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  1. mpchicago

    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Thank you for the update. Nice to see the tower crane up on Michigan Street too. Also, can we do something about that car filled hole between Monroe Center and Pearl, please! Fun Fact: Sears Roebuck and Co., filled that spot before moving to that massive (now demolished) store at Woodland Mall 50 years ago this year.
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    Burton Heights

    Burton Heights Methodist Church at the corner of Burton and Horton S.E. The church signboard advertises Thanksgiving services. Circa 1931.
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    Hey, what's that?

    Agreed. That space would be cool to see.
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    The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    I voted for #5. Like the clean streamlined design. Don't think I would use actual wood slats, maybe a composite material?
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    Biggest House in metro GR

    They are buried on property adjacent to the estate. From the road, the burial ground is to the right.
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    New projects on the West Side

    ....And can someone ask the crappy Dollar General across the street (on Stockbridge) to clean up their act and put some plate glass windows in?!?! Oh, that's right, nobody can tell Dollar General what to do. Please continue with your crappiness.
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    New projects on the West Side

    I believe this rendering shows entrance facing 1st Street, just east of Stockbridge, and the new Meijer gas station. Second render faces Stockbridge.
  8. This does suck, but I can't say I'm surprised. The failure of 12 Weston project and the very conservative Warner Building are big clues that there is not a lot of interest in expensive, new office space downtown. Still, I was hoping I would be surprised with some big announcement of an out of state company setting up shop or a large suburban tenant finally making it's way downtown. You can blame parking, as one issue (though I think this had built in parking), but I think ultimately Grand Rapids is still a manufacturing town, and there is not a lot of need "white collar" office space. If you look at the industrial real estate sector, it's still red hot with something like 1% vacancy rate in most areas of town. I don't think this will be a hurt the overall Studio Park project, but it will look a little awkward with a hole there. Let's hope something happens there sooner rather than later.
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    New projects in Monroe North

    The Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting that Ann Arbor-based, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, will be a tenant in the new 601 Bond Apartment building. They have 17 shops around the country.
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    Burton Heights

    Maybe asbestos shingles, requiring careful removal. They guys removing the shingles look pretty well suited up.
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    Yes! Why does US 131 go from 3 lanes though GR, to 4 lanes (I-296 ) all the way back down to 2 lanes at the I-96 interchange? They just rebuilt that a few years ago too! 131 should be 3 lanes at least to Post Drive, but ideally to 10 Mile. If you look at similar sized, and even smaller metro's such as Des Moines, Madison, Rochester, their infrastructure can carry much more freeway traffic. MDOT has never invested as much as they should in GR, and its really showing now with the way the population has grown in the last 10 years. They are barely playing catchup. Same with the city of Grand Rapids. They are barely playing catch up. Some of the city's work literally consists of putting a layer of asphalt over a crumbling road, which a few years later is even worse. i.e, Knapp from Fuller to Ann.
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    There is an article in the latest issue of GR Magazine on Kentwood. Long and short, it's about a town that's trying to lose the "Rentwood" image. I know we are all rooting for the City of Grand Rapids, but I don't think any of us want dumpy suburbs either.
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    Creston Neighborhood

    Citizen closing for repairs, but coming back with "some amazing big changes." Have been there twice, but just for drinks. Once during the afternoon, and most recently last week Friday around 11. Friday night was slower than I would have thought. Great atmosphere, good drinks. It's definitely an outlier. I wish them the best. It would be nice if those other spots across the street would get underway, and offer some critical mass.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    But did you see this?
  15. They had one sculpture outside and a parklet. Went inside and the security guy said - sorry no AP this year! And UICA, was dark too!