Muskegon Heights working towards sale of closed hotel property

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MICH. - The condition of a closed hotel in Muskegon Heights got so bad the city boarded up the windows to keep people and animals out of the once prominent hotel.

Now a developer is showing interest in the property that's a major eyesore along Seaway Drive.

Next week city leaders will meet to work on the language that will be included in a possible purchase agreement.

More than a half-century ago it opened as a Holiday Inn.  Over the year the property has had several names and owners.  It closed in 2008.  
 
The city received ownership of the property because the previous owner didn't pay the tax bill.  The property is located along the business route into downtown Muskegon.
 
Muskegon Heights Mayor Kimberly Sims says the city is working on a purchase agreement to sell the property.  The city is drafting language that would require the interested buyer to redevelop the site as a motel or hotel.
 
"It is an important corridor for us," says Bob Lukens, the Muskegon County Community Development Director.
 
Lukens runs the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau.  He follows closely occupancy rates at the many lodging properties in Muskegon County.  The yearly occupancy rate averages just over 50-percent.  During summer months occupancy rates soar to 95-percent.  Lukens believes the county could use more hotel rooms.
 
"We consistently sell out especially on the weekends," said Lukens.  
 
The closed hotel site in Muskegon Heights could eventually be where those needed beds are added.  
 
Mayor Sims says any purchase agreement with a developer would include project deadlines the  developer would be required to meet.  
 
The sale price the city is considering is 30-thousand dollars. 

 

 

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