HOLLAND â€” A five-story, multifamily condominium development in downtown Holland will look a little different than originally proposed.
An updated site plan for Towers on River, 159 S. River Ave., was presented to the Holland Planning Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Changes include additional square footage in retail space on the ground floor and a second floor of commercial space reserved for a dentist medical office.
Originally, the ground floor included only 900 square feet of retail space. Now, a 2,000-square-foot corner storefront is planned.
“The amendment involves a change from what was almost entirely residential, with 36 units and a little bit of retail space on the ground floor,” said developer Dennis Jacobs of Integrated Architecture.
“Now, weâ€™ve expanded the retail space on the ground floor and weâ€™ve converted the entire floor above the parking garage to all commercial, and thatâ€™s already spoken for.”
The updated plan ultimately reduces the number of floors with residential units to three instead of four, with nine fewer proposed units.
The target demographic market for the development is urban professionals and empty nesters. Other companies working on the project include Midwest Construction and Holland Engineering.
Jacobs added the goal is to keep River Avenue open to traffic during construction, instead closing lanes on Sixth Street when possible.
“If thereâ€™s any plan to close down River Avenue at all, it would be very temporary,” he said. “For demolition at most, just because the building is so close to the property line.”
The planned condominium building has cylindrical towers that are connected, creating courtyards and natural light in each unit. A recessed entrance for tenants will be located at Seventh Street and River Avenue.
Other amenities being considered for the development are bike parking, alternative fuel vehicle charging stations for residents, an energy-efficient HVAC system, solar shading and a recycling program for residents.
The amended site plan was unanimously approved.