A request to grant access to a graveled area for parking at a parcel on the West Mill Street Right of Way (ROW) between Washington Street and the Thornapple River was approved by the Hastings City Council 0n Monday.
Doug and Sharon Vickery asked to vacate the street was turned down in September; council members would not consider vacating the property because of the storm sewer and its proximity to the Thornapple River and Tyden Park.
The couple asked for reconsideration this week. They are close to selling the property, he said,
A driveway, a ranch-style building and a three-unit apartment building and a city storm sewer line are in the ROW. Vickery said the buildings are likely non-conforming.
They didn’t know about the situation with the ROW when they purchased it 34 years ago, Vickery said. They learned about it years later, and didn’t want to leave the problem for the next owner, he said.
The easement won’t affect the sale of the parcel; it has no time limit, unless the city needs it for some purpose, and is transferable from one owner to the next. The non-conforming structures can stay, but cannot be rebuilt if they burn down.