State, local leaders ‘lay the groundwork’ for statewide housing plan
GRAND RAPIDS — State and local housing leaders are beginning to collaborate on ways to accomplish goals established in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Statewide Housing Plan.
Ronald McDonald House West Michigan plans $2M expansion to meet growing needs
GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan nonprofit that provides free temporary housing for families of children receiving medical care plans to renovate and expand its Grand Rapids campus after experiencing pandemic-related delays.
DeVries Jewelers plans to redevelop west side Grand Rapids eyesore
GRAND RAPIDS — DeVries Jewelers plans to tear down the abandoned Lannings’ restaurant on Grand Rapids’ west side to make way for a new storefront for the fourth-generation, family-owned jewelry retailer.
Housing developer seeks to replace units at Grand Rapids project with daycare center
GRAND RAPIDS — The developer behind a Grand Rapids workforce housing project that recently broke ground seeks to replace 10 ground-floor apartments with a daycare center to help address the widespread shortage of child care options.
$8.5M Grand Rapids spending plan calls for affordable housing, neighborhood investments
GRAND RAPIDS — City officials have released a plan for spending $8.5 million in federal funding primarily on repairing or building hundreds of affordable housing units and creating homeownership opportunities.
Metro Detroit investor buys Grand Rapids luxury development
GRAND RAPIDS — A metro Detroit investor has acquired a 320-unit luxury apartment community in West Michigan less than a year after it was finished.
Grand Rapids neighborhood rebounds from failed developments with new sense of optimism
GRAND RAPIDS — Less than a decade ago, the Creston Neighborhood was positioned to be “that next hot spot” in the city of Grand Rapids. A developer planned two mixed-use housing projects in the neighborhood’s business district, spurring other businesses to plan for expansion or relocating to the neighborhood.
Grand Rapids amphitheater design progresses, will appeal to ‘younger generation’
GRAND RAPIDS — Developers are making progress on the design and overall vision for a Grand Rapids riverfront amphitheater, which they call “the largest proposed redevelopment of a riverfront in the nation at this point.”
West Michigan firm working to reverse trend of ‘too few minorities in construction’
A portfolio of West Michigan businesses has tapped a longtime statewide policy advocate to help lead its strategy to bring more people of color into construction and related sectors.
MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: DeVos family sells historic Peninsular Club building
The DeVos family last month sold the Peninsular Club building in downtown Grand Rapids after previously making extensive renovations to the nearly 110-year-old building.
Young urban farmers fight for limited land as Grand Rapids grows around them
GRAND RAPIDS — When the Great Recession roiled Michigan in 2008, Takidia Jenkins-Smith started a garden at her home in southeast Grand Rapids to stretch her grocery budget. She was 24 years old at the time with three young sons to feed, so she kept at it, eventually growing food for friends and extended family.
DeVos family sells historic Peninsular Club building in downtown GR for $6.4M; University Club moving in
GRAND RAPIDS — A DeVos-owned building with a “long, storied history” in downtown Grand Rapids recently sold for nearly $6.4 million, and is set to once again house a private social club.
Hope Network to break ground soon on $40M housing project
GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofit disability service provider Hope Network is set to break ground this spring on a $40 million affordable housing project after overcoming pandemic- and financing-related delays.
DeVos affiliate to rebuild Holland-area staple Ottawa Beach General Store
PARK TWP. — The owners of the Ottawa Beach General Store, a community staple along Lake Macatawa near Holland State Park, plan to rebuild the facility and maintain its vintage design in time for the 2024 season.
Apartments to replace vacant commercial space at 15-story Exchange Building in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO — The developer of a 15-story mixed-use project in downtown Kalamazoo will now fill one floor with 21 apartments instead of initially planned commercial space, which became “extremely challenging” to fill as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New documentary follows 3 families through West Michigan’s housing shortage
GRAND RAPIDS — Three Grand Rapids organizations on Thursday will air a documentary about housing insecurity with the goal of breaking down the “silos” between groups working to solve the crisis in West Michigan.
Neighborhood, planning concerns stall affordable housing project in Belknap Lookout
GRAND RAPIDS — A 52-unit affordable housing development proposed in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood faces opposition from nearby residents and a city planning board about whether the project fits in the surrounding area.
Honeycrisp Ventures closes on Zeeland property to add nearly 1M square feet of industrial space
ZEELAND — Ada-based developer Honeycrisp Ventures LLC recently closed on a former 45-acre agricultural site in Zeeland that will be converted into nearly 1 million square feet of much-needed industrial space.
Retailer Tuesday Morning to close Grand Rapids, Portage locations amid bankruptcy filing
Discount home goods retailer Tuesday Morning plans to close more than half of its U.S. stores, including locations in Grand Rapids and Portage, after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday.
The next hurdle for Grand Rapids’ growing population: suburban zoning
GRAND RAPIDS — As Kent County's housing shortfall grows, community leaders are targeting zoning reform as a tool to increase housing density.
Adelaide Pointe moves ‘full steam ahead’ after Muskegon OKs project changes
MUSKEGON — The Muskegon City Commission approved amendments on Tuesday that will pave the way for construction to begin on the $250 million Adelaide Pointe development along Muskegon Lake.
State housing exec focuses on first-time buyers, rejuvenating neighborhoods
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is on the frontlines of the state’s efforts to add more housing supply, from urban centers like Detroit and Grand Rapids to rural parts of the Upper Peninsula and in the far southwest corner of the state.
Affordable housing developers plan second 52-unit project in GR’s Belknap Lookout neighborhood
GRAND RAPIDS — A group of affordable housing developers plan to construct a three-story, 52-unit apartment building next to the Union Suites on Coit housing project that is currently under construction in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood.
Grand Rapids area housing gap grew 59 percent during pandemic — and it’s projected to worsen
GRAND RAPIDS — A study released Monday shows the housing shortage in greater Grand Rapids soared during the pandemic as more young people moved to West Michigan amid sluggish new housing starts.
New financing tools available as developers, investors contend with housing challenges
While local housing officials expect last year’s spike in housing prices and interest rates to cool off in 2023, high demand and low inventory are still creating difficulties for renters and homebuyers.
State invests $275M to create new tools for housing projects, blight elimination
Advocates are awaiting details on how to access $275 million in new funding programs to address the state’s housing shortage.
West Michigan downtowns show signs of resilience, despite lagging office market
With the exception of a shaky office market, business leaders in West Michigan are reporting largely healthy downtown city centers with increased visitors, an influx of businesses opening and new projects under construction.
Northern Michigan developer plans Grand Rapids’ first permanent food truck court
GRAND RAPIDS — The owner of a pair of food truck courts in northern Michigan is proposing a similar concept at a long-vacant grocery store on Grand Rapids’ burgeoning West Side.
‘We come in peace’: Rezoning OK’d for $150M GR development over concerns from industrial neighbor
GRAND RAPIDS — The city Planning Commission has signed off on rezoning key parcels to facilitate a $150 million mixed-use redevelopment, despite concerns from a nearby business about whether the project conforms to surrounding industrial uses.
Developers pitch ambitious 375-unit housing project at former WWII parachute factory
GRAND RAPIDS — A group of metro Detroit developers is eyeing a massive West Michigan industrial site that has for years resisted new construction.