Developer has ‘ambitious’ plans for former industrial property on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, MI — More than 30 acres of a former industrial site on Muskegon Lake will be transformed into businesses, homes and a marina in plans from a local developer.

Ryan Leestma of Leestma Management LLC says he currently has two waterfront parcels on West Western Avenue under contract, and he expects to close the deal in early 2021. Concepts being considered for the site include plans for a marina, mixed-use residential space, a restaurant and single-family homes.

“I’ve been in Muskegon for a long time, but I had no idea that that was there,” Leestma said of the property. “It’s kind of an area that’s overlooked. I got out there (and) it’s like 270-degree views of the entire lake. This natural marina basin–it’s just begging to be developed.”

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The parcels at 1204 and 1148

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Developers plan 13 new homes in Muskegon Heights to help ‘people of color bring their community back’

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Two pastors from Indiana have a plan to build 13 new homes in the city of Muskegon Heights as part of an initiative to help “people of color bring their community back.”

The Rev. Rodney Lynch and the Rev. Willie Thompson, both of West Lafayette, Indiana, recently purchased 13 vacant lots from the city on which they plan to build single-family homes.

Thompson grew up in Muskegon Heights.

“He remembers when it was a thriving community — in the years he grew up there — and he sees it now,” Lynch told MLive. “We were talking one day, and he said this city is under new leadership, and because there’s new leadership, there’s new hope.”

Troy Bell became the city’s new manager at the beginning of this year. One of his early initiatives was a plan to formalize and add development requirements to the city’s tradition

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