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Monday, 21 September 2015 08:57

CWD plans redesign of 250 Monroe building

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Rendering of the resdesign project for the Calder Plaza Building at 250 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids. Rendering of the resdesign project for the Calder Plaza Building at 250 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids. COURTESY RENDERING

GRAND RAPIDS — Development firm CWD Real Estate Investment LLC plans a major design overhaul of its latest major downtown Grand Rapids acquisition at 250 Monroe Ave. NW.

The 10-story, 160,000-square-foot building known as the Calder Plaza Building will receive significant improvements to its facade and lobby, as well as enhanced retail options, according to a statement.

“Our desire is to make this an extremely high-quality office address once again,” CWD Managing Partner Sam Cummings stated. “This design will further enhance how the building contributes to walkability in downtown GR and increase the potential for more retail offerings in the core city.”

CWD acquired the aging building in December 2014 for an undisclosed price after the anchor tenant, the law firm of Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC,announced plans to move to the under-construction Arena Place development in downtown’s Arena South neighborhood.

The 250 Monroe building was built in 1982 and has not received significant upgrades since.

CWD will begin working with the city in the coming months regarding its plans for the building. The developer expects construction at the site to be completed by next summer.

Detroit-based architecture firm Hamilton Anderson Associates provided design services for the project. Cummings said in the release that CWD looked at a number of West Michigan architecture firms but wanted “fresh eyes” for the 250 Monroe project.

“This redesign will give us great flexibility to accommodate a variety of clients looking for highly-visible, class-A downtown office space with convenient parking,” Cummings stated. “We can design suites from 2,500 (to) 110,000 square feet for delivery next summer or fall.”

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