Items Tagged with 'Grand Rapids City Commission'


Free the food trucks

September 29, 2016
The clock hits 11:45 a.m. and your stomach starts to rumble. You remember that, in your morning shuffle, you neglected to pack a lunch and your current craving is a meal on wheels. Thankfully, due to the PILOT Mobile Food Business Ordinance — a new two-year pilot program — your dream is now a reality. Read More

No more stalling: Bring out the food trucks; city approval of ordinance is long past due

July 22, 2016
Grand Rapids city commissioners will at long last take one more formal step toward embracing food trucks as an important part of the downtown and neighborhood business landscape with a public hearing July 26. Read More

Parking crunch continues

April 15, 2016
Parking rate increases and free bus rides are the crux of the city’s plan to balance out downtown parking in the coming year as the city grapples with a parking crunch. Read More

Cities eye land transfer as part of $15M project

April 1, 2016
Collaboration between two cities could result in a major industrial park. Read More

City adopts revised Great Housing Strategies

Officials supported the plan as a framework but voiced need for more work.

December 11, 2015
Based on feedback and recommendations submitted during the public comment period ending Nov. 20, the Grand Rapids City Commission approved the adoption of an expanded and revised Great Housing Strategies: Addressing Current and Future Housing Needs during the Dec. 8 Committee of the Whole meeting. Read More

Street Talk: The network factor

Hairy situation.

December 4, 2015
Next week, during the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting, the strategic GR Forward plan will be considered for formal approval. Read More

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