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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

Staff Writer

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A mix of "leased" and "sold" signs continue to appear on industrial properties across West Michigan as manufacturers that survived the recession and are growing have started to seek expansion options. 

As West Michigan's commercial real estate market bounces back from rock bottom, Amicus Management Inc. is right in the thick of things.

Erika Rosebrook is reacquainting herself with familiar faces in West Michigan. As the associate director for the Michigan Office of Urban Initiatives based in West Michigan, Rosebrook's job is to facilitate a discussion between the cities in the region and the governor's office.



Rather than get sent to rot in a landfill, about 100,000 tons of food processing waste will be converted into electricity once Michigan's first large-scale biodigester comes online this summer.

Construction on the $22 million Fremont Community Digester and electric generator is just now wrapping up, and testing at the facility should begin in a matter of months.
The project's developer, NOVI Energy, also signed a $55 million agreement with Consumers Energy to purchase approximately 380,000 megawatt-hours or 19,000 MWh per year of electricity from the plant over the next 20 years. The deal marks the first time the utility will buy energy made from food processing waste.

The economic benefits of alternative energy have united at least some bipartisan political groups to push for a stricter Michigan renewable energy mandate.

Without any overarching energy plan, Gov. Rick Snyder remains on the sidelines, but his energy czar Valerie Brader said Snyder plans a "special message" to address energy planning later this year.

A small, but growing West Michigan-based solar lighting company has found its products in demand not so much in its backyard, but in developing foreign markets. 

Solar Street Lights USA's big ambitions are akin to the size of the shop's mascot, a 160-pound St. Bernard named Guess.

GRAND RAPIDS — High-end fashion retailer A.K. Rikks will soon slip into a comfortable and stylish new space on 28th Street.

KALAMAZOO – Two sports industry entrepreneurs are bringing a piece of English Premier League soccer to the youth of West Michigan.

Friday, 18 May 2012 11:23

GR market projects reach new phases

As one of the city's market construction projects wraps up its initial phase, another one begins to take shape.

That was the message from architect Ted Lott of Lott3Metz and Craig Nicely, principal and architect for Design Plus, at the River to Markets forum held at the Wealthy Theater in early May.

Although it can be cheaper to tear down old buildings, sometimes developers pull out all the stops to find ways to save important old structures.

That was the case with the Metropolitan Center project on the 100 block of Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo, a project that is in the final stages of construction.

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