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Law firm moves within downtown

April 18, 2018
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99 Monroe downtown Grand Rapids
The 173,657-square-foot 99 Monroe building stands in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, across from Rosa Parks Circle. Courtesy Vision Real Estate Investment

Less than a year after moving to a space in town, a law firm has relocated its Grand Rapids office.

Detroit-based Bodman moved last month from a temporary space at the Calder Plaza Building, at 250 Monroe Ave. NW, to 99 Monroe Ave. NW, according to Grand Rapids-based Vision Real Estate Investment, the owner of 99 Monroe. Bodman moved into its previous space last May.

The firm is operating from a 3,600-square-foot temporary space on the fifth floor of 99 Monroe.

The office is led by attorney Floyd Gates Jr.

Gates said the office will eventually move to the third floor of the building after a tenant vacates the space. He is unsure when the office will make the move within the building.

The pending space has a capacity to hold 35 staff, including attorneys, and is 17,000 square feet, Gates said. He didn’t comment on the office’s current staffing level.

Gates said the firm likes the new building because of its visibility, and it will be placing its signage on the upper level of the building soon.

“Since opening our West Michigan location, we have experienced continued growth, and we are thrilled to take this next step by moving into 99 Monroe,” Gates said.

“It’s truly a landmark building, and we love working in the heart of downtown. We’re looking forward to being close to our clients and enjoying the many amenities 99 Monroe has to offer.”

Callander Commercial represented Bodman in the lease deal, and Colliers International West Michigan represented Vision Real Estate Investment

Bodman has four other offices in Michigan.

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