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Plans for Lake Michigan camp draws opposition

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Associated Press

SAUGATUCK, Mich. -- A plan to turn part of a camp owned by Presbytery of Chicago along Lake Michigan in western Michigan into luxury home sites is being opposed by some nearby residents and past campers.

The Grand Rapids Press reports more than 100 people appealed Wednesday to the Planning Commission in Saugatuck to reject a request from David Barker to establish eight home sites on a 22-acre portion of the 130-acre Presbyterian Camps property.

Barker earlier agreed to buy the campground from the Presbytery of Chicago for $10 million and is asking for a special land use for the 22-acre section. After nearly three hours of debate, commissioners postponed a vote on the request until Oct. 24.

The camp was founded in 1899 and has been owned by the Presbytery of Chicago since 1921.

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