HBAGGR moves to Cascade office

May 5, 2009
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The Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids has moved to the Glenwood Hills Corporate Center.

The Kent Intermediate School District, which now owns the East Beltline Avenue NE building that HBAGGR constructed at its height in 2001, allowed the nonprofit trade group to break its five-year lease for 5,700 square feet of office space on the top floor.

“Their situation was just too dire to hold them to it,” said KISD Assistant Superintendent Ron Koehler. “Financially, we can still make it work, and it gives us the opportunity to look at a partner that matches our mission.”

HBAGGR has moved its six employees to 2,440 square feet at 3196 Kraft Ave. SE, Suite 300, said President & CEO Judy Barnes. At one time, the organization had 25 employees.

“There’s a lot of optimism in our industry, but people have changed the way they do business,” she said.

HBAGGR has about 600 members and expects 42 entries in the Spring Parade of Homes, Barnes said.

Koehler said it’s uncertain how the space vacated by HBAGGR will end up being used, but KISD is in discussions with Grand Rapids Community College about using space at the site to allow high school students to gain college credit in the hospitality program. He also said KISD is talking with Central Michigan University, which also leases space in the building.

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