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  1. Suburban Projects

    It's weird, the new Licari's out in Hudsonville seems to be a stand-alone building, like an Applebees. Way out at Baldwin and 36th. Head scratcher for sure. Across the street at the same intersection, CopperRock Construction is staring work on a new retail development. I'm seeing their signs all over the Hudsonville area lately.
  2. Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Wow! 800 acres of airport owned land go on the market for the first time: http://www.grbj.com/articles/90077-bidding-begins-for-airport-land
  3. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I don't think the numbers will be shocking. Maybe they'll rise to the growth rates of the mid-90's (when there was another huge apartment boom in the area, which is why there are so many 90's era apartment complexes around here). Or maybe much like last year. https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/data/population/#!/msa/Grand_Rapids-Wyoming%2C_MI
  4. Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    My guess is the CAA and ExperienceGR would say that putting the convention center expansion that far away from the existing one is a no-go, and would probably greatly increase costs. Having it physically connected by a short skywalk on the post office site would give them the ability to share services, easier for caterers, easier for convention goers, logistics, trucking, etc.. However, it would be closer to the arena. Not sure if that matters?
  5. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    Apparently this whole issue of the really poor communications from the city caused them to hire a consultant, who gave a presentation at the Committee of the Whole meeting recently, which resulted in a complete melt-down on the part of the some of the commissioners? I didn't go but a friend said the live feed went blank for a while during the heated discussions, and then when it came back up it was a motion to move on to the next topic. I know that Rosyalnn Bliss's Assistant was moved over to a communications role recently. Not trying to start a dumpster fire but I don't know what's going on.
  6. Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    I was heading through downtown today on 131 and had a vision of a hotel tower at the post office site, on top of or connected to a new convention center expansion. Maybe two towers. It would be pretty sweet I think.
  7. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    My estimation, extrapolating from this chart: Net domestic migration: 3050 International immigration: 1745 Deaths: 7850 Birth: 14,275 Overall population growth: 11,220 New population #: 1,058,319 Back to road talk, I actually think they are grading for the embankment for the new bridge from I-96 Southbound to go over the I-196 interchange and connect with I-196 Eastbound. Not only have they cleared trees, they're excavating and pushing up dirt. Is this thing going to happen sooner than thought? Why has no media mentioned anything yet?
  8. Suburban Projects

    I drove by there again today and the curb-cut to the BDR property/development site is quite a ways off of Fulton. It's actually almost to the bridge over the railroad tracks. It's nothing like the gas station and La Cantina you were talking about.
  9. Suburban Projects

    74 townhomes to be exact. Johnathan Wheeler is the developer although it doesn't appear to be under the Orion name.
  10. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I would tend to agree with this, particularly as it relates to Detroit (and Lansing). Detroit does not need all of those highways that criss-cross parts of the city that are basically empty of population. Get rid of the Lodge and Davison for instance. Talk about redundancies. Also, Lansing has had massive amounts of new highway built in the last 30 - 40 years and it's population is stagnant. 127 going North to St Johns is almost vacant most of the time. And yet we STILL don't have a West Michigan connection for US-31 to the toll roads in Indiana, which would aid in commerce.
  11. Grandville Castle Apartments

    I hear you can get Christmas decorations there 363 days a year! Oh wait that's Bronners.
  12. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    They're really going to town on tree clearing near the 96/196 interesection up to Leonard. And workers were out doing what looked to be moving utilities in the median between the intersection all the way to Maryland.
  13. Suburban Projects

    That's where the sign is for the new office building, on the East side of the new road.
  14. New projects on the West Side

    Chik-Fil-A? I spoke to the Sparrows owner, not reopening. They sound sad about it but it was better for the overall health of their enterprise to concentrate on Wealthy which is extremely successful.
  15. Suburban Projects

    BDR has a big fancy office building going up at Crahen/Forest Hills Ave and Fulton now, it appears (they have a sign on the property). This would be on that new parcel created/split when Crahen was moved East to intersect with Forest Hills Ave.