jthrasher

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  1. jthrasher

    East Beltline Developments

    ugh, what a major let down this is. What happened to the original design with it being upper scale shops? Wasn't it suppose to be similar to the one in/near Lansing? Now its just the same old crap.
  2. jthrasher

    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    Thats WAY better! It looks like it's a suburb of Dubai by those photos. haha
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    What are Grand Rapids' best assets?

    Pretty sure Denver doesn't have a giant Castle Apartment building. They can't compete with that. Mic drop. haha.
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    Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    eww. Why???!!!! I don't understand why they would make it completely different from the other. It's basically the same format but it a completely different shell. ugh.
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    Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    I hear a lot of long time residents of Ada do not like what's happening. Losing it's "village" feel.
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    Suburban Projects

    I have been thinking the same thing. I was there a few weeks ago, first time in a long time and the end of the mall where Macy's and Old Navy are was completely dead. There was a drastic difference between that end and the other end where Yonkers/ Dicks is. Years ago when I worked at Pottery Barn, when it was still there, it was kinda the same way though. That end of the Mall has always seemed less busy. I wouldn't be surprised to see major troubles at Rivertown in the next 3-5 years.
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    Grandville Castle Apartments

    There has to be some issues going on behind the scenes on this one considering how long this project is taking. There are other projects, granted not as large as this one, that have sprung up super fast.
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    Hinman project - new 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    Typical. How many times do these projects get introduced and then either massively scaled back or cancelled all together? I'm learning not to get my hopes up on any of these big projects.
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    The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    Why can't Monroe Center be similar to how downtown Holland is? Or anywhere in downtown GR for that matter. Downtown needs a serious push towards retail and grocery if they want more people to move downtown.
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    Day/Night Drone Footage of Downtown

    not the best time of year for a drone video of GR. IMHO
  11. jthrasher

    East Beltline Developments

    I think it will work. For those people that love Hopcat but don't want to deal with downtown parking and crowds
  12. jthrasher

    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    flippers who are doing it full time aren't buying homes they find on the MLS. By the time a house hits the MLS there's a reason a full time investor hasn't snatched it up. Most investors look for off market deals. They drive around looking for dilapidated homes, get in touch with the owners and try and make deals with them. The margins for most houses on the MLS are too slim. Every once in a while you can find one but they are getting harder and harder to find here in GR.
  13. jthrasher

    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    Most people aren't interested in buying a home that needs renovations and doing it themselves. That's why realtors and others like myself buy and fix up homes and sell them because most people want to buy a move in ready home. It doesn't hurt the market at all, if anything it helps get rid of properties that have been sitting a while and bring their neighborhoods down.
  14. Not sure if this is old news or not, but I just saw on Wood8 that this project was approved.
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    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    I worked with this guy on a project I had and supposedly it's cheaper and faster to do a manufactured home than it is to build stick built. I didn't find that to be the case. According to him it is. It probably did cost him around 180,000 though. Lumber costs are up. They've come down a little in the past couple months but haven't come back down to where they were before the big hurricanes hit. Labor is up too because there just aren't as many workers.