TRAVERSE CITY — The Acme Township Board of Trustees has granted approval for developers to initiate work on a new private residential and golf community at the LochenHeath Golf Club. The development will feature construction of up to 375 homes and a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse that will serve as the centerpiece for the exclusive private club.
The township board’s vote follows the unanimous approval given to the project last month by the Acme Township Planning Commission.
Developers of the project said they expect to initiate work “within the next 60 to 90 days” on several important components of the development, including an entry monument and a 5,000-square-foot sales center.
John Lang, president of Pinnacle Development Group, one of the participating partners in LochenHeath Land Company LLC, said the board’s final approval “paves the way for us to begin the development of one of the Upper Midwest’s finest private residential and golf communities that will have a positive and lasting impact on
Lang’s company, which is partnering with Michigan-based Deepwater LLC in the development of the 644-acre project on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, has received wide acclaim for two Arizona-based private residential and golf communities — Scottsdale’s Estancia, which was named Golf Digest’s Best New Private Golf Course in America in 1996, and The Club at Seven Canyons in Sedona, recognized as the seventh Best New Private Club in America by Golf Digest in 2003.
Lang said the new LochenHeath project will be “intended to provide discriminating buyers with an opportunity of a lifetime to become a member of one of the
He said the LochenHealth property “is ideal for this type of upscale development” centered around the championship golf course, which measures 7,049 yards from the back tees.
Future plans call for the construction of approximately 375 residential units, many offering views of
Memberships to LochenHeath Golf Club will be restricted to property owners, Lang said. Plans call for the construction of a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse that will house a golf shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, fitness center, casual and formal dining rooms and banquet and special event facilities.
All of the homes, Lang said, will be custom designed and built to strict design guidelines and architectural controls that will maintain the development’s commitment to high quality and long-term sustainable value.
Construction on the 5,000-square-foot sales center is expected to begin late this year, with infrastructure improvements — including roads and the new entry monument — scheduled to be completed early in 2005.