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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Staff writer

nmanes@mibiz.com

A long vacant and blighted building in Cereal City’s downtown could soon see new activity. Battle Creek’s city commission on Tuesday approved a $570,000 loan for a subsidiary of Grand Rapids-based development firm 616 Lofts LLC to assist the company with cleanup efforts at the 19-story Heritage Tower at 25 West Michigan Ave., according to a report from the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Private developers say that working with numerous partners on a real estate project can often lead to complications. 

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.

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.

Essence Restaurant Group will bring its popular Green Well Gastropub restaurant brand to northern Kent County.

The West Michigan region’s largest airport continues to set records for passenger traffic.

Chick-fil-A Inc. seems relentless in its desire to secure a location near Knapp Street and East Beltline Avenue on Grand Rapids’ northeast side.

Another Michigan-based craft brewery appears to be considering a satellite location on Grand Rapids’ west side.

When Andrew Haan takes over in early February as president of Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. (DKI), he’ll continue the organization’s focus on encouraging growth in Southwest Michigan’s largest downtown market. Haan, who currently serves as an associate director in Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office of Urban Initiatives, spoke with MiBiz about the recently proposed investments in and around downtown Kalamazoo and what will continue to propel the city’s growth.

KALAMAZOO — It may have taken five years, but the partners behind one of the largest mixed-use projects in downtown Kalamazoo finally have secured the financing they need for the development. 

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