Hudsonville opens its first 'high rise'
Nascent downtown development also lures more restaurants and new businesses.
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Zeeland-based Geerlings Development completed the first “high rise” building in Hudsonville's new developing downtown.
Restaurants and businesses in the new $4.5-million, 25,000-square-foot Hudson Center building, 3424 Chicago Drive, are drawing people to Hudsonville’s developing downtown area.
The mixed-use building includes three floors of retail, business offices and upper-level residential apartments. Each floor is 8,400 square feet.
The ground level of the Hudson Center is home to Wing Doozy restaurant, Dorados Mexican Grill and Bar and 317 Coffee. Lou + Marie women’s clothing boutique is located next door, as well.
Wing Doozy owner Todd Penning picked the Hudson Center for the chain’s third West Michigan location and said he opened about a month ago. The restaurant’s reception already has been positive, as Penning said lunch and dinner crowds are sometimes “overwhelming.”
“We were pretty sure the Hudson Center would be a good location for us, and it has exceeded our early expectations by a lot,” said Penning, whose company also operates Wing Doozy restaurants on Plainfield Avenue NE and in Wyoming.
On the second level of the building are Affinity Financial Group and Code Green Creative. Vacant office space still is available through Colliers International. The third floor offers residential apartments for lease through Five Star Real Estate Lakeshore.
City officials estimate businesses in the new building are bringing approximately 50 new jobs to Hudsonville.
Geerlings Development President Scott Geerlings said the Hudson Center is the start of a new downtown core for Hudsonville. The building is adjacent to the city’s new Terra Square farmers market and event center on the recently developed Harvey Street Woonerf, a park space built by the city of Hudsonville.
According to a previous Business Journal report, these other projects totaled a $4.8-million investment by the city. Hudsonville Mayor Mark Northrup said the city bonded for $5 million to develop downtown infrastructure and is doing so without raising taxes.
Hudsonville previously has not had a traditional downtown area. The current Hudsonville business area is a 1-mile stretch of mainly detached, single-story buildings that grew up along Chicago Drive in the 1950s when the highway was the main north-south corridor to Indiana and Chicago.
The development of a downtown core is part of the city’s “Imagine Hudsonville 2030” master plan. The plan is more than a dozen years in the making.
In July 2017, Hudsonville opened the new $2-million farmers market and event center, Terra Square, at 3380 Chicago Drive.
Construction on the Hudson Center began in March 2018 according to an earlier Business Journal report. The building was completed in November 2018.
The architect on the project was Holland-based Sluiter Vanden Bosch and Associates, and Zeeland-based Midwest Construction Group was the general contractor.