Urban Design Studio Influences Development

   Andrews in the News | Posted on December 8, 2016

 Harbor Shores, Lake Michigan’s resort destination and waterfront community in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan, today announced plans for the opening of its seventh and largest neighborhood, Harbor Village. Inspired by the character of historic St. Joseph, Michigan, with front porches and waterfront views, Harbor Village offers a variety of housing options, ranging from townhomes to single-family homes, and will open to residents in summer 2017.

Tucked between downtown St. Joseph and the Benton Harbor Arts District, Harbor Village sits on 11 acres of land at the confluence of the Paw Paw River and the St. Joseph River, which serves the commercial and recreational harbor into Lake Michigan.

The design for Harbor Village was shaped largely by a comprehensive study of the 600 waterfront acres surrounding St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, known as the Twin Cities Harbor Study, led by Andrews University Urban Design Studio and a team of world-renowned planners and architects from Illinois, Michigan, Alabama and Colorado. The resulting study placed a high value on the natural resources of the area and guided design philosophies for the community, maximizing the benefits of the waterfront as a public amenity.

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