The City and it Characteristics
The City of Gibraltar (hereinafter “Gibraltar”) has been called the “Venice of Michigan” with its many canals bisecting the city and its four islands, Hall, Edmund, Main and Horse, with residences. The mainland portion of Gibraltar is a mix of commercial space and residential units, including senior housing and apartment complexes.
Gibraltar has a significant number of natural resources, including a network of more than 5 miles of canals, wetlands and streams. The city itself sits between the Detroit River and Lake Erie. The most recent land use tabulation identifies approximately 33% of total land area as residential, 29% industrial, 15.5% parks, recreation and open space, 6% commercial, 11% transportation, communication and utility, 4% institutional and 1.5% water (such as rivers, lakes, drains and ponds).
Gibraltar is the smallest of the downriver communities in southeast Michigan, with a population of approximately 4656 from the latest census (2010). Gibraltar is expected to grow to about 4840 by the year 2040, as estimated by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). With its components of population change indicating there are fewer births, thus fewer children, since the 2000 census, the majority of the population in Gibraltar is between 0-24 and 44 on up with the median age being 41.4 years old.
With the population statistics being as they are and land use being as stated, Gibraltar could be considered a mature community, however, less than half of the land area of the city is built upon.
Gibraltar has a longstanding reputation and takes pride in the conservation of easements protecting certain vacant property, large tract ownership by single owners, and numerous limitations due to Gibraltar’s close proximity to the Detroit River and Lake Erie.
Real Estate Law
Gibraltar Michigan is a small city with the potential for unique legal issues. With the city’s current land usage being mostly a combination of residential, commercial and industrial development in what is known as a downtown area, and the northeast and southeast sections of the city as mostly vacant, and protected by a series of conservation easements not controlled by Gibraltar itself, the city will have to maintain some type of involvement and participation in the future decision making and development of the city. This may be for the benefit or to the detriment of the residential, commercial and/or industrial consumer.
Legal assistance may be necessary. With Gibraltar, as a municipality, being involved with other government agencies at the State level in Michigan as well as perhaps the Federal level in the case of conservation and other natural resource matters, it should be comforting to know, legal experts are close by at Downriver Lawyer http://downriverlawyer.com. It may be necessary someday for you to protect your home, your property, your children, your business or your employees. The list of possibilities is endless.
Downriver Lawyer is an established well experienced group of attorneys in many areas of law. It may be necessary to seek the advice of a lawyer with expertise in very specific areas of real estate law which can include but not be limited to property and its effects and defects, environmental matters, land usage and zoning law matters. These are but a few of the many issues that could come to affect homeowners as well as business owners in Gibraltar Michigan. Lawyers with expertise in real estate matters are easily contacted at http://downriverlawyer.com/services/real-estate/ and ready to resolve any and all your legal needs.