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My Town: Plan calls for 'Food Innovation District' in Holland
My Town: Plan calls for 'Food Innovation District' in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.—Holland would be home to a “Food Innovation District”, under a design plan recently revealed by the Michigan Municipal League.

The PlacePlan project focuses on Holland’s Western Gateway, around the farmers market and civic center building.  The plan calls for extending downtown Holland and linking it to the Lake Macatawa waterfront with a new district focused on the area’s food industry.  The plan also identifies opportunities for new business growth in and around downtown, as well as expansion of the area’s cultural, economic and environmental assets. The design is meant to encourage economic development around a walkable downtown district.

 “This is such an important piece of our downtown,” said Dana Kollewehr, downtown manager for the City of Holland. “Over the years we looked at a variety of ways to connect these areas of the city and this PlacePlan brings those ideas together and gives us focus and viable options about how to increase walkability in this part of downtown and connect it to our waterfront and our downtown core shopping area.”

Downtown business owners and local food producers, distributors and buyers began working on Holland’s PlacePlan about a year ago. Kollewehr says the next steps are to prioritize the proposals listed in the project and develop timelines for completion.

“We’re hopeful that we can start to see some of these projects pop up in the next year to year in a half so that’s very exciting for our community and residents,” she said.

You can view Holland's PlacePlan here.