The long awaited phase 2 of a housing development in Oceola Township has received a recommendation for approval by the planning commission.

Capital Custom Homes presented the site plan for the second phase of the Pine Ridge Community at a special meeting of the planning commission, Thursday night. The development will be built on Eager Road, on the south side of M-59. Oceola Township Supervisor Bill Bamber said it will have 88 units, with 2/3 being condominiums, and the remainder being duplexes. The developer had made a couple changes since the commission had last seen the site plan. A fishing pier and tot lot playground that had been planned to be put in have been scrapped. They will also be adding some sidewalks where there previously weren’t and connecting a woodchip path to them at an access point, as well.

This planned unit development was originally approved 15 years ago. Bamber said that part of that reason was the economy, and the other part was one of the original developers taking the money and running off with the other developer’s wife. The commission unanimously passed a vote to recommend approval to the township board. The board will vote at their next meeting, Thursday, September 7th. (MK)