Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation has three select sites left of the total 23-acre downtown development site. Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation has continued to lead in the development of Downtown Muskegon West Western Avenue which was the former Muskegon Mall site. The DMDC partners are the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Paul C. Johnson Foundation and the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce. The City of Muskegon is an ex-officio member of the DMDC.
Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation has propelled nine new projects totalling over $42 million dollars along the Western Avenue business corridor. Projects including the following:
Reconstruction of Western Avenue with complete with a round-a-bout at Third and Western
Hines Building - 380 W. Western Ave with anchor Subway, Waddell and Reed and Northwestern Mutual on the main level and Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area First, PTAC and Downtown Muskegon Now on the second floor level. Third level of this building with Earthtronics and over 4,000 square feet of available office space completely built out and ready for move in.
Sidock Building - 280 W. Western Ave with Sidock Construction and offices of Mlive.com.
Russell Block - 360 .W. Western Avenue - Unruly Brewing, West Michigan Symphony, Drip, Drop, Drink and Food Court area. Opening Summer, 2013. 4th Floor office space still available plus Food Court vendor space still available!
Century Club Retail Center - Over 10 unique boutique retail shops including Emma J's Ladybug, Bramblegate,Haasienda Enterprises, Banadog, McDonald's Candies, Turquoise Boutique, Collage, Better Choice, Kickin Kitchen, and Downtown Photo Gallery
Culinary Institute Baker College - Baker College made over 4 million dollar investment in Downtown Muskegon bringing their premier Culinary Arts Institute to Downtown Muskegon.
HighPointe Flats Apartments boasting over 72 market rate one and two bedroom units will begin construction in Summer, 2013 and new units will be ready in 2014. HighPointe Flats is a 8 million investment with abatement of city and state income tax for the renter.
New Farmer's Market - Construction of a new Farmer's Market will commence in 2014. The Farmer's Market will be located at Western Avenue and Terrace Street directly across from the regional Harley Davidson store.
251 W. Western Ave - 1/2 acre lot with 21,713 square feet with 174 frontage on Western Ave. This site is available for three story mixed use retail and multi - family development. $217,000.00
292 W. Western Ave - approximately 1 acre lot with 42,502 square feet fronting W. Western Avenue with over 398 feet of frontage on W. Western Avenue. This site also borders and has easy access to the proposed renovation of the Transit Center. - $340,000.00
295 - 325 W. Western Ave - .93 acre lot with 40,859 square feet fronting W. Western Avenue with over 229 feet of frontage on W. Western Avenue. This site borders 333 W. Western Ave which is a mixed use restuarant and office space building. - $261,600.00
To assure continued beautification, appropriate quality and architectural integrity, restrictive covenants and overall guidelines for the development are being implemented by the DMDC. These guidelines can be accessed by clicking here (PDF - 1.3 MB).
First, Second, Jefferson and Market Streets will be rededicated in a grid similar to the original street layout for downtown Muskegon. The streetscape and lighting will be designed to bring lasting beauty to the downtown. Important in the design will be the density of the development and the reservation of sufficient open space. The plan will follow closely the product of Imagine Muskegon, a planning charette involving more than 260 local residents and community leaders.
The site is serviced by city water and sewer, and has appropriate electric and natural gas supplies. Utilities have been upgraded and improved, and electrical service and cable is underground.
This development continues to enhance the downtown’s cultural offerings including the Frauenthal Theater, the Walker Arena, the Museum of Art, the Muskegon County Museum, the Hackley Public Library, the Historic District and many historic churches. In addition, the development supports the broader downtown, including the MAREAC - Energy and Water Resource Centers owned and operated by Grand Valley University.