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Very cool! I'm actually a little surprised that more of this hasn't been proposed given the level of success GR has been experiencing in recent years. When I think of similarly sized metros (Omaha, Tulsa, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Raleigh, Louisville, Oklahoma City), GR seems to be lagging in the height department.
I think a major difference between those cities and GR is that the downtown area in those other cities usually have large office buildings. All the tallest buildings in GR are basically residential or hotels.

GR's economy doesn't seem to have companies of size and structure needed for tall office buildings. However, given GR's current pace of economic growth, that could change pretty soon.
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I think a major difference between those cities and GR is that the downtown area in those other cities usually have large office buildings. All the tallest buildings in GR are basically residential or hotels.

GR's economy doesn't seem to have companies of size and structure needed for tall office buildings. However, given GR's current pace of economic growth, that could change pretty soon.
You may be right, but I just have a really hard time believing that. West Michigan alone has:

Gordon Food Service - Largest food service distributor in the US

Bissell Inc. - Largest manufacturer of floor care products in North America

Wolverine (and brands) - 5th largest shoe manufacturer in the US, 8th largest shoe manufacturer in the world

Meijer - 8th largest grocery in terms of sales, 26th largest retailer in the US overall (2014).

Steelcase & Herman Miller - Two of the world's largest office furniture manufacturers.

Kellogg's - 12th largest food or beverage manufacturer in the US

Alticor - 26th largest private company in the US

There are probably a lot more than I'm missing. Maybe they are the "wrong" industries.
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You may be right, but I just have a really hard time believing that. West Michigan alone has:

Gordon Food Service - Largest food service distributor in the US

Bissell Inc. - Largest manufacturer of floor care products in North America

Wolverine (and brands) - 5th largest shoe manufacturer in the US, 8th largest shoe manufacturer in the world

Meijer - 8th largest grocery in terms of sales, 26th largest retailer in the US overall (2014).

Steelcase & Herman Miller - Two of the world's largest office furniture manufacturers.

Kellogg's - 12th largest food or beverage manufacturer in the US

Alticor - 26th largest private company in the US

There are probably a lot more than I'm missing. Maybe they are the "wrong" industries.
Manufacturing companies don't really seem to need large amounts of office space up until they get to be obnoxiously large or expand into other sectors of the economy. That or they would rather be nearer to their production facilities rather than in a central location of the city.

I think it's part of the reason Detroit has/had an undersized skyline relative to its population peers as well as have relatively spread out business centers even early in the city's growth.

But hey, wealth attracts wealth so GR is bound to eventually attract the sort of companies that you see in downtown locations.
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Affordable housing firm gets downtown site once planned for office tower
By Jim Harger. August 05, 2016.



A downtown building site once planned for an office tower is being sold to a developer who specializes in building affordable housing.

LC Companies, an Ann Arbor‐based developer headed by Mike and Bob Jacobson, has placed 12 Weston under contract, according to a news release by Rockford Construction Co.

The site at the southwest corner of Weston Street SW and Division Avenue was purchased two years ago by SIBSCO LLC, a Secchia family holding company, and Mike VanGessel, president and CEO of Rockford Construction.

Two crumbling buildings on the site were demolished in 2014 as SIBSCO and Rockford pursued their plans to build a 12-story office tower on the property.
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Selling the vacant property to LC Companies for downtown affordable housing was an ideal use for the site, VanGessel said.

"We explored an office building, and thank the Historic Preservation Commission for their work on that concept," VanGessel said. "We always felt affordable housing could be a great use for the site, and market factors make it a stronger and viable option.

"We look forward to the next steps with the Historic Preservation Commission to consider this project and create an important piece of architecture on a crucial downtown corridor."

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"As downtown Grand Rapids continues to evolve, it's important that we ensure that quality affordable housing is available," said Mike Jacobson. "The development will feature first-floor retail and on‐site parking, and we are currently determining the number of residential units."
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Developers going ahead with $7.4M apartment project after state agency approves tax credits
By Jim Harger. July 29, 2016.



Construction should start in early 2017 on a 36-unit apartment project on the southeast corner of Leonard Street and Alpine Avenue NW, according to Third Coast Development and its partner, Lansing-based PK Development Group.

The project, dubbed Leo & Alpine, will use low income housing tax credits worth $562,466 per year for 10 years to help finance the $7.4 million project, according to a news release on Friday, July 29.

The tax credits, on which the project hinged, were approved earlier this month by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The credits are used by developers as a financing tool for housing projects aimed at low and moderate income residents.

