What's going on at Eagle Ottawa site?

Gordon of Grand Haven asked, "Anybody know what's going on with the old Eagle Ottawa site? I saw cranes tearing down structures. I heard at one time someone proposed making the old building into apartments, like the Story and Clark building."
Mark Brooky
May 17, 2013



Just the demolition of the buildings. No plans have yet been made public.

"We don’t have anything beyond a demolition permit for the Eagle Ottawa property, so I can’t say what may be built there in the future," said the city's new community development manager, Jennifer Howland. "Sorry I don’t have more information for you."

That permit was issued nearly two years ago.

To read the July 2012 Tribune story on the demolition permit, CLICK HERE.

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It seems like there could have been a bit of additional reporting / investigating on this topic. Simply asking a city official about what they know seems like someone is not taking their reporting job very seriously. The people to ask are the owners. I fully understand that as private individuals they have NO obligation to say anything.

However, it is interesting to watch a very similar project in Muskegon at the former SAPPI papermill plant. There the owner has held neighborhood meetings and met with the editorial board and reporters from their local paper.

common cents

Looks like the site is for sale:
A cool $4 million.

200 N Beechtree St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
MLS ID: 12039506
This is a remarkable opportunity to redevelop a piece of waterfront property inside the City of Grand Haven. Over 1460 feet of prime Grand River frontage and 14.3 acres. Presently zoned Transitional Industrial which offers many possibilities for reuse or redevelopment. There is approximately 200,000 square feet of brick and timber frame warehouse/space that could be used for a variety of re-uses from manufacturing to loft type condominiums, apartments, institutional or education uses.



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