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  1. they could always make all this a reality:
  2. can someone put together a map that overlays a color over all the actual property owned by Amplify GR in this process? also, is the Azzar Store Equipment building THAT Azzar of the Keeler building fame? If so... that will be a difficult negotiation to buy up the whole neighborhood.
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    I would encourage everyone to go back to my first post that started this thread. It is crazy how many of the buildings I posted are now something completely different.
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    Kregel Publications - Renovation? Wealthy Street.

    So no progress on this project eh?
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    New Home For Opera Grand Rapids

    It is actually Living Stones Christian School that moved in to the old Hillcrest school, they used to be in the SEAC on Fuller and Sigsbee
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    Hall Street Bakery - SE corner Hall and Fuller

    it is discussed here:
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    So This building has been pretty much the same for the past 5 years. When I took this photo the other day, there was a guy working on something in there. the inside has some tools but is pretty cluttered. It seems like there would be some serious potential for such a big building in a prime location (especially with the easy access for delivery trucks) 2007 photo: So what's the deal with this building?
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    Michigan Street/Midtown Neighborhood Development

    no that is across the street, there is a new ophthalmology place where the Miller Zylstra building was. here: and here is the old walgreens:
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    Michigan Street/Midtown Neighborhood Development

    Fun stuff happening on Michigan: that hot % now is a "Donk's" the old walgreens on diamond is becoming a good will and a building just popped up on the north side by Grand Coney - can't remember what the sign said at this moment.
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    Wealthy Street Mega Thread

    Saw a sign in the window of Sand Mann's that a Little Caesars is going in soon. I am glad a business is filling an empty building but not so thrilled that it is a big chain (and one of such low quality too)
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    Get rid of the S-Curve?

    Isn't this only possible under the stretch of 131 between Wealthy Street and where it curves over Grandville? The rest of the S-curve is a GIANT wall... the entire West side is still just a giant mass of concrete and earth separating the museums and GVSU/residential area...
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    Kregel Publications - Renovation? Wealthy Street.

    With any development in this area I think it is important to think of it's impact on the lower income neighborhood around it. Will it have any effect on property values and property taxes? As wealthy street becomes more desirable to people outside of the neighborhood and since the rent in apartments like these will probably be somewhat higher than most rentals in the area, will the current community find it more difficult to afford rent as rates rise around them? I think this building has some amazing potential to be turned into something really useful to the neighborhood and street, but I also hope that the businesses going in will serve all the groups in the community, college students, young families, single professionals, old folks, white, black, people with degrees, people who don't have degrees, upwardly mobile, and those living in poverty. I hope businesses and projects like these serve as places that bring people from different walks of life together not separate them even further.
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    Get rid of the S-Curve?

    The report makes the S-Curve sound like it is an important city treasure. They used words like "landmark" and "staple of Grand Rapids skyline" and said that it is iconic "when you hear S-Curve, people know you are talking about Grand Rapids" and to say that the S-curve came first and the city came later is so rediculous, it boggles the mind. I am pretty sure it is a big highway that cuts right through the city. nothing pretty to look at, no emotional or historic significance. It is functional for moving quickly north and south but let's not treat it like it is the Calder, the Pantlind Hotel, or some other landmark. Yup, looks like city popped up right around this beautiful curvy river of concrete:
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    Get rid of the S-Curve?

    If you were to divert the S-curve like that, you would get a ton of free space in the city center. The orange in this image is empty space. (current parking lots/vacant land and the area that 131 takes up.) it would really make for interesting development opportunities that are never realized because of proximity to the highway.
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    Get rid of the S-Curve?

    I like that idea. Butterworth area is pretty bare so there wouldn't be many businesses lost mockup: