By Lynn Moore
An early rendering of the Adelaide Point development, which will include a marina, condos, a restaurant, boat sales, and RV and boat storage on more than 30 acres of property on Muskegon Lake. (Rendering provided by Leestma Management)
MUSKEGON, MI – Work on the $250 million Adelaide Pointe, which includes a mixed-use development and marina on Muskegon Lake, was set to begin in mid-December, with the bulk of the planned development on West Western Avenue to be constructed by June 2024, developer Ryan Leestma told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.
Negotiations with the state for needed permits for the marina are continuing, he said.
He also needs permits from the city of Muskegon to put in utilities and roads – the first step in construction once the former industrial site, which includes foundry sand that needs to be compacted, is completed, Leestma said.
Boat and RV storage and commercial incubator buildings have already been developed on portions of the 30-acre property.
The configuration of the planned marina’s slips has changed, and their total number has dropped from 270 to about 230, he said. “We’ve substantially reached an agreement (with the state) on the marina, but are working on the details,” Leestma said.
Within the next 18 months, the marina, 55 condominium units, a pool and multi-use building with event center, boat sales and restaurant will be constructed, Leestma said. The development will resurrect the Muskegon Brewing Company name for its restaurant, which was the name of a brewery founded in 1877 in the same area of Adelaide Pointe. Pigeon Hill Brewing Company is expected to supply the beer for the Muskegon Brewing Company, Leestma said.
The impending construction on Adelaide Pointe is prompting a change in course for the Lakeshore Trail paved pathway, which traverses the property, to protect users from heavy machinery.
The temporary detour along about a half mile of Western Avenue – from its western end to the Boys & Girls Club at 900 W. Western — will start in mid-December, according to a notice from the City of Muskegon. The city will place “lane guidance” and safety signs along the path detour, the notice says. Once construction is complete, the pathway will return to its normal route.
Use of the city’s Hartshorn launch ramp will not be impacted.
Plans for the marina have changed somewhat, with 65 transient slips being located in what’s known as the “east basin” where Leestma previously had planned a ramp and boat lift, he said. Those operations will be closer to the primary marina, where the number of slips has dropped from 270 to 165, he said.
As part of the Adelaide Pointe development, public access will be improved and provided to two Muskegon Lake peninsulas as well as about a mile of Muskegon Lake shoreline. Fishing opportunities are expected to be enhanced.