The developers said 28 of the 36 units will be classified as affordable housing. Leo & Alpine will have six studio apartments, 24 one-bedroom units and six two-bedroom apartments aimed at downtown employees and their families.

The corner currently is occupied by two-story building with a pawn shop and cell phone store that will be demolished. A house and garage south of the property housing will be demolished to provide enough parking for the new development.

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$10M project would bring affordable family housing to the West Side



Dwelling Place Inc. is proposing to build 50 to 75 affordable rental units aimed at families living in the Harrison Park neighborhood on Grand Rapids' lower West Side.

The $10 million housing initiative is aimed at improving housing conditions for lower income residents who are being squeezed out by higher rents and redevelopment, said Chris Bennett, director of housing and community development for Dwelling Place.

"These aren't aimed at new people coming into the neighborhood," Bennett said. "These are for people who are living on the West Side who are looking for better housing."

Unlike many new market-rate rental properties featuring mostly one and two-bedroom units, the Dwelling Place units will include mostly three-bedroom flats and townhouses aimed at families, Bennett said.

The project is aimed at families whose children are enrolled in the "Challenge Scholarship" program at Harrison Park Elementary School and Westwood Middle School, Bennett said

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Also, an update on these projects.








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New renderings show how 40-story building would look in Grand Rapids' skyline

By Matt Vande Bunte. August 16, 2016.









New renderings of what would be the tallest building in Grand Rapids put the proposed tower at 10 Ionia Ave. NW in the context of the city's existing skyline, in advance of continued deliberations by the Historic Preservation Commission.

So how tall is 420 feet?

About four times the height of the neighboring historic building at 50 Louis Ave. SW.

Nearly three times as high as the UICA building across Fulton Street. And more than double the height of the First Community Bank building a bit north on Ionia Avenue.

Portage-based Hinman Co. is proposing a 40-story building with 120-140 hotel rooms on the first 10 floors and 255 market-rate apartments on upper floors. At its proposed height, the building would eclipse River House Condominiums as the tallest in Grand Rapids.

The city board in July signed off on the building's height, but wants more detail on its design. The vacant property on Fulton east of Van Andel Arena is part of the Heartside historic district that's entirely south of Fulton, except for 10 Ionia and 50 Louis.

The Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled to review plans again at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the city's Development Center, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW.
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More projects in Grand Rapids! The city is a boom town.

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So this project ended up being only half of the previous reported height unfortunately. However the beer garden got an upgrade.

The concert venue is set to open February 1st while the apartments and beer garden are expected to come online by spring time.







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Seems like opportune conditions to incentive transit use.

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By the numbers: Downtown Grand Rapids' 95 percent full parking system
By Amy Biolchini MLive Grand Rapids. February 15, 2017.



Amidst rising concerns about the crunch on employee parking in downtown Grand Rapids, a major real estate firm has released its first-ever parking study to help businesses navigate public and private lots - and alternative transit options for workers.

Colliers International released a guide this week that took data from the city's Mobile GR department - the new name for the parking commission - and from Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

The following figures describe downtown's parking situation:

17,606: parking spaces downtown in lots and ramps, 38.4 percent of which are owned by the city

1,800: on-street parking spaces, which have an average stay of 1.05 hours

$132: average cost of monthly parking permit in Grand Rapids

130: monthly parking lot permits available from the city

95: percent of Grand Rapids' monthly parking permits for employees that are spoken for

$47: cost of unlimited monthly Rapid bus pass

6: percent of people working downtown Grand Rapids (both residents and non-residents) that don't use a car to get to work

3: recently proposed developments downtown that would impact parking, including Warner Tower, which would be built on a surface parking lot but include seven stories of parking deck; Studio C!, which would be built on 300 spaces of city parking lot but would include a 900-space parking deck; and Hinman Tower, which is proposed for a triangle-shaped surface parking lot but has not proposed parking



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I hear this got final approval back in November, but I haven't heard anything more.

If this were built today in Portland, it would be the 5th tallest. Not bad. It would be 15th in Detroit.

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All I could find was this MiBiz article, which might be what you already saw:

Proposed Hinman Co. 40-story tower receives city approval
Written by  Nick Manes
Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:30

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GRAND RAPIDS — The proposal to build Grand Rapids’ tallest tower has cleared its last major hurdle.

Members of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) voted 5-2 in favor of allowing Portage-based The Hinman Co. to move forward with its plans to build an approximately 40-story hotel and apartment tower at 10 Ionia Ave. NW.

