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$8.5M condominium, cafe creating prepared in downtown Whitehall

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – An $8.5 million mixed-use condominium intricate with a cafe is planned for an “amazing” location in downtown Whitehall.

The 4-story sophisticated is planned for the Colby Road hill at the corner of Lake Road overlooking White Lake, the city’s marina and Goodrich Park.

The 25 apartments will every have a balcony as nicely as a h2o see, explained Chris Veneklasen, CEO of Veneklasen Design and Veneklasen Development.

His two firms are performing on the task that has various other investors with ties to the White Lake area, Veneklasen instructed MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. He has a cottage on White Lake.

“Everyone has an psychological tie to the space,” Veneklasen explained of the investment team. “Everyone wishes to see the location prosper.”

The web page at 201 W. Colby Avenue and 115 Lake Avenue is the former spot of the Pinheads bowling alley, which experienced been torn down 5 decades right before the investment decision group, 115 Lake St. LLC, procured the house in 2021.

“It signifies a terrific prospect,” Veneklasen said. “It’s an amazing spot.”

Construction is anticipated to begin later this spring or early summer months, he said. Completion is predicted to acquire about a calendar year.

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The Whitehall Planning Commission accredited the website plan last summertime and the Whitehall Town Council in May 2022 agreed to a business rehabilitation home tax abatement. But when the expenditure team ran into economic snags, the council agreed to rescind the tax abatement. Now that funds are again on track, the council will be asked once more to approve the abatement.

That abatement would immediate most of the maximize in assets tax earnings ensuing from the growth again to the developers as part of the funding offer.

The assets currently generates about $3,000 for every yr in property taxes, Whitehall Town Supervisor Scott Huebler informed MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle. With the advancement, yearly assets taxes would improve to an approximated $70,000, which area taxing entities will collect once the expected 10-calendar year abatement concludes, according to facts supplied to the council past 12 months.

The city is already receiving inquiries from people interested in living in the residences, Huebler said.

The creating will incorporate included ground-degree parking for residents, area for retail and maybe places of work and a cafe with outdoor seating and garage doors opening up the space to the outside, Veneklasen claimed.

The cafe will confront Colby and the lake. Two retail spaces, a single previously reserved by a “neighborhood services-oriented market, will entrance Colby, Veneklasen explained.

The website is up coming to the White Lake Pathway paved path and adjacent to a new park the city is preparing to produce at Lake and Colby streets.

The marketplace-charge residences will be developed with pros in head who presently work in the Whitehall/Montague space but dwell in Muskegon, Veneklasen reported.

“We’ve accomplished a housing requires assessment and there certainly is a have to have for housing in the Whitehall/Montague place,” he claimed.

Residential choices are in particular lacking in downtown Whitehall, he explained.

“We’re just seriously energized to get it off the floor,” Veneklasen mentioned. “That site’s been sitting vacant for a lengthy time. There is a whole lot of fascinating matters going on in Whitehall and we feel it is the great time to convey a little something like this to the spot.”

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