GRDadof3

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GRDadof3 last won the day on September 13 2013

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  1. GRDadof3

    People talking about Grand Rapids

    I think we're a top 10 city "Most likely to share lists."
  2. GRDadof3

    People talking about Grand Rapids

    But wait! Trulia, which is owned by Zillow, says we are in the top 10 hottest housing markets! Something's amiss. https://fox17online.com/2018/11/29/grand-rapids-housing-market-named-top-10-cities-to-watch-in-2019/ Forbes says that Realtor.com says that we're #2! We're #2! We're #2! https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenparis/2019/01/16/realtor-coms-hot-housing-market-picks/#4cdfc0e83903 These lists...
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    Yep. Not sure if it was before he moved (he lived in Chicago for a bit) or after he moved. I'm being a bit harsh on the author, but it's a total puff piece without much substance (with many inaccuracies). Otherwise, whatevs.
  4. GRDadof3

    People talking about Grand Rapids

    He lives in New York now, he was back in town during the holidays. You haven't seen his viral videos about homelessness and other topics? Yeah I bet Dick liked it, lol. Even the title of the article is wrong, it's not one of the fastest growing cities in the country; not even one of the fastest growing metro areas. The jobs market is one of the fastest growing but the population is only moderately growing.
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    That's Jeff Barrett, he used to work with Rob Bliss. He op-eds for a bunch of media outlets now, like Washington Times (?) I found the article lacking (and downright untruthful) in a lot of ways. There are over 16,000 small businesses in the Grand Rapids area, it's pretty lazy IMO to focus on the Devos family. Especially if you're from here.
  6. Yeah I would assume SMG would do it.
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    Hinman project - new 13 story hotel at 10 Ionia

    Wow! It's only been in the news for what, the last year and a half. I guess a lot of people probably didn't think it was ever going to happen.
  8. GRDadof3

    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    I booked us on Allegiant for spring break, 5 of us, GRR to PIE (St Pete). Actually had pretty good pricing, definitely good enough to keep us here at GRR instead of driving to DTW or ORD, which was a welcome change. I must've been the booking that pushed Allegiant over the edge to invest here. lol
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    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    This is an interesting article about the national housing picture. The number of vacant investor-owned homes in this country outnumbers homeless people 2 to 1. Pretty cool interactive maps. https://gritpost.com/vacant-properties-homelessness/
  10. GRDadof3

    People talking about Grand Rapids

    That does seem high. The average (not median) home sales price for 2018 was about $230,000. Latest year-end stats. https://www.grar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Kent-12-2018.pdf
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Nashville and Savannah, GA just added: https://www.grbj.com/articles/92457-ford-airport-lands-two-new-destinations
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Allegiant Airlines expanding their base here, adding 66 positions: https://www.rightplace.org/news/the-right-place-and-gerald-r-ford-international-airport-fuel-allegiant-air-expansion
  13. GRDadof3

    Development Projects - Belknap Lookout Area

    I only see a picture of one. Did you see more? Sounds like Artesian sold the development to RJM Properties which did the apartment project one block over next to the party store.
  14. GRDadof3

    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    In other news! I'm working with a group that is trying to develop a prototype home that is about 1000 square feet with an attached carport (that can be turned into an enclosed garage down the road). 2 or 3 bedrooms with modular walls/built-ins to make for flexible spaces. Standard basement with egress windows for a future additional bedroom. "Mid-century modern" style. Primarily suited for urban lots in places like Walker, Wyoming and Kentwood (maybe GR but lots are tough to find). If we can stay under $225,000 - $240,000 we think we will have a hit. Thoughts on that?
  15. GRDadof3

    The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    Just in the construction industry alone, locally a couple more thousand people (easily) could be hired if there was anyone around to take the jobs, which are skilled but training is available. And pay starts at $40,000+/year. I would imagine that issue is way more pronounced in hot markets over 2 Million in population. I was going to comment on 616 but I'll personally let that one die (for now) unless new news comes out.