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Where everybody knows your name: How Muskegon’s downtown bars and breweries are building the city

At first, everyone told them they were crazy. You’re going to open a brewery in downtown Muskegon? But no one goes there, they’d say. How are you going to make it?


“When we started building up this taproom, everyone said we were crazy for coming downtown, and I said, ‘No, we believe in this,’” says Michael Brower, who, along with Joel Kamp and Chad Doane, owns Pigeon Hill Brewing Company. “We’d be sitting here at 9 p.m. on a Friday night, building tables and looking out the window, and there was nobody. It was terrifying.

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Where everybody knows your name: How Muskegon’s downtown bars and breweries are building the city

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Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. expansion finalized

MUSKEGON, MI – After months of negotiation, Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. has reached a deal with the city of Muskegon to purchase property at the corner of Shoreline Drive and Fourth Street for a major expansion.


The Muskegon brewer plans to build a new, two-story production facility on the property that currently is used as a parking lot. The site is located across Shoreline from the L.C. Walker Arena and a proposed a downtown convention center.


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Bluffton School, Pigeon Hill property owner moving toward development

MUSKEGON, MI – Developers are making the first visible movements on the former Bluffton School and Pigeon Hill properties on Muskegon Lake and near Lake Michigan.


Wooden stakes were placed on the property by a surveyor earlier this week, which caused an outcry in the Beachwood/Bluffton Neighborhood Association Facebook group.


“The people down here in Bluffon are pretty environmentally conscious, and it doesn’t take a lot to get this hornet’s nest stirred up,” said Larry Page, president of Pigeon Hill Alliance and a Bluffton resident who was active in the Facebook conversation.


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Historic section of Shaw Walker factory in Muskegon coming down

MUSKEGON, MI – Demolition continues at the former Shaw Walker factory as a section of the building at the corner of West Western Avenue and Division Street begins to come down.


Demolition began on sections of the 1-million-square-foot building over the summer when a portion that faced Division was reduced to rubble.


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Seaway Run to offer 10K in place of 15K, Cyber Monday deals

MUSKEGON, MI – The 2018 Mercy Health Seaway Run will offer a 10K in place of the traditional 15K distance.


“We are expecting an enthusiastic response as we replace the 15K event,” said a news release.


The annual event will take place on Saturday, June 23, downtown Muskegon.


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New owner begins asbestos removal at B.C. Cobb in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – The B.C. Cobb power plant property changed hands in October and work to bring the structure down is getting started.


While not visible to the passerby, Forsite Development is working diligently to bring down the power plant and smoke stack at the 115-acre B.C. Cobb property at the east end of Muskegon Lake.


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Convention center in downtown Muskegon gets consultant to shape plan

MUSKEGON, MI – Plans for a $15 million convention center in the heart of downtown Muskegon are moving forward with the Muskegon County’s hiring of a consultant to develop a master plan.


The board of commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $20,000 consulting contract with Conventions, Sports & Leisure International.


The Minneapolis-based CSL will refine the county’s master plan, analyze financing options and predict the overall tax impact of a new convention center once built.


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The keepers of history: Muskegon Heritage Museum brings city’s vibrant past to life

Did you know many of the nation’s bowling pins were once made in Muskegon? As were the first Raggedy Ann dolls? From boats and beer to engines, pianos, and paper, the vast array of products made right here in this city have made their way across the globe for more than a century. Now, the Muskegon Heritage Museum is telling the stories behind these goods, weaving a powerful narrative about the people and places who created the city’s rich history.


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Earlier flights and more connections at Muskegon County Airport

MUSKEGON, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) – The Muskegon County Airport is now offering earlier morning flight schedules.

In order to allow the business community better opportunities to make connecting flights earlier in the day, the weekday morning flight schedule has been modified from an 11:35 a.m. departure to a 10:05 a.m. departure.


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