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  1. In our latest North East Citizen Action Association (NECAA) newsletter, there's mention of a new project named 3100 Flats. It'd described as being on Knapp between the Meijer and the Kent ISD / Kent Career Technical Center. Does anyone have any more info on this development? I've searched around a bit, and find no references with normal Google-Fu.
  2. Jose Babushka's is back. Someone wins a partial prize from the prediction thread.
  3. From Mlive Jan 5: New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids: Developer seeks waiver for no parking
  4. I wonder if the Scribner lot or DASH 8 are an option as well?
  5. MAC property near Breton Village

    So we're getting the Whole Food Market alternative...
  6. MLive posted a story today called, "JPMorgan Chase gives downtown Grand Rapids leaders rare look at credit card spending data" Some interesting data from the stats: Thoughts?
  7. MidTowne Village Development Updates

    It's a Hampton Inn - via WOOD-TV EDIT - Mlive just added their story as well:
  8. MSU Biomedical Research Campus

    Anyone have a guess to where the USPS might be relocated if that's even a possibility? I assuming the USPS is still under a new construction, movement or closing moratorium too. If it does hit the market, the plan to relocate has to come first.
  9. THE Downtown Market updates

    I had one... OK a couple... as well and they were pretty awesome. The Mexican food place is called Taco El Cunado. I would agree with the other posts, the sticker shock factor is pretty large. I really hope that the vendors can moderate the prices quite a bit to remain competitive with the "I can go somewhere else and get this for 1/2 price" factor. I was pretty amazed at the prices the Making Thyme Kitchen wanted for some of their simple to-go dishes as well. I fully understand the convenience factor, but a chicken breast with pine nuts and raisins was $9.95 for a single serving? Ow. I think the place will be very successful once the two other restaurants and brew pub arrive, and will certainly be a destination, especially when you get both the outside and inside running at the same time.
  10. I agree that having some ability to have river views would be ideal. Perhaps the lowest level facing the river could have a variety of eateries (and probably a Starbucks ...) with outdoor cafe seating. It's not the nicest example, but I'm thinking something like Andiamo's on Atwater St in Detroit. I'm always surprised that when DVP was built, that they didn't do that on the west side of the building along the river.
  11. I searched around and didn't find any posts around the future plans for any sort of a DeVos Place expansion across Michigan Street. I've been to quite a few conference venues as part of my job, and find that in comparison to other places, DeVos would not be suited for conference when you have over 3,500 attendees that also have many breakout sessions. In other location, the conference facilities can host quite a few more concurrent onsite breakout sessions that DeVos Place. The few times I've attended large events with concurrent sessions at DVP, we ended up having to walk down the long hall to the Amway Grand and attend sessions there because DVP doesn't have enough rooms. Perhaps those sort of conferences are not part of the vision of DVP and that's that, but I wonder if anyone has heard/seen plans on creating a DeVos Place North? Obviously that would involve: Demolishing the USPS (after they move out - if that can happen at all) Building a overhead walkway to get to the north building Figuring out how to incorporate Olds Manor into the plan We've seen the plans for the new Embassy Suites further up Monroe, and I keep thinking that having a larger convention/conference center would be a great draw to increase their bookings, and make GR a much more compelling conference venue for groups that passed us over because we're too small of a space. Thoughts?
  12. The Grand River?! You mean GR has a River?

    Our little river made the WSJ today - Real Rapids in Grand Rapids? - Restoring Michigan City's Namesake Waterway Viewed as Boon for Downtown GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The fast-moving water that inspired this city's name disappeared more than a century ago. Now, a group of white-water enthusiasts, environmental engineers and civic leaders are attempting to turn back time and put the frothy rapids back into the Grand River. More at the link.
  13. THE Downtown Market updates

    ...but how was the parking?
  14. Get rid of the S-Curve?

    Thanks - I just did my best Google-Fu and found a nice map of the proposal down there. Looks like quite the mess: Plans - MAP (PDF)
  15. Get rid of the S-Curve?

    @MJLO - This is slightly OT, but what's the story with the US-31 dead end at Napier Road? I'm assuming that MDOT ran out of money, or couldn't get the land. Also, I'd love to see a real US131 someday. I travel that way quite often, and that stretch from Schoolcraft to 80/90 is a pain. But then again, it's lot's of money that is not there. If the tough nerd wants Michigan to not be a cul-de-sac, then we need to make a couple of key connections.