Holland scales back Civic Center renovations

Proposed plans for the Holland Civic Center. (Courtesy City of Holland/March 17, 2016)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The City of Holland is downsizing its plans to renovate the Holland Civic Center.

Holland Civic Center.
Holland Civic Center.

The city plans to scale back it original vision for a glass facade on the east side of the building and eliminate a second-story outdoor deck slated for the North Hall.

City officials had already trimmed the budget for facility upgrades when Tulip Time organizers informed them they would not be moving their headquarters to the renovated site. Tulip Time cited cost concerns and disagreed with plans to put their office on the second floor.

Proposed plans for the Holland Civic Center. (Courtesy City of Holland/March 17, 2016)
Proposed plans for the Holland Civic Center. (Courtesy City of Holland/March 17, 2016)

City commissioners voted Wednesday to move forward with plans to sell bonds to finance the project, which spans four square blocks between 8th and 9th streets.

The project, originally slated to cost $16.5 million, includes expanding and improving the Holland Farmers Market to include an indoor, year-round market space and larger recreation space.

The plan was approved by the Holland City Council last month.

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