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Old Posted Dec 30, 2019, 2:32 AM
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^ is this next to the Lake View lofts? Filling out the block nicely with six story buildings.
This is kitty corner from Lake View Lofts. From what I understand the developers of Lake View also own the vacant lot next to the completed LVI and under construction LVII and we may be hearing an announcement for LVIII there in the future.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2020, 11:27 PM
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News about a planned hotel in downtown Allegan which is (not surprisingly) stirring up local conflict. My own opinion, being generally "pro-development" and definitely "pro-small town / pro-history" is that if it is done correctly, this could be a great asset to the small but unique downtown. Especially if the park ends up with a net increase and is given proper attention / budgeting (which is the developer's proposed trade-off for taking over some of the current park land).

...the local concerns are vast and varied. Some items cited include:
  • The developer, CL Real Estate Development Co. of Peru, IL, lacks experience in hotel development
  • There are no guarantees / defined limited for the park investment
  • The park land that would be absorbed would take away from outdoor concert and fireworks viewing areas
  • The developer will not make public their own marketing studies
  • The development will render park areas less accessible to seniors and those with mobility impairments
  • Developing the park is a sign of disrespect to its namesake and contradicts the investments made in the past to preserve it as public open space

I'm not a betting man, but it looks like this development faces a long, uphill battle. I predict that the developer was expecting some backlash, but that they will ultimately back away and pick a new site, or move on to some other town. The plans and renderings that have so far been made public seem very generic and schematic.

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Controversy flares over proposed hotel development at Mahan Park in Allegan
Genevieve Grippo | WWMT Newschannel 3
February 13th 2020

ALLEGAN, Mich. — A hotel proposal in Allegan that would transform Mahan Park continues to stir up controversy in the small town, prompting both supporters and critics to try to sway voters in their favor. Come March 10, 2020, voters in Allegan will see a question on their ballots asking if the city should be, “authorized to sell up to .33 acres of land in Mahan Park for development of a hotel, as part of a transaction in which at least .38 acres of new park are added to Mahan Park.”...







Source: WWMT | Courtesy City of Allegan / CL Real Estate
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2020, 3:21 PM
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‘Monroe Lofts’ request tabled in Sturgis
Elena Meadows | Sturgis Journal Correspondent
February 19, 2020

Sturgis Planning Commission on Tuesday tabled a request from TWG Development for a planned development district at 200 E. Chicago Road and 111 N. Monroe Street, formerly the location of Arkwright’s. Planning commissioners plan to research some of TWG’s properties in other communities, then call a special meeting at a date to be determined to reconsider the request...
The big issues here are (1) overcoming local bias towards height and denser development, (2) the overall architectural quality of the proposal (which in my opinion, is very weak), and (3) the results of the "due diligence" research that the city intends to conduct on the Indianapolis-based developer.

All of these will need to be overcome before this thing has a fighting chance.


Source: Sturgis Journal
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This is just a small project, but a nice one for the community of Dowagiac, MI (about 1 hour southwest of Kalamazoo, and about 45 minutes north of South Bend, IN). They are remodeling & expanding their historic library.




Source: LinkedIn | Miller Davis

An exterior rendering from a while back, with a little more info here.


Source: Herald Palladium

Bonus - some slightly older photos (from about 1 month ago now)





Source: LinkedIn | Miller Davis

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A few small things out of Muskegon:

If you missed it here's some photos from back in May of the Convention Center progress, after work resumed from a temporary COVID-19 halt...

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Downtown Muskegon development moving forward as construction resumes
Anya van Wagtendonk | MLive
May 15, 2020

MUSKEGON, MI - With the state ban on construction lifted, work is ramping up on several developments in and near downtown Muskegon following weeks of unusual quiet as city businesses adjusted to coronavirus-related work stoppages. Earlier this week, construction crews scaled scaffolding alongside the future Lakeshore Convention Center on Fourth Street between West Western Avenue and Shoreline Drive, while heavy machinery moved across the future site of the Hartshorn Village condominium project, between Hartshorn Marina on Muskegon Lake and Fricano Place...
Another delay for The Leonard...

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Construction delayed again on 6-story, mixed-use building in downtown Muskegon
Anya van Wagtendonk | MLive
June 29, 2020

MUSKEGON, MI - Groundbreaking on a mixed-use development planned for downtown Muskegon has been delayed again, due to financing problems, but could take place later this summer in the “best case scenario,” according to city officials. That’s about two years later than originally anticipated, but Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson expressed optimism that the six-story Leonard building, slated for Western Avenue and Second Street, is still moving forward...

Image Source: Kayla Renie | MLive

NorthTown development begins leasing...

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Office leasing opens in $3M downtown Muskegon development
Rachel Watson | GRBJ
July 1, 2020

Office leasing opened in a recently completed mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon that houses restaurants, retail and professional suites. John Essex, managing director of Port City Ventures, which owns Core Realty Partners, said Core Realty Partners began accepting deposits for individual office spaces within the NorthTown 794 development at 794 Pine St. in downtown Muskegon within the past four weeks and has about 35-40% of the top-floor office space still available to lease...
This is pretty boring, but...

