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Holland City Council Discusses Civic Center and Economy Inn

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- What to do with the Holland Civic Center has been under discussion for a long time.  On Wednesday, City Council heard from City Manager Ryan Cotton.  A survey taken last fall of Holland residents showed that 77 percent of them believe that the Civic Center should have major expenditures towards for renovation or replenishment.  Cotton went on to say that several options are being discussed, including usage of the roof or possibly connecting the Civic Center to Kollen Park.

     Notice to suspend the public lodging license for the Economy Inn was served to the owner on August 29th, 2013.  The property manager asked that a public hearing be scheduled to hear an appeal on October 16th, 2013.  City Manager Ryan Cotton recommended approval of that request.  City Council did so approve.  A local company, L & W Engineering requested a Tax Abatement, with the promise of bringing as many as 100 jobs to the community.  Dawn Dayton, Director of Community Relations for L & W, talked about the fact that the company has been in the area for 40 years and has 12 facilities in the state of Michigan.  City Council approved the abatement. 

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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