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GRAND RAPIDS — From an undisclosed $100 million foreign-backed fund to local real estate agents, investors of all kinds are staking their bets on the Grand Rapids housing market. 

GRAND RAPIDS — When it comes to the possibility of redesigning one of Grand Rapids’ oldest downtown plazas, there’s a common refrain from people around the city: Something should be done. 

New commercial real estate projects continue to pop up around West Michigan at a frantic pace.

Downtown-ish Grand Rapids could finally get a “real” grocery store sometime in the future, if plans from Meijer Inc. and Rockford Construction Co. Inc. come to fruition. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Walking around the southern end of the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, Mark Miller points out clues for how Grand Rapids could achieve greater housing affordability in the coming years. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Walking around the southern end of the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, Mark Miller points out clues for how Grand Rapids could achieve greater housing affordability in the coming years. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Commercial real estate brokers say the sale of two fully-leased, recently renovated office buildings in downtown Grand Rapids points to a healthy local economy, even if the transactions are far from the norm. 

KALAMAZOO — With a dearth of major buildings left to renovate in the downtown Kalamazoo area, developers say new construction will soon be their only option going forward. 

GRAND RAPIDS — As Kendall College of Art and Design finishes its first cohort of graduate architecture students, the school’s nascent program aims for significant growth in the coming years. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Realizing that a movie theater would not work as a standalone project in downtown Grand Rapids, J.D. Loeks knew that he needed to broaden the scope of his long-planned development.

Investments in rail infrastructure eventually will expedite the time it takes for Amtrak passengers to commute from Kalamazoo to Chicago, potentially cutting travel times by a half hour. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Offering shorter lease terms and increased flexibility to tenants may seem counterintuitive to executives in the office development and property management sector. 

Despite a global economic slowdown and fears of overheating in major markets, stakeholders in West Michigan’s commercial real estate industry say current regional indicators continue to show signs of a healthy market. 

Foreign investors have considered Michigan an attractive place put their capital to work in the post-recession years.

West Michigan contractors and architects point to the diversification of backlogged projects as further proof of a healthy regional economy. 

Most research firms project the commercial real estate market in West Michigan will maintain slow but steady growth in 2016. 

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