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GRDadof3 last won the day on September 13 2013

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  1. Where did you hear that? I read in the city's agenda that the RISE project was vehemently opposed to Third Coast providing no parking for their Michigan/Benson project. Did that change?
  2. Went to the Knickerbocker with friends last night. Hour and a half wait there, at Black Heron and Sovengard. Good times for the West Side. The streets were teaming (teeming?) with people. The parking lot under 131 (Scribner) was completely free and had a sign saying so (not sure what time that starts), parking lot wasn't even half full, and the walk under the highway with the wider sidewalks and the LED was pretty cool. I know I can be a curmudgeon at times but overall, go West Side! I can't even imagine what it will be like when the Meijer project goes in.
  3. Not using the existing bus service. Commuter buses, straight shot from burbs-to-downtown with no stopping every 5 minutes. I agree there's probably a market to run it with a private company, but why not include it in the transit system like other bigger cities do?
  4. Ouch. All that snow and then rain probably did it in. Didn't something similar happen to the garage behind Bazzani's office?
  5. There aren't any trees around it. They cut them all down.
  6. And the trim doesn't even blend together. Are those "patios" going to have railings or are they just decorative? And why did they nix all the windows in the front part of the hotel, yet they kept them all in the back part? If you get a chance to drive down the Beltline, check it out. It looks like a giant mobile home on a stone foundation. The only redeeming part of it is the little "hut" in the front where I assume the check in and lounge/continental breakfast area are. But I agree. Is it the same architect? Who wants to take bets on when the EFIS starts peeling off? It looks like there's not even any kind of moisture barrier or trim at the bottom of the EFIS panels.
  7. This hotel does look like it got beat up on the playground.
  8. The East Beltline is not a highway. All of the office buildings in that area are brick, somehow this one snuck in some low grade EFIS type stuff. I actually remember a request to change the exterior materials last year, before the planning commission. East Beltline is not a highway. Maybe a boulevard? This is in the city of Grand Rapids. If you let this slide, what's to stop other developers from doing the same in other parts of the city, once the precedent has been set? What's to stop Suburban Inns from doing the same in Monroe North?
  9. FYI, they're putting the steel peak roof trusses on. It's rather crazy looking.
  10. Read em and weep. It already looks 20 years old and hasn't opened yet.
  11. Based on the level of detail of the plans, they've been working on this change for a while. Plus to have Hyatt Place in place, that doesn't happen overnight.
  12. Obviously East Grand Rapids became an affluent development node from the early streetcar lines. And from what I understand, Cascade grew out of people moving from East Grand Rapids outward to get bigger lots and lower taxes back in the 70's and 80's. Now it draws a lot of relo's but that wasn't always the case. Kenowa Hills and Comstock Park do not draw the volume of relo's like Forest Hills, Byron Center and Kentwood do.
  13. I do kind of like the setback too. It will open up views of the Trust Building a little better. WOODTV8 had a rather funny headline that said something like "Developer axes mixed-use project and replaces with hotel." I see they've changed it now. More images:
  14. It's official, Sears is closing March 26th.
  15. I'll have to see if I can get a picture. They've started on the sports bar in the front so it's a difficult site to get to (and you certainly can't walk to it very well).