St. Joseph Township, Mich., (June 5, 2023) – The St. Joseph Township commissioners announced the approval of a rehabilitation and expansion project at South Shore Health and Racquet Club on Monday evening. The project will create $2.7 million in new investment to Berrien County.

The Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption was a critical component to the redevelopment of this property in St. Joseph Township’s commercial district. The rehabilitation, which will include the construction of more than 15,000 square feet dedicated to pickleball courts, will not only cater to the growing demand for the sport but will also significantly contribute to the overall recreational opportunities in the community.

Extensive rehabilitation efforts are necessary for both the interior and exterior areas of the structure. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing will be reconfigured and connected to the new facility. Rehabilitation will include upgrades to lighting, new floor surfaces, remodeling of the pool and hot tub, new viewing room and additional courts to meet the demanding needs of the community.

In addition to creating a more vibrant economic landscape that offers diverse opportunities and enhances the quality of life for our residents, this project also enables partnerships with local businesses and schools for swimming lessons and tennis programs.

“The approval of the Commercial Rehab tax exemption demonstrates St. Joseph Township's commitment to fostering a business-friendly environment and encouraging entrepreneurial ventures,” said Cathy Tilley, Director of Business Development at Cornerstone Alliance. “We recognize the value that South Shore brings to our community, and we are excited to support their expansion plans.”

Upon completion, the project will provide new tax revenue for St. Joseph Township and area schools based on the increased property value. It is estimated that the project will provide thirty-five (35) construction jobs in addition to the creation of 15 new jobs for the facility. It is anticipated that rehabilitation efforts will take approximately two years to complete.

Sarah Lancaster, owner of South Shore Health and Racquet Club, added, “Over the last 47 years in business, South Shore has continued to evolve to the wants and needs of its members and the community. With this next exciting phase of growing and adapting, we will be able to meet these requests.”