A HillTopping Plan
When RDV talks, people listen. If RDV says it’s a “go,” it’s a go.
Sister publication Grand Rapids Magazine staff writer
“‘The Medical Mile’ is my name, by the way. It seems to be getting used. That just came up one day … Pill Hill and all that stuff is cute, but it doesn’t ring like ‘The Medical Mile’ does. And as it’s stretched out, it’s become a medical center. And we’re going to have another hotel over there, too, you know — up on the top of one of those buildings will be a 90-room hotel, which we will operate, as well.”
Another hotel atop one of the medical buildings on
“Yes. There’s going to be a 90-room hotel. You weren’t aware of that? Maybe I wasn’t supposed to say that.”
Amway Hotel Corp. President Joe
That a hospitality component would occupy a portion of the Michigan Street Development has been rumored for nearly as long as its possibility of hosting the MSU medical school expansion, especially with
“Health care is becoming designed in some ways to be more of a retail-type situation,” said Greg Wieland, director of design for URS Great Lakes and the firm’s national health care practice, in an interview with the Business Journal last year. URS is the designer of the Michigan Street Development and has led or participated in the design of several of the adjacent facilities.
“They have the ability, almost like airport design, to provide services that are beyond just the health services. There are needs that these visitors have, and so, consequently, retail-type businesses have found their way into hospitals.”
To explain how this could work, Wieland cited a project he worked on before coming to
- Another DeVos venture was in national news last week, as the Orlando Magic hired University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan in a deal worth $27.5 million the prior weekend, only to have the deal unravel early in the week.
“It was a little bit of a shocker,” DeVos told Grand Rapids Magazine. “If we were trying to get a little publicity, we certainly did.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, DeVos himself could not convince Donovan to stay with the Magic, and a separation agreement was finalized Wednesday. Former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy was hired later that day.
“We settled everything with Donovan pretty well,” DeVos told the Magazine. “There are probably some loose ends, but basically that agreement’s wrapped up. We’ll send him on his way. He’s a nice guy.”
- Three years after cutting ties with the credit union community, Lake Michigan Credit Union has renewed its affiliation with the Michigan Credit Union League and its local
“They’re the third largest credit union in
The league was a fierce opponent of Lake Michigan Credit Union’s failed attempt to convert to a federal mutual savings bank in 2004.
“This was never a personal issue; our problem was with the process,”
Tim Hemenway, manager of Michigan One Community Credit Union in
“They’re a strong credit union with a long history in
Other chapter members have been a little less forgiving, but not as much for the conversion attempt as its isolation from shared branch and ATM network programs. As one credit union representative put it, “They call themselves a credit union, but they’re more known as a bank.”
Representatives of LMCU did not return repeated calls for comment.