It wasn’t immediately clear when construction would begin at the wedge-shaped site near the three-way intersection of Fulton and Louis Streets and Ionia Avenue.

Rhonda Baker, a city staff liaison for the HPC, told MiBiz that given the scope of the project she anticipates groundbreaking could be more than a year out.
Executives with The Hinman Co. did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment and it’s not clear whether the developers will seek state incentives.

As MiBiz previously reported, the HPC had already approved the building’s height of 418 feet. But given the site’s location within a historic district, issues of design and materials remained as sticking points.

“The developers were pleased with the final design and so were the commissioners,” Baker said.
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Michigan's hot spot is Kent County, Census shows

Michigan's hot spot is Kent County, Census shows
John Wisely, Detroit Free Press , WZZM
March 23, 2017

With the new census data out for 2016, there's been a lot of discussion across the forum related to county-wide population changes. Here's GR's lot: Kent County, home of Grand Rapids, was Michigan's fastest-growing county between 2015 and 2016. The county's population was recorded at 642,173 in 2016, an increase of about 40,000 people from 2010.


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When it comes to population growth in Michigan, the west is the best, according to estimates released today  by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of Michigan's 83 counties, Kent County, home of Grand Rapids, was the fastest-growing one between 2015 and 2016, adding 6,078 people, a 1% gain. Washtenaw County was the next highest, adding 3,862, also a 1% gain. Oakland County came in third, adding 3,696. Macomb County grew by 3,223. Wayne County continued a population decline, albeit at a slower rate. Wayne lost 7,696 people between 2015 and 2016 and has lost 65,849 people — about the population of Taylor — since 2010, according to the estimates.

"Kent grew the fastest. I think Kent is a real magnet," said demographer Kurt Metzger, who shared his analysis with the Free Press. "The economy is just really strong on the west side of the state."

Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio said Grand Rapids has a growing medical sector with Michigan State University's Medical School and the Van Andel Institute. And Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, Calvin College and Aquinas College also have helped fuel the growth. The annual ArtPrize competition, which displays art across Grand Rapids, drew about 400,000 visitors over 16 days last fall, and Grand Rapids' designation as Beer City because of all the craft brew made there also has boosted its tourism industry.

"I think it's a combination of a high quality of life and economic opportunities," Delabbio said.

The figures come from estimates done annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data released today goes down only to the county level. Population estimates for cities, villages and townships are expected to be released later in the year. Overall, 48 Michigan counties had population declines; 35 counties grew, Metzger said.

"We're still not attracting and retaining people in their child-bearing years," he said.
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Office tower, hotel proposed for Downtown GR movie theater district


Image: An earlier rendering of the mixed-use project, to be located south of Van Andel Arena and to include a cinema, public plaza, and mixed use tower with commercial offices, hotel, and residential uses. Newer renderings have not been released yet.
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By Nick Manes, via MiBiz
Saturday, 01 April 2017

GRAND RAPIDS — Developers behind a $140 million movie theater and mixed-use district south of Van Andel Arena want to expand the project to include a new office tower and hotel, MiBiz has learned. Sources with knowledge of the plans say the developers have engaged Franklin Partners LLC in ongoing discussions to join the project team and head up development of a new office building at the site, located on two current surface parking lots. The partners in the project, J.D. Loeks’ Jackson Entertainment LLC and Grand Rapids-based 616 Lofts LLC, also have been in talks with another unnamed company to develop and manage a newly added hotel as part of the plans. Real estate sources contacted for this report, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, note that formal development agreements have yet to be finalized for the new office tower and hotel, adding that the plans face a number of hurdles and could still fall through. Without getting into specifics, the original project partners acknowledge their plans have evolved since they were first unveiled in April 2016. 

“There’s been some changes to the scope we think will be for the better,” said Jeff Olsen, director of development for 616 Lofts LLC. “We’re in the process of finalizing the development deal.”

The partners initially proposed a nine-screen Celebration Cinema movie theater concept, 337 apartments built over two phases, retail and public space. The initial project also included a more than 900-space parking deck. Sources with knowledge of the project said the partners have scaled back on the number of apartment units, citing market conditions, and are considering converting some of them into condominiums, which would be offered for sale. 

“What we come back with will be driven by market demand,” Olsen said. 

