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Spring Lake has a new vision

Tribune Staff • Jan 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM

From what we’ve heard so far, the “vision” Kim VanKampen has to revitalize downtown Spring Lake could be a winner.

Many visitors and Lakeshore residents alike often see Savidge Street as just part of M-104, or the highway that takes them from I-96 to U.S. 31. Oh, and by the way, there’s a couple of gas stations and fast-food restaurants along the way.

But there’s so much more the Village of Spring Lake has to offer. There’s several niche and general retailers; great sit-down dining establishments; a thriving entertainment hall with steady, year-round concerts; small but nifty parks; marinas; and more. Oh, yes, and the Grand River on one side and Spring Lake on the other.

But what VanKampen seems to envision is a central drawing card to make motorists stop and visit the downtown. That can only serve to greatly benefit the existing businesses that line the busy corridor.

We applaud VanKampen and other developers turning to the village for a new look.

“This project is going to put Spring Lake on the map and it will be a destination place,” local real estate agent Sandi Gentry stated in a Jan. 17 Tribune story about VanKampen’s purchases of the long-closed Citgo station and the building at 109 Jackson St.

We certainly hope that is the case, and applaud the efforts and vision to make that happen.

Sprucing up downtown Spring Lake into a cohesive, year-round destination spot is a worthy endeavor, and we salute those who are willing to go out on a limb to see that happen.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Mark Brooky. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to [email protected] or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

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