September 2, 2014
12:26 am

Governor Visits Harbor Village

"You are the Gateway to Michigan!  You are Michigan's first impression!  Be proud!"  With those words Michigan Governor Rick Snyder christened the construction on The Inn at Harbor Village for Harbor Shores, applauding the myriads of people from multiple agencies, organizations and communities for the hard work that has gotten us to this point.

As Whirlpool Corporation's Jeff Noel delivered a fiery and memorable rendition of the past 30 years that have gotten us to this point, the Governor, Congressman Fred Upton, State Representative Al Pscholka, Developer Ron Schults and dozens of other community and business leaders repeatedly nodded in approval, peppered in occasional applause, and eventually shared a standing ovation for the new linchpin of waterfront development that the new Harbor Village will become.

The multi-million dollar project under construction will eventually include a deep water marina capable of handling craft up to 200 feet in length, a waterfront restaurant, Plank's Tavern on the water, Marina District condominiums, Harbor House residences, adjacent one and two story cottages, a public walking trail, and a whole lot more in addition to the 8-story Inn itself.

The Governor and other dignitaries toured the Inn before and after the informational program which included a striking video that graphically depicts the decades of work that went into the ongoing transformation of the entire region including the work to acquire, clear, clean up, and transform the land that has become the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club at Harbor Shores.  Officials connected with the presentation have promised to share that video with me so that I can put it online here on Moody on the for you to see as well, if you were not in attendance at the event on Friday, October 18th.  

The two largest "ooh & ahh" moments today seemed to be the spectacular view of the local harbor at the confluence of the St. Joseph and Paw Paw Rivers, and the soaring atrium lobby and the amount of public space at the board room, conference center and ballroom levels of the Inn at Harbor Village.  

Construction work continues at a rapid pace, and developers continue to provide assurances that the hotel will be open and ready for the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid next Memorial Day weekend.

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