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Kent County requests bids for downtown building

February 27, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Kent County requests bids for downtown building
The building at 82 Ionia Ave. NW in Grand Rapids is in the heart of downtown, at Fountain Street NW. Courtesy Kent County

A downtown building is looking for a buyer.

Kent County said last week it has issued its second request for proposal, or RFP, for the 108,000-square-foot building at 82 Ionia Ave. NW, with a deadline of May 3.

The building sits on a 1.34-acre site, includes a two-story, 129-space parking ramp and has frontage on Fountain Street, Ionia and Division avenues.

The county originally released an RFP for the building in 2015, following a Space Needs Study to identify county facilities not used to their full potential.

The building is 65 percent occupied and houses several county departments: Friend of the Court; Circuit Court Probation; Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; and Community Housing and Development.

Relocation of the county offices would take an estimated 18 months, according to the new RFP.

The initial RFP drew two proposals, with an offer from Ferris State University Kendall College of Art and Design being considered prior to the college pulling its offer last July.

Originally built in 1932, the building was leased by the county in 1998 and eventually purchased in 2005.

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