Connecting downtown to the waterways where Kalamazoo first began has been a vision of planners, citizens and historians since the riverfront was abandoned in the 1950’s. Great cities have embraced their waterfronts, using them as prominent features, economic development tools and recreational greenways. Entrepreneurs are creating housing, art facilities and new locally-owned businesses as development inches toward the Kalamazoo River and Portage Creek. These pioneers have recognized the potential of the water, landscapes and unique historical structures.

Redevelopment incentives must continue to be offered in these areas along the east end of downtown. The City and DKI can foster further development with the planning strategies and financing programs available in the downtown and other Brownfield areas.

The Riverfront Plan is in place. Future development opportunities are unlimited along the river.