Economic Development, Nonprofits, and Real Estate

The Right Place finds new home downtown

December 3, 2014
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Ledyard Building
The Ledyard Building stands in downtown Grand Rapids on Ottawa Avenue NW. Courtesy CWD

The Right Place isn’t traveling far to find a new space in downtown Grand Rapids.

The regional economic development nonprofit, founded in 1985, said yesterday that it’s moving down the street from its home for the last 20 years, the Waters Building, at 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, to the Ledyard Building, at 125 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Construction on The Right Place’s fourth-floor space should be finished later this month, and the nonprofit plans to be "fully operational" in the slightly larger space early next month.

“Right Place’s decision to stay in the core downtown is great news for the city,” said Sam Cummings, managing partner, Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Estate Investment, which owns the Ledyard Building.

“We couldn’t be happier to be associated with such an esteemed champion of our community.”

Progressive AE in Grand Rapids is handling the project’s design and engineering work, and the renovation is being done by Triangle Associates in Grand Rapids.

Steelcase, a long-time investor in The Right Place, is providing furniture for the space.

“We are really looking forward to this new chapter in The Right Place’s 30-year history in Grand Rapids,” said Birgit Klohs, CEO and president, The Right Place.

Klohs added that each of the nonprofit’s partners on the move has provided "outstanding service throughout the project.”

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