South Haven City Council Reviews Busy 2019

The South Haven City Council spent part of its meeting on Monday night reviewing its accomplishments in 2019. City Manager Brian Dissette tells WSJM News housing development was the top priority. Accomplishments on that front have included the new mixed used development on Center Street with commercial space and 18 apartments, and a development at the site of the former Macdonald Drug on Phoenix Street. Dissette says more will come with the former Overton factory site on Elkenburg Street.

“It’s a six acre piece of property that the city owns,” Dissette said. “It’s a former industrial use, but it’s just a couple of blocks from the lake, and we hope to have refined plans coming for the public’s review, and then further down the road we hope to have a formal announcement of a partnership for redevelopment.”

Dissette says work between the South Haven City Council, South Haven Housing Commission, and South Haven Township will continue. The second priority for the year was economic development, followed by maritime maintenance. Dissette says one major project came up Monday.

“I think the big one is still the Center Street reconstruction in the city’s downtown. That’s a $3 million project that’ slated to be completed by Memorial Day of 2020.”

The South Haven City Council will start to draft the next list of priorities when the budgeting process for 2020 begins, around February or March. You can find Monday’s presentation right here.