Items Tagged with 'Grand Rapids City Commission'


Consultant calls street planning disjointed

City needs to establish an integrated multimodal network with performance metrics.

November 20, 2015
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based international firm specializing in developing transportation systems, presented its early findings from a recently completed Gap Analysis of Grand Rapids Vital Streets to the Grand Rapids City Commission during its Committee of the Whole meeting. Read More

DID expansion concerns deserve further study

October 16, 2015
Grand Rapids City Commission held a second public hearing last week to expand the Downtown Improvement District, which was met with opposition from the very businesses targeted for assessments and inclusion. Read More

Businesses voice DID concerns

Some property owners oppose a potential dilution of resources and others the cost for inclusion.

October 16, 2015
The Grand Rapids City Commission held a public hearing regarding the necessity of a five-year special assessment for enhanced services in an expanded Downtown Improvement District during its regular meeting Oct. 13. Read More

City adopts $457M budget

Chamber voices concerns over staffing increases, road funding.

June 19, 2015
After addressing a handful of concerns, the Grand Rapids City Commission passed a $457.6 million budget for fiscal year 2016 that was first presented in April by City Manager Greg Sundstrom. Read More

Term-limited out in GR City Hall

The city charter change was opposed by both business and labor groups.

November 7, 2014
Key organizations representing both business and labor in Grand Rapids were disappointed by the passage of term limits on members of the Grand Rapids City Commission. Read More

More contracts awarded for major re-pave of Grand Rapids streets

Work will be completed by end of year or early next spring.

August 22, 2014
The Grand Rapids City Commission has awarded another series of contracts for the major repair of city streets since a majority of voters agreed to pay for it by approving an extension of a temporary income tax increase for the next 15 years. Read More

Grand Rapids not rolling out the red carpet for Airbnb

Short-term rentals bump up against established hospitality industry.

July 25, 2014
While Airbnb may be enjoying a slightly better reception from the city of Grand Rapids than when it was first discussed, the $10 billion sharing economy business is still getting a bit of a cold shoulder. Read More

DDA will submit ‘aggressive budget’

June 6, 2014
The Grand Rapids City Commission this week will get the proposed FY2015 budget for the Downtown Development Authority, which DDA board chair Brian Harris describes as “an aggressive budget. It’s going to take some work to get these things done.” Read More

$8 million apartment complex proposed in northeast Grand Rapids

Clancy Lofts would be very close to the planned GVSU health services campus.

February 21, 2014
The Grand Rapids City Commission this week will consider a rezoning request in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood to allow a new apartment complex kitty-corner from Grand Valley State University’s planned 11-acre health campus expansion on the north side of the Ford Freeway near the Medical Mile. Read More

Manufacturing investment down, but jobs are up

Thierica and Firstronic look to increase their work forces the most.

January 3, 2014
Even though the monetary investment pledged by manufacturers this past year was quite a bit less than the previous year’s figure, the local companies that received industrial tax exemptions in 2013 from the Grand Rapids City Commission have promised to create more jobs than they did in 2012. Read More