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  1. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    They were talking about the construction this morning. Apparently the crews are finding black mold in the walls. I also learned that the glass atrium connecting the two buildings always leaked when it rained and never got fixed.
  2. Meijer

    Meijer tries different techniques at different stores for all areas of the business. I don't know if any of you have shopped at the Jenison Meijer, but they had some huge machine that was supposed to be the next generation of self-checkouts. In reality, it was confusing to the customers and took at least two team members to run. So they scrapped it. It seems backwards, but it's possible this is another test in the service side. What I'm surprised about is how hard it is to get help at the store level... Having checkouts that require employees seems to be going in the wrong direction. I can get into inside baseball if anyone's interested... I'm graduating from WMU next month with a degree in Food Marketing and work part-time for Meijer in the mean time.
  3. Mangiamo/Paddock Place Residential Development

    All those people lived in Greenville in the 1930's. Sorry,
  4. New projects on the West Side

    The Pyramid Scheme always has a good selection of Short's beer if you're ever craving it. I've only been to their brewpub up north once, and it wasn't a great experience. Way crowded and the people working didn't seem to care much for their jobs.
  5. Suburban Projects

    Could be getting ahead of the Lidl invasion in the markets they can.
  6. Beer

    Hideout had decent, but not noteworthy, beer last time I was there (over a year ago). Plainfield desperately needs a place to sit down for a great pint and a good meal.
  7. A Grand Vision 2.0 It's still speculation and rumors... but it's not just on UP!
  8. Doing some test drilling on the southeast corner of the site.
  9. Redevelopment along 28th Street

    I think part of the issue is the fanfare with which the city announced the project. The fancy videos and signage made it look much more imminant and exciting. In reality, they're taking the "if you build it, they will come" approach. At this point, any redevelopment is good for this area, no matter the scale.
  10. Suburban Projects A restaurant called Sonder Provisions will open up there this year.
  11. Transit Updates for Greater Grand Rapids

    They are building a CNG fueling station on Market next to the Waste-to-Energy plant. It looked like it's nearing completion when I drove by this morning.
  12. 234 Market, former Lady Godiva's

    I drove by today, and it is certainly becoming more and more impressive. This should serve as a nice catalyst for development in the area.
  13. New projects in Monroe North

    I believe it's going to happen... but they should probably stop putting "open by" dates, and just wait until "now open."
  14. Grandville Castle Apartments

    The blue roof is expanding quickly on the tall portion, and the steel frame for the roof is being erected along the shorter portions I can see from 196.
  15. Beer

    Mlive posted a "slideshow" of all the breweries that have opened (and those that closed) since 1993. It's an interesting list, and I'm happy to see that most of them have stayed open. What I found interesting is that there is at least one that opened last year that I never heard of. I consider myself relatively on top of the brewery scene but this was the first I've head of East West Brewing Company on Lake Drive. I do like that there is a brewery opening this year almost within walking distance of my house in Wyoming. On a (sort of) side note, does anyone know why City Built has taken so long to open? Last I knew they were originally saying that they'd be open in January. Now it's "early" 2017...