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joeDowntown last won the day on April 11 2012

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    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Architecture, Urban Development, Soccer, Marketing - Marketing, Soccer, Urban Development, Architecture.

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  1. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    Wow, missed that! I hope they replace the windows with something a little more transparent (the other windows had a dark tint). Joe
  2. 234 Market, former Lady Godiva's

    I say this every time I post, but this building is massive. I also think it’s really well done. It so big, it’s hard to get good photos of the whole thing.
  3. New projects in Monroe North

    601 Bond. One more floor and the penthouse of the Ammerman building will feel like a fishbowl.
  4. New projects in Monroe North

    Some photos from today. Embassy Suites and 601 Bond are going to make this area almost unrecognizable. The Rockford building on the riverfront is looking good. Those balconies are going to have some amazing views. You can see the art panels they’re installing to screen parking I think they look nice I was worried when I saw the renderings
  5. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    Updated photos (not a lot to see from the outside, but I heard internal demolition is humming along. And one “what’s that?!” photo below. And... what’s going on here? New windows in the Veolia steam plant? I actually love this building (other than the power grid out back). Would love to be able to see what’s going on inside the building. And they should paint / light those smokestacks. Uplighting the steam in the cold months would look so cool!
  6. Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    A few photos from today. I haven’t been by this project in a bit and Thought it’d be a little taller by now.
  7. New projects on the West Side

    I took some photos of the west side today. It’s amazing how different Bridge Street looks, and there’s a lot more to come!
  8. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Haha. Nice one! as I’ve said, while I don’t like the style, I’d hate to see this thing fail. First, the developer really went for it, building his castle. Second, if successful, it could give that section of 28th a shot in the arm. Third, how bad would it be to have a building that size site empty?! Fourth, if it failed, I don’t want a Castle inspired casino there (I don’t know why, but I feel if this thing went south there’s be an instant proposal to build a casino). Joe
  9. Grandville Castle Apartments

    I drive by every morning and evening, and you'd think now that the building is closed in, they'd be working at a crazy pace to finish the interior. I rarely see ANY lights on. The other day I was excited to see *ONE* window lit. Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't imagine much interior work is being done (unless they start after 9am and leave before 5:30pm, and NEVER leave a light switch on). I dislike the architecture of this development, but don't want it to fail just because I don't like the aesthetics. Joe
  10. Suburban Projects

    I am super excited for this project. Grand Rapids has needed this for years, and if you've ever had the chance to go to Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac, it's an amazing facility! And MSA has gobbled up 90% of the available indoor soccer facilities in the last year or two, pushing a lot of clubs out in favor of their own (youth) soccer teams. Joe
  11. Predictions for the coming year

    Hey Man, they are all spitball predictions. I do think he'll be somewhat accurate. Not a new facility per se, but I think U of M will start flexing its muscle a bit. If nothing more than signage and shuffling around services in the Women's Health Center. Joe
  12. Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    Speaking of Hinman Tower, did anyone ever see the results of the request by Hinman to to extend the footings of the building into the right of way? Joe
  13. RFP - 201 Market

    I was thinking about the stadium proposal last night, and honestly, I think it’s a lousy design for a soccer stadium. My hope (dream) is that GRFC (or another club based in Grand Rapids) works it’s way up through the tiers and we eventually land an MLS team (maybe the best option to land a major league team in GR). If that we’re the case, this proposal would not work for MLS, or they’d have to add seating on the riverfront, defeating the purpose of being on the river. I hope Rockford/GRFC come up with a plan and location that allows for expansion. Like a more aggressive version of what Toronto did with BMO Field, where they were able to add on several times to get to its current size (35,000 seats for soccer). Maybe start at 10,000, but have future plans and goals set in place. I Also don’t like stadiums with one side of seating. I think the GRFC games are much more “festive” now that they have both sides open. Joe
  14. GVSU Downtown Development

    Haha. I've been out of the loop. I thought they actually changed the addition to white. Joe
  15. GVSU Downtown Development

    Is that the new rendering? If so, glad they listened to us. haha! Much better! Joe