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  1. I mean the name sounds like “Tryst” which essentially means a secret rendezvous between lovers at a certain place and time ..... hahahahaha. I’m 100% certain there were better names available.
  2. The fact that a consultant company (InterBrand) was hired and paid a substantial amount of money to pick this half-ass/botched name is a major disgrace for soon to be one of the largest banks in the US. Leaves a lot to be desired when names like BB&T and SunTrust are classy and Truist sounds like contrived BS.... cannot believe this was approved.
  3. Dematic has chosen a permanent “Global Headquarters” in Atlanta. Grand Rapids is still listed as their North American Headquarters, but it seems easy to speculate (from the article) that the company might be transferring at least some of their white collar workforce to Atlanta from GR. I don’t have any concrete evidence that this is the case, but I felt that it at least warrants a post about it. Does anyone else have insight about this? https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2019/04/10/supply-chain-company-shifting-global-hq-to-midtown.html
  4. https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/about-us/ Funny thing about the The Cheescake Factory is that the owners are from Detroit and that’s where they got their start. They eventually moved to LA and that’s where the chain started to develop. Although I’m not a fan of The Cheesecake Factory (I prefer restaurants that have a niche and stick with that), this is the type of restaurant that tends to thrive in the GR Market. I’m surprised they didn’t bring it here sooner
  5. The Whole Foods “365” concept is over. https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2019/01/15/report-whole-foods-new-365-stores-in-atlanta-will.amp.html Amazon will keep the 365 stores in the areas that they have already opened, but no new 365 stores will open in the future. However, I do think Whole Foods can work in Grand Rapids but not in the Ada downtown area. They usually looks for high traffic “big box store” areas and I tend to believe the intersection of East Beltline and 28th Street makes the most sense being centrally located to their type of clientele in GR. The parking lot where Von Maur is currently being built would be great for a stand alone Whole Foods if there is enough space, in my opinion. I truly think it would thrive. Amazon/Whole Foods would bring much needed competition and new blood to the grocer market in GR area that tends to be gobbled up between Meijer and Spartan Stores.
  6. The project looks great. So much better than some of the value engineered hotels and apartments that are springing up in GR and across the country. I tend to think it fits that lot way more than a 40+ story tower would. However, I’m still perplexed that Hinman wouldn’t renovate the parking garage to make it look a little more asthetically pleasing. The skywalk going towards that structure just looks odd. Hopefully that parking garage gets demolished soon for another development. It’s a perfect area in that rapidly expanding part of town.
  7. There really isn’t a great option or even an adequate one for the Grand Rapids area to have a higher class minor league than Single A ball. While the GR area could support at least a double AA team, the logistics don’t make sense. Single A Advanced teams are in Florida, The Southeast and California. There aren’t any AA teams in the Midwest besides Akron and the next closest being the Tigers AA team in Erie,PA. Both of those teams play most of there games in northeastern cities like Hartford and Manchester, NH. A AAA team is feasible but I think this area and team management like having the affiliation with the Detroit Tigers. It helps attract WhiteCap attendance especially when top Tiger prospects play in West Michigan or a Tiger makes a rehab start in West Michigan. There’s almost zero chance the Toledo Mud Huns leave their downtown ballpark and come here. Plus West Michigan would have to fund a new downtown stadium to be an attractive option for another AAA team and it’s affiliate considering most if not all new AAA parks are built downtown ie Charlotte and Nashville. I honestly believe Single A works in West Michigan really well. They have great attendance, local rivalries with Lansing and South Bend and most importantly the Tigers affiliation. Just my two cents
  8. I don’t know if this was already mentioned earlier in the chat, but does anyone have any insight into why 131 was built as a raised highway and not built below ground level? Especially south of downtown, building below ground would have seemed to make way more sense and more appropriate for the density in that part of GR.
  9. I can never understand why they build parking ramps in West Michigan without a roof on the top level especially for a buildings downtown. The airport got it right and added a roof thankfully.
  10. I agree with the posts above, reminds me of a suburban corporate campus rather than a well designed development in a prime location. If anyone wants to check out any interesting ideas for large scale developments, http://www.urby.com. They have been really well received in the NYC Metro area.
  11. I've lurked for about year and have enjoyed seeing the discourse between members. A community only gets better with active discussion on growth and innovation. Although I don't live in Grand Rapids currently, as a former citizen it's great to see how much more progressive GR has become over the years. I'm a big advocate for most types of urban infill especially bringing value to certain sections of GR that have had their market devalued in the last 50 years or so. I can't really comment on the Mangiamo development, but I will say that breaking that lot up into townhouses can only be a positive. It just needs to be done in good taste and with quality in mind. AG3, I commend you for building those Brownstones in the Belknap area. Driving by them within the last year, it felt as if I was in a larger city. It looks like they were built with quality. If I planned on moving back to the area, I would seriously considered moving to Belknap due to the close proximity to downtown and the current projects being built there. 5 years ago I wouldn't have even considered it. I do look forward to posting in the future. Thanks for keeping me up to date from the northeast.
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