616 Lofts has updated renderings reflecting the changes, but Olsen declined to release them as this report went to press. However, he said the plans for a public plaza remain part of the updated proposal. Executives at Franklin Partners declined to comment on the firm’s involvement in the proposed project. The Grand Rapids- and Naperville, Ill.-based development and property investment firm has a track record of renovating and leasing downtown Grand Rapids office buildings in recent years. If the office tower project moves forward, it would mark the first time the company has turned to new construction for office development in West Michigan. One challenge related to the new plans stems from a term sheet agreement 616 Lofts and Jackson Entertainment LLC signed a year ago with the city of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA), which owns the surface parking lots.

Sources contacted for this report said both the Grand Rapids City Commission and the DDA’s board would have to sign off on any changes to the term sheet, which specifies the number of residential units and parking spaces the developers are expected to build, among other items. Attempts to reach Loeks of Jackson Entertainment were unsuccessful as this report went to press. A company affiliated with Loeks, who also serves as the president of Celebration Cinema, has held an option on the parking lots since 2012. In an interview last year about the project, Loeks stressed the importance of thinking big and partnering for a meaningful development on the site. 

“I recognized that the scale of a project that would make sense on that big of a piece of property would be something bigger than our company alone would want to take on,” Loeks told MiBiz at the time.

According to the term sheet agreement, the development partners have one year from April 15, 2016 to receive approval for the project from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. It remained unclear when the partners would reveal their plans for the updated development proposal. When the project was initially announced, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. — the organization that administers the DDA — released a statement saying the development proposal would generate $369 million in economic benefit to the city in the decade following its completion.

“We continue to work closely and collaboratively with the development team to define a project that advances the community’s GR Forward vision for the future of downtown,” a DGRI spokesperson said last week in a statement to MiBiz, referring to the city’s master plan document. 
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Proposed 616 Lofts project in Grand Rapids gets state incentives


Image: Proposed rendering for the new 616 Lofts project at 733 Wealthy Street, known as the Kregel Building. 75 market-rate, residential units are planned for the existing 70,000 SF building, estimated project cost $14 million.
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By Nick Manes, via MiBiz
Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A proposal for an additional mixed-use, residential redevelopment along Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids took a step forward today. The board of the Michigan Strategic Fund this morning approved the request of a subsidiary of 616 Lofts to move ahead with its proposal to redevelop the vacant 70,000-square-foot building — often known as the “Kregel Building” — at 733 Wealthy St. SE, in between Eastern and Charles Avenues.

“This project will be an anchor in an already active corridor that doesn’t have a lot of market housing,” Jeff Olsen, 616 Loft’s director of development, told MiBiz following the MSF’s approval. Additionally, Olsen said the Lofts on Wealthy project will “supply the greatest amount of diversity” from a price perspective, with micro-studio units starting at about $750. “There’s a good supply of affordable units in the building,” Olsen said.

The MSF Board approved the Grand Rapids development and property management company to capture $970,250 in school and local taxes in order to aid the estimated $14 million project. Plans call for the project to include about 75 market-rate, residential units and approximately 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, along with community space for tenants and on-site parking. Olsen noted that the community space will be built in the building’s existing truck dock and offer indoor and outdoor space. The 616 Lofts executive said the company is still finalizing Letters of Intent from potential retail tenants and hopes to begin construction in the late summer, estimating a 12-month build-out period. County records show that a 616 Lofts subsidiary acquired the Kregel Building in August of last year for $2.18 million.
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Here's a smattering of some recent development-related news for the area.

Grand Rapids housing market is nation's 3rd healthiest, survey says

By Jim Harger, via MLive
April 18, 2017

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A national survey of housing markets has ranked Grand Rapids as the third healthiest "big city" housing market in the United States.

The study by SmartAsset.com, a financial services company, measures housing market health by the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale, and the costs associated with ownership.

Grand Rapids won its ranking mainly because of its low scores for "the "average days on the market" and the region's relative low cost of housing compared to household income.

Orion Construction completes Fulton Square development in Grand Rapids
By Nick Manes, via MiBiz
April 18, 2017

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GRAND RAPIDS — Orion Construction Company Inc. today announced the formal completion of its most recent mixed-use residential project.
The Grand Rapids-based construction and development firm held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its $9.6 million Fulton Square development located at the northwest corner of Fulton Street and Carlton Avenue in the city’s Eastown neighborhood.

