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Nelis’ Dutch Village Begins Its 59th Season With the Future of the Landmark Towers Still in Question

The former Queen’s Inn Restaurant, a long-time local landmark yet mostly vacant since 1999, was demolished over the winter paving the way for new development around Nelis’ Dutch Village in 2017. Also taken down was the former Superior Auto Wash, which closed in 2013. The iconic windmill perched on the building has been saved and will return in the future.

In conjunction with preparing for its 59th season, the family amusement park has the very northwest corner of its’ property at James Street and US-31 for sale. The iconic towers are situated on that land and would be included part of the deal, unless a plan emerges to save them prior to a sale.

“We do expect the corner to sell this coming year with Chick-fil-a going in right across the highway,” Dutch Village co-owner Joe Nelis​ said. “Once the property sells, the towers’ fate will be decided by the purchaser. We imagine the future use to be a restaurant, as that would be the best use of the corner.”

If the new owner can incorporate the towers into their design, Nelis would love for them to keep them. However, moving the towers would be costly and there are no guarantees they would remain intact. Demolition remains a likely action, he said.

Taking down these two buildings and creating a corner lot for a new restaurant will provide the theme park with a new entrance drive and parking lot, and will greatly simplify the flow of traffic of visitors going into the park.

To celebrate the opening of a new season, Nelis’ Dutch Village will host its 11th Annual Community Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017​. The food drive will once again benefit the food bank of Heights of Hope​ in Holland.

People attending may exchange a non-perishable food item for two free admission passes for the future and will receive free admission to the park that day. The passes that may be used any time this season, including during the Tulip Time Festival. This offer is only available on Community Day 2017.

The food drive beneficiary, Heights of Hope, is a nonprofit community development group inspired by neighborhood churches who wanted to serve a growing need in the Holland Heights area.

For more information, contact Joe Nelis at (616) 836-4211​ or joe@dutchvillage.com​.