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Muskegon County’s first distillery in at least 30 years to open mid-April

MUSKEGON, MI – All signs point to a mid-April opening of the first modern-day distillery in Muskegon County.

18th Amendment Spirits Company will be the first micro-distillery to open in the county in at least 30 years.

“It’s coming quick, which is exciting,” said 18th Amendment co-owner Mark Fellwock.

The most recent sign is the one attached to the corner of the building at 350 W. Western Ave.


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12 retailers to rent new Downtown Muskegon chalets this summer

MUSKEGON, MI – Twelve mini buildings are under construction in downtown Muskegon, and will host a mix of food, clothing, decor and gift shops.

Several structures are up, and siding is starting to go on the mini retail buildings – chalets – on West Western Avenue. Businesses will open in May.


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HighPoint Flats apartment construction very close, developer says

MUSKEGON, MI – The developer of the downtown HighPoint Flats project said he’s very hopeful it will finally get off the ground, and that construction could begin in as early as a month.

The fourth amendment to a development agreement with Jon Rooks’ Parkland Muskegon LLC will go to the Muskegon City Commission on Tuesday. Rooks plans 47 market-rate apartments and commercial space in the eight-story fading white high-rise at Western Avenue and First Street.

“It’s the closest we’ve been since I’ve been here,” said Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson. The agreement was originally signed nearly 10 years ago.

Construction on renovations at the 100-year-old bank building could begin as early as late April, Rooks said.


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Rock walls, zip lines part of Muskegon complex $2.7M all-seasons plan

LAKETON TOWNSHIP, MI – Cross out “Winter” and replace it with “All-Seasons” — the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is making a push for year-round outdoor fun.

Although an official name change hasn’t been made, the winter sports complex is branching out into spring, summer and fall.

The initiative has been named “Many Reasons for All Seasons.”

Wheeled luge and archery are currently offered during summer. This plan adds a whole lot more, and will cost about $2.7 million.

The initiative includes a dual mega zip line, canopy trail tour, multi-use pavilion, rock walls, a biathlon trail and archery range, sports and fitness trail, expanded lodge and parking, accessibility improvements, and more maintenance and storage facilities.


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5 new things to know about redevelopment of Sappi into Windward Pointe

MUSKEGON, MI – Owners of the former Sappi paper mill property are counting on an enormous increase in the lakefront property’s value to help pay for cleanup and redevelopment of the former industrial property.

Pure Muskegon LLC, which bought the sprawling, prime Muskegon Lake-front property last summer, hopes to get some of its costs reimbursed by nearly $45 million in new property taxes generated by improvements to the property.

The property owner submitted a plan to the city on how it plans to use Brownfield Tax Increment Financing to prepare the property for a large mixed-use development comprised of commercial, residential and recreational uses.


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Liquor that mitigates alcohol side effects to be bottled in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, MI — A liquor company with a unique business model plans to open a manufacturing plant in Norton Shores.

Bio Care Spirits intends to manufacture naturally blended spirits at property it is leasing at 1224 E. Pontaluna Road.

The company, which already has has six manufacturing plants in Nepal, India and Australia, uses bio-alkaloid herbs and spices to lessen the adverse effects of consuming alcohol.


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Changes planned for Amazon apartments with Muskegon tax deal

MUSKEGON, MI – The new owner of the Amazon subsidized apartment building in downtown Muskegon has agreed to pursue apartments for higher-income residents and improve the building in exchange for an alternative way to pay taxes.

The Muskegon City Commission agreed to a five-year payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, plan for the ownership group that purchased the 126-unit apartment and commercial complex at a bankruptcy auction in April 2016.

Rather than pay property taxes that are based on the value of the property, the Amazon owner will pay 3 percent of the total rents for the 110 subsidized apartment units. In addition, the owner will pay a 3 percent service charge to the city for reimbursement of city services. It will continue to pay property taxes on the dozen market-rate apartments.


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Tacos and tequila could replace rum distillery at Walker Arena eatery

MUSKEGON, MI – It’s out with rum and in with tequila at L.C. Walker Arena’s upcoming new restaurant space.

The City of Muskegon is expected to begin negotiating a lease agreement with Rad Dad’s Taco and Tequila Bar for the space that once was proposed for The West Michigan Rum Company.

Rad Dad’s, one of the partners of which was behind Rebel Pies in downtown Muskegon, is on a fast track to open by June 1.


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$500,000 loan from city sought for six-story downtown building

MUSKEGON, MI – A $500,000 loan and other incentives are being sought from the city of Muskegon to help finance a new six-story building in the heart of downtown.

The mixed-use building would be on Western Avenue between Second and Third streets on the lot currently used for a sand volleyball court.

Partners Joshua T. Canale and Christopher J. Benedict appeared before the Muskegon City Commission Monday to ask its support of an incentive package that includes the loan from the city’s economic development revolving loan fund and a commitment to lease 10 of 20 apartments provided no one else does.


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Third Street business district now called ‘Midtown Muskegon’

MUSKEGON, MI – A commercial stretch of Third Street in Muskegon has been designated as “Midtown” by the city.

The several blocks that stretch from Muskegon Avenue on the west to Jefferson Street will now be known as Midtown Muskegon following recent action by the Muskegon City Commission. That area previously was loosely referred to as the Third Street Corridor.

Providing the area on the outskirts of downtown its own identity will help businesses with marketing, Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson told commissioners.


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