GVSUChris

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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    I also noticed that they're about halfway or so up with the hotel floors. I hadn't even noticed they were working on them until the other day.
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    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    This is so funny! We have siblings and friends out in CA and AZ and when they come to visit they're always like "gross, why is everything so green?" It is shocking to us because the lushness of West Michigan is one of the things we've come to love about living here.
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    New projects on the West Side

    It would be nice to see some real renderings of what we can expect for that site. When we drove in on 196 from the west the other day I couldn’t believe how “cool” that area is starting to look, especially with the center city in the background.
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    It does indeed, but even their permit for working on the square notes that they were requesting to block that entire stretch of the sidewalk to replace a square. HAHA. So who knows...
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    According to the city development site that are replacing a sidewalk square. In other 10 Ionia news, it looks like they are still planning on the pedestrian bridge over the roadway to the parking garage across the street.
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I know they've got quite a boatload of big names coming onto Woodward very soon, ranging from H&M and Apple to some other more high-end names. It's pretty unreal and truthfully the quality of build-outs and exterior renovations are unreal. I know there are some immense systemic issues that need to be addressed but at present I am just enjoying each baby step that is happening and finding inspiration each time I visit. There are also some really amazing hotels opening up along Woodward/starting ranging from West Elm Hotel to Siren, and Shinola.
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    Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    So I admittedly have a bit of an obsession with Ada Village for not other reason than it is fun watching a "town" come together at one time. I actually celebrate it and welcome another strong/interesting town-center in the metro. Today they announced plans for the library/farmer's market/community center and a new park. I am SO happy with the continued infill this will bring and how "urban" the design is. I was worried the new library would be all quaint and cottage-y with a big parking lot but that is not the case!
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Saw this posted by DGRI. Coming along.
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    West Michigan/Grand Rapids Economy

    Our friends/neighbors across the street listed their house just for the weekend with final offers due yesterday and they got an offer so outrageous that they accepted Saturday without even waiting for the rest to come in. People ask if that is alarming to us or putting people at risk of being underwater but so far every new neighbor who has bough in that mid 300's range on our street has moved from LA, Philadelphia, Denver, DC, and the SF Bay area, and have paid cash because 300's is a drop compared to what they were paying for less before. We've had TWO houses sell where the couples didn't even see them - they hired a realtor to deal with it and then moved here. The other interesting thing we are seeing in Ottawa Hills is people spending 300 on a house and then gutting it before moving in. There is definitely a shift in the market and I'm not convinced that it is a risky one. It is so exciting to watch a metro grow and develop in its core AND its suburbs too.
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    I poured over the packet hoping to find SOME hint of the hotel brand. I did read and hear that a press release is coming out this week - HOPEFULLY there is some word in there about what it is going to be. Truth be told I actually really love this and just want to see it built. I love that all three streets have entrances, I love the commercial space at the corner, and I love the idea of a hotel filling this spot and connecting north and south of Ionia, especially as we just begin to imagine what it's going to be like south of Fulton in the Arena/theater/entertainment district.
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Steel work has begun! I'm so happy because it'll really fly up now! They've started on the office portion. I am SO EXCITED about this!
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    I REALLY want to know what hotel brand this is. I have been trying to think about all the brands under Marriott and I really hope that it is something interesting and nice. The design seems pretty traditional/ doesn’t read to me as something like a W or Aloft... maybe a regular flag Marriott? MAYBE a Westin? Hmmmm
  13. I saw this on Friday in the PC Agenda Packet and honestly I had so few cares left or feelings to give this I thought "whatever just build it and let's be done with this project." I won't even waste energy hating it at this point and am simply hoping that it will be vibrant and vital and bring energy to that strange plaza. This is really all I have to say anymore about anything related to the BOB.
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    Diamond Place at the Proos Site

    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/06/gordon_food_service_to_open_ur.html And one from MLive... I'm so curious about this. Olive bar? Gelato bar?! SEAFOOD?! These are not things I attribute to GFS. I'm eager to see what they put together.
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    New 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    Looks like we will need to change the name of this thread AGAIN to 13. I was just doing some digging around in the Development Center page and saw that yesterday they requested to be on the HPC for approval to construct a 13-story building. We just need to lose another floor and we will be all set for another 12-story building! In all seriousness...I actually don't mind Fulton being lined with 12-13 story buildings. It's kind of pretty, especially if it continues. It is indeed sad to lose a 42 story building but alas...the infill would be welcome at this point.