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GRDadof3

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  1. Oh totally agree. The GVSU building is odd looking. Maybe the Secchia Center just needs to be power washed. It's supposed to represent "life sciences" and "innovation" etc. and it looks like a dirty beaker.
  2. East Lansing - West Side! Seriously, has anyone else looked at the exterior of the Secchia Center lately? URS? (the architect) could not have picked a worse exterior material. The building is only 11 years old it looks like it's from the 70's now.
  3. I see this having a pretty good chance of going through. It will be interesting to see what gets put in. Most likely it will resemble the Cedar Springs exit (fast food, hotels, pharmacy, gas stations, etc). Maybe we'll see the State's first Buc-ees gas station. Stopped at one of these in Georgia must have had 100 pumps (and about 50 toilets in the men's room).
  4. Interestingly the metro only grew by about 5000, to around 1.081 Million. Net domestic migration was a negative number for the second year in a row (more people left than moved here). Might be the lack of housing that's affecting that. Or people left to find work elsewhere who were cut from Covid shutdowns. International immigration was the lowest in over a decade, I imagine also because of Covid. Population grew because we have so many babies around here, vs deaths. Although deaths were the highest they've been ever, 8639. Covid maybe? https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest
  5. Prediction: The Secchia Center will reclad their exterior soon now that the Doug Meijer building has gone up and it looks way better than that drab gray "whatever the heck is that?" exterior the Sechhia Center has.
  6. I believe the MSA population counts are supposed to be out today for 2020. Although I will say that I can't find the link where I originally saw it a few months ago, lol.
  7. I thought we had a population thread going, but maybe not? Anyway, MSA population numbers I believe come out today from the Census bureau. This would be the 2020 count.
  8. I've heard the majority of the building is not used and not even heated.
  9. Plus, from what I've seen, these owners are a couple of white, middle aged gay dudes. And many of their supporters are middle class white people. They're hardly an "oppressed minority" in Grand Rapids anymore. lol. (ie it's pretty hard to claim gentrification in these circumstances). In fact, I'm fairly certain that a majority of the hispanic community along Grandville supports this redevelopment project.
  10. Yes, it's been like that for over a week I think. Haven't seen any other pieces installed.
  11. "micro-business." lol. Is someone trying to hock their junk at an antique store considered a microbusiness now?
  12. I keep waiting for the tower crane parts to be delivered. I think I've recorded every tower crane assembly in the last 20 years. Do we have a read on how tall this building will be in feet? In comparison to neighboring buildings? Edit: it looks like it's only 4 floors above the parking deck so really not that much taller than the MSU building.
  13. Their beer is OK, much like Creston's beer was OK. It's a good fit for this location, which I think the building itself is the draw in itself.
  14. This project was approved. It pretty much fit the zoning for this area so it was mostly a technicality without much of a fight.
  15. Wow, that's an interesting project. Not bad. I thought when you said Beltline it was going to be at Celebration Village. I'm shocked that one last parcel hasn't been filled in with apartments yet. I just got back from the Tampa/St Petersrburg area and I was fascinated by the infill projects. 8 - 12 story apartment buildings going up in the strangest areas and neighborhoods (like their planning people said screw it, build whatever you want wherever you want, we need housing). Like for instance, drop a 12 story building near Breton and Burton, right next to single family homes.
  16. I was just thinking this town needed another taco place...
  17. The idea I drew up comes nowhere near the gravesite. But it is held by the national archives. I think if someone tried to build a private development there, you'd have issues. But a public/non profit venture like this would be complicated but not impossible.
  18. Especially if they want this to be in the "top 10" for aquariums in the U.S., imagine the parking needs.
  19. A cluster of tourist attractions on that side of the river makes total sense. Spanning out over the Grand River, the footprint could be as big as 160,000 square feet. Plenty of room to add attached parking and/or underground parking. Cause you know that will come up as an issue.
  20. More press.. Personally I think Millennium Park is a really BAD place for an aquarium. Put it right next to the Ford Museum. "Two parks for the price of one" https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2021/04/john-ball-zoo-envisions-building-massive-aquarium-in-grand-rapids-to-compete-on-the-national-level.html
  21. Ah. It's all temporary though.
  22. Yeah, they're terrible at it.
  23. We have liftoff. #towercrane
  24. The Northeast Beltline area is exploding again. I haven't driven through there in a while and that big new apartment development at 4 Mile and EBL is built out/framed (I got a new drone I may get some drone shots). Every single building is built out. They're also clearing land at the office park just North of 3 Mile on the East Side on that little lake. Looks like something rather large is going to go in (or several office buildings). There's also new apartment buildings going in at 5 Mile and East Beltline on the West Side of the road. I think Orion also has apartment/townhouses planned
  25. Where do you see that? Let's not do anything they're doing in West Virginia.
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