Plans on the books

Centertown is targeted by Grand Haven officials as having potential for grant funding and reconstruction — but city officials say there are more projects in the pipeline for the downtown area.
Alex Doty
Jan 4, 2013

“We’ve gotten done with some very large projects and we’re trying to take a look at what is next,” said Dana Kollewehr, executive director of the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority.

In 2011, the city wrapped up a multi-million dollar streetscape and infrastructure project on Washington Avenue between Harbor Drive and Third Street. Prior to that, work took place in several municipal parking lots between Franklin and Washington avenues.

With those projects wrapped up, officials are now looking to the future.

“We’ve talked about resurfacing parking lots in Centertown and downtown,” Kollewehr said.

Kollewehr said the downtown lots would likely be the large lot next to Harbourfront Place, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Harbor Drive, and in the second block between Washington and Columbus avenues, near the new Mindset Properties development.

The Centertown project would likely be for a lot near The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave.

Kollewehr said the city has also looked at some "straight infrastructure projects." One of them would be along Harbor Drive, from near Y Drive toward downtown.

“We’ve also looked at Second Street from Jackson to Columbus,” she said. “That was identified from the (city's) Department of Public Works as an area that needed improvement.”

The Downtown Development Authority is also looking at areas along the waterfront for improvement work.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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