Kate Carlson

Kate Carlson

Staff Writer, covers real estate and development and small businesses


Twitter: @BizCarlson
Email: [email protected]

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:45

Ottawa County approves $32.7M in ARPA funds for community projects

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners has approved allocating $32.7 million in federal stimulus funds for 24 community projects, over some objections that an incoming slate of commissioners should get to vote on project funding.

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:23

Wolverine Building Group co-owner steps down to pursue new opportunities, focus on equity in industry

KENTWOOD — Wolverine Building Group co-owner Aaron Jonker has sold his shares in the construction company to pursue “a couple of different opportunities” that could involve a more development-oriented role focused on equity in the industry.

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 16:47

Allied Mechanical Services president leaves family-owned business to join woman-owned construction startup

BYRON CENTER — Steve Huizinga recently left his post as the third-generation president of Allied Mechanical Services Inc. to help lead a woman-owned construction startup and pursue more diverse business partnerships.

Monday, 21 November 2022 20:18

Developer plans 72-unit mixed-use apartment project in GR’s Creston neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS — A second site tied to a failed development firm in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood is attracting interest from a new developer.

Monday, 21 November 2022 17:06

Alpine Twp. officials table large housing plan at golf course amid community pushback

ALPINE TWP. — Local backlash has caused township officials to pause their consideration of a developer’s plan for 567 housing units at Gracewil Country Club in Kent County.

Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:30

Construction firms worry labor availability may disrupt major project pipeline

Ahistoric influx of federal stimulus and infrastructure funding, combined with the state’s full-court press for large battery manufacturing plants, is on a collision course with a widespread construction labor shortage.

Friday, 18 November 2022 12:18

Ottawa Co. considers 24 projects for $31.5M in federal ARPA funding

Ottawa County officials are considering a plan to redirect $12.5 million in reserves to fund the full number of projects prioritized for federal stimulus funding.

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 20:08

Housing, public safety top concerns for 3 incoming Grand Rapids city commissioners

GRAND RAPIDS — The three new members elected to the Grand Rapids City Commission on Nov. 8 each plan to make housing and public safety key priorities.

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 19:57

3 Michigan tribal economic development entities form ‘historic’ construction joint venture

A trio of non-gaming tribal economic development entities has formed a rare real estate development, construction and property management joint venture that’s considered the first of its kind in the Midwest.

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 17:36

Housing loan fund, public amenities among 21 projects recommended for share of Kent County stimulus funding

Kent County staff have narrowed down more than 300 requests for federal stimulus funding to 21 projects that involve housing, public amenities, support for underrepresented communities, and social programs.

Monday, 14 November 2022 14:40

567 condos, single-family homes planned at Kent County golf course

ALPINE TWP. — A West Michigan residential construction firm seeks to gradually replace a Kent County golf course with more than 500 single-family homes and condo units.

Sunday, 13 November 2022 12:16

GR nightclub Ambiance permanently closes; owners cite ‘persistent safety issues’ in downtown 

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of one of the few Black-owned businesses in downtown Grand Rapids say Ambiance GR Kitchen & Lounge has closed after being open for less than a year.

Thursday, 10 November 2022 19:29

State House lawmakers pass housing bill package backed by biz, construction groups

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives passed four bills today aimed at creating more workforce housing projects across the state and addressing bottlenecks in housing development.

Thursday, 10 November 2022 14:41

Blue Cross Blue Shield signs 7-year lease extension in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has signed a seven-year lease renewal for its downtown Grand Rapids headquarters, providing a sign of confidence amid widespread uncertainty in downtown commercial office space. 

Wednesday, 09 November 2022 14:11

Citing ‘tight labor market,’ state board approves more flexible hiring requirements tied to $2.25M JR Automation grant

HOLLAND — The Michigan Strategic Fund Board will give JR Automation Technologies LLC more flexibility in meeting hiring requirements tied to a $2.25 million state grant the company received in May.

