HERE WE GO: This morning the President of Michigan Black Expo, Inc. (MBEI) had a conversation with one of the staff of the Planning Department for the City of Grand Rapids. The President was expressing how he was disenchanted by the relative lack of vision (and height) in all of the proposals that were submitted for the SW corner of Metropolitan Center (i.e. - Metro Center designates the intersection of Division and Fulton Street which exists as coordinates 0,0,0,0 in the metro area's NW, NE, SW, SE cartesian street grid and address system, METRO GR GROUND ZERO).
The President asked said staffer what would be the only way for a much more world-class proposal to circumvent the propriety of respecting the protocal of "not allowing any more proposals to be submitted after the March 5, 2005 deadline". The staffer, after giving the President the scripted "politically-correct" answer about following procedural protocals, added in a hushed tone that if a sufficiently world-class proposal were submitted by the end of May, 2005, that the City Commission could be courted to reject the less-than-world-class proposals already submitted in favor of accepting the world-class alternative - SAID: PROVE A BETTER CASE OR BE QUIET.
With that conversation concluded, the President followed up with several well-connected members of the GR business community he had been in conversations with just days before about this same issue. With their commitments for involvement secured, the President immediately created an Ad Hoc Steering Committee of MBEI for interested members of the UrbanPlanet-Grand Rapids forums to come together around the mixed-use proposal created by MBEI called "Metropolitan Center" (see UrbanPlanet-Grand Rapids forum that is taking a poll about the current Fulton/Division proposals) so that they can see it, tweek it and prepare it for a presentation in late April/early May to DONALD TRUMP himself (as an intellectual gift from MBEI and UrbanPlanet-Grand Rapids).
With the access that MBEI has to Trump through one of our aforementioned associates connected through the Trump Tower Chicago project, it is our intent to 1) make Trump aware of the economic environment and strengths of Metro GR (i.e. prepare a broad overview of what is being planned for the immediate future and what has been built in the past decade) and 2) make Trump aware of the opportunities for him to come in to downtown GR with his world-class mindset and engage the next level of downtown GR's development (and even inspire some competition between himself and the DeVoses <wink>).
For all of those here at UrbanPlanet-Grand Rapids that have some courage, vision and belief that with our collective will WE CAN CREATE THE WORLD-CLASS GR WE YEARN FOR, then please contact MBEI at firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your name and contact information so that we may convene a planning charrette for this opportunity in the next 14 days at a site to be announced in downtown Grand Rapids. THE PLANETS ARE ALLIGNING IN OUR FAVOR it would seem. Let's see how high toward them we can go . . . .
Edited by metrogrkid, 22 March 2005 - 07:10 PM.