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About joeDowntown

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  1. joeDowntown

    Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    Other than location, how is this different than Hinman building a building that will house a hotel owned/operated by a third party? I assume that the CAA will own the building, pay for buildout, etc. but a third party will lease the property/run the hotel, pay for upkeep on the internal portion (room upkeep, etc). I can’t imagine they would enter into an agreement that would be dirt cheap for the hotel operator. Again, this hotel would have a definite advantage from a location perspective, and I’m sure the CAA/city/count get certain tax advantages, but I don’t think this is what I’d consider a fleecing. Ultimately, keeping the convention center competitive / successful should be the top priority of the CAA. Joe
  2. joeDowntown

    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    This is a little bit of history of GR UP, but when I first stumbled upon the site he was the only person to post in the GR forum. I was SUPER excited to find someone who wanted to talk about buildings in GR, so I would respond to EVERYTHING posted. Probably annoying, but darn it, I wanted to talk about GR with other interested people. As more and more locals joined, he posted less and less as Detroit was his real base of knowledge. Oh, how we’ve grown! Joe
  3. joeDowntown

    Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    It sounds like our convention business is already doing well, and that is with Chicago and Detroit. I think this would help tip more conventions our way / retain existing business as it grows / needs more options. The one thing that Grand Rapids has over Chicago or Detroit, is our city is smaller / more accessible. That’s definitely a deterrent for massive conventions, but I think GR has a little bit of everything, which is great for smaller conventions. Joe
  4. joeDowntown

    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    Did you just respond to a post from 2006?
  5. joeDowntown

    Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    It’s like they heard my requests. Glad it’s still moving along. Hate that parking is a concern, though I wonder how many parking spots are empty each day in the DeVos lot [waits for GRDad to pull up his fancy spreadsheet]. I like that it has additional meeting space to enhance the convention center. Joe
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    Hey, what's that?

    Is that right next to Degage (with a store facade on the front)? I know that we discussed it at one point (years ago?), but I can’t remember the story. The facade looks pretty old, so it must have been done 70-80 years ago. Joe
  7. joeDowntown

    DeVos Family Headquarters (Old 5/3 building)

    Where is this building rendering from? It’s quite nice. Joe
  8. joeDowntown

    Grandville Castle Apartments

    I don't get the same feeling from 234 Market, but I agree. I'm not sure the concrete would ever "age". I nice whitewash over the entire surface may have "helped" (quotes intentional. ;)).
  9. joeDowntown

    Grandville Castle Apartments

    Totally looks like my dentist's office. With that being said, I bet most apartment hallways aren't overly glamorous. Joe
  10. joeDowntown

    Grand Rapids Then and Now

    Crazy how much the mowed down. There’s a building on Monroe (north of 196) that I’ve never seen before. Did it make it through highway construction only to get torn down later? Joe
  11. joeDowntown

    Keeler Building - 56 North Division

    Speaking of work, I saw you and your partner sold Books & Mortar. What are you up to now? Any future retail plans? Joe
  12. joeDowntown

    Development Projects - Belknap Lookout Area

    So many identical plans, they almost look identical! LOL
  13. joeDowntown

    Keeler Building - 56 North Division

    With the openings of the sidewalk, you can now walk closer to the building and see the sad state of decay. Joe
  14. joeDowntown

    DeVos Family Headquarters (Old 5/3 building)

    I was thinking the same thing. Just stayed at the Chicago Athletic Association on Michigan Avenue and they turned that building into an amazing hotel with a lot of meetings spaces/banquet halls. Might be a good fit for the old Penn Club. Joe
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    That’s that way I read it. He’ll advise them as they search for a new CEO, or until he finds another job. I wondered if anyone had heard about internal friction. He seemed highly regarded when they brought him on board and the airport is expetiencing huge growth with a lot of complex projects going on/recently completed. Seems like there’s more to this story. Joe