Livin At Vida Nova

July 17, 2006
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MUSKEGON — The residential component of Muskegon’s SmartZone, Edison Landing, is becoming a reality with Grand Haven Developer Douglas Harjer’s Vida Nova condominium development.

The $15 million development on MuskegonLake, which was announced Thursday, will include 40 environmentally friendly condos built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and have several deep water boat slips.

“We can accommodate pretty much everything, especially the larger sailboats,” he said.

Harjer, a Muskegon native, said four of the units have already been reserved and he believes the others will go quickly once word gets out.

“Our market research said the people are out there,” he said.

Vida Nova, which means “new life” in Spanish, is ideal for boaters, Harjer said. With 16 units on the water with 1,700 square feet of space planned, as well as 24 units with 1,900 square feet of space planned in the four towers, the condos could be a first home or a second.

Pricing for the units will be about $375,000 for the waterfront and less than $300,000 for the tower units. All units are planned to have three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larsen said she hopes people see the benefits of living on MuskegonLake

“This is by far one of the best lakes in terms of water recreation use,” she said.

Harjer, who has also done condo developments in Grand Haven and Holland, said he would like to see people in units by fall with construction starting within a few weeks.

With a “clean palette” and 600 feet of waterfront, Harjer said the site was different from what he’s found in cities like Grand Haven and Holland. Harjer said he believes Muskegon is ready for investment.

“This is just getting the ball rolling,” he said. “It’s a perfect fit.”

If the development is successful, Harjer he would consider other developments in the area.

Harjer said he is building green because it “just makes sense.”

“I’ve always been somewhat of a tree-hugger,” he said.

Chris Kelly, an attorney at Parmenter O’Toole and partner in Lakefront Development LLC, said he is excited about the next step for Edison Landing and more developments are in the works.

Five areas of land in the project have officially closed with one more optioned to date. Kelly said there are 10 more areas left, and he believes Vida Nova will draw more attention to the site.

“I’m pumped,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a real trigger.”    

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