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6 hotel construction and renovations projects in Muskegon County

By Jon Mills/WZZM-TV • Oct 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM

MUSKEGON — For many years, tourism leaders in Muskegon County worried that a lack of hotel rooms is what was holding back economic growth from tourism. But the county is entering a boon for hotel construction and renovations of existing properties.

The ongoing investment should at least temporarily eliminate any concern over too few hotel beds in the county.

Six projects are currently underway. Together, those construction and renovation projects should result in between 250 and 300 new hotel rooms.

The two largest hotel projects are in Fruitport Township. A 107-room Holiday Inn Express and a 100-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott are being built near The Lakes Mall.

Fruitport Township Supervisor Heidi Tice says she is pleased developers are making a big investment in her community.

"Each hotel will be close to a $1 million a piece," she said.

Originally, developers planned to build just one.

"But then they decided that the area really needed it," Tice said, “so they are developing both at the same time."

That decision pleases Bob Lukens with the Muskegon Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Additional lodging never hurts," he said.

In Muskegon Heights, a closed former Holiday Inn is expected to reopen in 2019 as a Motel 6. And another Muskegon Heights hotel, now a Days Inn, is getting major renovations.

There are two other lodging projects underway in the city of Muskegon — one in downtown and the other near Pere Marquette Beach. The property by the beach will be a boutique hotel at the closed Harbour Towne Yacht Club. At the end of Western Avenue the Grand Trunk Depot is being transformed into the Eighth Street Suites.

Both will be available to travelers in 2019.

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