HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — If plans stay on track, construction of downtown Holland’s new movie theater will be complete by the beginning of June.
The development sits along the city’s iconic 8th Street and construction is entering its final phase at the Pine Avenue intersection.
Once the work is complete, there will be an 11-screen movie theater, a HopCat bar and restaurant, several other businesses and dozens of new apartment homes.
“This is a huge deal,” Amy Sasamoto, the Downtown Development Authority coordinator for Holland, said. “It’s taking an end of 8th Street that wasn’t very developed and really just opening it up.”
Sasamoto said the new HopCat is expecting to serve its first customers during a soft opening slated for the end of the month. Sperry’s Moviehouse is expected to open by the beginning of June.
The construction represents the most significant change to the downtown Holland landscape in about a decade, Sasamoto said. It follows a major renovation across Pine Street at the Holland Civic Center.
Sasamoto expects the enhancements to the area will spur more investment in the future.
“Those areas that people are holding onto, maybe they’re thinking that they’ll develop in the future — seeing how this goes,” Sasamoto said