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  1. Lake Drive Changes.

    I hope the workers there arent in need of a paycheck, if their boss decides to close the place down for 2 months for a "winter break".
  2. New projects on the West Side

    A couple of renovations (or one renovation and a new building?) to the west of the Meijer site on Bridge. I think its 820 Bridge St.
  3. Amazon looking for a city to put HQ2

    So are you saying there is still a chance?
  4. Grandville Castle Apartments

    Seems like a bigger statement would have been made by the developer if he just built the equivalent in square footage in a series of smaller structures in the central city part of Grandville. This thing would have made 20-40 smaller structures of decent size, and put hundreds of people into the core of the town. With the older demo that is slated to live here, it would have attracted a lot of services/stores, and made it easier for those older people to stay independent with a walkable environment.
  5. Mangiamo/Paddock Place Residential Development

    I hope the owners now charge big bucks in the future to let neighborhood groups use the lawn for activities and events. If the neighborhood thinks they co-own the property enough to dictate how it is utilized, at least they can chip in more for the taxes, and upkeep.
  6. Wealthy Street Needed Renovations

    I'm insanely curious about how much work they had to do to this place! It seems like it took a ton since they have been working on it for a long time, and they still have some to do on the outside. I have no doubt they will have a packed house every day for months. In almost any office in GR, you will likely find someone that raves about the Traverse City location. I know I've heard it!
  7. The entrance looks a bit cheesy with that concrete pylon thing sticking right down the center, and the random balcony sticking out of the front doesn't make sense. Also, why does one of the sides only have 4 windows??? But at lest the ground floor has a lot of transparency and it has zero setbacks. I guess that counts for something?
  8. Wealthy Street Needed Renovations

    Took 11 years, but it was worth the wait! 2007: 2018:
  9. RFP - 201 Market

    Look for a nit-pick, and I really cant find one. We even have a large building to the south that wasn't visible in the original leaked rendering! I'm not remotely concerned about the river access. It is as good as it honestly should be. The Grand River simply isnt a place for a marina. Its levels are not consistent enough to devote money to building one right now.
  10. That's great to hear that it is on the move! I just hope they really come up with better site plans. I just cant shake the fact that they aren't factoring in the library and guaranteed future expansion needs, but are presenting a somewhat out-of-place residential component, and leaving a sizeable portion blank for some useless green space or a plaza when you have Vetern's park across the street and CC's student plaza to the north.
  11. Talking to a friend of mine that works for the library about this, she said that the lot is used by 2nd Park Church, St. Cecilia, CC, Fountain Street Church, and frequently fills to capacity by GRPL staff and patrons if there is a popular program at the library. Art Prize and Festival also puts a lot of cars in the lot. She says this is the first she has ever heard of these plans, but welcomes a ramp because the staff alone takes up 1/2 of the lot on any given day.
  12. RFP - 201 Market

    Looks too much like a college campus sports center or DeVos place. Basically a dead and lifeless frontage most of the week.
  13. RFP - 201 Market

    I'm 95% ok with this. The road in the mid-ground could use some more building frontage to the east, a small structure to the north of the pedestrian plaza, and one on the far south end to really bookend the outdoor space so it doesn't feel too isolated from the urban space behind it, especially at night. I'm glad the buildings are fronting Market, and not set back.
  14. I absolutely love that location for a ramp. Between CC, Civic, St. Celia, and the library, this will absolutely relive a major parking crunch. One level underground, 2-3 on top of that. And this can give a boost to expanding the library (it seems a bit cramped, and it has been almost 20 years since the renovation) by building around the ramp or on top of it. It is a little embarrassing when GVSU's library looks more modern and spacious than the main library for the 2nd largest city in the state. As for the renderings above? The big plaza out front scheme isnt going to fly. You cant fit a ramp and those buildings on the site when you ate up half of it for grass or concrete. So none of these could ever be what they present.
  15. Keeler Building - 56 North Division

    So am I wrong that I envisioned a cross between the Herkimer Apartments and the Morton House here? Seriously, is there no one in the DT area developing any apartments outside of non-profits creating thinly-veiled housing projects? Oh well, it's out of the hands of Azzar, and it wont be an eyesore, so I guess what can I really complain about. Just make sure it's run by a staff that isnt going to let this place become a problem for the surrounding area.