Published on September 09, 2022.

And other CBDT news

The CBDT recently purchased the property at 74-76 Second Street and donated it to the City of Cedar Springs for parking. Courtesy picture.

The Community Building Development Team (CBDT), of Cedar D, is grateful to have recently purchased property at 74-76 Second Street from Sonya and Tom Cronkright. The Cronkrights reduced the price of the property to allow the CBDT to buy.

“We worked with the CBDTeam knowing that the property would be donated to the City of Cedar Springs for much needed parking. Working with the CBDT team to gather resources that will benefit the future growth of the City of Cedar Springs has been a worthwhile project,” said Sonya Cronkright, owner of The Hair Craft Company and Day Spa on Main Street. The property was donated to the city in early September. The goal is to create additional parking areas so community members and visitors can access our amazing businesses, the beautiful Cedar Springs Library, and wonderful events at the amphitheater.

The CBDT also funded the removal of the old fire station with Dean’s Excavating scheduled for early September. (It was torn down Wednesday.) The property will be seeded until final plans are made for the space. Emma Graham and her project team of senior Calvin University students will provide CBDT with architectural design and civil engineering services free of charge as part of their senior design project. She and the student team will collect community feedback and create concept designs for improvements within our community. Local resident John Ensley of Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering will provide technical supervision.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community,” said CBDT President Sue Spahr. “These students chose Cedar Springs to share their knowledge and skills. We look forward to working with them to see what they create.

Ensley was instrumental in the design of the amphitheater which included the incorporation of features from the Fishing Line station originally located where the amphitheater now stands. He plans to share his historical research on the Cedar Springs community with students.

The CBDT has also paved walking paths along the north side of Cedar Creek off Main Street and in the open urban park off Pine Street. Courtesy picture.

Other CBDT projects completed this summer include paving walking paths along the north side of Cedar Creek off Main Street and in the open urban park off Pine Street leading to the White Pine Trail. Two new cement pads with three benches have been installed in Heart of Cedar Springs Park. The benches are still available for purchase through the CBDT for a cost of $1,000 each, which includes a custom nameplate. This is the only current fundraiser for the CBDT. There was also a brightly colored dragonfly piece installed in the sculpture park near the amphitheater by an anonymous donor.

The next CBDT project will be a community cleanup on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. City Impact will provide a light lunch for all workers. The CBDTeam hopes to have representation not only from community members, but also from all community organizations and local businesses. Projects will include cleanup and improvement projects for city parks and public area, Cedar Creek, community library grounds, residents in need of a helping hand, and any other projects that may affect improve our community. If you know of anyone who might need help, please contact Sue Wolfe at [email protected]

This brightly colored dragonfly piece was installed in the sculpture park near the amphitheater by an anonymous donor. Courtesy picture.

Any future CBDT community improvement projects will depend on input from residents, businesses, and organization representatives. The CBDT will host a team meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at the Community Library beginning at 7 p.m. to celebrate retiring board members, introduce new ones, and discuss visions (hopes and dreams) for improving our community.

Those retiring after many years of outstanding leadership are: President Kurt Mabie, Vice President Dale Larson, Secretary Carolee Cole, Treasurer Sue Mabie, and Trustees Danette Bailey and Fred Gunnell.

New board members include Bryan Baar, Kelley Bergsma, Kamey Howe, Gary Spahr, Patrick Ensley and Autumn Mattson. Returning members include Perry Hopkins and Sue Wolfe. The new CBDT Board Chair is Sue Spahr. She brings to our team her lifelong experience in education, her administrative leadership skills, her collaborative experience, and her sincere commitment to our Cedar Springs community.

“The CBDT Board hopes many will attend this September meeting to share their ideas. Everyone is welcome!” said Spahr.

Outgoing board members include (left to right) Sue Mabie, Kurt Mabie, Dale Larson, Carolee Cole, Danette Bailey and Fred Gunnell. Courtesy picture.