Veteran developer renovates marina/hotel complex on downtown Muskegon's waterfront

A 20-acre site along Muskegon's downtown waterfront is midway to becoming a conference center and resort under the guidance of longtime developer Jon Rooks of Parkland Properties.

The complex at 750 Terrace Point that houses Rafferty's Dockside Restaurant, The Shoreline Inn and Terrace Point Marina dropped back into Rooks' lap when a prospective buyer defaulted on the purchase. A deed in lieu foreclosure allowed Rooks to keep the inn and marina open, salvaging 21 jobs.

Proposed plans for Rafferty's Dockside Restaurant, now closed, could convert the existing space into a combination restaurant and conference center that could accommodate 365 people and offer catering services.

The 140-room Shoreline Inn has an indoor and an outdoor pool and three meeting rooms for groups of 16 to 70. Renovations include a rebuilt outdoor pool, a new convenience store, new phone system, wireless Internet access throughout the building and a proposed game room.

"The hotel was built in 2002 and is in fantastic shape. Our first step was to get a new general manager and new sales director," Rooks says.

"We've also put new piling in the marina, new dock boxes, and fixed the cable, the water lines and the power problems. This is my sixth marina renovation and I have owned a hotel, so all of this I've done before."

Completed renovations in the marina's clubhouse include an overhaul of the shower rooms, a kitchen remodel and the addition of a new laundry room and pool table.

Parkland Properties hopes to strike a deal with a restaurateur who would like to open a new eatery and catering business adjacent to the conference center. The remaining renovations on the complex will be completed in the next month.

Source: Jon Rooks, Parkland Properties

Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at [email protected].

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