Gateway to Downtown
: Worked with Little River Holdings, LLC on timeline and strategy for the project, explored funding opportunities with state agencies, the City of Manistee, and the County Planning Department. Little River Holdings, LLC continues to make progress on this project and hosted meetings with community stakeholders.
West Shore Community College Downtown
Construction started and is underway after COVID-19 related delays. The Chamber participated in meetings to move additional economic development tenants into this project. The Chamber also facilitated conversations to move forward a lease agreement with the college.
Three remote retention visits were conducted with area businesses during the quarter. COVID-19 has altered the traditional retention visit format.
Project Retro Recreation - Frequent contact has been maintained with the company on status and progress. Component suppliers were idle during the stay at home orders, but have resumed production.
Senior Housing Project - Developer has submitted an application to MSHDA and is awaiting approval, which could happen later in the summer. Previous assistance from Chamber helped answer questions on the site location. More information may be needed from the developer, the Chamber, and the City.
Boathouse Restaurant - Leads were generated by contacting existing restaurant owners. One in-person meeting took place with a developer/operator, the Chamber, and the City. Significant interest on this project can be reported, and more assistance in the next quarter from the Chamber will be needed.
Restaurant Recruitment -
There are two additional restaurant developers seeking three existing restaurant properties. We will focus on this in the next quarter
with representatives and current owners.
Filer Township Housing Development #1 (Starter Homes Project) - Project will target mid-range homes to meet market demand. Continued discussions with a potential developer for a project of 12-15 single-family homes has taken place. Engaged the City to determine infrastructure possibilities and costs then passed the information onto the developer. The developer is working towards a decision on acquisition.
Filer Township Housing Project #2 - A number of discussions were held with a second developer to explore an additional 20-acre parcel. The township holds the parcel and will release a request for proposal. The Chamber will assist the developer on submitting a proposal.
Hollander Housing Development - Conversation with Joe Hollander on progress with the apartment complex. Construction should begin in the next few months.
Amor Sign Property - Toured the Amor property downtown with a prospective developer. Further assistance with details will be needed with both the seller and buyer.
Downtown Reinvigoration Plan - The Chamber implemented the Downtown Reinvigoration Plan for additional outdoor seating and curbside pick up spaces. Approximately 35 hours were spent working out details during the past month with city officials and downtown merchants. Two restaurants are currently taking advantage of the program.
- M R Products
- Iron Fish Distillery
New Available Properties of Interest for Development
Recently two prime redevelopment properties were listed for sale.
1. Lakeshore Motel - 2-acre property
2. Seng’s Manistee Lake - 8-acre parcel