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 14:45

39 apartments planned at former Grand Haven Tribune building

GRAND HAVEN — Construction has started on a $12.4 million, 39-unit apartment complex on downtown Grand Haven property that for decades housed the Grand Haven Tribune. 

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 10:51

$8M north GR apartment project among recipients of state brownfield grants

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy recently awarded a total of $1.73 million in brownfield grants for three redevelopments on contaminated properties in West Michigan.

Monday, 07 November 2022 16:50

‘Unprecedented’ $10M cannabis hospitality project planned in Muskegon

MUSKEGON — A group of Michigan and Chicago-based entrepreneurs are developing a one-stop cannabis destination in Muskegon that would include a growing and processing facility, dispensary, consumption lounge, outdoor venue, restaurant and bar.

Sunday, 06 November 2022 20:00

Gun Lake Tribe kicks off planning to develop 2.75-mile stretch of U.S. 131 frontage

WAYLAND TWP. — The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, plans to transform hundreds of acres of property north of Gun Lake Casino into a massive development that could include retail, health care, housing and manufacturing, MiBiz has learned.

Friday, 04 November 2022 13:28

Wyoming Kentwood Chamber forms BIPOC advisory council to convene minority business leaders

The Wyoming Kentwood Chamber hopes a newly formed BIPOC Business Leader Advisory Council gives a voice to business owners and entrepreneurs from underrepresented yet demographically prominent communities.

Thursday, 03 November 2022 19:27

Ottawa, Kent counties aim to maximize ARPA with housing revolving loan funds

Ottawa and Kent counties are both considering using federal stimulus money to create revolving loan funds to make a dent in the region’s housing shortage by providing financing continuity instead of funding individual projects.

Monday, 31 October 2022 14:32

WMCAT awarded $150K Google grant to launch tech career training program

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) recently received a $150,000 grant from Google to support the nonprofit’s new Adult Career Training Program.

Thursday, 27 October 2022 17:09

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity launching first affordable townhomes for residents with disabilities

HOLLAND TWP. — Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity will break ground this week on its first housing project aimed specifically at individuals with disabilities.

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 18:22

Grand Rapids movie studio plans move to Walker industrial building

WALKER — A movie studio that formerly operated in downtown Grand Rapids is eyeing a larger industrial space in Walker to accommodate local filmmakers seeking to rent out production space.

Thursday, 20 October 2022 18:57

Walker officials approve plans for 132K-square-foot distribution center north of I-96

WALKER — The Walker Planning Commission has approved plans for a 132,680-square-foot distribution center north of I-96 that’s part of a larger 76-acre site being repurposed for industrial uses.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 18:36

Developer ‘charging ahead’ with redevelopment of Sligh Furniture building, despite delays

GRAND RAPIDS — Sturgeon Bay Partners continues to actively pursue redeveloping the sprawling Sligh Building just south of downtown Grand Rapids, but will likely scale back the number of residential units as construction-related costs escalate. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 17:14

Child care, mental health, lead water line replacement top public priorities for Grand Rapids ARPA spending

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials will invest $300,000 in affordable child care for second- and third-shift workers and $290,000 on youth affordable housing following the results of a public vote on spending federal COVID-19 stimulus funding.

Monday, 17 October 2022 17:56

Federal historic designation unlocks tax abatement tools for Vicksburg

VICKSBURG — The village of Vicksburg’s historic district, which includes 176 commercial, residential and community-related properties, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Monday, 17 October 2022 17:24

Kent Co. officials rank more than 300 proposals seeking $127M in federal ARPA funds

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County residents and representatives from local organizations made their case Friday for a piece of the $127 million that the county is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Friday, 14 October 2022 15:59

Developers prepare for stronger stormwater management requirements; GR plans credit trading program

GRAND RAPIDS — A wave of stricter stormwater management requirements are going into effect across the state, highlighting the need for additional funding tools to help developers and businesses create green infrastructure.

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