Grand Landing gets new life

After several years of stalled development, new construction is planned for Grand Landing.
Alex Doty
Nov 14, 2012

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.

 

Comments

Say No To Tourist's

An article from Aug 21,2012 In the agreement filed with the city in June, the developer stated they were interested in completion and sale or lease of the currently built condominium units, constructing a new hotel, adding two or more restaurants, and constructing as many as 300 apartment units. Last I heard it was updated to 400 units.

Michael Johnson

Okay, look...I have no problem with my tax dollars going to support something in my community that matters. But lame chain eateries, condos, and hotels don't qualify. You want to put restaurants in, they better be unique local restaurants...if not, then chains that don't already exist somewhere nearby....Chilis? You must be joking...the one in Muskegon sucks...you think one in GH will be any better? The Applebys is already a joke...try a chain that isn't anywhere near here...a PF Changs...a Five Guys Burger and Fries...at least get creative and take a risk. As for condos and hotels...like I said...real estate has not yet been reborn since the housing bubble burst...focus on beautification and infrastructure.

CAT

Suggestion: Trader Joe's

tbone63

If the tax payers of Grand Haven new just a fraction of what went on behind the scenes and who benefited and PROFITED from it there would have been a flash mob at City Hall at best, charges of fraud/corruption on the part of city officials and 'special commission" members or a very ugly class action law suit at worst! Unfortunately the day of investigating journalism has passed; reporters today are too lazy and complacent to track down the wrongdoers. SAD

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