Raildude's dad

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  1. Pranam Inc - Suresh Patel is still listed as the owner in the county records.
  2. l developer / owner was the Land family. It was the Lands Inn. Looks like they sold it a number of years ago to Pranam Inc - Suresh Patel.
  3. Those "ponds" on both sides of the freeway from Grandville to Market street are old gravel pits. The underlying material is gravel, very "porous" that lets the ground water flow back and forth plus there are culverts under the freeway. Next spring notice the water elevation in the ponds follows the river elevation. As for no wake zones, they are in place where there's a number boats tied up at docks or where the banks are eroding. There are a number of non no-wake zones. I've boated up to the Bass River area and have not seen any logs or dead heads in the summer.
  4. I think the Right Place's goal is to find businesses that fit wherever the best location is. Finding the right size square hole for the square peg. I think they have done a good job. I'm sure they present downtown as a possibility but if the company has no interest for real or perceived reasons, they find a location the company desires.
  5. All those Highway/industrial runoff ponds from Market St along I-196 and even the "Lakes" in Jension are mined out gravel pits. There was a lot of gravel mined in that area over the last century.
  6. I drove down Michigan St hill yesterday. I noticed the pavement is deteriorated at the joints just like the west end of M-6:(. The drivers would have been more vocal if they were driving the Hill at 70 LOL
  7. This strike anyone as moving a bit fast? A remodel goes bad the second week in February and they are putting in new foundations the 3rd full week in March. Can one design a building and get a building permit that quick?
  8. The 125% for a principal residence is also in the Federal Highway Administration regulations for purchasing property for a federal funded highway project. That may be where the idea came from for the constitution amendment.
  9. You beat me to it. I picked up my sister from the airport Wednesday. I left my house on the west side at 5:30 and was at the terminal at 5:50. My sister flew in from LA. We both laughed at the GR "rush minutes". Folks here have no idea what rush hour traffic is. Building a tunnel where the line is drawn isn't so easy - peasy. Next time at the airport look north of the terminal / ramp. That taxiway is quite a ways below the road around the ramp. The tunnel roadway would be 25 feet or so below the taxiway. This tunnel will be an engineering challenge.
  10. First: I didn't say anything about cost. Highway tunnels under runways are not unique, but they also are not cheap. Second: Traffic engineers do not design tunnels. Geotechnical and structural engineers do most of the engineering. Widening a tunnel is not like widening a road. Increasing the length of the roof (width) will require a stronger / thicker roof, with more steel reinforcement. You will end up digging up the tunnel and pretty much start from scratch. The existing tunnel most likely doesn't meet the standards for a one way public highway tunnel. Then there is the life safety issue. There needs to be provisions for providing ventilation from fumes and safe exit for people in the event of a fire in the tunnel. The standards are much less for tunnels not open to the public. The existing tunnel is approximately 1560 feet long for information
  11. It cannot be converted for regular traffic. It's just 2 lanes, no breakdown lanes - constructed for minimal on site traffic. There are far higher standards for a "public" use tunnel. As for the sketched tunnel on the aerial photo, the long range plan for the north side of the terminal is a duplication (mirror image) of the main runway - 2 taxiway system on the south side of the terminal. The existing north runway becomes part of the taxiway system. The long - long range vision has a tunnel to the 36th St interchange. 44th St/ Oostema Blvd curved to the north and turned into Kraft Ave when the airport was first built. I always thought it was a big mistake and short sighted to cut off the second access for the north "runway" glorified taxiway.
  12. The river is declared navigable by the Corps of Engineers to the Fulton Street Bridge. The COE maintains a 23 foot deep channel to the US 31 bridge and a dredged channel from 6 feet to 3 1/2 feet from there to the Bass River. The Coast Guard installs in the spring and removes in the fall channel markers (those green and red buoys) to the gravel pits at the Bass River. It has been many, many years since any commercial traffic has moved from the pits. I've attached the NOAA mariner chart for the river. The river from the Bass River to Grand Rapids is pretty shallow. The river upstream of the Northland Drive bridge (beyond the influence of the 6th St dam) is similarly shallow. The river as a whole is wide and shallow. http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/14931.shtml
  13. Barrier wall to protect? Some safety guy out of control???? What going to protect the pedestrians when it's completed.
  14. Most likely the gas company doing some renewal work before a road project. They can't really pour concrete this time of year so they put in temporary with asphalt, It will be removed and concrete laid this summer. That was done on a couple stretches of Leonard Street in the past. Might be telephone also. If the contractor is Miller, it's for the gas company.
  15. Not to beat this to death but the roof photos show evidence of ponding. Yes the charts show that capacity for 6x6's untreated and for a stated timber grade. Is that grade available at Menards? Fortunately timber values are very conservative due to the variability in trees. Any building with that much distress in a wall has serious issues. I personally would not be working in that building as is shown in the photos.