The west side of downtown Holland is one step closer in getting some major updates, that includes a big increase in parking space.

On Wednesday, the Holland city council approved a parking deck that would add 380 more free parking spaces to the downtown area. It's something one business tells WZZM 13 is long overdue.

"Parking has become an issue," downtown business owner Rich Leder said. "When it gets hard for people to find parking spots your visitors to town tend not to come."

So for Leder to hear a 380 space parking deck was proposed right behind his business was pleasant news.

"I'm all for it of course," he said. "I think it'll help all the businesses down in the west end and actually the whole mall, 8th Street area, yea it's definitely needed."

On Wednesday, that structure was approved by the Holland City Council, the parking deck is just one piece of a multi-building project.

"The parking deck will be along Ninth Street and stores and mixed use will be along eighth street," GDK developer, Doug DeKock said.

Included in that 'mixed use' will be apartments, retail businesses, and a brand new movie theatre.

"We've always believed we needed an entertainment component to the west end of downtown," DeKock said. "By having the entertainment component, it'll draw more people to that end."

GDK plans to begin construction on the parking structure, by next January and have it finished by next June.

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