Sable Homes breaks ground on resurrected Sparta development

After more than 50 years, the final phase of Country Meadows development in the Village of Sparta is now being completed and ready to roll out the welcome mat for homeowners.

Sable Homes and the Village of Sparta officials have broken ground on the sixth phases of the Country Meadows plat, located east of Martindale Street and Tentree Drive on the village’s southeast side. The residential property’s first phase was developed by the Taylor family in 1961 and subsequent phases were developed through 1998. John Bitely, Sable Homes president, is excited to have the opportunity to acquire the property and is ready to complete the original owner’s longtime plan.

“We’re proud to breathe new life into the last phases of this development and complete it for the Sparta community. Not only will it bring new homeowners to our community, but it will give current residents the opportunity to purchase a new home or upgrade to a larger home,” said Bitely, who was born and raised in the Sparta area. “We have a great community, and without these new homes some people would consider relocating to other communities due to the lack of new homes.”

The 16-acre County Meadows development is located between 12 Mile and E. Division St., near downtown Sparta and Sparta Area Schools. The development’s final 43 lots reside on new streets and feature utility services, including city water and sewer, cable, electricity and natural gas.

This is the second residential project that Sable Homes has partnered with the Village of Sparta. In 2013, Sable Homes purchased the former Central School property located on the northeast corner of Union and Grove streets in Sparta, and developed 20 new homes.

“We know there is a current need for new homes in Sparta. As we’ve partnered with Sable Homes over the years, we’ve been able to provide new housing solutions for our current residents and potential new residents,” Village Manager Julius Suchy said. “It’s been great to collaborate with a local developer and bring this and similar neighborhoods into complete fruition. We’re excited to roll out the welcome mats for new homeowners in Sparta.”

As the availability to purchase existing homes continues to decline, new developments, like the ones being built by Sable Homes, are bolstering Sparta’s housing market and tax base with a new wave of residents.

“Because of our close proximity to Grand Rapids, Sparta is on homebuyers’ radar as an attractive place to live, work and play,” Sparta Downtown Development & Chamber of Commerce Director Elizabeth Morse said. “New housing will only continue to make our already strong community grow and help support our local businesses.”

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