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Up to two new buildings and a parking deck are in the planning stages at MSU's Grand Rapids Research Center. Construction could commence in 2019.

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Michigan State pursuing plans for two new Grand Rapids buildings
Brian McVicar | MLive
December 14, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Michigan State University is pushing forward with plans to construct two more buildings on its Grand Rapids Research Center site, the university announced Friday. MSU’s Board of Trustees authorized university administrators to enter into a public-private partnership with Health Innovation Partners to develop the projects at 400 Monroe Ave. NW, the roughly 4-acre site where the research center is located. The partnership agreement lays the groundwork for the developer to pursue the construction of a parking garage and a new building along Michigan Street, where space would be leased to MSU and other tenants...

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Old Posted Dec 21, 2018, 3:55 AM
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Here are some different looks from walking around the Warner Tower / Hyatt Hotel today -





















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Buddy’s Pizza coming to Kentwood

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KENTWOOD, MI — Buddy’s Pizza, an iconic metro-Detroit pizzeria known for its rectangular, deep dish pies, is coming to Kentwood.

It plans to open at 4061 28th St. SE, the former site of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, which closed in February 2017. It’s expected to open this spring, said Rene Cizio, a spokesperson for Buddy’s.
Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall rank among busiest U.S. venues

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall have once again been recognized by music-industry publications for ranking among the busiest venues of their size in the U.S.

Among venues with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000, Van Andel was listed as the third busiest venue in North America in 2018 by Billboard. It was also ranked as the fifth busiest venue, of its size-range, in North America by VenuesNow.

Acts such as Thomas Rhett, Elton John, Shania Twain and James Taylor contributed to the venue’s success last year, according to a news release from the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority. The CAA is the public authority that owns the arena and DeVos Performance Hall.

Meanwhile, DeVos Performance Hall was ranked 15th on VenuesNow’s top stops list among venues with capacity between 2,001 and 5,000. The performance hall hosted acts such as Lauren Daigle, Alice Cooper, Lindsey Stirling and David Byrne.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2019, 3:41 AM
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Will be great to have a Buddy's close by! I miss their pizza.
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On Grand Rapids' West Side, a new, commercial-scale solar array and battery storage system was installed atop the Bridge St. Market / Meijer development, and just started up last week.

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Chris Crowell | Solar Builder
January 28, 2019

Michigan’s first ever rooftop solar array and battery storage system debuted last week in the growing area of Grand Rapids. Nearly 1,800 solar panels atop the Bridge Street Market and adjoining buildings between Bridge and First Streets within the Circuit West district are accompanied nearby by a 500-kilowatt battery.

“Today, there is very little storage on the grid, so electricity is generated just moments before you use it,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of operations. “With large batteries, we will make our grid more efficient, effective and sustainable. It’s a critical part of Michigan’s energy future and it’s happening here at Circuit West.”...

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Getting a peek at a rendering for the new school portion of the Roosevelt Park redevelopment. Referred to as Southwest Community Campus High School, it is going to break ground this spring, on land purchased by the school district in January. Construction costs for the school are estimated at $20 million. The school will feature bilingual curriculum to serve the largely-Latino population of the neighborhood.


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Joe LaFurgey | WoodTV8
January 8, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools has picked a place for a new middle-high school in the city’s Roosevelt Park neighborhood. The district board on Monday approved buying a 1.7-acre site at Grandville Avenue near Graham Street SW from the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County the $965,141. The new Southwest Community Campus High School is expected to cost a total of $20 million and open in August 2020. It will be an expansion of the Southwest Community Campus Spanish-English immersion program, serving up to 500 students in seventh through 12th grades...



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Vacant Grand Rapids church to be converted into apartments

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Construction is expected to start this spring on a vacant church on Grand Rapids’ West Side that’s being renovated into a 13-unit apartment building with first-floor office space.

The building, 739 4th St. NW, will include 10 one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom units. Monthly rent will total $1,550 for the two-bedroom units and $1,350 for the one-bedroom units.

The $2.3 million project is being led by Grand Rapids-based Metric Structures and O’Connor Development.
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Holland-Grand Rapids commuter bus service could be reality in fall 2020

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The proposed pilot program for a commuter bus service along the Chicago Drive/I-196 corridor between Holland and Grand Rapids was presented Thursday, March 7, to the Mobile GR Commission.

If successful, the tentative service called “West Michigan Express” might then expand busing services or even evolve into a commuter rail service along the same route, said Patrick Waterman, Hudsonville city manager and chair of the West Michigan Express Task Force.

On any given weekday, 27,000 people head in either direction along the Chicago Drive corridor between Holland and Grand Rapids to get to work, according to the West Michigan Express Task Force.

The task force bills the West Michigan Express, in either bus or rail form, as a regional transportation service that would attract major employers, reduce traffic congestion, increase available parking and aid those who either can’t or don’t want to drive.


Grand Rapids area vacuum manufacturer adding 100 jobs, $10M expansion

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WALKER, MI — Bissell, a Walker-based family owned business that manufacturers and markets cleaning products, has received a $500,000 state grant as it undertakes a $10 million expansion that will create 100 new jobs.

The performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will be paid out over a three-year period as Bissell meets job creation goals. The company is adding 25,000-square-feet of office space at its corporate headquarters, 2345 Walker Ave. NW.
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Not sure why nobody posted this yet but the office building at Studio Park is back on.

https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rap...nd-rapids.html

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I was zipping through GR yesterday and was blown away by the amount of cranes and the activity in the downtown area. I noticed that it looked liked the project at 10 Ionia was in full gear to become a hotel.
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Here are some of the photos from the link in The North One's post.



