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Here's an artist's rendering of the planned expansion at Harbor Shores. (July 31, 2013)

BENTON HARBOR -- There’s more in store for Harbor Shores.

A new $114 million project called Harbor Village, which will include a nine-story hotel close to the intersection of the St. Joseph River channel and the Paw Paw River, is already under way.

It also will include a marina, which other than landscaping, is already completed, said Greg Vaughn, vice president and chief operating officer of Cornerstone Alliance.

“They’ve started the hotel,” Vaughn said Tuesday. “Two elevator shafts are already in place. They are starting to build as we speak.”

This will all be in addition to the existing Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and three subdivisions of homes alongside the course.

“It’s a tremendous boost for the entire region,” Vaughn said of the latest plans.

Harbor Shores already has been, he added.

“It’s drawn a lot of people to our area from throughout the Midwest. In some cases, we have homeowners from as far away as Hawaii.

“People are taking a real interest in this community.”

The hotel project is scheduled to be completed by April and create an estimated 68 full-time jobs.

Specifically, the website lists the following as part of the project:

-- The Inn at Harbor Shores, a luxury full-service leisure/business hotel;

-- The Inn at Harbor Shores Residences, luxury condominium suites on floors 7 and 8 of The Inn;

-- The Marina at Harbor Shores, slips and dockage for boats from 25 to 150 feet in length;

-- Harbor House Condominium, offered with a rental management program option; and

-- ShipWatch, luxury condominium residences and Harbor Village Cottages, sites for custom-designed individual cottages.

According to the website, the Inn at Harbor Shores will be a 92-room, 14-suite, full-service luxury hotel designed to four-star standards with harbor-side dining, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, spa, salon, fitness center and rooftop deck with views of Lake Michigan, Harbor Shores Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the St. Joseph and Paw Paw rivers and the city of St. Joseph.

About 10,000 square feet of meeting and special event space will be available for conferences, seminars and social events such as weddings.

Most of the project will be started after the hotel is completed, Vaughn said.

The marina project itself began about 18 months ago.

“The Harbor Shores Golf Course, thanks to the guidance of Jack Nicklaus, is a coup for our community in itself,” Vaughn said. “The strategy behind Harbor Shores was to build a golf course that would result in economic development and community development around that golf course.”