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4 minutes ago, cstonesparty said:

I bet there's some people here who would lick their chops over this...

https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/02/new-life-sought-for-old-power-plant-on-prime-land-in-grand-haven.html

 

It would definitely make for an awesome renovation if someone is willing to put the money into it.

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18 hours ago, cstonesparty said:

I bet there's some people here who would lick their chops over this...

https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/02/new-life-sought-for-old-power-plant-on-prime-land-in-grand-haven.html

 

That is cool. I didn't realize they were tearing down the Sims Plant (the big smoke stack plant across the river from Grand Haven. That will certainly take a big eyesore out of the picture. No more ore freighters going up the channel though? That was always kind of cool to see. 

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10 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

Anyone been through Spring Lake recently to see the progress on the new downtown projects? I was there last summer and they were going to town on several aspects of it. Must be pretty far along by now? 

Haven't driven through, however I believe this summer is the target open date for Epicurean Village.

This was posted on the FB page for the restaurant that is opening in Spring Lake. Finn's Chophouse and Speakeasy.

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5 hours ago, GRDadof3 said:

Anyone been through Spring Lake recently to see the progress on the new downtown projects? I was there last summer and they were going to town on several aspects of it. Must be pretty far along by now? 

I go there occasionally :tw_lol: (or past there several times a day).   Funny that I was thinking about taking photos the other day but I always think "I'll do that tomorrow."  So, I just took photos of Epicurean Village which is really coming along and Lilley Mansion (which was moved and getting a big addition).  Windemere House only has signs in the windows so far and Brooklyn Bagels is open and way better than a vacant gas station.

Your roving Spring Lake UP reporter, 

mgreven

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Lilley Mansion was moved from M104 and getting a big addition for a BNB.  The former RV park across the street will be getting a makeover too for public use. 

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Here's the back of Epicurean from our great little local music venue.

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Lilley Mansion's view of the river.

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Epicurean Village in context.

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Lilley Mansion.

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Epicurean from across M104.

 

 

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22 hours ago, mgreven said:

I go there occasionally :tw_lol: (or past there several times a day).   Funny that I was thinking about taking photos the other day but I always think "I'll do that tomorrow."  So, I just took photos of Epicurean Village which is really coming along and Lilley Mansion (which was moved and getting a big addition).  Windemere House only has signs in the windows so far and Brooklyn Bagels is open and way better than a vacant gas station.

Your roving Spring Lake UP reporter, 

mgreven

IMG_6387.jpeg

Lilley Mansion was moved from M104 and getting a big addition for a BNB.  The former RV park across the street will be getting a makeover too for public use. 

IMG_6388.jpeg

Here's the back of Epicurean from our great little local music venue.

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Lilley Mansion's view of the river.

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Epicurean Village in context.

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Lilley Mansion.

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Epicurean from across M104.

 

 

Nice! Thanks Mark!

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Biked around the Spring Lake/ Grand Haven area yesterday. Can't believe all the developments that have gone up. New townhouses being done by Orion in Spring Lake as you're coming into town on M-104. The new foodie area in downtown Spring Lake is really coming along. And I saw a lot of new residential spread all over Grand Haven, near the farmers market all the way through downtown out to the relatively new Noto's (the old Bilmar). Someone even tore down the cabin at the curve in that road and replaced it with a monstrosity of a "cottage." 

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Here are some photos of Spring Lake for today...

Epicurean Village that will have Finn's Chophouse and Speakeasy (on the left) and Grand Finale Desserts and Pastries.  I think a clothing shop and a couple other things but who knows anymore? =)IMG_8243.thumb.jpeg.93363c097997239efaf1de12c9e96d12.jpegIMG_8241.thumb.jpeg.1370cb6949b31e753109bafc49cbe449.jpeg

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Lilley Mansion is coming along...

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Here's the finished Brooklyn's Bagels.  Much better than a vacant gas station and part of the same developer's plans as the rest of the village.  The Windemere House gifts/antiques where Bilz Pool and Spa used to be is also under construction but not much to look at yet.

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Follow-up: the Muskegon Convention Center - is ~70% complete. Of the ten weeks of schedule that they lost due to COVID-19, about 5 of those weeks have since been made-up. It is now on track to open Spring 2021. There is some video footage that shows interior & exterior construction progress at the link below.

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Muskegon's convention center 70% built, opening spring 2021
Jon Mills | WZZM 13
September 30, 2020

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Community leaders in Muskegon broke ground on a convention center 17 months ago, and construction has now passed the half-way point. The project likely wouldn't have happened if not for a revised feasibility study done after several new breweries, restaurants, and retail shops opened in the city's downtown...

 

 

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Good 'ol Muskegon, with all that's been going on the past few years it looks like they've really turned the corner.    Lots of community pride with the people I've talked to who work there.   I'm putting it in my top 3 'towns to watch' over the next few years.  I don't follow the residential real estate market there but suspect bargains can be had.

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49 minutes ago, arcturus said:

 I don't follow the residential real estate market there but suspect bargains can be had.

Less and less so. Prices in the desirable neighborhoods have really shot up over the last 3-4 years.  I have a few investments there and it has been a great place to invest, but the margins are getting thinner. 

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It seems Muskegon may be one step closer to the reality of having a large casino / hotel complex in Fruitport Township on the site of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack. This has been discussed for a decade, and now the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published (today) its final Environmental Impact Statement which will be open for public comment for 30 days before a federal 'record of decision' is issued after that.

The casino could bring 70,000 SF of gaming space and 220 hotel rooms, with the potential for 1,500 permanent new jobs. Link to the EIS

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Grand Haven -

Formerly known as Jackson Flats, the re-named Peerless Flats (a proposed housing development in downtown Grand Haven) will seek final approvals from the Grand Haven City Council on November 16. At 130+ units & 148,000 + SF, this would be a huge investment in the downtown. The site is near the waterfront, bordered by Jackson, Fulton, 1st, & 2nd Streets. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Spring 2021. No cost given; but this must be upwards of $30 - $40 million.

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New residential development proposed for downtown Grand Haven
BY Paul R. Kopenkosky | Second Wave Media
October 30, 2020

According to the above, amenities will include

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...124 rental apartments, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units; nine owner-occupied townhome/condominiums along Second Street; four apartment buildings; and an amenity building with a conference room and fitness center, a gathering area, a kitchen, and terrace...

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