Muskegon ‘turns corner’ with $1B in development
County set to invest in numerous revitalization projects.
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Major new developments are underway along the Muskegon Lakeshore.
Over $1 billion is being invested in public spaces, new buildings and renovation projects. Several projects already have been completed, but many more are in development.
“A lot of people are saying 2017 has been the year that Muskegon has turned the corner,” said Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce president. “We’re not done by any means, but you can actually see the difference.”
All projects are part of the Watch Muskegon campaign, a countywide, privately funded community improvement plan. The plan was launched by a number of local businesses and individual Muskegon County residents. Organizations that have donated to the cause include ArtVan Furniture, Fifth Third Bank, Lakeshore Art Festival, Mercy Health, Lakeshore Museum Center and Muskegon Community College.
Completed projects along Muskegon Lakeshore total approximately $92 million. They include a $50-million expansion of Bayer Crop Science, the building of a new Walmart in Whitehall Township totaling $14 million, $2 million toward new breweries and distilleries, expansion of GE Aviation with an investment of $15 million and an expansion of La Colombe totaling $11 million.
Projects still underway have a total investment of $721 million. They include the $271 million building of Mercy Health Center, new port development costing over $100 million, a $38-million investment in the Arconic Aerospace plant in Whitehall, development of downtown single-family housing totaling $19 million, development of Berkshire Muskegon Senior Housing costing $16 million, development of Muskegon County Food Hub costing $50,000 and miscellaneous expansions that will cost between $5 million and $10 million.
Other projects currently underway are the $170-million Odeno housing development in Fruitport Township, the over $50-million Tannery Bay housing development on White Lake waterfront, development of Muskegon Community College’s downtown campus costing $18 million, $1.8 million toward renovation of Great Lakes Fresh Market, renovation of Muskegon Heights Hotel totaling over $1 million, over $7 million in development of a mixed-use residential complex and $20 million toward environmental revitalization.
There has been $382 million set aside for proposed projects, which include development of the Muskegon Community Center, casino development in Fruitport Township and expansion of Continental Dairy.