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Grand Landing gets new life

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Redstar Shores LLC, an East Lansing-based company that recently bought the development on Grand Haven's north end, is planning a new coffee shop with drive-through service and retail space to be built on what is now a mostly empty parking lot.

“It has been several years since we last saw any activity,” City Planner Kristin Turkelson said. “The last construction would have been Jimmy John’s.”

The newest development is a 3,715-square-foot building — with 2,400 square feet dedicated to a commercial tenant and the remaining 1,315 square feet for the coffee shop. The building will be constructed in the parking lot area between U.S. 31 and the Grand Landing building housing Plantenga’s Cleaners.

“I think that it proves to show we’re moving forward,” Turkelson said of the new construction. “It’s critical to the viability of our community.”

To see the site plan, click the Related File at the end of this story.

Turkelson said the new development is consistent with the preliminary development plan presented to the Planning Commission and approved by City Council in 2006.

Turkelson is expecting construction of the new building to begin quickly.

“I’d not be surprised if we see building permits pulled within the next few weeks,” she said.

The overall design will match the existing buildings at Grand Landing. It will consist of stone, shake-style siding and a metal roof.

Realtor Jake Hogeboom, who has been involved in the marketing of Grand Landing since its recent sale, said getting the new construction started will be good for the long-stalled development.

“The tough part is it has been such a detriment to Grand Haven and the city that it’s overcoming the perception of a failed development,” he said. “We need to get the community back on board. ... To see a new building go up actually gives a community confidence.”

Hogeboom said work is also under way to finish undeveloped condominium units in Grand Landing.

“They’re in the process of finishing 24 condos,” he said. “From the outside, the public doesn’t see it.”

City officials say they expect more from Redstar Shores in the coming weeks as they begin to chart the future of the development.

“At this point, we’re anticipating an amendment to the preliminary development plan,” Turkelson said.

She said there will be plenty of community involvement in this process, which is anticipated to outline the aspects of the project. It is expected to include additional residential units, a hotel and restaurants.

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