Chamber relocating to new downtown space
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is planning to relocate to a new location downtown.
The organization said today it plans to move into an 11,000-square-foot space at 250 Monroe Ave. NW on March 1, 2018. The space’s landlord is Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Estate Investment.
The chamber’s current space is roughly 10,000 square feet and also downtown, at 111 Pearl St. NW.
The new space is located across from the DeVos Place Convention Center.
The office will feature a large multi-purpose space, a café workspace and a variety of meeting rooms.
The chamber said the space’s amenities will help it “increase member support, business services and new offerings to further support West Michigan’s ongoing economic growth.”
“We are thrilled to be able to transition into office space that will bring real value to our business community,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Through intentional design, we will provide our members with space to collaborate, connect and grow their business. By using the modern work environment, we will reduce the footprint required for staff work and re-allocate the space for member programming and services.”
The project’s cost is $1.1 million, and the chamber said $300,000 is going to companies owned by minorities and women.
Progressive AE is serving as the project's architect and interior designer.
The contractor on the project is Owen-Ames-Kimball.
Grand Rapids-based Custer is supplying furnishings.
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The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of more than 2,500 businesses, with 80 percent being small businesses with under 50 employees.