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Despite the fact that there are still pending permit issues, the Padnos', with the help of their developer Cottage Home (spoiler alert - these homes are NOT cottages), have begun constructing the first two homes that will be part of the controversial NorthShores development. The portion of development still in limbo is the proposed man-made marina, which has been tied up with the US Army Corp of Engineers and a historic properties review.

The architecture of the houses will be disappointingly predictable in their McMansion-esque design, judging by the first model home. I guess that they are giving the people what they want and will make a fortune from this, though. It seems like they wanted to get shovels in the ground asap on this development to convey to those opposed that, one way or another, this thing is happening so deal with it.

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July 18, 2018

SAUGATUCK TWP. — A public notice period is open for those looking to make comments about a manmade marina for the NorthShores of Saugatuck development. The notice was published on July 2, and its aim is so seek public input on “historic properties issues” regarding NorthShores’ application to construct a marina basin as part of a high-end housing development. Comments need to be submitted by July 21.

“The Army Corps is doing their job, and we expect things to work out,” Brian Bosgraaf, president of Cottage Home, said in an email...
Not that I could ever afford it, but I just don't want a house built on that much sand, that close to the water!




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Saugatuck's bid as a beer destination is growing, as Guardian Brewing continues construction in the former Red Barn Playhouse.

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Austin Metz | Holland Sentinel
July 17, 2018

SAUGATUCK — Construction on a new brewery, restaurant, and event center in Saugatuck moves forward as planned with a scheduled opening in December 2018. The new brewery, Guardian Brewing Company, first announced the purchasing process of the Red Barn Theater about ten months ago and has since then been working on various projects. In June, the brewery had its groundbreaking and since then, construction teams have been at work transforming the site into a restaurant and bar with 80 seats, 19 beer taps, one cider tap, two wine taps and local liquor meant to compliment food from the kitchen...

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This looks great - another 6-story project proposed for downtown Muskegon, filling in more void space that was freed up when the mall was demo'd. Called The Leonard, it will occupy the corner of Second Street and Western Avenue, and will feature underground parking, ground-floor commercial, 2 stories of office space, and 3 stories of apartments (18 units total). Could break ground this fall.
That sounds great. Including underground parking is impressive too considering that adds a lot of cost to the building. According to the article the design still isn't finished, so we'll see what the final rendering comes out looking like. If it is true that most the office space already has commitments that is a very good sign.

Another recent proposal for 50+ condos on Muskegon Lake near the edge of downtown. Another project without a final design. From the rendering it looks pretty boring, but if it brings more people downtown and develops another long vacant piece of land I'll take it.

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July 9th, 2018

Hartshorn Village, a condo community on the shore of Muskegon Lake, could be ready for residents by spring 2019.

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This looks great - another 6-story project proposed for downtown Muskegon, filling in more void space that was freed up when the mall was demo'd. Called The Leonard, it will occupy the corner of Second Street and Western Avenue, and will feature underground parking, ground-floor commercial, 2 stories of office space, and 3 stories of apartments (18 units total). Could break ground this fall.



The rendering looks like it shows only 5 floors - either the design is changing, or maybe there's a penthouse floor that is cut off from the angle of view.


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Do you know which corner of Second and Western its planned for? I'm guessing its the larger grassy lot on the northwest corner and not the one directly next to Lake View Lofts?

Is Highpoint Flats fully open? I can't wait to see how much downtown Muskegon has changed since my last visit.
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Do you know which corner of Second and Western its planned for? I'm guessing its the larger grassy lot on the northwest corner and not the one directly next to Lake View Lofts?

Is Highpoint Flats fully open? I can't wait to see how much downtown Muskegon has changed since my last visit.
Lake View Lofts owns the land to the corner for additional phases. This is the only other vacant corner, which I would call the northeast corner (the downtown grid doesn't really align north-south or east-west).

What I'm wondering is how much of the site is being developed. When I worked downtown, which was a while ago now, the land fronting Western there was being sold as one lot between Second and First. This building clearly isn't that long, but it's not clear how much of that block it will cover.

I went to their website and while there is not much info on it yet they do have some floorplans.
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Lake View Lofts owns the land to the corner for additional phases. This is the only other vacant corner, which I would call the northeast corner (the downtown grid doesn't really align north-south or east-west).

What I'm wondering is how much of the site is being developed. When I worked downtown, which was a while ago now, the land fronting Western there was being sold as one lot between Second and First. This building clearly isn't that long, but it's not clear how much of that block it will cover.

I went to their website and while there is not much info on it yet they do have some floorplans.
Thank you for the clarification. I was unaware that the Lake View Lofts developer owns the rest of the land to the corner there. It will definitely be interesting to see what becomes of that land.

The rendering doesn't appear to take up an entire blockfront there. Hopefully we'll get more information soon.
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A few announcements about retail spaces downtown. The first two articles are about Heritage Square Commons, which is part of the Heritage Square Townhomes project. The Commons portion features four retail spaces with a level of residential above. These articles are a few months old, but I don't think were ever posted.

The first article is about Skye Blu Boutique moving from the Century Club into a larger space.
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Women's boutique first tenant at downtown Muskegon's Heritage Square
Justine McGuire - MLIVE
March 18th, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - The first retail tenant in the new Heritage Square Commons downtown Muskegon will be a well-known women's boutique.