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Construction has begun on Muskegon-area Chick-Fil-A
Anya van Wagtendonk | MLive
July 8, 2020

NORTON SHORES, MI – Construction has begun on a long-awaited Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Muskegon County. Ground broke Monday, July 8, on a local franchise of the national chain, at 5607 S. Harvey St., according to its project manager, John Downing, of Buffalo Construction, a Louisville, Ky., building company...
(this is near Lakes Crossing Shopping Center)

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Muskegon exploring public-private partnership to build 100 new rentals
July 9, 2020
Anya van Wagtendonk | MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – A proposed public-private partnership to build new rental housing inside the city of Muskegon would build both single- and multi-family housing on vacant lots around Muskegon. The project’s stated goal is to both provide rental options to middle-income families and to increase the city’s real estate tax base, while reducing the number of vacant lots in the city...
And in Douglas, MI...

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Douglas to buy marina for public waterfront park
By Carolyn Muyskens | Holland Sentinel
July 11, 2020

DOUGLAS — Douglas is acquiring a private marina, located just south of the Blue Star Highway bridge over Kalamazoo Lake, to convert for public use and develop into a waterfront park. The Douglas City Council voted Monday to authorize the purchase of the one-acre, 14-slip Point Pleasant Marine...

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It has been a while since there were some comprehensive updates on this thread. I'm going to try and get some things caught up now. Holland is Hoppin' (pun intended), so I figured I'd start with some exciting Holland updates!

210 / 212 S River Ave.

There was a recent article (in June) that Resthaven, a senior living provider, is teaming with GDK Development and TAG (The Architectural Group - Grandville, MI) for a new 55+ facility in downtown Holland at 212 S River Ave., on the site of the former Harbour Bay Furniture Co., which closed in 2018. There is also some incidental work planned concurrently at the property next door (210).

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Resthaven to open senior living center in downtown development
Cassandra Lybrink | Holland Sentinel
June 1, 2020

HOLLAND — Resthaven has made plans to open its fourth senior living center. A long-term lease agreement made with GDK Development was announced by the nonprofit on Friday, May 29, in a release sent to local media. The building, which will be located on the corner of Ninth Street and River Avenue, will be named The River Place...
The Planning Commission reviewed revised application information for both 210 and 212 S River Ave at a June 23 special meeting. 210 is an existing, 2-story historic masonry structure that would receive a new roof and second floor deck for the existing second floor residence. 210 would be the new 5-story Resthaven facility with ground floor retail space, 21 single-bedroom units, and some main floor covered parking. The design is inspired by the Brower Furniture Co. Building, a historic building that formerly occupied the site 100 years ago. The Commission unanimously passed the site plan applications for both properties.

Here are the renderings and elevations presented on 6/23 -












Photograph of Historic Brower Building (demolished) -

Source: City of Holland (Renderings & Historic Photo) (Elevations)

173 W 20th St.

At the same June 23 Planning Commission Meeting, some plans were reviewed to convert a former church structure into a 6-unit apartment building targeted to medical professionals. This would also require a rezoning from R-TRN to PUD to allow for the higher density unit count (current zone only allows for up to two units). The Commission responded favorably, and the next steps include community outreach.

The developers seem pretty novice, and the plans that were reviewed are pretty unexciting, but maybe an interesting project nonetheless -





Source: City of Holland

159 S River Ave "Towers on River"

This 5-story project was reviewed in September of last year. The applicant, Midwest Construction, returned to the Planning Commission at their July 14, 2020 meeting to amend the original application. Included in the amendment is the provision of medical office suite space on the second floor, multi-level patient and tenant parking, and a total of 27 residential units on the top three floors. Also included is an additional curb cut off of 7th St, in addition to a previously approved cut off of 6th St. Awaiting minutes to find out what the outcome was from this 7/14 review.

Renderings and below -

















Source: City of Holland

66 E 8th St (New Holland Brewing Expansion)

Here's where my bad "Holland be Hoppin'" pun comes into play. New Holland Brewing is looking to expand their current building with a ~2,400 SF rear addition with a basement and two floors. The goal of the addition is to provide an expanded kitchen and year-round indoor / outdoor bar space on the ground level, with restrooms, storage, and roof top patio above. There is also an elevator proposed as a part of this development, which would require an OPR (Optional Plan Review) and Planning Commission Waiver, due to its location along a public right-of-way. The online documents also indicate plans for a future second phase addition, to finish a build-out of the second floor up to the 8th St. frontage. The building is also in the historic downtown district.

Plans, Elevations, and (sketchy) Renderings below -







Source: City of Holland (Drawings) (Renderings)

36th Street Housing Development (285 W 36th St and 904, 906, 926 Washington Ave)

City Council voted 7-2 in early July to approve the rezoning of these parcels to allow for a new affordable housing development spearheaded by Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and Jubilee Ministries. A total of 42 units across two phases would be built on the parcels rezoned from R-1 to PRD (Planned Residential Development). There will be a mix of single-family detached homes, and 2 and 3-unit townhouses. This is a fairly massive development, considering the stakeholders, and a lot of moving parts were involved to get it to this approval point.

More info and imagery below -

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Council greenlights 36th Street development
Carolyn Muyskens | Holland Sentinel
July 2, 2020

HOLLAND — In a packed agenda, the Holland City Council rezoned land at the end of 36th Street to make way for an affordable housing development, approved temporary no-wake measures on Lake Macatawa and codified its program for short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods on Wednesday...

Source: City of Holland




Source: City of Holland



Precedent Image (I'm guessing this is maybe a previous Habitat project somewhere?)

Source: City of Holland

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