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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Staff writer, covers real estate, economic development and small business.
Twitter: @nickrmanes
Email: [email protected]

Friday, 08 December 2017 15:52

Resolution calls on GR city commissioners to consider new downtown parking structure

Elected officials in Grand Rapids likely will consider developing and building a new parking structure in the city’s central business district.

Sunday, 10 December 2017 13:01

Strength of West Michigan real estate industry should carry over into 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, West Michigan’s construction and development industry continues to show signs of strength.

Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:57

A ‘healthy’ market: Brokers reflect on West Michigan commercial real estate deals in 2017

While inventory remains constrained, the value of commercial real estate transactions continues to gather momentum in West Michigan.


Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:23

Proposals raise questions about feasibility, city protocol with 201 Market redevelopment

GRAND RAPIDS –– In considering redevelopment plans for public property at 201 Market Avenue, the city weighed drastically different options.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:17

Retailer opens at new Fulton Heights mixed-use project in Grand Rapids

Retailers have started to open up shop in the new Fulton Square mixed-use development in Grand Rapids’ Fulton Heights neighborhood.

Friday, 01 December 2017 16:22

Cumulus Media seeks restructuring amid changing radio market

An Atlanta-based media company with significant holdings in West Michigan voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week, amid an ongoing industry upheaval that’s also affecting competing operators.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:51

ICCF finalizes acquisition of residential housing portfolio

After months of due diligence, Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) announced Wednesday morning that it had finalized its acquisition of 177 residential properties in the West Michigan and Lansing areas.

Friday, 24 November 2017 15:31

Breach of contract suit filed by PR firm dismissed

GRAND RAPIDS — A lawsuit filed by Grand Rapids-based Lambert, Edwards & Associates Inc. against a former executive has been dismissed, according to statements from both parties.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:01

Q&A: William Hallan, Executive Vice President, COO and General Counsel at Michigan Retailers Association

The retail industry has been on a wild ride for 2017, both in West Michigan and nationally, as around 5,000 stores reportedly closed up shop. As such, many industry experts believe this year saw e-commerce take its biggest bite out of traditional brick-and-mortar retail. But as retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season, William Hallan with the Lansing-based Michigan Retailers Association contends the broader industry will continue to evolve. Hallan, who projects a strong holiday shopping season this year, spoke with MiBiz regarding his membership’s outlook for the rest of 2017 and beyond.


Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:54

Business Leaders for Michigan report shows progress, continued struggles for state

DETROIT –– Just a few years ago, Doug Rothwell could look at various bits of Michigan’s economic data and see few paths that led to the state becoming a “Top 10” state.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:39

West Michigan’s construction industry grapples with diverting waste from landfills

BYRON TOWNSHIP –– As Kent County looks to exit the landfill business by 2030, executives say West Michigan’s construction industry will need to adjust to a new model.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:36

Entrepreneurial support takes different routes across West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– Partners in West Michigan’s startup ecosystem continue to explore how best to allocate resources to the region’s entrepreneurs.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017 13:18

Third Coast Development acquires Creston neighborhood bar/restaurant

Third Coast Development LLC continues to expand its restaurant portfolio.

Monday, 13 November 2017 10:03

Grand Rapids Chamber plans office move

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce plans to upgrade its offices in the first quarter of next year.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:50

Westbound direct flights necessary for greater corporate attraction in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– West Michigan leaders believe they made a compelling case for the region to serve as the home to online retail giant Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters.


Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:05

PR firm sues former exec for breach of contract

GRAND RAPIDS — A lawsuit filed in late October by Grand Rapids-based public relations and investor relations firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates Inc. alleges that a former executive repeatedly breached his employment contract.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:03

Grand Rapids real estate firm moves to settle RICO case

GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan real estate firm has moved to settle a federal civil lawsuit alleging it engaged in racketeering and other fraudulent activities by charging higher rents at properties once intended for affordable housing.

Friday, 03 November 2017 10:38

GRAM questions whether former exec can claim whistleblower status in lawsuit

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) has asked a judge to rule on whether a former executive who filed a lawsuit alleging the nonprofit routinely misused restricted funds can claim whistleblower status.


Thursday, 02 November 2017 20:09

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. CEO resigns to take hometown job in N.C.

After a five-year tenure running Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., President and CEO Kris Larson plans to depart for a similar position in North Carolina.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:11

DeVos-backed development nonprofit regroups to address community mistrust

GRAND RAPIDS — The would-be developers of approximately 35 acres of property in southeast Grand Rapids are stepping back from their plans, at least for now.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:07

'On the map': Municipalities, real estate investors explore state’s new pot opportunities

As Michigan prepares to begin licensing medical marijuana businesses at the end of this year, the industry hopes for a windfall of new business and development opportunities, at least for communities willing to take advantage of them.


Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:07

'On the map': Municipalities, real estate investors explore state’s new pot opportunities

As Michigan prepares to begin licensing medical marijuana businesses at the end of this year, the industry hopes for a windfall of new business and development opportunities, at least for communities willing to take advantage of them.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:07

'On the map': Municipalities, real estate investors explore state’s new pot opportunities

As Michigan prepares to begin licensing medical marijuana businesses at the end of this year, the industry hopes for a windfall of new business and development opportunities, at least for communities willing to take advantage of them.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 11:50

Shoot for the moon: In pitch to Amazon, Grand Rapids area shows it ‘punches above its weight’

GRAND RAPIDS — Officials from West Michigan acknowledge the region must overcome long odds in its bid to win the economic development sweepstakes for Amazon.com Inc.’s HQ2 project.


Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:57

Labor contract dispute raises tensions ahead of The Rapid millage vote

An ongoing labor dispute between The Rapid and its unionized drivers and maintenance workers has become a wedge issue for groups typically aligned in support of transit millages.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 18:28

Data center operator Switch to pay $25 million for Pyramid campus south of Grand Rapids

GAINES TOWNSHIP — Technology firm Switch Inc. plans to buy the 700,000-square-foot Pyramid campus that’s home to its data center in southern Kent County, MiBiz has learned. 

Friday, 20 October 2017 13:39

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down controversial ‘dark store’ tax appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal from big box retailer Menard Inc., effectively ending the so-called “dark store” practice of property valuation in the state.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:16

City selects Indianapolis firm’s proposal for further due diligence for possible reuse of 201 Market site

Officials with the city of Grand Rapids plan to move forward with further due diligence and vetting of one proposal to redevelop a key downtown parcel.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:30

First Companies plans more medical office space in SE Grand Rapids

The East Paris Avenue corridor continues to act as a magnet for the development of new medical office buildings.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:30

Stein’s ‘tenacity’ drives dealmaking for Blackford Capital

With three acquisitions and two exits under his belt in the last year and a half, Martin Stein continues to drive a steady pace of deal activity at Blackford Capital.


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