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October 1, 2013

Leelanau strikes deal on courthouse property


Jonathan R. Moothart is an attorney representing Varley-Kelly. He declined comment for this story.

A 13-page buy-and-sell agreement reached between the county and developer states closing on the deal is expected to take place within 30 days.

Tom Van Pelt, chairman of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners, did not return phone calls seeking comment on this story.

Commissioner Will Bunek, in a prior interview with the Record-Eagle, called the proposed agreement a “win-win” for county residents because it will allow the county to resolve the matter once and for all and put the property back up for sale.

Leland Township Supervisor Cal Little said the township is not involved in the transaction, but he said the community is optimistic better days are ahead.

“I would hope that the original intention to develop that property would be realized -- that being a residential development that would keep with the township’s ambient environment,” Little said. “It would be an asset.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by Linda Linquist–Bishop, president of the Leland Chamber of Commerce, who noted it’s “time to move forward” on the property.



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