Lakeside Auto buys Spring Lake Vander Mill, expansions planned

The current site holds between 150 and 200 vehicles for sale. The expansion will provide capacity for up to 500 cars and trucks.

SPRING LAKE, Mich. — The property that was home to the Vander Mill cider shop for the past 12 years has a new owner.

“We’ve sold the property to Lakeside Auto,” cider mill owner Paul Vander Heide said of the nearly 5-acre parcel at 14921 Cleveland St.

Andrew McLean, owner of Lakeside Auto, 14953 Cleveland St., said he plans an 80,000-square-foot expansion of the sales lot when the state transportation agency adds a center turn lane on M-104 next spring.

The current site holds between 150 and 200 vehicles for sale. The expansion will provide capacity for up to 500 cars and trucks.

McLean said the plans are to eventually turn the current Vander Mill building into Lakeside Auto’s sales and administration offices. The current Lakeside Auto

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How Bruce Kenan sued for a tax bargain on his Skaneateles Lake homes; “a slap in everybody else’s face”

In 2018, Skaneateles town officials raised the property tax assessment on Destiny USA partner Bruce Kenan’s two lakefront mansions to $7 million.

Unhappy with that, Kenan went to court and argued that was too high, that they really should be valued at $2.7 million. They settled somewhere in the middle: $4.7 million.

Then, less than a year later, Kenan put the properties up for sale.

Kenan’s asking price? $8.4 million.

That’s three times the amount he argued in court they were worth.

The Kenans are like other wealthy landowners in New York who use their money and lawyers to negotiate more favorable tax bills, town Assessor Michael Maxwell said.

Maxwell said he sees it again and again in Skaneateles and in Lake George, a ritzy Adirondack town where he is also a part-time assessor.

“The whole thing to me is just a slap in everybody else’s face,” Maxwell said.

Kenan’s

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