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Developer plans redevelopment of urban block

June 21, 2016
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A rendering of the four-story building planned for 44 W. 8th St. in downtown Holland — featuring apartments, condos and ground-floor retail — which is part of a set of block-long redevelopment projects. Courtesy Geenen DeKock Properties

A developer has acquired property in the downtown of a lakeshore city as part of its block-wide plan to create space for restaurants, entertainment, stores, apartments, condos and offices.

Holland-based Geenen DeKock Properties said today that its projects will redevelop the block in Holland between River and Pine avenues and 9th and 8th streets.

The projects will include demolition work as the firm designs and constructs new structures that blend in with the architecture and style of existing downtown facades.

The projects along the block are expected to be developed over the course of five to seven years.

A total of 80 to 100 apartments will be built along the block.

The block will also feature a nearly 300-space parking structure, built in conjunction with the city of Holland.

“Downtown Holland has been very successful as a retail and entertainment destination, and the demand for available space has increased,” said Doug DeKock, co-owner, Geenen DeKock Properties.

Fall project

Geenen DeKock Properties said it will begin construction this fall on a four-story building on the block, at 44 W. 8th St., directly east of the Holland Sentinel building.

The new building will be constructed on a city-owned parking lot.

The building will house about 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, 16 total apartments on the second and third floors and up to four condominiums on the top floor.

The firm acquired the parking-lot site from the city in exchange for the firm providing an equal number of parking spaces along 9th Street to the city.

Geenen DeKock Properties' sister company, GDK Construction, will complete the construction.

Sentinel building

Last October, Geenen DeKock Properties purchased the Holland Sentinel building on the block, at 54 W. 8th St., for $500,000.

The building is undergoing renovation and will include renovated space for newspaper staff and retail space on the main floor. 

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