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Documents show full scope of proposed project for Grand Rapids’ West Side

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Documents show full scope of proposed project for Grand Rapids’ West Side COURTESY RENDERING

GRAND RAPIDS — Documents released this morning by the city’s Planning Commission outline further details of a proposed redevelopment project along the burgeoning Bridge Street corridor.

Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction Company Inc., along with a variety of partners, plan a mixed-use development on sites situated around Bridge Street, Seward Avenue and Stocking Avenue that would include housing, a Meijer Inc. grocery store, additional retail, parking and office space.

According to the documents, the first of two phases would consist of an affordable housing development, which would be developed by nonprofit housing developer Inner City Christian Federation, as MiBiz reported yesterday.

That component of the development would be built along Stocking Avenue north of Bridge Street. While an exact timeframe for development was not clear, the documents state that the Planning Commission’s “approval … is needed to facilitate a submission to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on October 1, 2016.”

The developers will seek approval from the Planning Commission at its July 14 meeting.

Phase two of the development would include two additional buildings: a five-story building along Bridge Street housing a ground-floor Meijer grocery store with residential units above, plus a four-story building along Seward Avenue with ground floor retail and office space above.

The buildings would all face the street and surround a parking structure. The documents show 309-on site parking spaces, as well as additional parking in the surrounding areas, bringing the total to 516 spaces.

Additional parking could be built if necessary, according to the documents. The plans also call for the addition of a Rapid bus transit station on Bridge Street in front of the proposed Meijer store.

Grand Rapids-based architecture firm Progressive A&E Inc. is listed as the project’s architect.

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Nick Manes

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