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  1. I'm rooting for them to come through in their datacenter buildout. I think the impact to Grand Rapids can be significant. I'm just pointing out the stark difference between what we were told in the sales cycle and what has actually happened. When we visited in the fall of 2016, they told us that they would be full in the pyramid by December 2016 (State of Michigan was already in there) and would have availability in their new SuperNap by summer of 2017... They also said that Grand Rapids was the site for the entire East Coast, but now I see Atlanta. We saw a lot of red flags (they had some obvious engineering challenges with building out all the datacenters in the Pyramid) and went in a different direction.
  2. A year ago they promised one of their larger Tier 5 colocations would be built by summer of 2017. They still haven't broken ground on that. The fact that they are only 54% full in the pyramid may be is a sign of slowing sales or maybe a lack of commitment to Grand Rapids (I noticed that they are building another location in Atlanta).
  3. Beer

    It does sound like it is just about a done deal though. "Michels said he’s about “90-percent sure” ". Also found this interesting in the MIBIZ article https://mibiz.com/item/25133-ada-brewery-eyes-closed-mc-sports-store-in-gr-for-satellite-taproom,-production-facility : The drive to open a satellite brewery outside of Ada came as Michiels started doing the math for expanding production within the village and realized it didn’t make financial sense — or fit the character of the walkable, retail-driven area — to build a larger manufacturing facility there. According to Michiels, rents in Ada fell in the $23-per-square-foot range, while the new satellite location gets the company closer to the $6-per-square-foot range needed to keep overhead low to make distributing beer economically feasible. It's hard to argue with costs at only 26% of the new rates in Ada.
  4. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    I stopped in this morning to grab some coffee from Rowsters. It has some of the same feel as the Plainfield store but a lot more light and open space. Decent beer selection (like Plainfield) and they had the same wall of bulk food (like Plainfield). I didn't check out Fish Lads or Carver's.
  5. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    The direct route requirements were New York, Washington D.C, Seattle and the Bay area. GRR has direct flights to New York (LaGuardia and Newark) and Washington D.C. (Nat'l and Dulles) but it lacks the direct Seattle and Bay area flights. I could see those two cities added if they came, but I don't know if one of the requirements is that they are already established routes. We do have direct flights to Phoenix and Las Vegas, I imagine it would not take a lot more effort to get those established. http://www.grr.org/nonstop-routes.php The cost of living, proximity to the Switch datacenter, proximity to Lake Michigan/beaches, cool beer/art scene, etc. could help.
  6. Suburban Projects

    I'm assuming that the (P) means proposed? That would mean that only Neruorcore and Chow Hound are confirmed/signed.
  7. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    I keep hearing of business after business in Ada shutting down. Saburba being one of the latest due to construction, traffic flow, etc. Their revenues were down something like 35-40%. I've also heard that a few other successful businesses, that will be losing their current location, are researching leases in buildings outside of Ada due the drastic increase in costs with the new construction. I'm wondering how long after construction is complete before Ada can get back to where they were a year or two ago. Is there a lot of interest from other businesses to move in??
  8. I'm sure that app is great but that only works for people that are downtown randomly. The issue is that people who work downtown (9-10 hours a day) don't want to pay for parking by the hour or by the day. $151/month for the Pearl Ionia is a lot cheaper than paying $18/day for the 20-22 days a month ($360 to $396) we're there.
  9. Management Business Solutions moves out of downtown partly due to parking. http://www.grbj.com/articles/88132-staffing-firm-moves-out-of-downtown Moving Floriza Genautis, MBS owner and founder, estimated the former space was about 1,200 square feet. The firm’s eight employees and two interns didn’t have enough desk space, and the firm’s planning to grow its staff. Genautis also said the lack of access to affordable and convenient parking was a factor in the decision to move. “As we increase employees and start hiring…we pay for parking for everyone,” Genautis said. “It’s gotten a little harder for employees to go to DASH lots, especially in the winter time. It was making it harder to attract talent. It was a small portion of the decision but not entirely.” She said the decision to leave downtown was not easy. “We love Grand Rapids, and we wanted to stay there, but there was a shortage of properties available to purchase,” Genautis said. “We looked at downtown, near downtown....I love downtown and being able to be there and be walking distance to clients, festivals, events, but there wasn’t anything available. We needed parking and space.”
  10. My wife gives me grief about this all the time... I think the original name of the supercenter's was Meijer's Thrifty Acres .... or that is how I remember it. Everyone I know from the olden days adds the "S" when they say the name... Also, one of the originals was called Meijer's Thrift Super Market (see below). I grew up just outside of Ionia (3rd Meijers store after Greenville and Cedar Springs...). I've also seen that they used names such as Meijer's Super Market and Meijer's Thrift Market.
  11. So, we considered moving one of our DR sites to Switch early last fall. We toured the facility and didn't think the pyramid would be ready in time for us (Late 2016). We also got the impression that the pyramid building was taking a lot of new engineering since it wasn't purpose built for a data center (with the exception of the space Steelcase had used). They were building out racks in a very high ceiling room with lots of windows... They also did a lot of things "for show". An example is that they had wallpaper that made it look like walls were re-inforced concrete. The security guards looked like they were ready for a gun fight (think SWAT team) which in the cybersecurity world is not the biggest vulnerability... Our needs for this co-location data center was small (3-4 racks) and we got the impression they really were focused on the very large customers like Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. and not focused on smaller clients (ie. their response to our questions was very delayed or nonexistent. We will definitely reconsider them once they have their purpose built buildings done (and our contracts with other colocation providers are up for renewal). I did like the fact they had lots of workspace recovery options and I think this could be a real cool spot for an office if you were a cloud company.
  12. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    Here is a drone video just released by the Ada Business Association...
  13. Village of Ada - Complete Makeover

    We love Saburba also (great food and great people), but we are only in downtown Ada every so often. I'm hoping that once some of the road construction lessens, then the foot traffic will find them again.
  14. Not sure that Ann Arbor is the best example. Ann Arbor built a new ramp (677 spots) in 2013 and still have a multi-year wait list for almost all of the lots. They are now worried about growth and considering more parking. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/07/dda_might_build_more_public_pa_1.html The fact there are 40,000 students attending UMAA and living in downtown Ann Arbor does skew the public transportation numbers a bit...
  15. People in suburbs are not going to take a bus to work. They will just select jobs outside of downtown where they can drive to. Time is precious and people move to Grand Rapids in part because "everything is only 20 minutes away". This seems like a disaster waiting to happen. There will be less parking spots when some of these construction projects take off (example: Celebration Cinema and Lots 4/5).