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New Community Vision and Peninsula Housing to Collaborate on Attainable Housing Effort

Updated: May 14

May 6, 2024: New Community Vision (NCV) and Peninsula Housing (PH) have announced their intention to closely cooperate to develop attainable housing on a 24-acre parcel of land on the former Timber Shores property.

The two Leelanau non-profits are committed to providing more affordable homes for residents who live and work in the County, and have agreed to work collaboratively on planning, preliminary design, public outreach and fundraising for attainable housing.

John Sentell, president of NCV, said that joining forces with PH for this opportunity is another significant step forward in NCV’s efforts to purchase and protect the majority of the former Timber Shores land for the benefit of nature and the local community. 

“Using a modest section of the former Timber Shores land for much-needed attainable housing has always been an important part of the mission behind NCV. Now, working with a well-respected non-profit like Peninsula Housing means we have an experienced ally in our commitment to help solve the housing challenges in the County.  We’re excited to make this joint vision a reality.” he said.

Peninsula Housing is an independently-funded community land trust based in Suttons Bay with a mission to provide affordable workforce housing in Leelanau. 

Larry Mawby, PH president, said: “The need for attainable workforce housing is an issue facing the Omena and Northport area, and indeed all of our County.  We believe that collaboration between PH and NCV will not only strengthen our communities in the long-term, but can be model of success beyond our region.”

“NCV’s acquisition of  the former Timber Shores property is a vital piece helping us solve the housing puzzle in the Northport community. Our joint commitment to engaging the community and developing local partnerships brings new energy to finding solutions to the need for attainable housing,” Mawby added.

Recently NCV received two grants, one from the Leelanau Township Community Foundation (LTCF) and one from Rotary Charities to help pursue this effort. Both grants will fund an initial concept plan and community outreach for the attainable housing portion of the property NCV has an exclusive option to acquire.

NCV has already tapped Urban Design Associates (UDA) of Pittsburgh to start work on consensus-driven plans for the 24-acre parcel. PH has previously worked with UDA to conduct a full community planning process for a 10-acre site of their own in Suttons Bay.  

Conserving the majority of the 214-acres of the former Timber Shores as a nature preserve remains a crucial focus of NCV.  To achieve this goal, NCV is working closely with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) in efforts to preserve and restore this extraordinary lakeshore habitat to enhance coastal resiliency and to once again connect people with this remarkable lakeshore site.  

As part of this collaboration, NCV and GTB recently submitted a grant application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency which conserves and manages coastal and marine eco-systems. Part of this grant is to  help NCV acquire the former Timber Shores property.

For more information see: 

New Community Vision website here

Peninsula Housing website here 

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