Holland Company Helps Shoreline Town Spiff Up

April 10, 2002
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SOUTH HAVEN — Lakewood Construction, a Holland-based general contractor, reports that by late this week or early next, masons will begin their phase of the work on a new public works building for the City of South Haven.

The 48,000 square foot structure, scheduled for completion late this summer, is a major step in the community’s long-range plans to free up more of its waterfront for commercial development.

The city has undergone a transformation in recent decades, attracting droves of visitors both by car and boat. In a way, it’s a return to the turn of the previous century when picnic boats made regular summer runs to and from the city, a point fondly noted in a nostaligic Carl Sandburg poem.

The city’s plans, once its DPW staff and equipment are relocated, will be to tear out the old facility which is located below Water Street on the Lake Michigan inlet which edges South Haven’s downtown.

The notion is to ultimately return that shoreline property to the private sector so that it can be developed in synchrony with the waterfront shopping lying areas immediately to the east.

Lakewood,a 30-year-old firm owned by James Stroop, worked with the city in selecting the site for the new public works building, as well as in designing it.

The structure, being constructed on a 10-acre site on the east side of the Blue Star Highway between Phoenix Road and M-43, will encompass 5,500 square feet of office space.

More than half the structure — 26,000 square feet — will be used to store city vehicles. Another 4,500 square feet will be a maintenance shop, with another 12,000 square feet for warehousing.

Contruction of the building’s roof began last week, with mason starting to enclose it either late last week or early this week. 

Lakewood and city officials broke ground for the project Dec. 5.

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