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A developer has won a statewide award for a project in the region.
Geenen DeKock Properties recently was given the award for Best Downtown Economic Development Project Over $1 Million by the Michigan Downtown Association for its recent development work in downtown Holland.
Chuck Geenen and Doug DeKock of GDK Construction and Geenen DeKock Properties were nominated for the award by Downtown Holland for their development work on 8th Street between River and Pine avenues and for their construction of the Ninth Street parking deck.
The project got its start in 2014 when Geenen DeKock Properties began to acquire all of the area’s existing properties.
Soon after, the company announced plans for the block, which included building a public/private parking deck with 380 parking spaces and a multitude of mixed-use buildings that has added 66,158 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 72 residential units.
The development also includes downtown Holland’s only first-run movie theater, Sperry’s Moviehouse, which features 11 screens, a full restaurant and a play area for children.
The development also includes a snow-melt system for streets and walkways.
Construction on the block began in June 2016, and the first phase was finished in May 2019.
The final phase of the development, to be completed in the next couple years, is expected to add an additional 50 to 60 residential units.
Approximately 100 part-time and full-time jobs were created, along with work for hundreds of construction workers.
The total project cost to date is just over $40 million and is expected to reach $60 million once construction on the entire block is completed.