Items Tagged with 'redevelopment'


How to keep warm during the retail ice age

October 18, 2017
The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published a very informative article by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The article discusses a rise in big-box retail brick-and-mortar store closings, including “Sears (265 stores closed this year), JCPenney (138 stores) and Macy’s (100 stores)” — and the list continues to grow. While this signals financial challenges for those retailers and landlords, it may also create opportunity for those landlords or investors who are able to purchase these properties as vacant, value-add assets. Read More

City's continued redevelopment starts at the grassroots level

September 19, 2014
The Greater Grand Rapids area is undergoing an almost unprecedented redevelopment, albeit one that is less visible than new buildings and renovations. Read More

$40M downtown project awaits reimbursement

December 3, 2013
The developer of a massive construction project worth up to $40 million will go before the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on Thursday to have its development and reimbursement agreement approved. Read More

Developer plans $16.2M lofts in Grand Rapids

November 7, 2013
An urban developer is planning a $16.2 million mixed-use development with apartments and ground floor commercial space in Grand Rapids. Read More

616 Development plans $3M apartment complex in Grand Rapids

August 6, 2013
Just as the firm heads into the home stretch of its renovation of the Kendall Building in downtown Grand Rapids into a dozen apartments, 616 Development revealed a plan to expand its growing 616 Lofts community into a church in an historic neighborhood. Read More

Division Avenue Arts Collective vacates space downtown

July 24, 2013
The popular music and art venue Division Avenue Arts Collective, better known as the DAAC, said Wednesday that it will be closing its doors, at least temporarily, following the sale of its long-standing home downtown. Read More

City of Grand Rapids' Kara Wood joins new statewide brownfield agency

May 7, 2013
The city of Grand Rapids' Economic Development Director Kara Wood has been tapped to represent the city on the Association for Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities, a new statewide agency. Read More

Can Grand Rapids stretch to become a model city?

May 6, 2013
Decades ago, our city’s leaders and visionaries dreamt of a Grand Rapids that was far greater than it was at the time. Unfortunately, I was not at those meetings, but I often wonder what those conversations sounded like. Read More

Third Coast Development plans $30M hotel and office building in Grand Rapids

April 11, 2013
Back in 2008, Dave Levitt and Brad Rosely of Third Coast Development Partners were close to adding a five story, 149-room Hyatt Place Hotel to their premier 16 acre, mixed-use development, Mid Towne Village, at Michigan Street and Paris Avenue NE in Grand Rapids. Read More

Kendall College of Art and Design federal building wins historic preservation award

April 8, 2013
Kendall College of Art and Design's rehabilitation of the Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids has been named one of the projects to receive the 2013 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. Read More