Van Buren County preparing title work...

Van Buren County preparing title work for sale of lots near Northpoint Preserve along Lake Michigan

There are 12 comments on the MLive.com story from Aug 30, 2012, titled Van Buren County preparing title work for sale of lots near Northpoint Preserve along Lake Michigan. In it, MLive.com reports that:

The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners Tuesday hired a local attorney to clear the titles of Lake Michigan lots it intends to sell.

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Richard Ryan Jr

Worth, IL

#1 Sep 4, 2012
Another reporter that doesn't check his/her facts. Very few of the Syndicate Park lots were given away for free. All of my grandparents and the rest of the residents of Syndicate Park bought their property.
I hope that these odd lots will be offered to the residents first,or at least have an auction for them. But the last time those 90 lots,you mentioned in your story,came up for auction,they were quietly sold to the county,by the state,for $1900.00 in 2002 for back taxes. We residents were not notified or allowed to bid on those parcels.
Anon

Hartford, MI

#2 Sep 4, 2012
How did you not know they owed back taxes? It is public record. There are hundreds of properties that are owed back taxes now. It's not like they are going to announce it to everyone on the planet. If you are interested in purchasing those type of homes, whoever you are, you need to do your home work. Whether you are a person, group, company, or city, you have the same right to its purchase.
Sandy Shores

Muskegon, MI

#3 Sep 5, 2012
There were lots purchased for back taxes in the subdivision by a couple of residents, that is fact and information easily obtained on the internet tax records for Van Buren County. I believe not purchased from the county but previous owners?County name generally comes up every year on the list of deliquent taxes. They were not willing to sell parcels however. There was also a list published with the value of the parcels?? a few years ago when ownership of Syndicate Park was established. These values were in my opinion very low??? Usually adjacent property owners are given the opportunity to purchase-however will probably be reappraised before that occurs. Offering to adjacent property owners is not something that has to be done however. A developer etc. can come in and buy the whole 87 parcel which would be an easier transaction and less legal fees than selling off individually. Developer could then sell off what he didn't want. BIG question is all will need surveys which has been an issue in the past as county not really sure where property lines are. Some are easily identified as surrounding homeowners have had surveys done with stakes in place others no. Would be easier to do a replat of the subdivision however unless court ordered all residents would need to agree to that I believe under MI law.
Sandy Shores

Muskegon, MI

#4 Sep 5, 2012
Just a side comment try offering the County $1900 for all the parcels maybe depreciate a bit due to market conditions, etc. and see what the response is!!!
Richard Ryan Jr

Worth, IL

#5 Sep 5, 2012
Anon wrote:
How did you not know they owed back taxes? It is public record. There are hundreds of properties that are owed back taxes now. It's not like they are going to announce it to everyone on the planet. If you are interested in purchasing those type of homes, whoever you are, you need to do your home work. Whether you are a person, group, company, or city, you have the same right to its purchase.
I know they were not listed. My family and other residents have tried for years to purchase odd lots in Syndicate Park. All lots that were in the critical dunes area were deeded back to the state and not available for purchase. I have had public/private/tax and land for sale auction notices sent to my house monthly,for years. How the county got all these lots begs the question? Was it a private sale?,you tell me. Show me a public notice that these 87 lots were up for public sale and I will print a retraction.
Richard Ryan Jr

Worth, IL

#6 Sep 5, 2012
Sandy Shores wrote:
Just a side comment try offering the County $1900 for all the parcels maybe depreciate a bit due to market conditions, etc. and see what the response is!!!
Would have done that a long time ago,if it were possible. There is a critical dunes designation(1986) within Syndicate Park that states "no property owned by the state,within the critical dunes area,can or will be sold". The few lots in Syndicate Park,that are away from the critical dunes area, were bought by my family and or other residents.
The county,which somehow got the 87 lots in the critical dunes area and another 47 odd lots in the park,are now saying that they might sell all those lots. Funny that individuals/residents couldn't purchase any/all these lots for years because of the critical dunes erosion act clause,but the government can do what they want,when they want,with this property.
Sandy Shores

Muskegon, MI

#7 Sep 6, 2012
Unfortnately this has happened in many other areas and seashore states also. If the residents were aware of this "illegal" transaction perhaps a good attorney should have been consulted back then as to what needed to happen? Obviously the State didn't want to deal with it and the County had no idea what they were getting into with this freebe,State wanted tax dollars from the County.

