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  1. Technically Josh Naramore and Kristopher Larson are not commissioners nor are they elected. They're paid staff, with (I assume) at-will employment contracts.
  2. Amway has a full food court at its HQ's, and probably a lot of people bring lunch because running across Fulton sounds like real fun. #frogger Plus, unless you're Jimmy Johns, it's hard to survive on just the lunch crowd. All of the traffic has been routed to Headley and the main drag that they're on is not even really a through street any more. They put up signs along Headley which sounds like it helps a bit. They've been offered space in the new buildings but the rent is nearly double what they pay now (from what I remember, it's been a few months since I spoke to the owner/friend).
  3. When I read "Europe has" my eyes glazed over. I remember a time when I thought America could be more like Europe. The naivete' of youth!
  4. That empty grocery store at the very end of 28th Street, which was rumored as a possible spot for a Whole Foods, is being proposed for a "Fowling" venue (bowling with footballs): http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/02/what_is_fowling_and_why_cascad.html
  5. I had heard some rumblings about this. $30/sf??? Yowza. Vitale's is moving out, Thornapple Grill (River House) closed, Saburba (which has great food btw) is struggling and has lost half their business, two other retailers are leaving the "strip mall" area. https://mibiz.com/news/design-build/item/24525-ada-businesses-concerned-over-building-costs,-parking-in-redevelopment-project
  6. Is that railroad line going to be vacated for sure? That's an interesting document too. I hadn't seen that before (I know, hard to believe )
  7. They're also building cottage-style homes right along Headley drive behind the daycare center and firehouse on Fulton. I think it's called Marketplace Condominiums. 25 units in 16 buildings.
  8. Ah, make sense.
  9. I was out at the bike shop the other day and that new Kingma development and the mixed-use next door are huge.
  10. Updated drawrings with the new hotel. It's officially 150 Ottawa (Warner Tower) and 140 Ottawa (Hyatt Place). Quite a large main floor retail space. I thought maybe for the restaurant but I see that's on the second floor. Yada yada yada, and the requisite Grand Rapids - mandated top floor/12th floor. The whole packet is here if you want to see. It didn't appear that anything was changed on the office tower portion: http://grcity.us/engineering-department/BoardsCommissionAndAuthority/DT Agenda 02.22.17.pdf
  11. Speaking of Lake Drive, it looks like a bunch of utility work is being done (or they're just tearing up sidewalks) near Lake and Carlton/Benjamin, and they're replacing it with a thin layer of crappy looking asphalt. Is this the final product? Anyone know? It looks like shit if it is. I've seen a lot of sidewalks poured in my lifetime and never seen asphalt put down first.
  12. "You mean like the metaldata in my fillings Henry? I did feel them tingling when we drove by. Git!"
  13. People traveling through the area on M-6 are gonna say "Oh my word Henry! What in the world is THAT!!!!" "Is it a spaceship??!!"
  14. This is what's wrong with this country.
  15. Denver has massive park-n-ride lots along its light rail lines, many of which travel alongside the major freeways. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Denver,+CO/@39.5789743,-104.8755075,3a,60y,128.57h,83.89t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sx9fpkZ0M-pEThaVxCL_VGw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x876b80aa231f17cf:0x118ef4f8278a36d6!8m2!3d39.7392358!4d-104.990251!6m1!1e1?hl=en