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Kate Carlson

Kate Carlson

Staff Writer, covers real estate and development and small businesses

 

Twitter: @BizCarlson
Email: [email protected]

WALKER — After withdrawing its planning application earlier this year to address residents’ concerns, a developer is again pursuing plans for a large scale mixed use housing project at Lincoln Country Club in Walker.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met virtually today with small business owners who received support from a state grant program and discussed the importance that additional federal support would have on their businesses. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Chicago-based Factorial Holdings plans to construct 10 new Burger King restaurants in Grand Rapids over the next five years.

GRAND RAPIDS — Earlier this month, the Grand Rapids City Commission and the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority approved a memorandum of understanding that could result in a new 14,000-seat waterfront amphitheater downtown.

Land banks are emerging as an important resource to help fill the affordable housing shortage communities are facing in West Michigan and across the state.

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP — Jarred Sper is turning 45 acres of his backyard property near Rockford into a rustic off-the-grid camping experience meant to let visitors unplug and connect with nature. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Black Calder Brewing Co. is launching its first beer on Nov. 27, or “The Blackest Friday,” as the new brewery’s owners are calling it.

West Michigan’s construction industry has long faced a talent shortage fueled by a worker exodus during the 2008 recession, stigma around going into skilled trades, and firms failing to recruit a diverse workforce. 

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday called on state lawmakers to extend state unemployment insurance benefits that were previously expanded but are scheduled to sunset at the end of the year. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:10

Owners list 20 Monroe Live property for $16.5M

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of the 20 Monroe Live concert venue space and The B.O.B. are looking to sell their downtown real estate as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the entertainment and hospitality industries, MiBiz has learned.

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and two hospitality businesses filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in response to new business restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19.

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority has approved plans for a public-private partnership that relocates sewer infrastructure allowing for a waterfront amphitheater downtown.

GRAND RAPIDS — Two medical marijuana provisioning centers in Grand Rapids will soon be adding recreational sales.

Integrated Architecture LLC was among several local firms recognized at the Grand Rapids chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2020 awards, receiving multiple commendations for its design of the new ADAC Automotive headquarters. 

KALAMAZOO — The final piece of a major revitalization project turning what is known as the Performance Paper Mill Site into a health services campus was recently completed by Lansing-based Boji Group.

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials have taken the initial steps of a planned public-private partnership that could redevelop a city-owned waterfront property near downtown into a 14,000-seat amphitheater.

BATTLE CREEK — Battle Creek Unlimited is planning a complete renovation and rebranding of the 15-story, 239-room McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek. The economic development organization, doing business as 50 Capital Ave Development Corp., acquired the property at 50 Capital Ave. SW on Nov. 3, officials announced today.

GRAND RAPIDS — Black-owned businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Grand Rapids can apply for financial assistance from a $25,000 donation from Comcast Corp. 

BENTON HARBOR — Berrien County economic development officials received more than 200 applications in the first week of a new program offering up to $15,000 and other incentives for people to move to the Southwest Michigan region.

West Michigan construction firms are reporting dramatic increases in the cost of materials and project delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the restaurant, office and retail sectors. 

Restaurant owners have had to get creative and at times take extreme cost-cutting measures to keep their doors open this year, indicating the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term effects for the industry.

Emily Doerr was hired last month as the new executive director of the Michigan State Land Bank Authority. In her new role, the Flint resident will lead the strategic direction of the State Land Bank, which serves 37 counties in Michigan and owns 2,676 land parcels. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Republican U.S. representative-elect Peter Meijer announced Thursday that he wants to “get back to the core values of limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.”

GRAND RAPIDS — Woodland Mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as mall tenants across the company’s portfolio have struggled to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurant owners are seeking clarification from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on last week’s revised emergency order requiring bars and restaurants to gather names and contact information from patrons. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Two more medical cannabis provisioning centers are seeking city approval to add retail recreational sales, bringing to at least six the total number of stores operating with or pursuing retail recreational licenses in Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS — Third Coast Development LLC and PD Development Group plan to convert part of the main building on the Dominican Sisters’ Marywood campus into 109 apartment units of affordable and market-rate senior housing. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Perrigo Co. plc is relocating its North American corporate headquarters to downtown Grand Rapids, MiBiz has learned. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Retail recreational cannabis sales started Friday in Grand Rapids, while three more adult-use dispensaries have received preliminary city approval.

With widespread wedding and formal school dance cancelations during the pandemic, Archie Sudue’s newly opened men’s suit shop has been struggling.

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