Commercial and residential development


Rockford moves into Detroit market

Construction company to begin $310M mixed-use development this summer.

April 19, 2019
After years of digging into the greater Detroit market, Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction landed a major contract as the development manager for a $310-million construction project in downtown Detroit. Read More

Kent property values reach another record high

Coming out of the recession, county has seen an increase each year since 2012.

April 19, 2019
Kent County’s equalized property values have increased from last year’s all-time high. Read More

SMG eyes upgrades for venues

CAA board to vote in June on $4.56M in updates for DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena.

April 19, 2019
Upgrades costing an estimated $4.56 million have been proposed for DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena in 2020. Read More

$64M Hilton brand hotel opens downtown

April 18, 2019
A new seven-story hotel overlooking the Grand River is now open downtown. Read More

Couple launches flooring franchise

April 18, 2019
A couple has launched a mobile floor coverings franchise that serves greater Grand Rapids. Read More

Old churches provide alternative for developers

Location is often ideal as industrial buildings inventory continues to shrink.

April 12, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) As Grand Rapids’ old industrial buildings are turning into mixed-use developments, housing developers are running out of inventory. But vacant houses of worship are proving to be an attractive alternative. Read More

Disability Advocates promotes universal accessibility

Kent County nonprofit’s movement focuses on making buildings more navigable for everyone.

April 12, 2019
Disability Advocates of Kent County is promoting local change in conjunction with a worldwide movement for universal accessibility. Read More

Construction aims to clear Medical Mile congestion

Expected to finish in July, Division Avenue will see a new westbound I-196 ramp.

April 12, 2019
Construction of a new westbound I-196 ramp aims to give downtown drivers more flexibility when leaving downtown and clear up congestion along Medical Mile. Read More

Fire chiefs seek rules for disposal of risky firefighting foam

Fire retardant containing PFAS still could be used in case of emergencies.

Fifteen years ago, “way before anyone knew” about the dangers of the PFAS chemicals within, the Walker Fire Department purchased a stash of firefighting foam from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids to be used during training. Read More

Construction firm wins national award for safety

April 11, 2019
A construction firm in the region was recognized on the national stage for its excellence in safety. Read More