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GRANDVILLE –– Amid an apartment building boom across West Michigan, the Grand Castle stands out in ways few other projects do.

The rising price of steel and other building materials might cause sticker shock for some developers, but the costs are doing little to curb building activity around West Michigan.

Q&A: Fernanda Wilson, Ph.D.

Written by | Saturday, 07 July 2018 16:46 |

The emergence of PFAS contamination in Kent County’s Plainfield Township and at other sites in Michigan and around the world has environmental consulting firms racing to catch up. Grand Rapids-based Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber Inc. (FTC&H) recently opened a new division aimed at addressing PFAS issues. Dr. Fernanda Wilson, the practice’s environmental engineering lead, spoke with MiBiz about the widespread issues with the chemicals, which for decades were used for industrial purposes, fire-fighting foam and consumer goods.

GRAND RAPIDS — Amid Grand Rapids’ ongoing apartment-building boom, commercial real estate developers also are noticing demand for urban condominiums. 

Construction executives in West Michigan — known for its concentration of “merit shops” — generally speak favorably of the recent repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.

The retail real estate sector could be on the verge of a major upheaval, beyond the near steady stream of headlines about brick-and-mortar store closures and bankruptcies in recent weeks.

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.

As developers from around the Midwest descend on Michigan’s capital region, the Lansing area’s brownfield sites could soon become a lot less brown.

WYOMING — Stakeholders in the ongoing development of the Metro Health campus say they’re about halfway to their targeted $1 billion investment in southwestern Kent County.

GRAND RAPIDS — As Grand Valley State University expands its presence in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, it’s juggling myriad concerns that often come with large-scale development.

For all the talk of placemaking and city building across Michigan, State Rep. Andy Schor believes something very basic remains missing: local grocery options.

GRAND RAPIDS — A group of investors hoping to redevelop one of downtown’s last vacant buildings believes energy-efficient infrastructure could serve as one method to achieve greater affordability.

West Michigan construction industry executives believe some of their recent worker training efforts have started to pay off. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Two stalwart West Michigan retailers are closing up shop, opening up valuable real estate at a time when space is at a premium in the region.

More than a decade into the “Envision Ada” planning process, stakeholders can now see construction activity on new mixed-use buildings they hope will attract new retailers, restaurants and residents to the village.

GRAND RAPIDS — Stakeholders from around Michigan say they’re impressed with the results the Grand Rapids Economic Development department cited in a recent report detailing the performance of various project incentives.

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