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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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

Friday, 18 August 2017 11:43

Build-to-suit medical office building planned for Byron Center

Vision Real Estate Investment Inc. said this week that it plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot medical office building in southwestern Kent County.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:37

As West Michigan’s startup culture evolves, Start Garden grows into new roles

GRAND RAPIDS — A growing manufacturer of high-tech food carts could serve as an example of the kind of business development that’s possible in West Michigan.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:30

West Michigan industrial developers embrace new uses

Spurred on by the dearth of available manufacturing space across West Michigan, developers have started to add inventory in the region by building or expanding industrial parks.


Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:18

Meijer to restructure I.T. department amid changing retail landscape

WALKER — Amid intense competition in the retail grocery sector, Meijer Inc. will trim and restructure its information technology services (ITS) staff in the coming months, MiBiz has learned.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:15

Sundstrom to retire as Grand Rapids City Manager

Long-time Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said today that he plans to retire from his position at the end of the year.

Friday, 11 August 2017 11:55

Kent County considers expanding parks system by 150 acres

Kent County government will vote later this month on whether to recommend expanding two county-owned parks by a total of 153 acres.


Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:37

DDA approves Grand Rapids movie theater project

The board of the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority today voted unanimously to support a new development agreement that could result in a new mixed-use entertainment district in the Arena South district.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:51

Documents show significant changes for proposed downtown GR theater project

After more than a year of behind-the-scenes work, the developers of the proposed $140 million mixed-use movie theater project south of Van Andel Arena plan to step back into the spotlight this week.

Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:42

Local architecture firms take diverging paths as growth continues

To some local economic observers, the success of the architecture and engineering industry in West Michigan serves as a microcosm of the region’s broader economy.


Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:35

Legislative Update: Historic preservation tax credits reintroduced; Closing the ‘dark store’ loophole

Michigan’s House and Senate may be in recess for most of the summer, but legislative issues continue to percolate. Advocates continue their work to move forward a range of legislation, including bills that would bring back tax credits for the redevelopment of historic buildings and another that would curb a controversial tax loophole. MiBiz checked in on the status of the two packages.

Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:19

One for the road? Entertainment districts embrace open container laws, but not in Michigan

Grand Rapids may be known colloquially as Beer City, but visitors should plan to avoid walking between hip bars and eateries with a pint of local IPA, at least for the foreseeable future.

Friday, 04 August 2017 13:16

California firm invests more than $30 million to buy two GR-area apartment complexes

A California investment group has acquired two, 168-unit affordable housing complexes in the Grand Rapids area and at least two other properties across the state, MiBiz has learned.


Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:54

Third Coast Development acquires two Grand Rapids area bars

Third Coast Development LLC has bolstered its holdings in the hospitality business.

Friday, 28 July 2017 16:48

Adtegrity eyes growth with acquisition of Media Place Partners

Two advertising services companies have joined forces in a bid to create a “one-stop shopping” experience for their clients.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:21

New head of MEDC discusses agency’s role in community building

After about eight years away, Jeff Mason has returned to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Having previously worked at the state’s top economic development organization as a senior vice president for business development, he left in 2009 to head up the University Research Corridor, an alliance of Michigan’s three major research institutions. He’s rejoining the MEDC as its president and CEO, where he’ll lead an organization that’s grown into new focus areas, specifically community development. Mason spoke with MiBiz about these organizational shifts and the new economic development tools the state legislature recently passed to help make Michigan more competitive.


Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:19

Grand Rapids coffee roaster under new ownership

GRAND RAPIDS — The new owner of Schuil Coffee Co. LLC hopes to leverage nearly two decades of experience in the packaged food and e-commerce industries to grow the 36-year-old roastery.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:48

Mobility Options: Amid high demand, Grand Rapids groups seek new solutions — beyond just parking

As West Michigan’s economy expands, planners and business owners find they’re facing a new growing pain.

Friday, 21 July 2017 12:28

Ridges of Cascade sells for $57 million

A 237-unit high-end apartment complex in suburban Grand Rapids has sold for $57 million, MiBiz has learned.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:48

Duthler’s Family Foods closing Bridge St. location

Local grocer Duthler’s Family Foods will close its Bridge Street location on Grand Rapids’ northwest side, according to a sign on the door and multiple media reports.

Monday, 17 July 2017 10:18

Two industrial buildings completed near Ford Airport

Amid a tight industrial real estate market, new construction continues to take hold.

Sunday, 16 July 2017 14:20

Pair of Division Avenue projects unsuccessful in securing state development incentives

GRAND RAPIDS — Two large downtown sites along Division Avenue will likely remain vacant, at least for the foreseeable future.


Friday, 14 July 2017 13:33

GVSU, GRCC announce campus expansions in Grand Rapids

Two higher educational institutions plan to spend more than $82 million combined to expand their downtown campuses.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:22

‘Good Jobs’ legislation passes Michigan House

Controversial economic development legislation passed the Michigan House on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder’s likely signature.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:34

West Michigan projects awarded affordable housing tax credits

Two projects in Grand Rapids, as well as housing developments in Lansing, Charlotte and Hartford, have been awarded competitive affordable housing tax credits.


Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:37

Real estate projects to watch

With a commercial real estate development pipeline that stretches into 2019, the forecast for the industry in West Michigan remains bright. MiBiz periodically checks in on the status of proposed developments. This report highlights several projects from around West Michigan and examines where they currently sit in the development pipeline.

Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:34

DeVos-held firm gets loan deferment on GR facility amid struggle to fill retail space

GRAND RAPIDS — After running into challenges with leasing retail space at a prominent downtown redevelopment, a DeVos-held entity got permission from the state to delay its incentive loan repayments.

Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:29

New initiatives emerge to address West Michigan’s ‘housing crisis’

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.


Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:26

As real estate market surges, West Michigan creatives ponder their place

When Brian Kelly first heard about a suburban space to move his Grand Rapids-based photography studio, he ignored the idea for one simple reason: It was in Kentwood.

Friday, 07 July 2017 11:57

Movie theater, entertainment district planned for downtown Holland

A partnership could bring a new $30 million entertainment district along with a 10-screen movie theater to Holland’s central business district.

Friday, 23 June 2017 16:46

Stone Brewing cofounder weighs in on state of the industry during GR stop

Greg Koch has a front row view of the seismic shifts playing out in the world of American craft brewing. The co-founder and executive chairman of Escondido, Calif.-based Stone Brewing Co. — the 17th largest brewery in the country — also isn’t shy about sharing his views on the trend of large conglomerates buying up craft breweries.


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