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$2M downtown Muskegon retail incubator in Russell Block Building moves toward fall completion

September 28, 2011

It’s been four years now, and Gary Post’s vision for creating a retail marketplace in downtown Muskegon is drawing steadily toward the end of its construction phase.

Post envisions a retail incubator of over 20 100-square-foot bakery, deli, artist and retail outlets that would create a “synergistic collection of retailers and businesses as a destination for people coming into town and as a catalyst for people to develop the downtown.”

The location is the Russell Block Building (360 W. Western Ave.), and the Russell Block Market, Inc., operating as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit. The building, built in 1890, shares a wall with The Century Club, where Hegg’s Gallery of Fine Furniture has downsized to just the main level, 11 commercial suites ranging from 200 to 2,000 square feet for retail and offices.

Post developed both buildings and holds out hope for completing the $2M Russell Block Building restoration by late fall.

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