A local developer is investing $ 250 million in a multi-faceted development project to revitalize the shores of Lake Muskegon.
Ryan Leestma and his wife, Dr Emily Leestma, have acquired a former 30-acre industrial site on the shores of Lake Muskegon and plan to redevelop it into a waterfront community called Adelaide Pointe which will reactivate Muskegon as a destination for water recreation enthusiasts. .
Elements actively considered include a marina with 270 slides; a mixed-use building with a restaurant, event center and retail space; a 300-unit solid wood condominium building; three public parks; 72 transient slips; 200 dry round-trip boat service records; and 165,000 square feet of winter storage for boats.
“A big part of our goal is to make this place a place for people to go,” said Ryan Leestma. “So if you’re a boater in Saugatuck or Holland or Grand Haven it’s very difficult to go to another port and find a place to moor. Whereas here between the transient dockage and the marina we will have over half a mile of side dockage very easy for people to use, so they always know they can come to Muskegon if they are out on their boat and want to have a good time with their friends.
The City of Muskegon will implement its Tax Increase Funding (TIF) mechanism to reimburse eligible activity costs. The city will also seek grants and loans from the state to offset the development cost of $ 250 million.
Some industrial buildings currently on the site will remain and be converted into storage for boats.
In addition to the new construction, the development team also plans to expand public access to the lake and the waterfront. There are three separate peninsulas on the property which served as logging docks in the 1870s.
“A lot of people know Muskegon was Lumber Town USA, and we like to think we provided all the lumber to help rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire,” Leestma said.
The property was also the site of the Westran foundry, which began in the 1920s. The waterfront descended halfway from the property as it is today, but when the foundry began to pour parts made of steel, it would empty the sand from the molds and eventually fill the entire northern half of the site, which will now be space for condos, restaurants and the marina.
“I think it’s very cool that the industrial history of the site is actually what makes it as cool as it is for future development,” said Leestma.
The easternmost peninsula is public land, but has been fenced for several decades and is only open to people who rent a slip. There are currently only about thirty landslides in the basin. The developers of Adelaide Pointe plan to reopen the area to the public as part of the redevelopment project.
“The quality of the water in this particular stretch of the basin is not very good because it is so long and narrow,” said Greg Weykamp, president of Edgewater Resources, who was the architect of the marina. “It will be increased to about double that width, which will improve water quality and habitat and improve access for boats.”
Weykamp said the redeveloped site will include twice as many public trails and twice as many public waterfronts as it does today, and that all three peninsulas will be open to the public.
“This idea of having water and closed communities and it’s all mine, mine, mine… it’s not our goal. That’s not Adelaide Pointe’s goal, and it’s been a very good relationship from the start, ”said Weykamp. “We are very much in tune with the idea that this is a fully public waterfront. “
The marina will serve everyone from renters of $ 10 kayaks or pedal boats to owners of super yachts, Weykamp added. The facility will also comply with the ADA and the highest safety standards of the Michigan Clean Marina program.
The mixed-use structure will include over 8,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and 5,000 square feet of food court on the second floor. The restaurant will have glass doors fully open for a waterfront view, as well as a green roof and additional outdoor seating. Event space will be on the third floor and will cover 5,000 square feet.
“One of the things that is really important to me is inclusiveness, rather than exclusivity,” said Donna Barnett, agent at Stokas Bieri Real Estate, who handles the rental of the building. “So that’s one of the things we’re working with to find a restaurant. We want a restaurant that can serve everyone. It doesn’t have to be a five star white tablecloth… we want something that families can feel comfortable coming in… we want this to be a place for everyone.
The building will feature a solar panel on the roof and solid timber construction, also paying homage to the site’s logging history. Architectural services are provided by Architektura PLC in Grand Haven.
The condominium will have six floors – with five residential floors and a concrete podium for parking – as well as a pool for residents. There will be 45 units of 1,500 square feet and 10 units of 18,550 square feet with a 270 degree view
The facade will face west, offering an unobstructed view of the Lake Michigan canal and Pigeon Hill.
“The entire facade, its purpose is to capture views of the water and bring residents as close as possible to it,” said Jason Korb, president of Milwaukee-based Korb and Associates, who is the architect of the condo. building.
The car park also includes 59 spaces for vehicles and 72 spaces for bicycles. Vehicle parking is allocated per unit.
A typical two-bedroom unit features a resort-style layout with a glass wall leading to a deck overlooking the water. The units also have a seating area that can be used as a home office.
“We’re seeing a lot of opportunities, especially post-COVID, to design things to potentially work from home,” Korb said.
Greenridge Realty is currently taking reservations for units. Bradley Company will be the property manager.
The timeline between the inauguration and completion of Adelaide Pointe depends on the many grants and approvals that Leestma and her development team seek. The construction schedule for the condominium will depend on a sufficient number of pre-sold units.
“We are doing everything we can to remove all obstacles (therefore) that we are able to put in place roads and utilities and start construction of the first building in the spring,” Leestma said.