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^ This looks really, really ambitious. Muskegon is hot right now, but it all seems to be moving too fast for something not to hit a snag soon. We will see.

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News out of Manistee on the numerous development projects.

The Spirit of the Woods Manistee Gateway Project is especially exciting. Little River Holdings, the economic development arm of the tribe, is relocating their offices to downtown Manistee. Along with their move they are working on a couple of large scale projects for downtown Manistee.

 

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16 hours ago, Pattmost20 said:

News out of Manistee on the numerous development projects.

The Spirit of the Woods Manistee Gateway Project is especially exciting. Little River Holdings, the economic development arm of the tribe, is relocating their offices to downtown Manistee. Along with their move they are working on a couple of large scale projects for downtown Manistee.

 

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sort of reminds me of what the Borisch family did at Walloon Lake.

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2 hours ago, cstonesparty said:

sort of reminds me of what the Borisch family did at Walloon Lake.

Yeah they really turned around Walloon Lake, I've stopped through there a few times over the years.

The cool thing with this project is that they are starting with 5-6 blocks of beautiful Victorian architecture and adding on to it. Manistee really has the bones to be one of the premier Lake Michigan destinations (historic downtown, easy highway access, huge public beach). The brewery was a great addition to the city, the new hotel on the beach is a big win too. Hoping an influx of people staying in and around downtown will help breathe some life into the struggling retail scene.

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Sligh Furniture building downtown Zeeland was just purchased by GDK.  The same firm who did all the new buildings on 8th St. downtown Holland.  Plan would be to convert to apartments.

https://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20210114/sligh-furniture-co-building-redevelopment-on-horizon-after-sale

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https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8124629,-86.0102468,77m/data=!3m1!1e3

 

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Great looking building. Downtown Holland is impressive. If they could somehow inch closer to Lake Macatawa, that'd be amazing. It's kind of weird to have a lakefront city that isn't very lake friendly.

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1 hour ago, joeDowntown said:

Great looking building. Downtown Holland is impressive. If they could somehow inch closer to Lake Macatawa, that'd be amazing. It's kind of weird to have a lakefront city that isn't very lake friendly.

Joe

Agree.  It’s unfortunate they let their lakefront get so industrial.  The cost to get Verplank, Brewers, and Padnos to move out then the cleanup of the sites would likely be exorbitant.  Kollen Park on the south shore isn’t too far from downtown and is not bad for lakefront viewing (Boatwerks is right there as well).

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50 minutes ago, wingbert said:

Agree.  It’s unfortunate they let their lakefront get so industrial.  The cost to get Verplank, Brewers, and Padnos to move out then the cleanup of the sites would likely be exorbitant.  Kollen Park on the south shore isn’t too far from downtown and is not bad for lakefront viewing (Boatwerks is right there as well).

It's actually an interesting example of what cities/people thought of waterfront (utility /industry) historically, vs. what cities/people think of waterfront now (recreation/focal point of activity).

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3 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

If they could somehow inch closer to Lake Macatawa, that'd be amazing

Not sure if I ever posted this link before, but there is long (very long) term planning going on to address this.   When surveys went out on feedback, evidently many people had the same suggestion as me to do a land swap with the Verplank dock at the end of 8th street with some of the property at the now closed JDY power plant.  This would at least cluster the industrial uses and open up some water for more immediate use.

https://waterfrontholland.org/

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4 minutes ago, Onekama said:

Progress being made on 212 S. River downtown Holland.  Picture is from December, so a bit outdated by now.

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I have been really impressed by what developers in Holland have been doing. My family has been going out there for generations in the summer (Great Grandpa bought a place in the 1940s, Grandpa moved out there full time after retirement), we used to only go into town once or twice a summer to go shopping, pretty much never went out to eat. They have really turned themselves into a destination and I find myself bringing more and more out of town friends there to go out to eat and have a few drinks.

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Thanks for the Holland & Zeeland updates!

 

Grand Haven - The Grand Haven City Planning Commission gave its final site plan approval on Tuesday for the 133-unit Peerless Flats development -

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And - speaking of cleaning up waterfronts - in Muskegon -

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EPA completes Great Lakes Restoration Project in Muskegon
Bianca Cseke
December 30, 2020

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The EPA announced on Wednesday the completion of a $6.6 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project in Muskegon... The Ryerson Creek Outfall is a 12-acre site located on the shore of Muskegon Lake that has been contaminated with petroleum, metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The GLRI-funded project successfully dredged 10,600 cubic yards of contaminated sediment, removed more than 2,000 tons of mill debris and covered a two-acre area with clean sand...

 

 

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Great news.  Now if someone could find a way to restore the Milwaukee Clipper.  It always kind of bums me out when I’m on the Lake Express.

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Holland (Township) - 

HOM Flats at Felch Street is scheduled to break ground this Spring. While the architecture is underwhelming, it will bring 114 apartments to the area, a mix of "affordable" and market-rate units. This is the same developer - Magnus Capital Partners - that is behind the new, similarly-styled HOM Flats at Maynard - which was just approved in Grand Rapids.

