GRCF Gets Icehouse
The building, known as the “Icehouse,” is located at
“As the Grand Rapids Community Foundation began to evaluate its continued growth, community leadership and future direction, the benefits of building ownership became a topic of discussion,” said
“The pending purchase of the 1904 building reaffirms the foundation’s commitment to downtown, to smart land use and to the environment,” Sieger said. “The foundation intends to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the building.”
Long-time community philanthropists Tom and Mickie Fox approached the Foundation nearly four years ago with the offer of a $1 million lead gift for the building.
“Since I’ve been involved with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, it has been a dream of mine to see it in a place with higher visibility. They deserve to be seen by everyone in the community,” said Tom Fox, the former owner of Fox Jewelers.
“The work of the foundation is important, and increased public prominence with a building would help people know and maybe better understand the role of the Community Foundation in