A Vision for Our

What’s next for our waterfront

Waterfront Holland was a community engagement initiative between 2018 and 2019 to formulate a vision and framework for the future of Holland’s waterfront. Led by the City of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works, and in partnership with Holland Charter Township, the process took a
comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent approach to gathering public and private input.

On February 1, 2023, City Council adopted the resolution approving ballot language to sell City and HBPW properties on the May 2, 2023 ballot. To read the ballot language and learn more, click the link below.


Our Vision

Holland’s waterfront – a distinctive complement to our downtown weaving together water, land and people in a continuous thread of beauty and vibrancy… an adaptable and evolving place that celebrates a harmony of urban and natural uses… a walkable, year-round destination where water views abound, green spaces offer quiet respite and active play, and connected public access to the water is enhanced. This is the character of the waterfront we seek.

The latest news

We are committed to remaining inclusive and transparent. To achieve that goal, all new information on where we are and what opportunities are coming next can be found in the below articles.

Approved Ballot Language

Beginning in 2018, the City of Holland (City) and the Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) initiated acomprehensive and transparent effort to consider the possibilities for the redevelopment of the James DeYoung (JDY) former coal-fired electric generating site. With...

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City Council Study Session Looks at Updated Proposal

City Council Study Session Looks at Updated Proposal

Last night, Holland City Council met for a study session to hear an update from the city manager, staff, BPW, developers and consultants on the project and consider a terms sheet for the potential sale of waterfront property. The details of the presentation are...

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Waterfront Holland RFP Update – February 2022

Waterfront Holland RFP Update – February 2022

In the RFP process for identifying a developer to advance the Waterfront Holland vision, the City received one proposal, from Geenen DeKock Properties, LLC (“GDK”) a Holland-based real estate developer, investor and property management company, whose past projects include the West 8th Street Development in Downtown Holland.

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During Our Community Workshops & Site Tours, We Heard You!

Inclusive to All Residents, Age Groups, Abilities

Outdoor Entertainment, e.g. Concert, Arena

Affordable Housing
with a Park


Food Trucks

Waterfront Rooftop Restaurant Venue

Local Performance
Arts Center

Linked Well to Downtown with Bike Paths & Bus Stop

Sculpture Park, Encourage Arts

All Natural.
Keep it that way.

Complex like the
B.O.B. in GR


Do Not Block
the View with

Science + Industry Museum Park

Bike, Kayak, & Paddleboard Rentals

Dog Beach 
& Park

Drive In
Movie Theater

For Residents, Not
Just Tourists!

Public Access to
the Water

Why Waterfront Holland

With the retiring of the James De Young power plant in 2017 and the recent completion of the Holland Energy Park, our city has the unique opportunity to envision something new for the site. As we move forward, we realize that the potential of this project transcends this site and will impact how our community as a whole is viewed. The goal is to embrace what currently exists on the waterfront, including other local businesses, to create a waterfront environment integrating places to live, work, and play that are distinctly Holland.

From this broader Waterfront Holland framework developed by the community, specific land use and programming scenarios embodying the vision and principles will be generated in a collaborative manner for the JDY site.