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  1. Funny how the render shows that white blank wall that Studio C architects now are supposed to designing..... Wonder what the plan is?
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    Warner Tower - Lyon and Ottawa

    Kent Companies officially "topped off" their concrete work on Warner Tower in the last week or so. We should expect to see the steel office structure go up pretty quickly on this building now.
  3. I like the name, the font, and the light bar which appears to run across the top of the building.
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    People talking about Grand Rapids

    ......It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.
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    The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    Wine bar planned... http://www.grbj.com/articles/90048-family-plans-wine-bar-downtown.
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    Diamond Place at the Proos Site

    Or it could be a Walmart Neighborhood Market, like this defunct location that was a block from my office.
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    Suburban Projects

    This is the second article in the last several months from MiBiz that talks about concerns at Rivertown Crossings. I know that they just spent some $$$ to freshen things up a bit. I suppose if Younkers, JC Penning and Sears, and even Macy's closed it could be a problem, but JC Penny and Macy's are also at Woodland.
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    Suburban Projects

    I know that Pel Construction was building a replacement Holiday Inn Express just to the north the current Holiday Inn Express, and Pel was building a TownePlace Suites by Marriott just to the west of the Meijer. Not sure if there was any other activity. Did anyone pick up the old Macaroni Grill?
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Part of that has to do with the fact that they are smack dab right in the middle of the country, and direct flights to the west coast make more sense, but again they do have a booming economy, and as a result flights to the west coast make sense. It still baffling how poor their airport is, and how they are struggling to upgrade facilities. Anyway, back to GRR.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Without getting too deep into the minutia, I think Des Moines is considered a peer city with Grand Rapids. Always on those "top" lists, with a booming mid-sized city economy. Similar sized airport.......But does have Whole Foods and a Cheesecake Factory Anway, I flew in and out of DSM yesterday. Their airport is light years BEHIND GRR. I was really surprised as they are considered "big" in the financial and insurance sectors. It looks like they have plans to rebuild, but they are struggling with funding, and have apparently valued engineered the proposal to death. Construction on the terminal is not suppose to start till 2026. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/development/2018/03/08/des-moines-airport-cuts-size-new-terminal/404021002/ Glad the powers that be in West Michigan have invested in GRR. The airport is not only an important transportation hub for the area but also the face of Grand Rapids for a lot of folks visiting.
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    East Beltline Developments

    I heard at one time that Walmart was interested in some of their property. Not sure if that came to me in a dream or not, or should I say nightmare.
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    Creston Neighborhood

    You are right, the light placement is not quite right, but with that said, what an improvement! They certainly got the "in look" of the white facade with black window frames. Hopefully, they will have some nice big planters out in the next couple of weeks. It could use some greening...but we could all go for some greening right now! #worstspringever.
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    Suburban Projects

    The first master plan perspective is looking North/NE from the Bagley and Wealthy intersection. The second perspective is looking birds eye from SW to Reeds Lake. The proposed hotel would be near center/bottom of the perspective. Was it Jade Pig who proposed that residential tower next to the parking ramp? CWD now controls all that property. If the ramp goes does the giant lady garden go too?
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    601 Bond

    From carwm,: New retail/office space coming on the market in the vibrant North Monroe area. 601 Bond, a new 16 story building with 5 floors of on-site ramped parking and 202 residential apartment units also includes 4,000 sf of storefront retail, restaurant, and office space. There is a built-in clientele with the 202 apartments at 601 Bond and the 118 units across the street at Icon on Bond. Let’s not forget all the other North Monroe apartments, condos and hotel developments. This is a great opportunity to bring your unique concept or service to these residential customers. Coffee, fitness, food, salon are owner driven wants. They are advising availability date of about one year from now.
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    601 Bond

    Yeah - I saw that. It may have just been a mock-up to show how it will look, but I don't know for sure.