Large mixed-use development underway on Muskegon Lake at center of upcoming forum

MUSKEGON, MI – A large mixed-use development underway on the shoreline near downtown Muskegon is the focus of an upcoming community forum.

Construction has already begun on the $110 million Harbor 31 mixed-use development on Muskegon Lake. Among its features are a housing estate, senior housing, marina, apartments, retail, and warehouse and boat sales.

A specific home is under construction as part of the Viridian Shores subdivision, and construction on the 118-unit senior housing complex is expected to begin this summer, Muskegon Development Services Manager Jake Eckholm told MLive.

On Tuesday, May 17, the development team will present their plans and answer questions from community forum attendees. The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Valley State University Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive, which is adjacent to the development site.

Among the issues that team members will address are public access to the waterfront and environmental concerns related to wetland mitigation.

The City of Muskegon and the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership are co-sponsoring the forum to address questions and concerns they heard about the development, according to a notice from the city.

Those concerns primarily stemmed from a person who had requested a public hearing on a wetland mitigation plan before the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, Eckholm said.

Such a hearing would have taken 60 days and could have killed the Trilogy Health Services senior living center, which faces an imminent expiration of its certificate of need required for construction, Eckholm said.

The individual, primarily concerned about lakefront access, did not want to jeopardize senior housing and agreed to the public forum rather than a formal hearing before EGLE, Eckholm said.

From the early 1900s until 1991, the 35-acre site off Shoreline Drive was the location of an industrial facility for Teledyne Continental Motors and it continues to be plagued by industrial age contamination. The state’s 2022 budget includes $2.3 million to help clean up contamination and restore wetlands on the brownfield.

These wetlands will be cleaned of contamination, but will also be impacted by the construction of the senior living center, Eckholm said. The proponents have agreed to a 2-1 wetland mitigation, meaning they will permanently preserve double the amount of wetlands elsewhere in the Muskegon Lake watershed, he said.

The project development team includes Henrickson Architecture and Planning, Paradigm Design Architects-Engineers and Wolverine Building Group.

Originally designated as a “SmartZone”, the area previously known as Edison Landing has seen limited development: the GVSU Innovation Center, a Parmenter O’Toole office building and four condominium residential units. Plans for an on-site casino never materialized.

The Viridian Shores subdivision will consist of lakefront and nearby single and two-family homes and will include rooftop gardens and garages, developers announced earlier. It is adjacent to the Terrace Point Landing residential development, which is nearing completion.

Deposits have been received for about 15 homes in Viridian Shores, Eckholm said.

Other developmental features listed on the Port 31 website include:

-The Harbor 31 marina with 100 berths with in-out boat service.

-The 134-unit Boardwalk Flats apartment complex with an outdoor swimming pool.

-Storage of boats on demand inside Tommy’s Boat and sale and rental of boats.

-The four-story mixed-use Harbor 31 Commons that will include 88 apartments or condominiums and space for restaurants and retailers.

-The 48-unit Viridian Place brownstone townhouses that will be leased or owned.

-A Home 2 Suites hotel with extended stay options.

-An 18,000 square foot two-storey Harbor 31 office building.

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