GRAND RAPIDS — Orion Construction Company Inc. today announced the formal completion of its most recent mixed-use residential project.
The Grand Rapids-based construction and development firm held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its $9.6 million Fulton Square development located at the northwest corner of Fulton Street and Carlton Avenue in the city’s Eastown neighborhood.
“We’ve had an incredibly strong team on this project since it began and now that we’ve completed Fulton Square we’re able to see what that teamwork has done for us,” John Wheeler, president of Orion’s development arm, Orion Real Estate Solutions LLC, said in a statement. “This was vacant land and now it is home to families and individuals who contribute to our great city every day.”
Construction began on Fulton Square last winter and tenants began moving into the 47 units last month. Orion Construction executives say the units are about 75-percent occupied.
Additionally, the project has two retail bays, one of which has been leased to an undisclosed restaurant that plans to obtain a liquor license and employ about 40 people.
Secchia family real-estate firm Sibsco LLC is a partner in the project, which was designed by Grand Rapids-based architecture firm Concept Design.
The site where the project sits was once proposed for a controversial gas station proposal that was ultimately shot down by the Eastown neighborhood.
“(A gas station is) not the highest and best use for our neighborhood,” Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said today.