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joeDowntown last won the day on April 11 2012

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  1. joeDowntown

    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    The building that is where the Hinman development is going was quite large for that area. Does anyone know the story of that building? I know it got converted to a parked ramp (the building itself), then eventually demolished. Surprised a building that size fell out of favor that quickly when most of the taller structures downtown made it through urban renewal. Joe
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    50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    Pepinos, uccellos, Buffalo Wild Wings, The BOB, Big O’s I don’t think there are a lack of places you can get a good meal with the family.
  3. joeDowntown

    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    All of this work Is going to make my commute interesting for the next year or two. Joe
  4. joeDowntown

    Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

    True. Although Breton Village has done a heck of a job drawing retail tenants. They just announced Boyne Country Sports, which interestingly, was one of the first retailers proposed for Knapp Crossing. Then it switched to REI. In the end, Woodland got REI and Breton village got Boyne Country Sports. Joe
  5. joeDowntown

    Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

    Agreed. The food is decent, but not memorable. The portions are ridiculously huge; to the point where you think “oh yeah, this is why we’re so fat”. If you’ve ever been to a Cheesecake Factory in a major metro downtown (like the one in the John Hancock building in Chicago), the design is pretty cool and unique. Like something out of Alice in Wonderland. But the suburban locations aren’t really that special. I think it’s a big score for Woodland. Some people will wait in line for hours, but others will forget we even have one. Joe
  6. joeDowntown

    50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    I’m trying not to be too negative about this project (because it’s a dream come true project for me), but there are multiple instances of “what we’re they thinking”. The tops of the buildings look terrible. I think the windows are bad (placement and type of windows used) and it almost feels like once they realized the building had more work than initially anticipated, they panicked. I seems like someone will need to come through in 10-15 years and finish the job. With all that being said, it was bold project, and I love that the old facades are visible again. Joe
  7. joeDowntown

    Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

    Fox 17 updates their story: "Woodland Mall officials tell FOX 17 that The Cheesecake Factory will be taking the place of Bar Louie. The renovation to make the change into Cheesecake Factory begins next month." Joe
  8. joeDowntown

    Amway Grand Plaza Facelift

    I was at a Christmas party on the "upper floor" of Cygnus, and thought that if they ever wanted extra space, they could "easily" add another level. The elevator goes up to the upper level banquet space, but it only has about half (or 1/3rd) of the floor space. If they were to extend the floorspace across the entire floor, they'd get a lot more usable space. I wonder if the "new" Cygnus will end up having more room? Joe
  9. joeDowntown

    New projects in Monroe North

    I've driven by a couple of times in the last week and it looks pretty awesome. The lobby is top notch, and I think it's going to bring a lot of traffic to the area. It also looks like it'll have a lot of meeting space. It's a pretty impressive development. I think I counted 57 TVs. The outdoor patio should be pretty nice in the summer. Joe
  10. One additional question. In the rendering on the west side of the “complex”, there’s a smaller building that looks different than the office rendering. Would this be the entrance/lobby to the apartment building at street level? Joe
  11. joeDowntown

    Amway Grand Plaza Facelift

    I think we should be happy the building is even standing. I remember hearing that the cost of reskinning the building wasn’t far off from just ripping it down. Crazy! Joe
  12. joeDowntown

    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    The one that I'm interested to see is Skymint - - There was an interesting article on Mlive about Green Peak (which will be launching the retail Skymint brand). Looked like the locations have a nice design. Whether you are for or against it, it was pretty interesting to read about what Green Peak is doing in Lansing. They definitely got a jump on everyone else: Joe
  13. joeDowntown

    DeVos Family Headquarters (Old 5/3 building)

    I saw a lot of demolition work the other day. They’re probably stripping the building down to the bones, which could take a while. Joe
  14. Nah, I wasn’t thinking retail. I’m sure it’ll do well (event places seem to do a brisk business. This may just be a case of me being “angry man shouting at cloud”. LOL Joe
  15. joeDowntown

    Hey, what's that?

    That’s interesting. So 5G will be smaller towers, closer together? Or are these for testing in dense areas?