July 3, 2013 | By David Czurak | Grand Rapids Business Journal
Sable Homes of Grand Rapids has made a donation to Caledonia Community Schools that has saved the public school district $100,000.
Sable Homes is building its Scotsmoor II Housing Development in Caledonia, and the firm had recently purchased a piece of land out of foreclosure that it originally intended to add to the development.
Ralph E. Meyers Football Stadium
But Caledonia High School needed some property to service and provide access to its new Ralph E. Meyers Football Stadium.
So Sable Homes President John Bitely met with Caledonia Superintendent Randy Rodriguez to discuss the district’s property needs.
After a series of discussions, Bitely granted the school district a permanent easement across the firm’s recently acquired property, and Rodriguez noted the action saved the school district $100,000.
“We are thankful for the agreement that Sable Homes and John Bitely offered to Caledonia Community Schools. Bitely was willing to work with us, and he identified a solution that allowed the district to save money, while at the same time fulfilled the district’s need for service access to our beautiful stadium,” Rodriguez said.
In return, the school district granted Sable Homes the necessary easements for Scotsmoor II.
“It’s great that we are able to save the school district $100,000, while beginning what is shaping up to be a long-lasting relationship here in Caledonia,” said Bitely.
Bitely and Rodriguez signed the agreement when Sable opened its Scotsmoor II model home and housing design center in Caledonia Township.
When completed, Scotsmoor II will offer 51 new homes, with prices expected to start at $164,500 for a three bedroom, two-bath home with 1,975 square feet of space.