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Displaying items by tag: Downtown Grand Rapids Inc

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:28

Grand Rapids seeks partners to develop mixed-use downtown parking project

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids is seeking development partners for a downtown mixed-use structure that includes retail, parking and possibly housing or commercial development. 

Sunday, 15 September 2019 15:24

Delays extend Grand Rapids Whitewater start to 2021

GRAND RAPIDS — Officials expect to begin the $45 million project to restore the rapids in the Grand River by July 2021, later than they had originally projected.

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

Zoning to blame for vacant storefronts?

GRAND RAPIDS — Moving into a larger ground-floor space in the prominent Harris Building on South Division Avenue gave a boost to business at Little Space Studio LLC.


Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

Grand Rapids authority studies next steps for convention center hotel

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority has hired a consultant to lead the process of weighing concepts for developing a full-service hotel to serve the downtown convention center. 

Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:24

Legislation could push residential property owners to pay for downtown services

GRAND RAPIDS — Legislation expected to be reintroduced this session could address the question of whether downtown residential property owners should help pay for the services currently funded only by assessments on commercial businesses. Although former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation, lawmakers could revive bills this year that would allow local taxing authorities to decide whether residential owners in business improvement districts should also pay the assessments that commercial property owners pay. 

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:20

Grand Rapids DDA selects Pioneer Construction to manage Calder Plaza renovations

Pioneer Construction Co. will serve as construction manager for the city’s renovation of VandenBerg Plaza, known commonly as Calder Plaza.



Sunday, 06 January 2019 21:12

Sale of Kent County Road Commission site presents big opportunities along Grand River

The proposed sale of a site on the west bank of the Grand River could offer the property’s next owner a chance to fulfill some community goals for the city’s waterfront.

Sunday, 23 December 2018 18:35

Crystal Ball 2019 Real Estate & Development Outlook: Despite talent crunch for contractors, development firms expect strong 2019

Even with a number of large-scale projects being built, West Michigan developers say they’re still thinking big for 2019. Multiple real estate and construction executives say they see no sign of the industry slowing down in the new year, although many believe companies’ focus could shift away from market-rate housing in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:09

Roundtable: Execs see more growth ahead for urban projects amid continued demand for amenities

Stakeholders in West Michigan’s commercial real estate, architecture and construction industries are coming off another big year for development and see few signs that indicate a significant slowdown in 2019. 


Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:49

New lounge and restaurant proposed for long-vacant downtown Grand Rapids space

GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown could soon see its first African American-owned bar and restaurant in years.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:34

Plans for key sites on banks of Grand River unveiled

GRAND RAPIDS — A broad group of stakeholders on Thursday unveiled conceptual plans for re-designing public spaces on both banks of the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids.

Friday, 12 October 2018 10:08

Grand Rapids to explore converting downtown one-way streets to two-way traffic

Two arterial roads through the city’s central business district could go from one-way to two-way streets under a new plan being considered by the Downtown Development Authority.

Published in Breaking News


Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:11

Milwaukee riverfront benefits from public-private partnerships

MILWAUKEE — As a wide variety of stakeholders push forward with revitalizing the Grand River corridor through downtown Grand Rapids, they have no shortage of other cities they can look to for best practices.

Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:03

Projects take shape along Grand River

In anticipation of a multifaceted effort to restore the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids, numerous public and private partners are coming together to activate a number of key sites along the riverbanks.

Saturday, 21 July 2018 11:49

Redevelopment boom expected as part of Grand River restoration

GRAND RAPIDS — Efforts to restore the rapids in the Grand River might be a year or more away from launching, but stakeholders already have started thinking about opportunities the project will create throughout downtown.


Saturday, 09 June 2018 00:12

Mixed Messages: Expanded Michigan Street transit service comes amid massive parking development

GRAND RAPIDS — In offering increased transit service along one of West Michigan’s densest employment corridors, Grand Rapids officials hope to fulfill a goal of one of the city’s key urban planning documents.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

After 4 years, development still slow along GR’s Silver Line bus route

GRAND RAPIDS — The old adage that development follows transit has proven slow to materialize along the Silver Line bus rapid transit (BRT) route through southern Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:14

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. appoints new top executive, board members

The nonprofit organization that administers the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and several downtown events has new leadership.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 04 February 2018 00:59

Franklin Partners unveils plans for proposed GR office tower

GRAND RAPIDS –– When developer Franklin Partners LLC brings its proposed seven-story downtown office tower to market in the coming years, it will offer tenants Class A office space that’s currently in short supply across the city.

Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:25

New opportunities eyed for GR’s South Division Avenue

GRAND RAPIDS — Planners and neighborhood stakeholders believe that investing in some basic infrastructure in downtown Grand Rapids’ Heartside district could help spur equitable economic development.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:43

Large-scale development to continue in 2018

Tower cranes constructing offices, hotels and apartments dot the skyline in and around downtown Grand Rapids.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 17 December 2017 18:39

Downtown parking ramp discussion clears MobileGR

GRAND RAPIDS –– After a largely procedural vote striking down a resolution to boost the inventory of public parking in Grand Rapids, city commissioners will likely reconsider the idea now that it’s gone through the proper channels.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 20:09

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. CEO resigns to take hometown job in N.C.

After a five-year tenure running Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., President and CEO Kris Larson plans to depart for a similar position in North Carolina.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 29 October 2017 11:50

Shoot for the moon: In pitch to Amazon, Grand Rapids area shows it ‘punches above its weight’

GRAND RAPIDS — Officials from West Michigan acknowledge the region must overcome long odds in its bid to win the economic development sweepstakes for Amazon.com Inc.’s HQ2 project.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 08 September 2017 10:58

West Michigan economic developers will pursue secondary Amazon headquarters

West Michigan economic developers plan to jump into an already crowded pool of contenders for Amazon.com Inc.’s proposed $5 billion second headquarters.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:19

One for the road? Entertainment districts embrace open container laws, but not in Michigan

Grand Rapids may be known colloquially as Beer City, but visitors should plan to avoid walking between hip bars and eateries with a pint of local IPA, at least for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:44

Grand Rapids leaders consider new path to redeveloping public assets

As the city of Grand Rapids considers selling publicly-owned land, it hopes to use a new method of engaging would-be developers looking to redevelop the parcels.


Saturday, 01 April 2017 05:00

Sources: Office tower, hotel proposed for Downtown GR movie theater district

GRAND RAPIDS — Developers behind a $140 million movie theater and mixed-use district south of Van Andel Arena want to expand the project to include a new office tower and hotel, MiBiz has learned.

Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:01

GR weighs more parking against long-term mobility trends

GRAND RAPIDS — Facing a future in which the role of the traditional automobile is changing, officials in Grand Rapids continue to evaluate long-term mobility investments, particularly when it comes to parking.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 13:06

Orion trades apartments for hotel at planned downtown Grand Rapids tower

A local developer has scrapped plans for multifamily housing at a proposed twin-tower downtown Grand Rapids development to pursue a hotel tenant instead, MiBiz has learned.

Published in Breaking News

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