STEVENSVILLE — Phyllis Norris of Lincoln Township is on a mission to save the view of the dunes and Lake Michigan where Red Arrow Highway intersects with John Beers Road.
“This is the only place along Red Arrow Highway ... where both the dunes and the lake can be seen,” she told Village of Stevensville trustees during their meeting Wednesday.
She was so inspired by the view that she painted a picture of the area, including a boardwalk she envisions.
“When the sign went up that it’s for sale, I thought, ‘I think that should be preserved for public use,’” she said.
Norris said she’s looking for an organization willing to preserve the 1.8 acre-site for public use. The property is zoned for commercial development, with an asking price of $250,000. It is listed for sale by Don Kamp, a real estate professional with @properties in St. Joseph.
The online listing for the property states that the corner lot “has one of the highest traffic counts within Berrien County.”
“I would hate to see something go up that would destroy the last view of that unique area,” said Norris, who moved to Lincoln Township a little over two years ago. “... If I had money, I’d buy it. I’m coming to you to present it and hope that you will be willing to accept the idea and help me along any way you can.”
Village President Steve Slavicek said it’s a great idea. He said someone could put up a hot dog stand there in the summertime.
“(We could) put up signage to get people off I-94 and point them in our direction,” he said.
Other trustees agreed.
“If someone put tall buildings there, it would be so sad,” Trustee Amanda Pohyba said.
Slavicek said the village doesn’t have the money to help pay for the property, but village trustees can help her contact people and organizations that may be willing to help.
After the meeting, Norris said she and her husband, Jack Norris, lived in Anderson, Ind., where she worked as a high school teacher. She said for 20 years or so they camped near Warren Dunes in Sawyer and fell in love with Southwest Michigan.
During her working years, she also served on Anderson’s parks board and Planning Commission for eight years.
Anyone with ideas about how to protect the preserve the property and the view can reach Norris by email at Phyllis.Norris@icloud.com, or call the village at 269-429-1802.
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