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    Grand Rapids: Belknap
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    Nonprofit consultant and founding member of Newberry Place: a Grand Rapids Cohousing Community
  1. The next stage of planning and design has begun on Coit Bridge and corridor improvements like more sustainable landscape elements. Fundraising efforts are underway to make these improvements a reality. The City and MDOT have contributed to some additional structural improvements, including widening the bridge and 12ft sidewalks on the deck. But additional dollars (700k or so) will need to be raised to attempt to leverage another 1.5 million to get more sustainable landscape elements, fencing, and other aesthetic treatments. We're getting closer folks, but still some work to do.
  2. Sorry the resolution isn't better on these. These are the latest engineering study drawings I've seen for the overpass. It is my understanding that this is a preliminary study that they are working from. I think th 6 lanes are a given, but there is still some flex on sidewalk widths and the on-ramp access to the neighborhood. The first overhead shot shows 6 lanes of traffic. It also shows that the current cut-through into the Belknap Neighborhood at Hastings as being eleminated. This is still being explored as a possibility. If the route into the neighborhood remains open, then
  3. The plans, as I've seen them drawn up, are for 6 lanes of traffic and 10ft sidewalks on either side. There is very little aesthetic character being talked about for this bridge as far as I can tell. Primarily because of the tight confines moving north and south and the accelerated timeline. If you have any input for this bridge, I would get it into MDOT right now.
  4. http://www.baconsaltblog.com/2007/10/bacon...CFQ66PAodajjhfw Here's a random one.... EDIT Sorry - just saw that the board has already been invaded by bacon salt news - behind as usual
  5. There is a Michigan Law called the Headlee Amendment that does cap the increase to the rate of inflation. That still means that property taxes continue to increase though. And even 3% incremental changes can affect people on fixed incomes. Additionally, when the property changes hands, a new assessed value is applied and property taxes jump. While that doesn't impact the current homeowner, it does potentially make that property less affordable for future residents and decreases the overall affordability of a neighborhood. My comments are not meant to be anti-gentrification. Gentrificat
  6. Interesting set of posts Speed2fast. I was part of some Wealthy Street's work about 10 years ago. The work on the streetscape went hand in hand with the residential development. Any neighborhood desires to have signature projects that create a sense of place. I'm now almost a 10 year resident of Belknap. I see the Coit Bridge as a key building block in the continued redevelopment of Belknap Lookout. Is it the only building block? No. Coit School is another key building block. The neighborhood fought hard to rehab and rebuild Coit School several years ago. The parks are addit
  7. As a participant of the meeting, I think MDOT was unprepared for the number of participants and the depth of discussion the group was willing to have. I'm glad they are looking at subcommittees to further define the corridor and bridges. Unfortunately, the question is going to be resources. And you could already feel them trying to get peoples' expectations lowered so they don't have to be the big downer. I personally hope that they are open to additional funds to make this something special. I was also disappointed that they didn't bring more to the table from groups that have been l
  8. Solar Home Tour Saturday, Oct 6 2007, 10-4 There are several Greater Grand Rapids projects on this self-guided and free home and business tour. http://www.glrea.org/events/solarBuildingT...randRapids.html On the Tour: Newberry Place Hunting YMCA WMEAC Offices Green House on Watson Calvin College Wind Turbine MAREC GVSU Muskegon ...and others
  9. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/realesta...nted=1&_r=1 This came out in the NY Times Real Estate section today. EDIT: Thanks for merging my thread. It looks like I have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat Libertarian to a post
  10. I wonder where they will put the sign that says, "Welcome to the Grand Canyon" Maybe we can rent mules at the top of the hill and have them take us down to Monroe. Or they can invest in a glass floor sky walk on the 12th floor so people can venture out over the edge... OK, the wall isn't that bad, but it's not great either.
  11. City had plans for that, 13 switchbacks and very expensive...
  12. We floated all these options around and finally opted for this plan for a couple reasons: 1) Historic Preservation may work to preserve these existing, but unused stairs, originally constructed as a WPA project in the 30's 2) Where to "land" bridge on the other side? At the time, Founders was looking to move into Imperial Metals... 3) This plan moves the major ped. crossing farther North down Division for better visibility, slower speeds?, etc. 4) Combine it with a warning system like you are talking about "blinking amber light means slow down, pedestrians crossing ahead..." 5) More co
  13. The MOBL NOBL Design Charrette Results are completed and available at MOBL NOBL as well as neighborhood and project background information and articles. The goal of the MOBL NOBL (Neighbors of Belknap Lookout) initiative is to restore Belknap Lookout's rich tradition as a live-work community, encourage healthy lifestyles, and enhance neighborhood connections to adjacent jobs, entertainment, and commercial centers. Potential Projects: Restored Stairs at Newberry Ave. for connection to Monroe North Improved I-196 Overpass and Underpass connection to Pill Hill
  14. I would get used to the 1/2 billion dollar number. By the time the I-196 expansion project gets underway in 2010 and the College overpass and Michigan bridge (related but $ coming from somewhere else) get added in, I think it will even top this number.
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