“We feel that it’s a key, important asset in our district, and we want to continue development in that area,” said Dana Kollewehr, director of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority.
The city recently received a proposal from the Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio to craft a strategic development plan for Centertown. City Manager Pat McGinnis said the study would cost about $16,470, and there is money in the city's budget for planning-related efforts to pay for it.
The impetus for the proposal is that the Downtown Development Authority requested to have City Council conduct a planning and design effort for Centertown.
“It is identified as a very strategic priority for the DDA,” Kollewehr said.
The proposal would be conducted as a neighborhood planning effort. There will be design charrettes, community meetings, and involvement from business and property owners.
“We feel there is support there and interest in seeing something happen,” Kollewehr said.
Mayor Geri McCaleb said she is looking forward to the ideas and concepts that will be drawn up for Centertown by the Ann Arbor-based Johnson Hill firm.
“I’m fascinated to see what they see when they look down that Seventh Street corridor,” she said. “It will be an interesting study, for sure.”
McCaleb said it is important that the Downtown Development Authority begins to look beyond the downtown area.
“I think it is important that the DDA district is a larger area,” she said. “It is good to start looking at other parts of the area.”
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