First condominium development coming to Grayling near downtown
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Following a year of planning, the first condominium project in the City of Grayling is underway.
Grayling developers Judy and Tom Steffen held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Duck Pond Condominiums, located at 209 Peninsular Avenue, on Monday, Sept. 17.
The development earned its name because Tom has an affection for ducks.
“It’s called the Duck Pond because Tom is particularly fond of ducks,” Judy said. “There is going to be a little pond in the back, so we called it the Duck Pond.”
The project will include four two-story townhouse style condominiums plus a full basement. The housing units will all be connected as one building.
“They’re condominiums that are for sale. They’re not apartments for rent,” Judy said.
The housing will be ideal for professionals who work in the area, people who live here year-round or people who spend various seasons in the community.
“You just move right in and you’re good to go,” Judy said.
A condominium association will be formed to contract with service providers to take care of the lawn, and for snow removal from the sidewalks and parking area.
“The owners don’t have to take care of anything except take care of inside of their units,” Judy said.
The units will be marketed to people who may want to downsize from bigger houses and to those who spend their winter months in warmer climates
“They can just walk out, lock the door and go,” Judy said. “They don’t have to worry about somebody taking care of the outside.”
The Steffens are investing $700,000 into the project. They said they are excited to bring new housing possibilities to Grayling.
“We think it’s the kind of housing that doesn’t exist and it’s needed,” Judy said. “Certain populations like to have something that they don’t have to take care of. They can just travel and they can go away.”
There is a three to four month construction schedule for the project, so the condominiums will be ready for occupancy at the end of January or early February of next year.
The lot has been vacant for many years and could have been the site of a home several years ago.
“It’s beautiful location. I’m surprised nobody has built on it before because it’s a block from the AuSable River and it’s a block from downtown,” Judy said. “You can walk anywhere from there.”
The general contractor for the project is Don Alexander, a Grayling builder.
All building supplies will be sourced from Grayling businesses.
“If it’s available in Grayling, we’re getting it here,” Judy said.
Financing for the project was obtained through Michael Hall, the business development officer for Northland Area Federal Credit Union.
“This is one of many projects that we’re trying to help finance to help build Grayling and the communities around northern Michigan,” Hall said.
As an excavator buzzed away in the background, the groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday.
“We’re very happy to get started because it’s taking quite a long time to get this far,” Judy said.