The next article is about another current downtown tenant that also needs more space.

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Justine McGuire - MLIVE
May 11th, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - Drip Drop Drink Coffee Bar's second location downtown Muskegon should open by mid-June.

The final article is about an existing storefront getting a new tenant after being empty for three years. 557 Cafe goes into the old Woody's Classic Cafe space on Western Avenue.

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Justine McGuire - MLIVE
March 26th, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - The first sale at 557 Cafe downtown Muskegon was a Faygo pop, but the most popular items so far are the Reuben and Michigan chicken cherry wrap.

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A few years ago the Muskegon Farmers Market moved to a new location downtown. Now a developer is in negotiation to buy the old market property from the city to build a food processing incubator.

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Justine McGuire - MLIVE
July 26th, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - The former Muskegon farmers market on Yuba Street could be redeveloped into a food research and manufacturing facility.

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Corner Bar to reopen nearly one year after devastating fire

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Just over a year after a fire all but destroyed the Corner Bar, the popular bar and restaurant in downtown Rockford will reopen Saturday after being rebuilt.

The bar, famous for its chili dogs and its "World Famous Hot Dog Hall of Fame," is hosting a grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday. The two-story structure, 31 N. Main St., was built in 1873, making it Rockford's oldest brick building.

Orion Construction completed the reconstruction project, salvaging portions of the old building and incorporating them into the new structure..


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Not development news in itself, but partly because of the redevelopment of downtown Muskegon has won the 2018 Strong Towns contest back in April. Originally starting with cities in 22 states and two countries Muskegon won four rounds of voting, first against Marshall, MI; then Greenville, SC; then Annapolis, MD; and finally Kent, OH.

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April 2nd, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - Muskegon won four rounds of voting competition in a row to be named winner of the 2018 Strong Towns contest.
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In development news both of Muskegon's breweries are expanding. There have already been several articles on the new downtown facility for Pigeon Hill Brewing. Ground breaking will take place this month. The tap room on Western Avenue will remain in place until 2021 when the current lease expires.

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Pigeon Hill to break ground on brewing facility in August
Justine McGuire - MLIVE
July 24th, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - Pigeon Hill Brewing Company owners expect to be brewing in a new $2 million facility by March 2019.
Now news that Unruly Brewing plans to renovate a Muskegon Heights building into their production facility. This will allow the brewery to increase the amount of beer it can produce. Currently their beer is only available at their taproom because it does not have the space to produce more.

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Unruly Brewing to expand with Muskegon Heights production facility
Justine McGuire - MLIVE
August 13th, 2018

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - Unruly Brewing Co. plans to move production out of a downtown Muskegon basement and into a facility in Muskegon Heights.
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The deconstruction of the old Ameribank building was posted about earlier in this thread. The building now has a buyer, but it is not Port City Construction as earlier expected. It is being sold to another local developer, Core Development.

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Justine McGuire - MLive
August 15th, 2018

MUSKEGON, MI - The city of Muskegon is selling the former Ameribank building to a local investor - but not the one it planned.



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Grand Haven - The new / rebuilt restaurant, Noto's at the Bil-Mar is almost done, and it looks good.

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Lake Michigan beach restaurant nearing completion
Justine McGuire | MLive
October 12, 2018

GRAND HAVEN, MI - Owners of a newly built restaurant on a Lake Michigan beach expect to open in time for Thanksgiving. Noto's at the Bil-Mar will replace the 46-year-old Bil-Mar Restaurant on Grand Haven's Lake Michigan beachfront.

"The view is spectacular," said co-owner Tony Noto.

The building's exterior is nearing completion, kitchen equipment is on its way, signs are expected to be in place during early November and furniture has been ordered, he said...

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Holland's revamped Civic Center opened to the public a few weeks ago. Ribbon cutting was on September 28.

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Holland’s Civic Center opens to the public
Sydney Smith | Holland Sentinel
September 29, 2018

HOLLAND — Finally. Anticipation was palpable as a red ribbon was unraveled and cut with large red scissors by Mayor Nancy DeBoer.

“As you know, we have tried for decades to get this job done, and we finally did,” DeBoer said. “It feels so good to be able to share this family room with this amazing family.

After being closed for more than a year for a $16.5 million renovation, the George and Lucile Heeringa Civic Center opened to the public. Several hundred people were able to enter the new space after the ribbon cutting on Saturday, Sept. 29...



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I hope they add some infill on that lot between Ameribank and Highpoint Flats that goes up to the sidewalk. It would be nice to add some density there instead of leaving it a courtyard as it was formerly.
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Mark Sanchez | MiBiz
September 28, 2018

Bronson Healthcare plans to design and build a new $22 million community hospital around the trends occurring within the health care industry and the Southwest Michigan market. The Kalamazoo health system intends to significantly downsize the number of licensed beds at a new Bronson South Haven Hospital and end surgical procedures, while focusing primarily on primary care, wellness, disease management and the most-used medical services locally. The new two-story hospital would rise on the east side of South Haven’s existing campus, replacing an aging facility and medical office buildings to create a “health village.” A portion of the original hospital dates back to 1941...
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