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Firm renovates long-standing sports facility

May 25, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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MSA Woodland partial rendering
A partial rendering of MSA Woodland, a multi-purpose sports facility in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy CDV5 Properties

A firm is planning a $3.5-million makeover of a long-time sports facility in town.

CDV5 Properties — an investor in Michigan Sports Academies, or MSA, which is owned by Cheri DeVos — announced today its plans for a major renovation of the former Woodland Skating Center and Woodland Sports Center, a 105,000-square-foot facility in Grand Rapids, at 2100 28th St. SE, that the firm purchased in March.

The renovation will “refresh the facility and update 30 percent of the building from skating to sports programming” for MSA.

The project was designed by AMDG Architects in Grand Rapids, and the contractor on the project is Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction.

The purchase of MSA Woodland, as it’s now called, was made to help accommodate the growth of Grand Rapids-based MSA and its subsidiaries, Michigan Volleyball Academy and Michigan Basketball Academy.

Once finished, the complex will include six volleyball courts, four full-size basketball courts and indoor turf for soccer and lacrosse.

The facility’s renovations will begin soon and are expected to be finished by November.

MSA Woodland is taking reservations for the fall and winter seasons.

The facility will have two full-time employees for leadership and 10-15 part-time customer service people. It is currently hiring for full-time building operations manager and building operations coordinator roles and will make additional hires this fall.

“MSA Woodland allows us to strengthen our programming and provide our clients with more opportunities to develop their athletic skills,” said Gerrik Schepel, executive director, MSA. “Adding this facility to our portfolio is not only a significant win for our programs, but for the community as well. MSA Woodland will have a significant positive impact on meeting the growing demand throughout West Michigan for quality sports facilities.”

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