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  1. It's my understanding they should be in their offices by next spring, which seems really fast.
  2. ICCF is getting ready to move in to the old Grand Rapids Christian High School at Franklin and Madison. Besides moving the HQ there, the building includes the home of the Madison Church, 40 new affordable apartment units, and an early childhood learning center. It turned our really nice, and will be a great anchor for the area. Did anyone buy the ICCF building on Cherry?
  3. Spectrum Monroe North plans call for: - As renderings suggested vacating Bond with Fairbanks ending in circle drive at plaza in rear of new CTI Building and Brass Works. A Bond "service drive" would have access both from Newberry and Trowbridge. - Phase 1 would include 2 ramps - A 420 space garage behind the new CTI building, and a 420 space garage and 100-150 surface spots on the old Gill site, directly across the street. - Future plans on Gill site could include a building along Fairbanks between Bond and Ottawa connecting to the "Gill" parking structure and another possible liner building along Ottawa and Newberry.
  4. This view is facing West/North West. The new 160,000 square foot building is aligned east/west, with its massing facing south toward downtown. Skywalk to Brass Works, with walkway where Fairbanks used to run from Bond to Monroe. You see a parking structure to north of the new building with skywalk to possible other parking structure. There is a large plaza off of Bond, with drop off area and a pavilion with what appears to be seating area. From the rendering it appears they may ask to vacate Bond? I know this is a preliminary rendering, but I hope they work on that plaza/drop-off area, it looks a little thrown together. They could break ground later this year.
  5. It's my understanding that the Brazilian Steak House is still a go.
  6. I noticed a mural on the GRPD headquarters building, and then noticed the Ethel B Cole Way sign next to 37 Ottawa. That brought me to this website about activating alley's with important women of Grand Rapids. https://www.womenswaygr.org/
  7. SIBSCO (Secchia family) owns the El Sombrero building and property. I'm surprised they have not come forward with mixed use proposal for the property yet.
  8. So the billboard. Is that a long term lease in place that can't be broken? Glad this project is moving forward. How does the Rapid station under 131 look, don't think I've seen the finished product.
  9. It is (or was) Hartwood antiques. They specialized in the Arts and Crafts movement furniture and décor. The guy that owns the store also owns the building, as far as I understood. I mostly browsed, but did buy this old reflective sign about 10 years ago.
  10. It's the second phase Acisure Insurance HQ building, SW corner of Oakes & Ottawa. You can see the their 100 Ottawa building just to the left in the rendering. Hope Covid didn't kill this project.
  11. Integrated Architecture nearing completion of their Monroe North offices. Working on a little RED rebranding as well. https://www.facebook.com/IntegratedArchitecture/ https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/integrated-architecture-puts-finishing-touches-on-new-office-space-near-downtown-gr
  12. I just reviewed their website, and YouTube channel. Lots of interviews from those involved. Yes, looks like this is moving full speed ahead. A lot of moving parts, and involvement from local, state, federal and international agencies. Sounds like they want to start work this year! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbKsFs9iGrso5Zrk1uRtYmg
  13. I'm a concerned about the fate of both of the rivers-edge park plans and restore the rapids /Grand Rapids Whitewater. I thought the the exodus of the Richard Bishop in 2019, who was considered to be an expert on such projects, was odd. We've seen nothing but delays with that project. I also found it strange that Grand Action 2.0 didn't list the Grand River initiatives as a priority.
  14. After reading through DDA documents from October of 2020, and confirming with Mark Miller at Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc, stakeholders in the Lyon Square project have once again reversed course. They have dropped the above BLD plans after what Miller advises as being " to costly to implement." They have hired Progressive AE to come up with a new design, which I think will be at least the 3rd iteration. Final bidding will occur in February or March with construction estimated to being in spring of this year. I liked the BLD plans, and hope they carry over some of the design and amenity elements to the new plan. This thread was created in 2012, almost 10 years ago. Hopefully they make make this a reality in 2021!
  15. According to WOOD, Spectrum will connect Brass Works with a new 80k to 100k square -foot building with construction starting in late 2022. A parking ramp is also planned. https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/spectrum-health-to-begin-new-construction-project-in-gr/
  16. Mlive is a pitiful shell of what The Grand Rapids Press used to be. Very sad.
  17. The plan has always been the full tower. Looking good so far.
  18. I don't think they would allow a renovation like that. This is a new build on a formerly vacant lot. Lucky to have the beautiful park right across the street!
  19. Is a 3rd lane being added in both directions for the I-196 and I-96 projects?
  20. While watching "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" they were live in Kalamazoo talking about the distribution, and I thought to myself, I bet a lot of that vaccine will go out of GRR and ORD.
  21. Thanks for Pics! Re 840 Ottawa- Integrated Architecture ^^^ I would be lying if I didn't say that I'm a little bummed they did not keep some of that original brick. That siding is a little over done these days.
  22. Super impressive detective work! Is it just me or does this seem like a bad location? If I fit the WF demo and lived in EGR, GR TWP, Ada, Cascade, etc, I'm not sure I would go out of my way to battle 28th street to go grocery shopping.
  23. Is this Consumer Energy West Side project dead?
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