$22M Felch Street apartment complex to break ground this spring


Carolyn Muyskens | Ionia Sentinel-Standard
January 21, 2021

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On 1/21/2021 at 8:57 AM, Onekama said:

Existing building on the site was torn down this week to make way for another mixed use building downtown Holland.

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https://www.sentinel-standard.com/business/20200814/updated-condo-site-plan-fewer-apartments-more-commercial-space

 

 

Some pricey real estate listings with new renderings are up for this project.  https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/159-S-River-Ave-505-Holland-MI-49423/2075612969_zpid/

This is across the street from the Holland Rescue Mission, which is next door to Scrapyard Lofts (overlooks Padnos site).  Wondering what it would take for a developer to build a new shelter/mission elsewhere and develop the old building into Mission Lofts...

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On 1/22/2021 at 9:21 AM, Onekama said:

Progress being made on 212 S. River downtown Holland.  Picture is from December, so a bit outdated by now.

 

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Progress update on this project:

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I was near Muskegon for work yesterday, so I took a look around afterwards. I haven't walked around downtown Muskegon in forever - it looks good! Topped it off with a sunset watch over Lake Michigan, at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. I'll share these photos in several posts so I don't over-burden the thread - a mix of old, new, and under-construction - 

(Part 1 of 5)

First, a stop in nearby Norton Shores - Mercy Health's new 40,000 SF, $19 million mixed-use facility is open at 3570 Henry Street (former Kmart site) -
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Now on to downtown Muskegon - Frauenthal Center - the crane in the background looked like it was for some rooftop equipment work at Muskegon 
Community College (behind this building), "Muskegon, Together Rising" sculpture in foreground -
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Lake View Lofts, Phase 1 (Phase 2 tower will go to the left of it) -
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The Leonard, with foundations underway -
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The Western Market micro shops along W Western Ave., with Highpoint Flats beyond -
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The downtown Post Office, with "Waters Edge" sculpture in foreground -
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Western Place Condos, opened early 2020, next to Highpoint Flats -
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Berkshire Senior Living Community -
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Muskegon walkabout, continued (Part 2 of 5)

Muskegon Farmers Market -
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The former, gutted bank building at the corner of First St. and Clay Ave., still awaiting redevelopment -
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The less-gutted (but still-vacant) former Huntington Bank Building, at the corner of First St. and W Webster Ave. -
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St. Mary's Catholic Church -
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136 W Western Ave. (former Salvation Army Building), built 1900 and recently sold, though I'm not sure what the current redevelopment plans are, if any -
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860 Terrace St. - this unique edifice currently has a Frontier Communications Store on the ground level - 
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Muskegon City Hall -
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Muskegon County Hall of Justice -
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Muskegon walkabout, continued (Part 3 of 5)

Ten21 Apartments (on Jefferson St.) -
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Muskegon Women's Club -
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Central United Methodist Church -
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Muskegon Museum of Art -
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Hackley Public Library -
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Hackley Public Library - Torrent House -
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Muskegon Public Schools Hackley Administration Building -
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Muskegon walkabout, continued (Part 4 of 5)

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Grant -
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Hackley Park - Memorial -
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Muskegon Community College -
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St. Paul's Episcopal -
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The Culinary Institute -
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"What Lifts You" -
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Delta Hotel -
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Mercy Health Arena / Rad Dad's Taco's / VanDyke Mortgage Convention Center -
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(Part 5 of 5)

Mercy Health Arena / Rad Dad's Taco's / VanDyke Mortgage Convention Center -
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Vintage Redefined & Dr. Rolf's BBQ -
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The Babbitt Building -
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Amazon Apartments -
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VanDyke Mortgage Convention Center -
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End with a sunset over Lake Michigan - P.J. Hoffmaster State Park -
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Thanks for obliging me / allowing me to clog the thread for a bit!

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City Flats hotel in Holland is joining Hilton Tapestry Collection.  Not sure if the downtown GR location would also be switching at some point??

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/grrcfup-cityflatshotel-holland/

https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/cityflatshotel-in-holland-joining-tapestry-collection-by-hilton

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On 2/9/2021 at 11:46 AM, Onekama said:

City Flats hotel in Holland is joining Hilton Tapestry Collection.  Not sure if the downtown GR location would also be switching at some point??

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/grrcfup-cityflatshotel-holland/

https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/cityflatshotel-in-holland-joining-tapestry-collection-by-hilton

Sounds like a logical move. They can tap into that brand loyalty and take advantage of the associated perks and improvements that come with the switch, including the installation of new locks that can be controlled by smart phone apps for remote check-ins. I wouldn't be surprised if the GR location followed suit.

(PS - sorry again about the massive Muskegon photo dump. Hopefully that wasn't too annoying)

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