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  1. That packet isn’t showing up for me, so here are some images pulled from it. They’re going to demolish the 1950s concrete addition and renovate the historical portion of the building. That renovation includes repainting the Sligh Furniture signage, and fixing the windows and exterior. In total, the site will have 753 units, 614 parking garage spaces and about 23,000 square feet for retail. Height will still be the same; up to seven stories. No word on how much the rent will be.
  2. The parcel in red is slightly below 5 acres, half the size of the Shedd Aquarium’s 10 acres (which they said they want this new aquarium to be the size of). Not sure entirely sure of this, but it is preferred to have aquariums built at ground level or lower without having windows as it requires less strain on the structure and also keeps the aquarium environment more healthy (less algae growth, etc.) Given this, it is highly unlikely that there would be a multi-level aquarium built here as the complications and cost would be too tremendous either way; more stress on the structure adding upward
  3. Here is the DDA’s passenger and freight data from 2020
  4. This is the only mention of Grand Rapids that I’ve seen from Shake Shack https://mobile.twitter.com/shakeshack/status/1214575307421868033?lang=en
  5. Saw in the Sunday paper that they are reducing the height to 22 stories (40,000 square foot reduction) after they removed some office space. Wheeler has until October 1st to decide if they want to proceed with the project. They can ask for an additional one-year extension in October, but said they would “pull the plug” by early 2022 if they don’t think the development is feasible.
  6. Went around town the other day too. Noticed that there is rust running down the building already? It looks like they are power washing and maybe still have to put on a sealer though.
  7. Not sure if anyone saw this, but there is a survey out about “issues and needs” for US-131. https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-75368_75719_75825-547864--,00.html
  8. Schlesinger has been in the car wash business for the past few years as well. https://grbj.com/news/the-works-can-include-the-dog-too/
  9. 2021 Nothing on the river project. No downtown pharmacy. Acrisure tower will be cancelled and they will maintain their current site. Studio Park will be in a pinch. Calder Plaza project might begin?
  10. Was thinking the same thing. The stadiums they mentioned hold 20,000 while we are looking at 7,000.
  11. Yes it was, according to some old Apple Maps images.
  12. It was the proposed Watermark Place. I can’t find any images of it anymore, but here is the article. https://www.mlive.com/knapescorner/2007/11/rendering_graveyard_watermark.html
  13. Grand Action 2.0 chose Convention, Sports and Leisure International for the initial feasibility and demand studies presented yesterday while Populous and Progressive AE will revisit the ideas with more details in January 2021. Overall, there have been no costs or concrete plans, with everything being described as “early stages” or “long-term” goals. Some of these projects would happen in “a decade or more”. Here is a breakdown of what was discussed: Market sites • They want to make the amphitheater to be something that will bring the community together year-round, not a “dead zone”
  14. PREIT, the owner of Woodland Mall, has filed for bankruptcy https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2020/11/woodland-mall-owner-files-for-bankruptcy.html
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