NAI Wisinski Helps Bring 3,446 SF ‘Escape Room’ to Downtown Grand Rapids
By Kristen Hiller, via Rebusiness Online
April 17, 2017

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — NAI Wisinski of West Michigan has assisted The Ruse Escape Rooms in securing a 3,446 square-feet retail location in downtown Grand Rapids. Escape rooms are a form of interactive entertainment with engaging puzzles and challenges that promote creative thinking, teamwork and communication. The venue will occupy space on the first floor at 25 S. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids leaders consider new path to redeveloping public assets
By Nick Manes, via MiBiz
April 16, 2017

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GRAND RAPIDS — As the city of Grand Rapids considers selling publicly-owned land, it hopes to use a new method of engaging would-be developers looking to redevelop the parcels. 

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss suggested it’s time for the city to evaluate its overall needs and goals as it begins exploring options for increasingly desirable properties it owns along the Grand River, both north and south of downtown...

...In early April, the city released new information pertaining to the five responders to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that seeks to examine would-be developers’ overall experience and financial capabilities. The city will use that information to assist in moving the municipal functions off the site as well as meet its goals for the 201 Market property, which includes mixed-income housing, equitable job opportunities and public greenspace...

...The RFQ responders included Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties, Southfield-based REDICO LLC, Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction Co. Inc., West Bloomfield Township-based The Velmeir Companies, and Wilmington, N.C.-based Zimmer Development Co.
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$9.8M industrial development would replace 87-year-old salvage yard
By Jim Harger, via MLive
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - An automotive salvage yard that has been at the corner of Ann Street and Turner Avenue NW for the past 87 year may be cleared to make room for two new industrial buildings. A partnership headed by Visser Development Co. is proposing to redevelop Grand Rapids Auto Parts, a 5.87-acre salvage yard that has long occupied one of the most city's visible gateways along US-131. The project also would include a limousine rental business at 331 Ann Street NW. The developers plan to build two new industrial buildings on the site. Visser Brothers president Bill Mast said they have signed a purchase contract for the business are working with a tenant to lease one building. A second building would got up after the first is completed.
I've never really thought of that area as a gateway, and I wouldn't expect the planned industrial development to do a whole lot in the way of beautification, but it would still be a better use for this property.


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Consumers Energy, GVSU celebrate opening of leadership center
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - On Friday, April 28, Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State University celebrated the opening of its newest building, the John G. Russell Leadership Center. The building will serve as a training center for leadership and professional development for Consumers employees.

"We have upwards of 40 percent projected retirement over the next four to five years and, as a result, we need to prepare for our future." said Stacy Mowrer, Consumers' director of learning and development. "This building is intended to provide meaningful leadership development for our employees not only to develop those that are with us today, but prepare our leaders for the future as well."

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New 400-room hotel proposed for DeVos Place convention center
By Jim Harger. MLive. April 21, 2017.



A new 24-story hotel tower could be just the thing to perk up an under-used section of DeVos Place convention center and solve downtown's need for another convention hotel, the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) was told Friday, April 21.

The proposal would put a 400-room hotel costing up to $97 million along a section of the convention center located between DeVos Performance Hall and the Windquest Building, which is owned by the family of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.

If created, the new hotel would enliven an under-used section of the street and create [the] type of convention hotel that as called for last year in a study that looked a ways to strengthen the city's downtown convention business.

The project, which would mean the city of Grand Rapids and Kent County would own a hotel, is still a long ways off from becoming reality, said Richard MacKeigan, regional general manager for SMG, which operates the convention center.

"Nobody is breaking ground tomorrow," said MacKeigan. The next step will be to hire a market consultant to see if a hotel could succeed on the site. "First and foremost, it has to be financially viable."

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^That would be awesome. Sounds like it's a ways out, but it would definitely activate that area. This got me wondering what ended up being the selected proposal for the redesign of Calder Plaza - and I found this youtube video from Wood TV / Channel 8.
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Developer proposes 8-story building in downtown GR historic district
By Nick Manes, via MiBiz
April 28, 2017

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GRAND RAPIDS — Developers continue to eye the Heartside neighborhood of downtown Grand Rapids for new construction.

Developer Joe Niewiek has filed paperwork with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) seeking an advisory discussion over a proposal for a new eight-story building at 11 Cherry St. SW, just west of Division Avenue. Niewiek’s proposal includes partial demolition of a 1950s-era building that he owns at 139 South Division Ave., adjacent to the public Pekich Park at the northwest corner of Division and Cherry.

The developer told MiBiz in an email Friday morning that the building would contain a mix of uses, but declined further comment, pending completion of the May 3 meeting.
There's a pretty bland rendering on the article website
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