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  1. I'm not sure when this happened, but the place we expected to be a laundromat, looks like it is going to become a restaurant with a bar instead. building looks nice, though. Wonder if this front area is going to have outdoor seeting of some sort.
  2. The parking lot part I'm not particularly thrilled with, and was precisely what I feared was going to happen. I want to think that the area, which we are told will be "future expansion", will take the same trajectory of facilities on Michigan and Monroe, and will develop quickly. This is what I hope, so I'm not terribly worried, unless you get the usual saplings, juniper shrubs, and metal fence put up around it, then you will know that Spectrum is planning on that being there for at least a decade. Then I'm going to sort of get the impression that this was more a project to create a satellite parking facility with a modest building fronting Monroe to soften what would otherwise have never been approved.
  3. I'm all for reimagining Plainfeild..... But this is straight Lord of the Rings level fantasy.
  4. Wow! I used to have storage space in that building years ago. Remember it being incredibly creepy. I think I can see it having that many units if they totally gutted the interior. Whatever they do, making it into a place to live is going to be a real effort, especially with a busy truck route outside your front door, no access to the river, and an active train track to your IMMEDIATE rear.
  5. The need for the housing, renovation, and development here far outweighs any of that. I mean, seriously. People complain about the lack of housing in the area and then you have people, almost certainly in the same circle, want to fight this because they may lose where they can (but rarely) buy high-priced antique clothes and knick-knacks? GRD is right that they may just actually have space for one or some of them to relocate. With upwards of over 1000 people tomorrow (compared to 0 today), living next to your store, they could actually stand to gain a massive amount of customers by being in a cleaner, and more organized space. Then you have people even complain about the size of the apartments. 475 sq. ft. is nothing to scoff at. There are tons of videos of people that have done amazing things with apartments like this. Microunits were created because younger people wanted them specifically because they were smaller and cheaper as they wanted to live their lives more outside and close to city attractions. It isnt meant to be a place for a married couple + 3 kids.
  6. From today. They certainly arent wasting any time on this!
  7. It's been around for a little while. It really was a necessity for DT residents. Honestly, there needs to be at least 3 more, as this one is located too far away for a lot of people living there. I also hope this one can be developed into something more built-out so it can more attractive for people to just generally hangout at it.
  8. An aquarium seems like a natural (heh) expansion of the offerings we have at the zoo and Meijer Gardens. So it could make sense. Likely if nothing else fits for it, it will be added to the latter since the zoo has no space. I do agree that a dedicated soccer stadium is just really kind of out there right now. It's silly that nothing can be worked out with Houseman Feild that would be good for both sides so that can be the home of a team. Could Belknap Park do without the baseball diamonds behind the Griffins Icehouse, and one be developed there?
  9. I thought that it would be too small as well. But look at the overhead view of the area on Google Maps, there is potentially a ton of room for an aquarium of a respectable size in this part of N. Monroe. And it is just a far more appropriate location than at the zoo, being next to a wide part of the Grand River. Imagine red as the initial aquarium, with the old water works integrated as the grand entrance. Yellow being space for the parking structure, with a skywalk bridge over Monroe. The upper floors of the garage, where the bridge would be, could hold more display space or administrative offices. This idea leaves the firehouse along Leonard as-is, although it can easily extend into that space by building a new station.
  10. Some photos from 2 weeks back showing the progress of the apartments on the old Studio 28 site. Far bigger project than I expected, with far more buildings. More than I could show properly.
  11. I like this location for a project of this size because I cringe at the fact that people coming to GR via the train are disembarking in an area that is a bit of a mess as it looks now. Basically a lifeless edge area of the central city. A really bad first impression. A 700 person (at least) residential building, with hopefully a standard ground floor with more activity and transparency will be a bit more welcoming and feel safer to be around at night. And this might result in those ugly utility poles in front being moved, and an actual sidewalk being put in. That side of Century desperately needs the facelift.
  12. But is there anywhere on Wealthy SW even remotely fitting as a place for 700 residential units? Everything west of Division is active industrial or adjacent to the old Butterworth landfill
  13. I'm happy to see them talking, but I would be more excited if the end date wasn't 2041 with no firm start date or concrete plans. It may not be fair comparison to make, but is this really much different than the original Mystery Project™ at this point (other than having actual money involved)? Lots of envisioning and wish lists, not a lot of certain, and the news articles are showing stuff that we know isnt actually in the works like zip lines and aquariums instead of monorails and hydrogen power plants. LOL! But the city did agree to sell it, so that's more than nothing. Maybe I'm still a bit jaded from the whole thing a few years back (and the fact that the amazing concept from 2017 have apparently been scrapped). So at this point I dont have a lot of confidence in anything involving that area.
  14. Now this is the type of news I missed hearing last year! It must be the Kregel building, and the adjacent empty lot along Eastern. Maybe the church across the street and its parking lot? 700 units is definitely going to take Wealthy to another level in terms of energy and additional businesses coming in, though.
  15. 956 Cherry St SE, the antique store that never looked open (ever) has had part of its storefront covered with paper for a few weeks. Today the entire storefront looks completely empty, with nothing in the display windows. Does anyone know if it has closed? As secretive as it always seemed, I think most people likely never really noticed. It will be an incredible space for a new business if it is going to be up for sale.
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