildlife habitat
Enhanced wetlands and wetland protection
Rain gardens and bioretention

GR “Top 100 Places to Live”

Annual listing from RelocateAmerica

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It has made the Top 100 but could become a Top 10 nominee with your help.

RelocateAmerica has named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2011. This is the organization’s 14th annual listing of top communities in the United States.

“We are thrilled to rank in RelocateAmerica’s Top 100 Places to Live. Such a designation speaks to our community’s pride, diversity, innovation and remarkable quality of life not found in most cities,” Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small said in a news release.

Now residents can post content, photos and videos that showcase the city for the Top 10 application process. The deadline for submissions is July 31 and the results will be released August 2.

“I encourage you to participate by submitting content that highlights our great city and why we deserve the recognition,” Small said.

“West Michigan is quickly becoming a national and international destination for growing businesses and talent,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, Inc. “The innovative companies and talent of the future are locating in cities that are engaged, vibrant and unique. RelocateAmerica is providing the Grand Rapids community with a platform to speak to the special quality of life that is Grand Rapids.”

Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, recently relocated to Grand Rapids from Illinois.

“As a newer member of the community, it makes perfect sense to me that Grand Rapids would earn a spot on this list,” Baker said. “Our business community is strong, we have a diverse mix of industries in the area, and our cultural and civic institutions are thriving. We have a lot to be proud of in this city, and I’m sure that will come through in process of voting for the Top 10.”

“Community pride is a good indicator of great leadership and a mark of what makes it a great place to live, work and play,” said RelocateAmerica President Steve Nickerson.

It’s a great time to buy or build on or Sables New Energy Efficient Homes.

Things to do in Rockford MI


Farmers Market, Every Saturday, 8am-1pm,  Corner of N Main & W Bridge (Ends September 29th)

Harvest Fest Starts September 23rd and lasts 3 weekends until October 9th

Rockford will celebrate the harvest three weekends with its annual Harvest Fest. It will be three weekends packed with fun and activities for the entire family. The three weekends – Family Fun, Heritage and Children’s Weekends – each have their own line up of events sure to help families discover the fun of a good old fashioned celebration. Be sure to check out all the new activities this year! Some of the events for all three weekends include the popular Make-It-And-Take-It Scarecrow Building and hay rides.

Click here for the Harvest Fest Brochure

Family Fun Weekend, September 23, 24, 25

Heritage Weekend, October 1, 2

Children’s Weekend, October 8, 9

For a calendar of events go to