SPRING LAKE, Mich. – Members of the Spring Lake Planning Commission say they are excited about a developer’s plan to transform several vacant downtown buildings into restaurant, retail and residential space.

“This is very exciting,” says commissioner Lesley Vega. “Something we have not seen there before.”

Restaurant, retail and 10 residential units are planned for 106, 108 and 110 W. Savidge Street. The development is called “Epicurean Village.” Spring Lake native Kim VanKampen is the investor backing the project.

“She has been interested in creating additional space where families and individuals can come and live as well as experience the best things Spring Lake has to offer,” says project manager Ken Brandsen. “That’s her vision.”

“This is a great step in a positive direction,” says commissioner Richard Martinus.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve Epicurean Village at their meeting Tuesday night. Her team says VanKampen has invested $3 million in Spring Lake real estate and has other plans.

“That is certainly Kim’s vision,” says Brandsen. “She has been taking the ideas around to other business owners and those that might be interested in making investments.”

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