Real Estate/Development

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CASCADE CHARTER TOWNSHIP — The operators of Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids, a 320-room hotel near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, MiBiz has learned. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Michigan has announced the winners of its 33rd annual Excellence in Construction awards.

ZEELAND — Plascore Inc., a manufacturer of lightweight composite products, is investing nearly $6 million to expand its footprint in Zeeland.

HOLLAND TWP. — Trustees at Grand Rapids Community College have voted to purchase a former JCPenney store in Holland Township to convert it into a consolidated Lakeshore campus.

After intense debate in recent years, Holland’s short-term rental pilot program has proven to be less eventful than some city leaders had feared.

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.

GRANDVILLE — After searching for vacant sites in several other regions, the owners of Littlefoot Coffee Roasters LLC found space in Grandville that allows them to plant their roots back in Michigan and have room to expand in the future.

KALAMAZOO — Ascension Borgess Hospital has purchased 8.2 acres of land from Western Michigan University for the future development of outpatient services. 

HOLLAND — Hoekstra Electrical Services LLC is relocating its headquarters to Holland after outgrowing its space in nearby Hamilton.

GRAND RAPIDS — Workplace interiors dealer Custer Inc. has acquired Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Productive Business Interiors. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Blandford Nature Center has launched a $6.6 million project to turn the former Highlands Golf Club property back to nature.

GRAND RAPIDS — Developers of apartments in Grand Rapids are still seeing high demand for market-rate units.

HOLLAND — A new fund aims to cover pre-development costs to incentivize developers to add affordable housing in the Holland and Zeeland areas, MiBiz has learned.

Some housing developers in West Michigan are turning to condominiums and townhomes in targeting Millennials who are looking for more space and quieter locations. 

BATTLE CREEK -- Ministry Designs, a communication and web development company, is moving to downtown Battle Creek. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Legal Aid of Western Michigan is asking a state agency to investigate alleged fair housing violations that negatively affect minorities and people with disabilities at properties owned by Midland-based Live Downtown Grand Rapids LLC. 

GRANDVILLE — Littlefoot Coffee Roasters plans to open a roasting facility in Grandville by the end of August. 

For a decade, mixed-used and industrial property developments have fueled West Michigan’s building boom. Now, we may be seeing the dawn of a cannabis construction era.

GRAND RAPIDS — Within three days of opening applications, 500 people applied to live in the new Garfield Park Lofts’ 36 units of affordable housing. 

When Meijer Inc. last month nearly halved the taxable value of its 195,000-square-foot store in Marquette just a year after it opened, the move set off an outcry from advocates for local government. 

MUSKEGON — Muskegon Heights-based Wonderland Distilling Co. has leased a location at 1989 Lakeshore Drive in Muskegon’s Lakeside neighborhood for its tasting room and cocktail bar. 

Acrisure LLC, a Caledonia-based insurance brokerage, is moving its global headquarters to the new Studio Park development in downtown Grand Rapids, MiBiz has learned. 

WALKER — The owners of 1983 Brewing Company LLC are one step closer to opening Walker’s second brewery. 

GRAND RAPIDS  — Orion Real Estate Solutions has filled its developments on Ottawa Avenue with the announcement of ground-floor restaurant Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of Russo’s International Market have decided to close the store after 115 years in West Michigan, the company announced Wednesday.

GRAND RAPIDS — An affiliate of Bloomfield Hills-based Kojaian Management Corp. has purchased the 925,000-square-foot former headquarters of Amstore Corp. 

As communities nationwide begin to examine the effects of single-family zoning on the density and affordability of housing, Grand Rapids has emerged as an example of how cities can function in the absence of those regulations.

VICKSBURG — An ambitious $80 million project to transform a long-vacant Southwest Michigan paper mill moved a step closer to reality after securing a lucrative state incentive. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County is continuing to study options for the use of its buildings, including the idea of razing a facility at 320 Ottawa Ave. and building a new tower and the sale of 82 Ionia Ave. 

Two West Michigan-based general contractors are building a new $25 million senior care residential center in Punta Gorda, Fla. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The second phase of Michigan State University’s downtown medical innovation campus received its final approval from the city of Grand Rapids.

KALAMAZOO -- Bradley Co. LLC has closed on a multi-tenant retail center in Norton Shores, the South Bend, Ind.-based real estate brokerage and property management firm announced Monday.

VICKSBURG — The Michigan Strategic Fund board today approved Paper City Development LLC for the second project under the state’s transformational brownfield program.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS — It’s likely Derby Station’s former restaurant space in Gaslight Village will fill quickly with another business. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Three years ago when Central District Cyclery owner Nate Phelps moved his business from downtown Grand Rapids into the Creston business district, he was banking on an influx of new residents and activity that would support his bicycle shop.

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County commissioners will again discuss what to do with a county-owned office building in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as other building projects, as it decides what to fund in the next few years.

JENISON — Trillium Investments LLC, a Grand Rapids-based multifamily investment and property management firm, has acquired the 160-unit Cottonwood Forest Apartments in Jenison.

GRAND RAPIDS — SpendMend LLC is the newest tenant at Cascade Office Park, Portage-based The Hinman Co. announced Friday.

Backed by an infusion of $55 million in federal funds, Lansing-based Michigan Community Capital plans to continue investing in mixed-income housing projects across the state. 

After two decades with the city of Grand Rapids, most recently as managing director of design, development and community engagement, Suzanne Schulz plans to leave the public sector for an urban planning practice leader position at Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE Inc. Schulz will work her last day at the city on Sept. 6.  In her current role, Schulz is in a powerful position to oversee development projects throughout the city, especially after a period of strong growth in the years after the Great Recession. Schulz spoke with MiBiz about how changes in land development practices have affected the city, and what she is most looking forward to in the private sector.

Officials studying commuter transit options between Grand Rapids and Holland are hoping to make West Michigan more competitive when it comes to talent attraction.

WYOMING — A 92-acre shovel-ready industrial property sits empty about five miles south of downtown Grand Rapids, even amid a shortage of available manufacturing spaces across West Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — The opportunity to lease brand new office space in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids offered Van Wyk Risk Solutions the chance to grow into a new location. 

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University has the green light to begin selling parcels in the second phase of its Business Technology and Research Park.

GRAND RAPIDS — Office furniture dealer and custom manufacturer Custer Inc. has opened a pair of new showroom spaces in West Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — Priority Health is considering its next moves for two properties adjacent to its corporate headquarters at Leonard Street and East Beltline Avenue.

BATTLE CREEK -- Battle Creek Unlimited Inc. (BCU) has been awarded $2 million by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish and administer funds to make improvements to downtown Battle Creek. 

MUSKEGON — A large new housing development in Muskegon has gained support from the city government.