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  1. So just for comparison, Pine Knob/DTE north of Detroit is about 15,000 seats, 3 lanes of highway both directions and an exit pretty much right there. That can be a traffic disaster on event nights. Millennium Park would be similar sized artists at about 12,000 seats, 2 lanes of highway each direction and an exit at Wilson which is already a cluster every rush hour, It's the only surface street to cross the river between Wealthy and Allendale. Anyone want to imagine the traffic on a night when Hootie and the Blowfish and G. Love come to town? There has got to be consideration for another bridge/exit, maybe at Market.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    Is that a typical residential corridor or is this a worst case shot meant to trigger the haters? Possibly lower level office/maintenance/common area? I recall them showing "flickering", candle-like sconces on the news, not this look at all.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    My buds and I are working on our gift to the castle right now... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xhiQgtyMH8
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    601 Bond

    It takes a crane, to remove a crane...
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    me: "Oh cool!" scroll, "Oh cool!" scroll, "Ahhh!"
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Other than the old GR and Holland stations, I can't picture where stations could work in Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville or Zeeland. They each have spots where the track doubles up which I assume would be needed. And ironically, I was just at a meeting in Hudsonville where some feared Chicago Drive could turn into the next 28th Street. This rail project wasn't even mentioned.
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Oops. Didn't mean to copy/paste that last paragraph about "contact me". This isn't my deal, just something I stumbled across recently. In order to be effective as a commuter option, I think it would need additional bus routes to get you to your place of employment at the end of the train route. Plus maybe additional side tracks for the trains, new stations, maintenance facilities etc. I wonder what size grant they're looking at?
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    Don't you mean future pseudo transit system? Dubbed the WMX Pilot Project, the West Michigan Express Project has been selected as one of the top 6 West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance grant projects for Region 4! As such it will be voted on by the public in a meeting on Wednesday, October10, 10am – Noon. The meeting takes place in the Pepsi Stadium Club, located at center field, Fifth Third Ball Park, 4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321 Hudsonville City Manager Patrick Waterman has initiated an effort to determine the potential for light rail transportation service in West Michigan utilizing the existing CSX rail line. The service would offer a low cost, convenient transit option to residents, commuters and visitors to supplement existing surface transportation in the region. The proposed service would at minimum connect the cities of Holland and Grand Rapids with possible stops in Zeeland, Hudsonville, Jenison/Georgetown, and Grandville. If you need assistance with transportation to the meeting contact me or the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers.
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    Two Buildings...

    I did notice recently that 655 Godfrey has a small sign, "Heritage Antiques" or something similar replacing the fish tank place. Not much else though. It would be interesting to see it either of these buildings get any traction seeing that 470 Market at the corner of Godfrey has already undergone similar renovations but sits vacant looking for a buyer. $9M+ for 470 vs whatever they paid for 1111 & 655 could be a huge factor. I've been in 1111 & 655 many time and they'll both need extensive rework. Although, this reuse (and moving the antique shops from Century to here) was what the previous owners used as the big selling point. It became quite clear to me they did not want to do it themselves. They were just trying to sell.
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    The 'burbs like beer too! This area in particular is close to Switch, the upcoming Amazon warehouse, new hotels and best of all, plenty of current and planned single-family homes. Bigger picture plans for the area are also very encouraging for biking. Plus only two other breweries within two miles. Can't say that about downtown.
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    Well this thread has been a little too quiet. But now... https://www.grbj.com/articles/91369-regions-first-brewery-co-op-on-tap
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    New projects in Monroe North

    Hot off the presses from a couple minutes ago. It looks like the penthouse roof is in the works now if I count correctly.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    Yeah, my old high school was, "built on a swamp and they're closing it next year because it's sinking." So said the 14-year olds every year. This will probably turn into just one of many urban legends about the castle.
  14. That's the one. The app is listed in the store under Passport Parking or something similar, NOT Motu. They've been swapping out signs over the past few weeks.
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    New projects in Monroe North

    There is one on Monroe practically under the 196 bridge and one on Ottawa and Trowbridge. The location on Monroe was part of the land swap with MSU. Ottawa is up in the air as the owner died last year and his numerous auto shops in the area are understandably in flux. I'm curious about that link too.