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Downtown beer garden project takes next step

June 20, 2018
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The Gilmore Collection beer garden downtown Grand Rapids partial exterior rendering
Courtesy The Gilmore Collection

A proposed beer garden downtown is back on track.

The Gilmore Collection has received approval from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission after re-submitting plans for a beer garden to operate between The B.O.B. and 20 Monroe Live, two other properties the Grand Rapids-based company owns.

The planning commission approved the original plans for 20 Monroe Live and a beer garden in April 2015, but while the music venue went into full swing and opened in 2017, construction complications put the beer garden on hold.

“The entire construction site was so tight that we had equipment on the beer garden right up until opening,” said Gregory Gilmore, CEO, The Gilmore Collection.

Following a “highly successful” year and a half since 20 Monroe Live’s opening, Gilmore said it was time to look back on the venue to see how it could be improved.

The re-designed beer garden, at 20 Monroe Ave. NW, is relatively similar to the original plan, according to planning commission documents.

The 4,850-square-foot space will have an overall height of 20 feet at its peak on the interior, compared to the original 14 feet.

The new design will also incorporate a mixed steel and wood structure, compared to the mostly steel building proposed in 2015.

The project will feature working glass garage doors facing south along Fulton Street, whereas the original plan called for fixed glass windows.

Gilmore said the next steps for the project are to formulate a budget and a possible timeline.

He did not specify construction dates but suspected the build could take about four months.

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