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  1. The church is coming down as we speak! I'm kind of excited for this one, it will be some nice infill.
  2. I hope this is the color rendering and its just random shades of gray.
  3. Am I the only one that's a little surprised there's only a chain link fence around this giant hole? I would have thought for sure they would put up concrete barriers.
  4. Here's a couple of my predictions (and dreams too, I guess( -The Embassy Suites and 601 Bond will open and add a lot more people to the area, one of the factories in the area will vacate, be torn down and a tower will be built -The momentum on Bridge street continues. The DTE project begins. Another four or five story mixed used development will be proposed, perhaps the empty bank site across from Bridge street Market. -The gap between Bridge and LMD will see some houses razed and housing will be built -The vacant land west of the GVSU parking ramp will be developed into apartments -There will be another development along Michigan where houses are razed and mixed use built. Either East of College or East of Eastern on the South side. -A 12 story project will be proposed for Arena parking lots 2 or 3 -USPS will begin negotiations with DeVos Place regarding the purchase of their site -There will be some larger suburban housing projects... perhaps near Post/131, along Wilson south of LMD, or south of M6 -Amphitheater will break ground -The downtown movie theater will be a huge success -Spectrum will announce plans for more development, a building to consolidate all of their many sites east of the hospital -Plans will move forward with the convention hotel -Redevelopment of the Baxter neighborhood will gain more momentum and begin to pick up South of Franklin and East of Eastern, long time renters and residents will be forced to move further south and even into Kentwood. -A couple more large scale apartment complexes will be built outside of GR The church on Eastern b/w Dunham and Thomas will be made into housing -More people will relocate to Grand Rapids and housing stock will remain low, with prices high 'Cheap housing stock on the westside and Michigan corridor will be razed and replaced with apartments -With attendance continuing to fall a few more churches will close and perhaps be redeveloped -Nothing will be done in regards to the homeless on Division. -The city market site will continue to stall, and the proposal will be 'meh' -Either Duthlers, or the dollar store on Bridge will close due to competition from Bridge street market, hopefully to be redeveloped.
  5. For some reason I thought our current MSA was 1.3 million? I know they made some change, did this effect our MSA pop?
  6. Half of the site is dug up pretty well so far. I felt bad watching those poor trees being crushed by the backhoe. Can't they at least TRY to relocate them?
  7. Anyone think we'll ever get a Europe or Asia flight? Something like London, Paris, Tokyo? Can GRR handle that large of a plane? The only reason I mention Asia is I know Amway has a lot of operations over there, especially Vietnam.
  8. Yeah that may have been a little of a stretch I was factoring in random cold/rainy days too. I personally would prefer to sit outside most of the time. It's a nice, busy intersection with lots of people watching to do. I haven't been to Outside Coffee, but those igloos are cool and look nice and cozy. People are in them year-round. Do they have heaters in them?
  9. It seems like a lot of outdoor space for a state where it's only nice enough to sit outside 1/4 of the year
  10. Would the city really want to annex any surrounding areas? IT seems like resources are already spread pretty thin.
  11. Well at least this one looks a lot better than Gallery and whatever the other one up the street is called. They were talking about the road closure on FBHW this morning and how it was supposed to be a lot taller. I wish, but infill is good.
  12. Heard GVSU site is getting another tower crane for all you crane lovers.
  13. Looks like Louis will be closed for the entirety of the project, most likely for staging. I bet the cop shop is not appreciating that.
  14. Lucky's definitely contributes to the problem, but what is a good long term solution for Division? I'm working in the area almost everyday and there are always ambulances for people who have OD'ed or cops arresting for open containers or fights. There's literal crap and trash all around the corridor and during the warmer months heartside park is just a haven for the homeless. I feel bad for the people with mental illness or drug addiction and especially the vets, but a lot of homeless relocate to GR because of the numerous shelters. Are they enabling? There are more empty ground floor retail units than occupied in the area. Even Ionia south of Cherry. San Fran and Seattle have much larger problems, but there are other cities like SLC and Boston that are trying to get people permanent housing and jobs. Division has a lot of potential. People and mentioned moving the shelters further down S. Division, but I don't think that's a real solution, just kind of a band-aid.
  15. Sidewalk closed barriers are up and Louis is blocked off (I'm assuming to put up concrete barriers). I agree with everyone else, 42 stories would have been amazing, but this will be some great infill. I'm looking forward to watching this one rise!
  16. I've really been hoping this would be a reality some day. 12,000 is pretty comparable to others around the country, right between Red Rocks and DTE. It would be nice to not have to drive to DTE or Tinley Park to see a show. The only thing that sucks is there's usually only a few ways out and you can sit for awhile after a show.
  17. Maybe some of the big builders will see this and add a little stock to the market
  18. ugh, seriously? I wish they would stop. I know they're probably just securing it for "future development", but are their lots ever full? If so add on to the other half of the parking ramp. If anything, they should really add some more student housing. I would love to see some more development in the area. It would be really cool if Williams and Watson were connected whenever the city of GR Market property is developed. That area isn't exactly the most accessible.
  19. This maybe have been posted elsewhere, but does anyone know what's going on with one of the parcels by Front and Butterworth? It looks like they may be doing so type of drilling/testing with lots of water on the site? Hoping it's not another GVSU parking lot.
  20. So whatever happened to the plans to renovate the old storage building near Eastern and Wealthy?
  21. 7-9 stories would be nice... shoot I'd even take 12
  22. I think that now that they own the Quality Auto lot, they will probably use it for future expansion and do something with the tunnel.
  23. I'm hoping for some height, but not holding my breath. I think MSU will take the GVSU approach and just build smaller buildings every year instead of using a little foresight, I hope I'm wrong though.
  24. Thanks for the updates! It's a start to a little bit of relief from the housing crunch, I think developers are starting to catch on.
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