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Old Posted Jun 22, 2018, 1:35 PM
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Warner Tower construction progress, as posted by DGRI on their facebook page, 6/20/2018 -


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It's definitely disappointing that the height of the Ionia project was dropped so much but it's better to have a project that works in the end for everyone obviously. All in all I do like the project and it adds more density to a downtown area that has seen a tremendous amount of construction for over the past decade. A win just not a knock-down stomp-out slaughter-fest of a victory. haha.

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Michigan's fourth "Fulfillment Center" is coming soon...

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Construction on Amazon center near Grand Rapids could start in next few months
Brian McVicar | MLive
June 20, 2018

GAINES TOWNSHIP, MI -- It's official: Amazon is moving forward with plans to build a fulfillment center in Gaines Township. The Seattle-based online retail giant on Tuesday confirmed it would build a more than 850,000-square-foot facility on 100 acres of vacant land on the corner of 68th Street and Patterson Avenue SE, about four miles south of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. A groundbreaking date has not been set, but construction on the facility - which is expected to employee 1,000 people - could start as soon as the "next couple months," said Amazon spokesperson Shevaun Brown...
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Old Posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:23 PM
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This came up on the national AP feed I check out from time to time, cool to see GR getting some attention by Ford at a time when it has huge plans on the east side of the state. As the article does state growth in West Michigan has really been incredible over the past 15 - 20 years Kent County has even overtaken the perennially booming Livingston as the fastest growing in the state although this coinsides with the national trend of slower growth in exurban areas.


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Ford's next 'City of Tomorrow' is Grand Rapids, Michigan

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June 27, 2018



Ford's investment in the Mitten State isn't over. Last week the company announced that it was transforming the aging Michigan Central Station in Detroit into an innovation hub for things like autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Today the automaker is 130 miles west in Grand Rapids to reveal the $100,000 Grand Rapids City of Tomorrow Challenge to crowdsource solutions to the state's second largest city's mounting traffic and mobility woes.
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Essentially, it's a pitch-off for community-sourced ideas related to how lethargic it can be to get around in the rapidly growing city. Or, as Ford describes it in a press release, a "platform created to help prepare cities for the future and bring groups of people together to design and pilot new solutions to improve mobility in cities." Other participating cities are Miami and Pittsburgh.

The pitch process sounds simple enough. Like in Miami, residents start by voicing their concerns about the city's mobility woes online, and after that Ford will discuss the data that it has collected from the Challenge's website.

"When I saw the community engagement piece, I flipped," program director Josh Kwant told the Miami Herald earlier this month. "I saw how powerful it was, when you're talking to residents about mobility challenges, when we got people together, what it provides; it's almost at a focus group level. You learn what the real issues are."

Applications for Grand Rapids open the week of July 23rd with semifinalists to be chosen in September. From there, semifinalists will have opportunities for mentoring and prototyping to shepherd their idea to the finish line, with $100,000 going to the best ones. The prize money comes from AT&T; Dell Technologies; the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's mobility initiative, PlanetM; Microsoft and more. However, at this stage it isn't clear how many will have to split the prize pot.

Unlike Detroit, Grand Rapids doesn't have seven lanes for traffic in its main thoroughfares; it has four or five. Grand Rapids is only about a quarter of the size of the Motor City, and its briskly growing population means traffic congestion has become a problem in recent years. That's likely because as public transit ridership has dropped in the city, car ownership has increased among families, with most owning two or more vehicles.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ford-...143000070.html

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/...it-tech-scene/
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sounds a lot like Delta City...
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2018, 12:13 AM
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The developer for 601 Bond released a new rendering or two a few days ago. Since they weren't posted here yet...




Source: MLive | Courtesy Renderings

There's some pretty consistent / good photo updates on this project over at Urban Planet. Also came across this construction update video, showing the 14th floor being poured, about 2 weeks ago now.

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