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Grand Rapids creates new Corridor Improvement Authority

April 6, 2018
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intersection of Division and Burton in Grand Rapids
The intersection of Division and Burton. Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids has established a new Corridor Improvement Authority.

The city commission voted recently to establish the South Division, Hall and Grandville Avenue corridor. The resolution also declared the boundaries of a new Corridor Improvement District, or CID, and designated it as a “Public Act 280 development area.”

The CID is intended to enhance public infrastructure and be a catalyst for local business growth, while making the area “safe and walkable.”

The CID includes a large part of the South Division corridor business district, between Hall Street SW and 28th Street, and the Grandville Avenue business corridor, between Wealthy Street SW and Clyde Park Avenue, with both corridors connected by Hall and Burton streets.

The formation of the CID is the result of a year-long community outreach initiative. Resident opinions and data from the recently completed Grandville Avenue Area Specific Plan helped define a shared vision for the area.

Leonard Van Drunen, South Division CID Steering Committee member, said the CID would assist with the city’s investment in the area.

“They will benefit from stronger business owners associations, where business owners work together and with the city to enable Grandville Avenue and Burton Heights to become more thriving commercial corridors,” Van Drunen said.

The city’s next step is the formation of a local authority board to represent the development district. The board will consist of eight citizens with the majority having an ownership or business interest in property located in the district. At least one member needs to be a resident of the Qualified Development Area or of an area within one-half mile of any part of the Qualified Development Area.  

The authority board will board be charged with proposing a development plan supported by financing for the district.

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