GRAND RAPIDS — Despite concerns from nearby neighbors over issues of parking and density, a controversial 71-unit apartment building with retail space moved one step closer to becoming a reality tonight.
Members of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the request of 363 State LLC to tear down the existing Clark’s Food Center at 363 State St. SE and construct a mixed-use project with 71 studio apartments, ground-floor retail and 37 on-site parking spaces.
The HPC members agreed that issues of parking and density were not within the scope of their decision-making and that the proposed development fell within the broader State Street Area Specific Plan, which called for the type of use.
Following the vote, 363 State principal Shayne Malone told MiBiz that while he and partner Rob Horton are sensitive to neighborhood’s concerns, the project will move forward as proposed.
The developers plan to begin demolition of the existing structure by spring 2017.
Additionally, many neighborhood residents expressed a desire for a grocery store to occupy the ground-floor retail space.
Malone said the developers currently have no confirmed retail tenants and are open to a prospective grocery user, but noted that they will entertain any kind of tenant that matches the vision of the project.