DDA Funds Three Building Projects

May 13, 2005
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GRAND RAPIDS — A trio of construction projects received a financial boost from the Downtown Development Authority last week through the board’s building reuse, areaway fill and streetscape improvement programs.

The DDA awarded Infinity Companies LLC $85,000 toward its $1 million renovation of 77 Grandville Ave. SW, a single-story building at the corner of Oakes and Grandville. A grant of $50,000 will go toward the structure’s fire suppression system, barrier-free access and utility improvements. A grant of $35,000 will be used to install a new sidewalk, decorative pavers, street trees and a snowmelt system.

The former office building is reportedly being converted into a restaurant for The Post Bar, a casual-dining eatery that is hugely popular in the metro Detroit area.

The DDA also awarded $150,000 to Terra Firma Development LLC for its renovation of three buildings at 206, 212 and 216 Grandville Avenue, just south of the U.S. 131 S-Curve.

“These buildings have been vacant for quite some time and we’re happy to see this,” said Eric Pratt, a city planner and DDA staffer.

Terra Firma will use the funds for a fire suppression system, barrier-free access and other items. The firm is renovating the buildings, once home to Kentwood Office Supply, into residential units, commercial storage and retail space at a cost of $7 million.

“We’re ready to go,” said Eric Wynsma, who bought the buildings with his partner Jay Carll.

The DDA also gave Herrington Construction Inc. a $32,000 grant for 100 Commerce SW. Herrington will use the money to fill the areaway under the sidewalk and build a new sidewalk.

The grants marked the first time the DDA has awarded these funds in about a year.    

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