Developer Vince Labozzetta recently presented plans to village officials in hopes that he could transform an abandoned factory building at 203 S. Cutler St. into a community marketplace.
If Labozzetta’s plan comes to reality, there would be space for artists and musicians, health and wellness practitioners, a distillery, brew pub, restaurant, food trucks, kayak and bike rental vendors, and more.
We think this is a phenomenal reuse of this building, especially given the current condition of the property. Additionally, given its location to parks and recreational activities, it seems like this space would be a popular spot and see plenty of use — especially during the summer months.
While one village councilman stated that he thinks there are plenty of open commercial spaces in town for all of these potential places to sign leases, it might not have the same impact as what Labozzetta is proposing.
A community hub that is within access to the walking and biking trails would be a great asset to the Spring Lake community, and could bring others in to fill those additional vacant storefronts and spaces.
And, as this development moves toward becoming a reality, we encourage others to be creative about property in the community that needs to be redeveloped. Perhaps more blighted buildings could be revitalized to be a community hub instead of a vacant shell with no use.
Kudos to Spring Lake Village Council for letting this vision move closer to reality.
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