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Developer building $4.2M project in suburb

March 14, 2018
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Hudson Center Hudsonville partial rendering
A partial rendering of the mixed-use Hudson Center in downtown Hudsonville. Courtesy Geerlings Development

A developer is constructing a $4.2-million, mixed-use building in the downtown core of a Grand Rapids suburb.

Zeeland-based Geerlings Development said yesterday it will break ground tomorrow on the three-story Hudson Center in Hudsonville, at 3424 Chicago Dr.

The project should be completed this August.

The Hudson Center building will feature stores and a restaurant on the ground floor, offices on the second floor, apartments on the third floor and a pair of elevators.

Each floor will have 8,400 square feet, and the total building will be more than 25,000 square feet.

“This is the start of a downtown core for Hudsonville that will connect the Hudson Center, the new Terra Square and other centralized buildings around a walkable plaza,” said Scott Geerlings, partner and president, Geerlings Development.

The Hudsonville business area is a one-mile stretch of mainly detached, single-story buildings that grew up along Chicago Drive in the 1950s, according to Geerlings Development.

“Hudsonville doesn’t have a traditional downtown area,” Hudsonville Mayor Mark Northrup said. “We want to create a walkable downtown with stores, restaurants and community space that will be a place for residents to live, work and enjoy as we envisioned in our ‘Imagine Hudsonville 2030’ master plan.”

The architect on the project is Holland-based Sluiter Vanden Bosch and Associates.

Zeeland-based Midwest Construction Group is the contractor on the project.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, provided a $686,645 performance-based grant from Michigan Community Revitalization Program. The MEDC expects the project to create 27 full-time jobs.

The Hudson Center is the latest project in the “Imagine Hudsonville 2030” plan. The plan is over 12 years in the making.

In July 2017, Hudsonville opened the new $2-million farmers market and event center, Terra Square, at 3380 Chicago Dr.

The square is one of several anchor buildings planned for the developing downtown, which includes the Harvey Street pedestrian walkway and future green space called the Village Green. These three projects are a $4.8-million investment by the city.

Mayor Northrup said the city bonded for $5 million to develop downtown infrastructure is doing it without raising taxes.

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