Wealthy May Get More Housing

March 6, 2006
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GRAND RAPIDS — New townhouses, condominiums and apartments are in the works for a section of town near

Wealthy Street
as a result of two separate projects.

Midwest Housing Development LLC, headed by local developer James White, plans to build six townhouses on

Sigsbee Street
and a three-story structure on
Wealthy Street
that will have retail on the lower level and 18 apartments on the two upper floors. Both developments are just east of
Diamond Avenue

The three-story building, called Uptown Village, will have its front entrance on Wealthy, and 10 of the residential units will also face that street. The building's retail space will be about 5,800 square feet and all the storefronts will have a similar look. The six townhouses on Sigsbee will have two stories. The project will also have 35 parking spaces. Isaac V. Norris & Associates PC designed the townhouses and the mixed-use building.

Just north of UptownVillage, Bazzani Associates plans to build a two-unit condominium project on

Diamond Avenue
about a block north of
Wealthy Street
. Designed by Lott-Metz 3 Architecture, the two-and-a-half story homes will go up on land owned by Guy Bazzani, owner of Bazzani Associates.

Bazzani told the Planning Commission the condos would be a nice transition between the commercial and residential sectors in the Southeast Side neighborhood, and the commission agreed. Board members unanimously granted the project a zoning change from multiple-family residential to Planned Redevelopment District.

City commissioners decided not to hold a public hearing on the project because of the planning board's action and the support the East Hills Council of Neighbors gave the project.

"The PRD is a whole new district for the area," said Suzanne Schulz, acting planning director for the city.

Lott-Metz 3 designed the condos in a traditional two-family townhouse style and each will have a two-stall garage and a small backyard deck over the garage. Ted Lott, a partner with Greg Metz in the architectural firm, told planners that both units are already sold and will be occupied by the respective owners. Both have two bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Lott added that both condos would be energy efficient, as the plan is to equip both with Energy Star appliances and high-efficiency furnaces.

At least one owner plans to use the lower level as a home office.

"The important thing about this (project) is there are two new residents within walking distance of the Cherry Street Deli," joked Mayor George Heartwell, after he voted for the zoning change.

Schulz and her husband, Scott, own Cherry Deli & Catering at

834 Cherry St.
SE.    

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