When Andrew Haan takes over in early February as president of Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. (DKI), he’ll continue the organization’s focus on encouraging growth in Southwest Michigan’s largest downtown market. Haan, who currently serves as an associate director in Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office of Urban Initiatives, spoke with MiBiz about the recently proposed investments in and around downtown Kalamazoo and what will continue to propel the city’s growth.
Developers expect to begin construction early next spring on a $52.7 million office and residential project in Kalamazoo that could create a “tipping point” for downtown development.
KALAMAZOO — With a dearth of major buildings left to renovate in the downtown Kalamazoo area, developers say new construction will soon be their only option going forward.
The mixed-use projects beginning to take shape around Kalamazoo’s central business district and its nearby neighborhoods point the way forward for the city’s growing commercial real estate market.
Midsize cities in West Michigan could soon see more live-work options coming online.
In the past decade, strong financing tools and development incentives created opportunities for empty nesters and millennials to take up residence in downtowns across West Michigan.