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  1. The USPS property on Michigan at the Grand River will remain, preventing any sort of positive development in that spot. Grand Rapids will get a fully "dark grocery store" - think Witmark for groceries. As Meijer, Spartan-Nash and GFS have big footprints in the area, it would be easy to run a test store in the metro to see how this might roll out further.
  2. Jose Babushka's is back. Someone wins a partial prize from the prediction thread.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. Each state in the USA does their own thing - in Michigan, the DTMB auctions off the TSA haul.
  9. I just wish that The Parking Spot people would come into the market, but we don't have enough traffic to support their operation. That long-term rate is just plain painful when you get back from a 5-day trip ($65.00). I could have parked in the nether-regions lot, but coming back from Florida to a non-snow buried car is a good thing.
  10. My vote is that it has something to do with Southwest and how they would fully replace Airtran at GRR... since SW owns them anyway.
  11. I caught just a portion of the report, had a hard time understanding why they decided to operate that way. Wasn't a few years back when they were having financial difficulties anyway? Why on earth would you not just remain fully open and modify your hours if you had a special event? Maybe even rope off the special event area or something. It's all pretty possible to do with a little planning.
  12. Thanks. I finally had time to (and something other than a tablet computer) to read the report on. In the sections on 'constraints', FTC&H describe a few points that may parallel the Boardman Dam project and introduce unknown delays - mostly dealing with governmental approvals. The US Fish and Wildlife Service approvals and environmental impact study were something that the Boardman project ran into as well, and those might add an indeterminate amount of time. I'd love to see the river developed into a place where you can do more than fish, I do wonder about the many layers of governmental approvals that might delay this thing, and lessen the stakeholders excitment and interest levels.
  13. (I didn't read the report)... but I wonder how long it would take to do the environmental impact study and all the other approvals? Would it take as long to accomplish as the Traverse City Boardman Dam removal?
  14. As a foodie, I'd love to have Trader Joe's or something like a Wegman's appear as a pip on the RADAR scope for GR. One can only hope.
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