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  1. mielsonwheels

    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Hey now, some people paid a lot of money to have the luxury of FEMA tent accommodations.
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    Predictions for the coming year

    Salt Lake City HAD an example of a successful outdoor mall with apartments, condos, offices called the Gateway. It HAD all the trendy stores like Apple, plenty of restaurants, a movie theatre with an IMAX, underground parking garages, etc. It was great, the misses and I were living in Ogden about 45 minutes north, and there was a high speed train that I could take for $4.50 down to SLC with a station that was a block and a half from the Gateway. My wife worked in SLC so I'd take the train down and meet her on Friday nights for a nice date night. Then the dominant church out there built a new mall literally two blocks from the Gateway and vultured all those trendy stores and pretty much left the Gateway an empty shell. The Rivertown people should take a look at the Gateway model (before being vultured) because it has been done successfully in the past, and Woodland won't ever be two blocks away. Utah's winters might be a bit more mild than GR's, but it certainly got cold and snowy at times and that place always seemed to be busy. Looking at the Gateway's website, I see they do now have a Dave N Busters. (http://shopthegateway.com/directory/)
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    Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    I can't remember seeing this posted anywhere, so here is the rendering for the Laker Line operations center going up on Freeman Ave.
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    Hey, what's that?

    Drawings indicate office use on all the floors. And per this note I would assume the original facade will be getting a facelift. Also, looks like the interior finish is going to be all exposed brick.
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    Hey, what's that?

    I just flipped back through 10 pages of topic threads and couldn't find any place to put this, so I'm putting it here. In a shocking twist, a Grand Rapids building is (potentially) getting TALLER! Not much, but still... 188 Monroe NW (the building with Bull's Head Tavern) is getting two floors added on, raising it to about the same height as the building next to it. Looks like the additional floors will be metal panel or EIFS siding, but before anybody complains know this, the new floors will also be set back from the original buildings facade on Monroe by about 12-15 feet, so it's not going to be really visible from street level. Not saying I like the look, just that it's going to be somewhat hidden.
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Yes, it is. They are continuing to do as much as they can, but one phase has been put on a complete hold from what I've been told.
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    The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    I see what I did there.
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    The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    I believe this idea has been floated around on this topic before: https://fox17online.com/2018/10/24/proposal-would-allow-you-to-boat-from-lake-michigan-to-gr/
  9. Theater plan: Overall site plan: And a few renderings from the cover sheet of the drawings (sorry I never get color renderings):
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    This is the best I could do, I'm standing about 1/3 of the way down the length of the wall. It's kinda hard to grasp the fact that the walls are 60' tall with as long as this building is.
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    Some Amazon progress shots:
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    50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    I thought they were covering the concrete blocks with an architectural metal panel.
  13. Sure would be nice if they did a little renovating on this side of the Van Andel Arena, so people hanging out in Studio Park aren't looking at the as...umm butt end of the arena.
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    Hey, what's that?

    Artprize installation perhaps?
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    Suburban Projects

    Not sure where else to put this, and I don't know if anybody else has brought it up, but there is a large development of townhomes going up on Spaulding just north of Cascade Road. This morning there was a truck or two sitting in front of every single garage door, they are moving pretty fast on these. The website doesn't have much info on the units, or rather any info: www.knolltownhomes.com And just south of Cascade Road also on Spaulding a lot of land has been cleared on the west side of the street, I'm guessing for another housing development much like this one.