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MJLO last won the day on September 21 2013

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  1. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    It's hard to say. I'm a bit apprehensive to speculate too much. The 2017 estimates show that the states population growth doubled in 2017 vs 2016 rates. I would assume this would also show an acceleration in GR Metro's numbers as well. GR Metro has consistently come in right around +10K residents/yr for the last 6 years. GR Metro usually out paces the state as a whole in raw numbers growth every year. I do suspect the unexpected surge in growth is likely more tied to continued economic stability in the Detroit area, so growth rates in GR may not have been affected.
  2. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    They will be released toward the end of March, most likely between the 19th and 23rd. My nerd butt is not so patiently waiting.
  3. Proposed 400 room Hotel at Devos Place

    Well occassional rumbles have made it sound as of the post office has been considering actually moving. The post office without all of it's post office equipment is basically a giant empty warehouse with underground parking already. They could probably renovate the entire thing and use it as is. Assuming if they did so they'd get rid of the facade that makes it look like the 1960s took a crap, and someone decided to sort mail in it.
  4. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    I wonder how much this housing crunch is hampering population growth below it's potential. Hopefully the apartment boom is compensating for it, and absorbing potential new residents that might other wise turn down an opportunity. Although Michigan gained the most residents according to estimates in more than 10 years in 2017. I also wonder if part of the talent shortage in housing construction has been sucked into all of the apartments being built.
  5. Proposed Projects / Current Projects Underway 2017

    I've always thought that too. I'm definitely curious if anythings going on with all of that.
  6. Predictions for the coming year

    Like on the post office property maybe? There's been rumblings about that property for years. It's gotta be a gigantic empty space once you tear out all of the sorting facility equipment, or maybe they would demo it and redo? Speculation is fun Also welcome!
  7. Staybridge Suites announced for west side

    I actually don't think we will see downtown hotel rooms get overbuilt yet. My understanding is convention center is filling the existing hotels up beyond current capacity even with the recent new ones, and a lack of rooms is preventing them from getting some of the bigger events they are trying to attract. I also don't think it will put a choke the suburban hotel market which is also growing and caters to a different crowd who like the convenience and not having to pay for parking ect.
  8. Staybridge Suites announced for west side

    Seems like an odd dead zone for a hotel. Not very walkable/welcoming for people who don't know the area.
  9. Beer

    So I'm over here in Cologne Germany for work and last night at the hotel on the menu my coworker noticed Founders All Day IPA on the menu. Even though I know they have that deal with a European company for distribution it was still cool to see a piece of home so far away. I assume it's a good compliment to Founders to have their beer offered in the place that invented it?
  10. Love! I hope we see more about this soon.
  11. Health Hill/Medical Mile Developments

    I know i'm a broken record here, but they won't give that location up without a boatload of cash and eminent domain, or inclusion into whatever development would want to go there(including a drive through).
  12. Suburban Projects

    Actually I think they divested in Bagger Daves a year or 2 ago and made it a stand alone operation. They expanded way to quick to develop the talent they needed at all levels, and their menu is incredibly forgettable. There have been plenty of chains that have followed the same fate.
  13. Highway and Road Construction Updates

    It sounds like a boring bat that flies to slow in left lane.
  14. 42 story building coming to downtown GR

    410ft would be officially taller than Riverhouse. 410/12= 34.16 So you're saying that each floor of the building they end up building will be about 34-35ft per floor?
  15. The "Affordable Housing" Discussion in GR

    I don't know a lot about real estate, but from my impressions i'm failing to understand how an average size house even built new would fetch $250k in that location. What am I missing?