Local leaders weigh in on U.S.-31’s growing entertainment corridor

HOLLAND TWP. — In a half-mile corridor along U.S.-31, there’s a form of entertainment for everyone.

Once-empty storefronts have started to fill up. Between Felch Street and James Street, residents and tourists can find a host of indoor and outdoor attractions.

Area staples like The Lost City, a quarter-century old arcade and laser tag center, and Nelis’ Dutch Village, an educational theme park, have been joined by companies like X-Golf and Urban Air Adventure Park in the former Westshore Mall.

This fall, The Rink on James Street will reopen under a new name (RollXscape) following a complete remodel. Just across the street, Zero Latency — the first free-roam virtual reality center in Michigan — will open by October.

Once the businesses open, families and tourists can access golf simulators, a race car simulator, a trampoline park, multiple arcades, mini-golf, laser tag, mini-bowling, a roller rink, free-roam virtual reality, warrior courses and a recently restored carousel — all in a day.

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That’s a big change from two years ago, when U.S.-31 was littered with more than 25 vacant storefronts. At the time, residents were concerned about the emergence of developments, which remained empty, rather than redeveloping existing spaces.

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