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Update on 37 Ottawa Ave. and 50 Monroe Ave. (new AC Hotel) - including some new photos (of which I am too lazy to repost here right now) -

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Restored Grand Rapids office building, hotel prepare to open
Brian McVicar | MLive
May 7, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After two years of construction, a pair of newly renovated historic buildings, located adjacent to one another in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, are preparing to open their doors. CWD Real Estate Investment has begun leasing space at 37 Ottawa Ave. NW, a six-floor building with 90,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space. The firm also announced that a grand opening for a 130-room AC Hotel by Marriott at 50 Monroe Ave. NW is scheduled for June 3. Sam Cummings, co-managing partner at CWD, the largest property owner in Grand Rapids, called the $38 million project one of his firm’s most “difficult and ambitious” endeavors. His firm purchased the buildings in 2012...
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$35M Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Grand Rapids taking shape

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Construction workers were busy Tuesday inside the Hyatt Place Hotel at 140 Ottawa Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids as they prepared the 12-story, 160-room building for its grand opening in September.

“It’s a mad dash for the end over the next couple months,” said Jason Wheeler, a spokesperson for Orion Construction, the firm overseeing the development of the $35 million hotel.

Workers broke ground on the project, which includes an adjacent 15-story office building and 430-space parking garage, in June 2017 and are now in the process of finishing the building’s interior. Floor, ceiling and wall coverings are being installed in the rooms. Bathrooms are in the process of being outfitted with showers, sinks and toilets.




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PROPOSAL TO BUILD A GROCERY STORE IN EASTOWN AWAITS APPROVAL



As Grand Rapids continues to grow, unused spaces are being scouted for their potential to become a part of the thriving business community. To this end, Jacey Ehmann – president and founder of Grand Rapids’ Metric Structure – has purchased the property located at 1201 Wealthy St. SE {corner of Wealthy & Fuller} in hopes to build a grocery store.

Ehman has proposed to build a two story, 4300 square foot building on the location. The ground floor would serve as a retail space. While there is no specified use for the second floor, it is predicted that part of it will be used by the grocery store tenant.

Ehman’s proposal is currently being reviewed by the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission. They have not made a formal decision on the project.

If Ehman gets the go ahead, construction will take six to eight months. The building will feature an art deco design that is in line with other properties on the corridor. It is predicted that the grocery store will be a much needed commodity filling a market gap at the location.

In the meantime, Ehman and other Grand Rapids residents will wait to find out if the project is approved. There is no estimated time on when the Commission will make a decision. Stay tuned to learn the progress of Ehman’s grocery store becoming a part of Grand Rapids’ business community.

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It’s about damn time.

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Grand Rapids and its surrounding suburbs led much of the state's growth last year with the West Michigan city surpassing the 200,000 population mark for the first time in the yearly U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
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^ Agreed, it's about time. I believe this means GR is the second city in Michigan to ever surpass 200,000 residents, though Flint might have between the '60 and '70 census.
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The first bus to serve the "Laker Line" - a 13-mile route to connect GVSU to Grand Rapids - was unveiled on Monday. There was previously a route to serve this need (Route 50), but it was over-capacity. The new route will include thirteen 60-ft buses that will travel a more efficient pathway, shaving about 5 minutes off the current Route 50 travel time (from about 30 minutes currently, down to 25 minutes). The bus route will not be fully up and running until August 2020, once all fourteen stations are completed. This work is partially funded by a federal grant. Construction on some of the stations began in April. THe interactive map at this link includes construction updates along the route.

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60-foot-long Laker Line bus unveiled to serve GVSU to Grand Rapids
Justin P. Hicks | MLive
June 3, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- For close to a decade, overcrowding has been an issue on the Route 50 bus line students use to get from Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus to downtown Grand Rapids. GVSU President Thomas Haas and then-CEO of The Rapid Peter Vargas sought a solution amid growing ridership for years. Both were present Monday, June 3 to see their efforts take one step closer to reality as the first Laker Line bus was unveiled...

Source: MLive | Corey Morse

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Separately, this link has two videos of construction progress at Studio Park, from Mid-May -

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Alyssa Hearin | Fox17 News
May 15, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Progress is being made on one of Grand Rapids' newest developments. Nearly 30 different construction crews are working around the clock to get the Studio Park development ready...
And the AC Hotel had its (official) grand opening on Monday (there was a soft opening last month). More photos at the article link -

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New 130-room AC Hotel by Marriott opens in Grand Rapids
Brian McVicar | MLive
June 3, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Visitors now have another hotel to stay at in downtown Grand Rapids. A grand opening is being held this morning for a 130-room AC Hotel by Marriott at 50 Monroe Ave. NW. Built inside a restored 127-year-old building that formerly housed a TGI Fridays and offices, the seven-story hotel has a sleek lobby, with dark-tiled floors, hardwood walls and an Art Deco inspired bar...









Images Source: MLive | Alyssa Keown

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The next step towards a new building adjacent to the MSU Medical Research Center is done -

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Development group inks lease with MSU for new medical building in Grand Rapids
Brian McVicar | MLive
June 6, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan State University has signed a lease with Health Innovation Partners, paving the way for the group to build a 211,000-square-foot medical innovation building on land owned by MSU adjacent to its Grand Rapids Research Center. Health Innovation Partners, a joint venture between Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction Co. and two Chicago firms, plans to break ground on the building near the corner of Michigan Street NW and Monroe Avenue by Oct. 1, said Mike VanGessel, president and CEO of Rockford Construction...
Reports state that the new building could be 6 - 8 stories. Building number 2 in the diagram.


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