Kent County requests bids for downtown building
Kent County has put a downtown building up for sale after identifying it is not being used to its fullest potential.
Kent County said yesterday that it is accepting bids via request for proposal, or RFP, for the sale of its 108,000-square-foot building in Grand Rapids, at 82 Ionia Ave. NW, at Fountain Street NW.
The county has identified the 1.34-acre site can be liquidated based on current and future space needs of county operations.
“82 Ionia is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids,” said Daryl Delabbio, county administrator and controller for Kent County. “We are certain the redevelopment of the building would contribute to the revitalization that’s been happening downtown.”
The building houses several county departments that occupy a little more than half of the available space at the building: Friend of the Court, Circuit Court Probation, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Community Housing and Development.
The RFP also includes 78 Ionia Ave. NW, the parking structure located at the southeast corner of Ionia Avenue NW and Fountain Street NW, according to the Kent County Fiscal Services Department.
Originally leasing the building back in 1998, Kent County then purchased the property in 2005 and upgraded a number of systems: heating, cooling, fire monitoring, security, lighting and skylight.
Kent County will negotiate reasonable and mutually agreeable terms to vacate the location, such as access for site planners and prospective tenants during the transition, and is seeking cash offers through the RFP.
Proposals will be accepted until Aug. 28.
Space Needs Study
Kent County recently completed a comprehensive 2015 Space Needs Study of its facilities and properties with the collaboration of Progressive A&E to identify the right amount of space for current and future operations.
Based on the study of owned and leased property, the county determined it has several buildings not being used to their full potential, and the offices located at 82 Ionia Ave. NW can be relocated to other county-owned properties.
Delabbio said the study identified several buildings where the remaining departments can be housed on a permanent or temporary basis.