Parkland, Emerald Get Green
Another $3.1 million in Single Business Tax credits will aid a local manufacturer in expanding operations here and creating an estimated 719 new jobs.
“This is excellent news for the entire region. These projects are an indication that
Parkland Properties will redevelop the former
The 200,000-square-foot, four-story building that once housed Union High School will be called Union Square and is located in the city’s Renaissance Zone, which means that condominium owners would have their state and city income tax and property taxes exempted or reduced through 2012.
Property values on
“We believe the development of
The West Middle project is the third urban residential development that Parkland has undertaken in the past few years. The company has successfully filled Monroe Terrace on Monroe Avenue and City View Condominiums on Monroe Center with homeowners.
Kennedy Acquisition Inc. has a $9 million expansion plan in place for Emerald Graphics Corp., a maker of plastic-molded and painted products. The firm will expand at both its sites in Cascade Township and Kentwood, instead of relocating to Texas.
According to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the project will be done over two stages and is expected to result in 719 jobs — with 347 of those positions being directly created by Emerald Graphics.
“Greater Grand Rapids is a center for manufacturing excellence specifically because companies like these continue to invest and grow here,” said Birgit Klohs, president of The Right Place Inc., referring to Emerald Graphics.
“As we continue to foster emerging clusters in life sciences, information technology, alternate materials and aerospace,” she added, “our advanced manufacturing companies will play a critical role in providing not only high-quality jobs, but also goods and services for these new markets.”