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Holland Civic Center gets 'reboot' after farmer concerns
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The initial multi-million dollar proposal to improve the Holland Civic Center is not going to happen.

Holland's new mayor says the city is instead starting from scratch, after concerns about how the original plan would negatively impact the city's farmers market.

It's no surprise that an aging building like the Holland Civic Center needs a face lift, but now the proposal to fix the property is getting a new look too.

Former Mayor Kurt Dykstra announced the initial proposal with several drawings back in June.

Now, newly elected Mayor Nancy De Boer says there will be a new plan.

"The picture is off the table and we are going to be drawing all over again with fresh paper and fresh pencils and redo things," De Boer said.

The initial proposal to change the parking lot to park caused parking concerns among vendors at the neighboring farmers market.

"They didn't ask any questions the time before, now they're going to be having workshops," said Cindy Visser, co-owner of Visser Farms and a vendor at the Holland Farmers Market.

Now, Visser and her husband have both been on committee's to help plan the next proposal.

"To say, 'OK well the farmers obviously are not happy with this, the buyers are not happy with this, so how do we get everybody happy again?'" Visser said.

Last week, the civic center planning committee met for the first time. The city also hired a consulting company to help with parking.

"We aren't only thinking of one building, we are thinking of that whole place, so everything is on the table about parking and green space," De Boer said.

The $2 million anonymous donation that sparked the original $11 million proposal is also still on the table. The mayor hopes to have a recommendation for the city council in March.

As for the rest of this year, the Holland farmers market will have its last Wednesday on Nov. 25 and then it will continue on Saturdays through Dec.12.


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