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Developer plans urban banquet hall

October 27, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Clear Water Place
Clear Water Place in Grand Rapids features apartments and office space. Photo via

A more than 100-year-old former water facility in town could be turned into a banquet hall.

Clear Water Place, at 1430 Monroe Ave. NW, will head to the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Nov. 10, seeking approval as “a banquet hall with alcohol service and live entertainment/dancing in an existing building.”

“People desire to hold events and conferences in the greater downtown area in unique venues,” the applicant, DeVries Companies principal Michael DeVries, writes in his application to the city.

The floor plan for the project includes 27,000 square feet of banquet and conference space.

The developer initially redeveloped the former municipal asset more than a decade ago.

The building currently has office space and five apartments, and the property’s six-acre lot also has 160 parking spaces.

The building was designed in 1910 as a Water Filtration Plant by George Warren Fuller of New York, who represented multiple architectural influences.

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