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  1. Suburban Projects

    Quite right. I should have said that I hope a developer takes up this idea and moves forward with a project. It is a largely untapped area that is relatively unsightly when compared to the rest of the city of EGR. It is begging to be developed. I'm just glad that EGR has a general idea of what they would like to do with it rather than let it continue to sit as-is.
  2. Suburban Projects

    This would be an awesome addition based on that rendering! Hopefully it moves forward.
  3. Suburban Projects

    Thank you for calling attention to the master plan. I just looked it up. It actually calls for the elimination of the parking ramp altogether and replacing it with a new street lined with mixed-use development and street-side parking. Not a bad idea...That ramp is definitely underutilized and would likely not be missed.
  4. Suburban Projects

    Let's talk East Grand Rapids for a minute. There was once a plan to build a condo tower next to the parking ramp in Gaslight Village. From my understanding, the real estate crash put an end to that plan. Have there been any talks of someone reviving that concept? I would think that there would be high demand for upscale housing in the most desirable suburb of Grand Rapids. There is so little land that people are tearing homes down and building new ones or moving homes to split lots in half to build a new home. Next to and behind that parking ramp, there are two large plots of land that sit untouched. It's prime land for a large scale condo development.
  5. Development Projects - Belknap Lookout Area

    Some beautiful designs and materials.
  6. 42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    He sure talked big like that was the case. He said that he took a lot of pride in eventually having the tallest building in GR. Now it likely won't even be the tallest on his block.
  7. Suburban Projects

    REI would be a nice addition and something that could kickstart a Rivertown resurgence. If this company is the largest real estate investment company in the world, I'm sure they have some sway to get a big name interested.
  8. 42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    We aren't already there? Last time I tried to get a room at a nice hotel downtown, it was around $300 per night. Also, last time I looked at one bedroom apartments in one of the new downtown developments, it was going for approximately $1,200. They're charging these rates in metal clad 12 story boxes.
  9. 42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    Mother of God. You have got to be kidding me. This city's value engineering of anything worth a damn down to blah is championship level.
  10. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    There's plenty of land along Division, south of 54th in the form of trailer parks. I count 7 separate trailer parks in that stretch. Imagine a Main Street type of mall off of the highway there that consists of retail, restaurants, condos, and apartments. It could kickstart a revival of southeast Wyoming/southwest Kentwood/Cutlerville.
  11. Suburban Projects

    Excellent. What's the word on the street on these guys? The article states they're the largest real estate investment firm in the world. Hopefully that means they're capable of putting the money needed into real improvements at Rivertown.
  12. Yeah...South Holland, Hamilton, and the Green Lake area are going to be the biggest reasons for it. Saugatuck is made up mostly of second homes. Cities like Allegan, Otsego, and Plainwell are too remote to contribute to that kind of growth in an economy where small country towns are dying out.
  13. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    I think you might be overestimating Heritage Hill's value in the minds of the kind of people you want to occupy it. I love some of the homes in Heritage Hill. I would snap one up in a second if I was a bachelor that could afford one of those mansions on my own. However, I'm a 30-something with a family/child. With a combined income, we could afford one of those homes. However, we don't want to with where we're at in our life. The decisions made now revolve around the child and what area/school district we want her to grow up in. I'm not the only one in this situation. Unless it's a high-income millennial, childless middle-age person/couple, or empty-nesters, the chances of finding someone that can afford a whole house in there that actually wants to live there is not as high as you'd like to believe. Your options are either landlords keeping up the homes and renting them out or having a shortage of demand on the market leading to a drop in home values and thus a further drop in the quality of the neighborhood. Just my $.02.