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Downtown music venue doubling space

December 1, 2017
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Apashe plays at The Stache at The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via instagram.com

A live music venue in downtown Grand Rapids is set to roughly double its space.

The Intersection, located at 133 Grandville Ave. SW, will add two new venues with the expectation of attracting new entertainers and adding up to 20 new full- and part-time employees, according to the construction firm A.J. Veneklasen yesterday.

The Intersection’s owners, Scott Hammontree and Joel Langlois and Lee Anne Langlois, plan to add the venues by expanding into the building’s underutilized lower level.

The $1.1-million build-out project will add 17,000 square feet to The Intersection, which is currently more than 17,000 square feet.

The addition will include a smaller venue for newly recognized artists or intimate shows and a larger room for artists who are expected to draw larger crowds.

Construction began in October and should be finished next spring.

The Intersection will remain open during construction.

Grand Rapids-based A.J. Veneklasen is the contractor on the project.

Grand Rapids-based Innovative Design is the project’s architect.

“It’s a team effort, with everyone benefiting from getting the job done right,” Joel Langlois said. “The team at AJV, Inc. has really helped us take our vision to the next level.”

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