Someone found a way around that aspect of the dune act or perhaps didn't apply-there are soo many loopholes in that law that can be applied and exceptions can be granted.

I believe a lot of those lots were present before the Critical Dunes Act went into effect which again has now been altered to allow for development in some areas and ease current restrictions placed on people with homes being effected. The timing has come together almost "magically". County and Township needs $ don't need another "land preserve" in that area they want tax $ and this is nothing new. County + DNR want to avoid the law suits being placed on them in some of these areas. There are quite a few on file which add up to millions of dollars-need the right attorney.
This costs not the County but costs us as taxpayers.

If county was interested they could have followed suit of Casco who just acquired approx 8 acres of Lakefront property next to me to the tune of approx 4 million and most was grant $ and generous donations from a couple of families. It is now available to all to enjoy and they are completing many improvements on that parcel.
Most of the dollars however came from State of MIchigan grants however, once accepted the area in question is now open TO ALL!!

I'm sure the next step is already in place!!!
Richard Ryan Jr wrote:
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Would have done that a long time ago,if it were possible. There is a critical dunes designation(1986) within Syndicate Park that states "no property owned by the state,within the critical dunes area,can or will be sold". The few lots in Syndicate Park,that are away from the critical dunes area, were bought by my family and or other residents.
The county,which somehow got the 87 lots in the critical dunes area and another 47 odd lots in the park,are now saying that they might sell all those lots. Funny that individuals/residents couldn't purchase any/all these lots for years because of the critical dunes erosion act clause,but the government can do what they want,when they want,with this property.
Sandy Shores

Muskegon, MI

#8 Sep 6, 2012
ALL of Syndicate Park is in the Critical Dune Area per an officialof the DNR. Anything West of Blue Star Highway or at least that is what I was advised!!.
Sandy Shores

Glenn, MI

#9 Sep 12, 2012
Well I'm guessing this is new but the State is on the internet with the sale of approx 4 lots 7-10 in Syndicate Park opening bid $1400.00 so if they cannot sell in the Critical dunes they are unaware of that regulation!! Either a new posting or perhaps old and already sold??

ecital ernet
Richard Ryan Jr wrote:
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Would have done that a long time ago,if it were possible. There is a critical dunes designation(1986) within Syndicate Park that states "no property owned by the state,within the critical dunes area,can or will be sold". The few lots in Syndicate Park,that are away from the critical dunes area, were bought by my family and or other residents.
The county,which somehow got the 87 lots in the critical dunes area and another 47 odd lots in the park,are now saying that they might sell all those lots. Funny that individuals/residents couldn't purchase any/all these lots for years because of the critical dunes erosion act clause,but the government can do what they want,when they want,with this property.
richard ryan

Evergreen Park, IL

#10 Sep 12, 2012
Sandy Shores wrote:
Well I'm guessing this is new but the State is on the internet with the sale of approx 4 lots 7-10 in Syndicate Park opening bid $1400.00 so if they cannot sell in the Critical dunes they are unaware of that regulation!! Either a new posting or perhaps old and already sold??
ecital ernet<quoted text>
Where on the plat map are these located? thanks
Sandy Shores

Glenn, MI

#11 Sep 12, 2012
You probably know more than I do but looks like block 12 on the windward side of the dune where Jackson Drive would be. They could be under water??? If not certainly water view.
richard ryan wrote:
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Where on the plat map are these located? thanks
Sandy Shores

Glenn, MI

#12 Sep 12, 2012
TaxI.D number 80-17-232-001-00 U can pull up additional info on the Van Buren Tax site.
richard ryan wrote:
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Where on the plat map are these located? thanks

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