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Adelaide Pointe development clears another hurdle

Leestma Management
Leestma Management

Construction could soon begin on $250 project that rests on Muskegon Lake shoreline

A new, $250 million development on Muskegon Lake is one step closer to reality, as city commissioners this week approved a cooperative use agreement.

The sprawling project that will be built on Muskegon Lake known as “Adelaide Pointe” would include a new, 270-slip marina, luxurious condominiums and apartments, retail shopping, a restaurant and a bar, boat and paddle-boat rentals, and a new public boat launch and public fishing pier.

Developer Ryan Leestma addressed the city commission on Tuesday and said everything is in place to begin construction.

“We are ready to go, we are ready to go,” Leestma said. “But nothing happens until we get a development agreement, and the promises that we have made to the public don’t happen until we have a cooperative use agreement."

The cooperative use agreement, which the city commission approved, mostly ensures that the general public will have access to Adelaide Pointe’s boat launch and docking facilities, as well as any public land that the development is built on. Leestma says he envisions those green spaces to have parks or playgrounds

A few people during the public comment period expressed concern that the project would have a negative effect on the environment, however, Leestma assured the city that crews would remove invasive species of plants during construction and replant the area with native species.

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