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People in the news: March 13, 2023
A roundup of promotions, new hires, advancements and award winners in West Michigan.
West Michigan downtowns show signs of resilience, despite lagging office market
With the exception of a shaky office market, business leaders in West Michigan are reporting largely healthy downtown city centers with increased visitors, an influx of businesses opening and new projects under construction.
Grand River Greenway project lands $55M in state infrastructure plan
GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will receive $55 million to connect trails along the Grand River as part of a $4.7 billion infrastructure plan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed today.
$40M grant program would help downtowns recover from remote work shift
As companies take varied approaches to in-person and remote work, commercial real estate experts generally agree that office square footage needs will likely shrink with the adoption of more hybrid workspaces.
Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects
Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.
MDOT study of U.S. 131 to balance industrial, placemaking concerns
GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched an online survey seeking public feedback on potential redesign strategies for a contentious segment of US-131 between 28th Street and Wealthy Street.
Housing, riverfront key to bringing back downtown GR from COVID depths
The lifting of initial COVID-19 restrictions on retailers and restaurants brought activity back to downtown Grand Rapids, but officials still see persistent effects on the city’s core that stem from a reduction in downtown office workers.
Grand Rapids to consider $22M in brownfield incentives for 8-story Spectrum Health development
GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has filed a Brownfield Plan Amendment for its new Center for Transformation and Innovation, an eight-story office tower planned for the Monroe North neighborhood near downtown Grand Rapids.
‘Such an animal:’ State prepares for inevitable reconstruction of the unsafe, aging S-curve:
GRAND RAPIDS — The state’s new fiscal year budget that began Oct. 1 includes $10 million to study the reconstruction or potential reconfiguration of the Wealthy Street interchange on US-131 that officials have referred to as the most dangerous intersection in the state.
Office workers gradually return to downtowns as officials forecast a new landscape
The short-term outlook of city officials and commercial real estate experts is improving as office workers gradually return to in-person work, and they share an optimism as downtowns reawaken from the COVID-19 pandemic.
First-of-its-kind study of GR to guide long-term development
GRAND RAPIDS — As the city updates its nearly 20-year-old Master Plan to guide future development, local officials say a first-of-its-kind study last year can help ensure equitable outcomes while providing the best return on investments.
GR startup finds purpose with urban air quality mapping
When Darren Riley graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, he took with him in-demand skills rooted in software development and cybersecurity.
Pack Elephant helps local, diverse artisans scale their business
GRAND RAPIDS — When Winsome Kirton worked in advertising, she was often disappointed by executives’ uninspired corporate gifts that didn’t match the company’s values.
Downtowns feel the pain as office workers remain home
In a typical year, around 40,000 office workers a day are in downtown Grand Rapids buying coffee or lunch, or sticking around to shop or attend an event.
Resilient and agile: Restaurant industry tackles a potentially long-term transformation as consumer behavior and buying patterns shift
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.
Equity gets closer look with Grand River restoration project
GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand River has historically divided the city of Grand Rapids in multiple ways, but as redevelopments have ramped up in recent years, leaders of a restoration plan are stressing the importance of making the river accessible to all residents.
‘Questions and concerns:’ Outdoor drinking areas may offer lifeline for bars and restaurants, but oversight questions remain
Designating outdoor drinking areas is not only a way to modernize Michigan’s alcohol regulations, but also extends a critical lifeline for restaurants and bars grappling with limited activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
City groups planning fall “mashup” of events in place of ArtPrize
GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is reallocating $50,000 it initially budgeted for ArtPrize 2020 toward a new event tentatively planned for September.
After 2020 cancellation, future of ArtPrize remains unclear
After canceling this year’s ArtPrize because of concerns over COVID-19, organizers of Grand Rapids’ flagship arts event and the largest art competition in the world have avoided questions about whether it will return.
Restaurants, bars expand outside with social zones
JW’s Food & Spirits had never offered outdoor seating in the more than two decades the restaurant and bar has been in operation at the corner of North 7th Street and Washington Avenue east of downtown Grand Haven.
MiBiz Growth Report: June 21, 2020
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 21, 2020.
Grand Rapids youth program will temporarily employ 1,000 residents
GRAND RAPIDS — A youth employment program will launch this summer, employing 1,000 Grand Rapids residents ages 15-21.
Hinman’s downtown hotel project opening delayed due to COVID-19
GRAND RAPIDS — The Hinman Co.’s 13-story, 140,000-square-foot hotel located at 10 Ionia Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids is expected to be completed two months later than anticipated because of construction delays stemming from COVID-19.
Relief funding available for GR businesses as murals cover downtown storefronts
GRAND RAPIDS — About 100 downtown businesses were damaged after May 30 protests of police brutality, causing an estimated $500,000 in damages for window repair and storefront replacement.
Grand Rapids board approves $200K in economic relief for COVID-19
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority board has approved $200,000 in economic relief funding a month into state and local efforts to contain the coronavirus.
Local bars, restaurants take precautions against coronavirus
GRAND RAPIDS — Restaurants and breweries across West Michigan are taking precautions to protect employees and patrons from coronavirus.
Chicago firm proposes 167-unit apartment building near downtown Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS — A Chicago-based real estate firm has proposed a $26.1 million, 167-unit apartment building near downtown Grand Rapids.
Kent County again weighs selling 82 Ionia, plans building projects
GRAND RAPIDS — Among various other projects this year, Kent County officials again are assessing whether to sell a facility at 82 Ionia Ave. and construct a new building elsewhere in downtown Grand Rapids.
Proposed Wheeler Development tower helps with downtown GR density goals
GRAND RAPIDS — Wheeler Development Group’s proposed mixed-use tower could help the city accomplish several goals for the downtown area.
City, Grand Rapids Chamber bring on new staff to help business attraction, equity
GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a retail retention and attraction specialist to help attract regional and national retailers to the city.