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joeDowntown last won the day on April 11 2012

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  1. City approves the beer garden. Article says it will have trees, fire pits and a retractable roof and can be used all four seasons:
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    No judgment zone?
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    42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    That’s not going to happen. First, I don’t think they build buildings that way anymore (the base of McKay Tower was a Massive stone structure). Second, there is an article where they talked about the cost of the separate elevator shaft, etc being cost prohibitive below 42 stories. I doubt they’d gut the building to retrofit this at a later date. I can’t confirm (because I don’t know) exactly which hotel is developing it, but I do know they have been intimately involved in the design of the building/footprint. So I’m sure it’s a done deal. It’s just a matter of announcing which hotel chain(which again, I heard was Marriott but can’t confirm). I also heard October start date. Joe
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    Suburban Projects

    I think meijer is trying to beef up their gas stations to accommodate more “fill in” trips. Smart move for people that just want a couple items. Joe
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    42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    I really like it. Great infill, and I think it looks like it’s “supposed to be there”. While I really liked the idea of 42 stories, this seems... more appropriate. I like the windows, and while I’m a fan of glass, I like the more traditional window layout. As I said before, I heard an October start date. Anyone want to guess what type of Marriott property it will be?
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    I think it's full other than the some of the ground level (which you'd expect to come much later). WNJ, Chemical Bank and one other tenant (that I can't remember off-hand). Joe
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    New projects in Monroe North

    Facade is going up quickly (they brought in another crane and I saw them hoisting three floors at once last night. 12 of 15 stories so far.
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    New projects in Monroe North

    I’ve never heard “concrete park” used as a feature or benefit. Unless it’s a skatepark. Skateboarding is not a crime. Joe
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    Lakeshore Projects

    I agree. Why so sour on Muskegon? I hope this all works out. They are working hard in Muskegon. A lot of interesting projects, and the they are making a lot of headway. So much hate? It makes the entire metro area a better place if Muskegon succeeds. Joe
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    42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    Hmm. My sources said 14. Maybe that was including the mechanical floor? i agree, it doesn’t bother me either. I’d rather have a bunch of smaller buildings pushed up to the street, than a bunch of tall buildings that end up being urban office complexes (Dallas is a good example) Hopefully the DeVos place hotel breaks the 20 story threshold and we get some height there. But I’m ok with this property.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    Me too. I drive by it every day, scratch my head a bit, and move on. But I do hope it's successful. Can't think of any project that I would like to see fail. Kind of counter to the purpose of this forum. Joe
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    Diamond Place at the Proos Site

    If that is the case, the Party Cooler is sitting on a goldmine. Joe
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    I think I can say with a fair amount certainty that Metro Grand Rapids would not be what it is today without a strong urban core. Joe
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    I agree. It is what it is at this point. I would hate for it to sink and sit there. Would rather have a fully functioning ugly building than an abandoned one. I hope it ends up being a huge success (with that being said, let’s not get crazy and build castles all over the city). Joe
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    Diamond Place at the Proos Site

    I always think meatballs and restaurant supplies, but if you read the article in this thread, it definitely looks like they’re going with more fresh produce and a neighborhood market feel. Could be a really good fit (and a good test store for GFS). Joe