Commercial Opportunity

From vacated building near the city center, to agricultural land zoned to allow for commercial opportunities, Manistee is rich with real estate redevelopment opportunities. Local agencies eagerly welcome proposals for development and make resources readily available to provide support.

Whether you are pursuing a new business opportunity or looking to expand an existing business, CENTURY 21 Boardwalk is your complete resource for discovering premier Manistee County real estate opportunities and providing a comprehensive view of the lifestyle amenities and investment advantages of our region.

Development Ready

The Manistee Region is served by the Alliance for Economic Success and the Manistee Chamber of Commerce that work collaboratively with both the Downtown Development Authority and the Manistee County Visitor’s Bureau to identify and maximize opportunities to increase prosperity throughout the region. Together they work to support economic development  in manufacturing, small business start-ups and retention, tourism-based businesses and events, as well as municipal place-making initiatives.

CENTURY 21 Boardwalk is built on a reputation for exceptional service to Manistee County business developers and owners of every scale. Our commitment to Manistee County is evident in our passion for the region. Our Lake Michigan lifestyle provides an irresistible draw for those seeking a relaxed coastal community in which to live and work.Tell us about your plans and we can assist with setting the wheels in motion for a productive discovery phase of your project. It is a great time to invest in Manistee!

Business Advantage

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The combination of a diverse mix of economic opportunities and the lifestyle quality provided by a coastal community setting, Manistee County is catching the attention of developers in manufacturing, technology, medical and tourism-based businesses of all sizes.

The qualities that make Manistee County a perfect place to live, contribute to its appeal as a place to work or start a business. Employers recognize that the quality lifestyle of Manistee County gives them a competitive advance in attracting and retaining employees. This is the a primary business advantage in Manistee County.

Having years of experience supporting clients in commercial real estate acquisitions in Manistee County, CENTURY 21 Boardwalk is able to partner with you to navigate the business development process from start to finish. The CENTURY 21 Boardwalk Advantage offers you access to:

  • Development site identification in alignment with project goals
  • Connection with local business development resources
  • Access to market demographic and historic data
  • Assistance in negotiation process
  • Education regarding tax incentives and funding sources

Retail Marketplace Profile

The following graph reports leakage of retail opportunity outside of the 30 mile radius trade area surrounding downtown Manistee as reported for 2017 by ESRI.

Gaps exist for retail opportunities across many market segments in Manistee County. We fortunately also have ample real estate to meet the needs of those seeking business development and growth. Reach out to us to share your vision and we will help align the location and resources to bring your plan to fruition.

  • Electronics/Appliances – 43.9%
  • Clothing – 48.1%
  • Home Furnishings – 52.3%
  • Automobile Dealers – 53.3%
  • General Merchandise/Department Store – 54.4%
  • Electronic Shopping/Mail Order House – 81.1%
  • Vending Machine Operators – 100%

Recent Development Projects

North Channel Brewing

Opened November 2017. Manistee’s first craft brewery is located in the historic North Channel Manufacturing building on Washington Avenue in downtown Manistee next to the Manistee River. Offering 12 beers on tap plus a Texas-style barbecue menu, the 4,000 square-foot brewery-restaurant gives a nod to Manistee’s port city history with its name, logo and atmosphere.

Arcadia Bluffs South Course – Arcadia

Soft opening late summer 2018; grand opening spring 2019. Soon to be the ninth golf course in Manistee County, this new 18-hole, 310-acre course will be located off of M-22 south of Arcadia Bluffs. Constructed on an old orchard with 60 feet of elevation change, the South Course will be a great complement to Arcadia Bluffs, offering golfers a playable, walkable and enjoyable experience with the world-class conditions guests expect at Arcadia. The facility will include the golf course, practice area and a clubhouse with dining, pro shop, and locker room facilities. Designed by renowned golf course architect Dana Fry of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, the linear course with square greens and rectangular, flat bottom bunkers is reminiscent of the Chicago Golf Club, the oldest 18-hole club in North America.

Iron Fish Distillery – Thompsonville

Opened in 2017, Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first farm distillery, where spirits including vodka, gin, rum and whiskey are produced, distilled, bottled and barreled on site featuring soil-to-spirit estate releases. This “soil to spirit” distillery and tasting room on a 119-acre working farm has meeting spaces perfect for everything from small groups to wedding parties. A mezzanine area overlooking the distillery offers an intimate event experience for groups of up to 40 people. Adjacent to the tasting room is a historic 1920s-era barn available for rent for events, parties and weddings with up to 100 people.

The Bluffs on Manistee Lake – Manistee

Opened Summer 2017. This 55-and-over manufactured home and RV resort is nestled between Manistee National Forest and Lake Michigan overlooking Manistee Lake, offering premium home sites for upscale park models, manufactured homes and motorhomes or RVs. Home owners and RVers can enjoy lake access for fishing, kayaking and relaxing on the beach, as well as enjoy a 4,900 square foot clubhouse with fitness room, craft room, and game room with billiards, laundry facilities, dog park, pool and hot tub, tennis court, WiFi and cable.

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