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  1. RFP - 201 Market

    Agreed. No pitchforks from me. Just extreme disappointment. It may look cool, but it had the potential to be a draw for the entire area with mixed use - entertainment, housing, dining, green space. That doesn't appear to be the case based on the MLive article - as vague as it may be.
  2. RFP - 201 Market

    Why is the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan in on the decision making of a large downtown development project? "The Flaherty & Collins proposal stood out due to its plans for "significant residential" development for a wide range of incomes..." Wide range of incomes translates into market rate and income restricted. $1,500 for a one bedroom down to "zero positive contribution to the downtown economy" $500 for a one bedroom. Nothing in between. This is just stupid. What a wasted opportunity.
  3. RFP - 201 Market

    I really hope what you're hearing is erroneous. This site is perfect for something outstanding. To make it income restricted housing would be quite possibly the worst move Grand Rapids has made in a long-long time.
  4. RFP - 201 Market

    It's going to consist of a series of 12 story rectangular, metal cuboids - isn't it?
  5. RFP - 201 Market

    Was the news you spoke of supposed to come out in the media? Or are you waiting on a source to disclose the information?
  6. RFP - 201 Market

    I take it no news came out on this on Friday?
  7. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    Honestly...Grand Rapids has not had to do much in the line of marketing campaigns in the last handful of years. Our rankings in just about every category for mid-size cities has done the job for them. Kind of makes you wonder if they even remember how to get creative in marketing With that said...I doubt Jeff Bezos cares about who comes up with the best cheesy video. The city that will land this or any consolation prize from it will be the one that has the best economic development team working their magic behind the scenes. It's not flashy, but it gets the job done.
  8. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    What I was thinking as well. Glass corners would be a nice touch.
  9. 50 Monroe to get de-skinned?

    I wonder what they will do with the areas of cement block...I'd love to see a modern twist added to the historic facade in those areas.
  10. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    I doubt that the impoverished of Detroit are the kind of talent that Amazon is looking for. Aside from customer service type roles, Amazon is a knowledge-based employer. Detroit is known for its unskilled labor workforce and isn't exactly a shining beacon of education.
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  12. A Grand Vision 2.0

    Even a mixed use building like the New Holland building would look great there without blocking the view of the River House crowd. It would provide more entertainment/dining options for River House, the Rowe, MSU, and the offices in the area.
  13. A Grand Vision 2.0

    I'm curious....There are two parking lots between River House and the Gerald R Ford Museum. Has there ever been talk of someone buying those and building a tower there? They're not very large lots and I would imagine more parking could be added if they built it with a parking ramp. Just seems like the perfect place to put a tower along the river.
  14. A Grand Vision 2.0

    Correct. All he can do is appoint the board of governors with Senate approval. I highly doubt one of the qualifications for the job was to move the downtown office in Grand Rapids, MI. I think if they move the office, it will be a money move more than anything. Property values have never been higher downtown and likely will plateau with the coming recession. To sell and move into a less expensive facility would bring in a nice chunk of change for the USPS.