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  1. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    There was originally to be a Phase III if I recall, an office tower to the South. However, this was more of a dream of the architect than the actual committee. So, while the plans may still be out there, they were never officially part of the final plan. As it stands, Phase I and II were the only planned pieces. I think...
  2. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    That is not the med school. The med school with be the building on the West end of the development.
  3. Rowe Hotel- Olds Manor

    So what. If it means more money, investment, and jobs downtown - I could care less that there are selfish motivations. Actually, it is good, it means that the cash will keep flowing. Better than a one time gift that bankrupts the benefactor. These types of self serving gifts are the ones that grow entire industries, not single buildings. I would argue in most cases, yes, these things are typically a burden. However, I would also argue that in GR the arena at least has been a huge success for a single reason. GR was terribly underserved. Up to the time the arena was built, there was not a single 4,000 seat or larger venue in the region - a region of one million plus. But, I can see where cities with nothing unique to offer and stagnant populations would have problems squeezing value out of these investments. The very fact that the Van Andel makes the top ten arena's list every single year is testament to the fact that it is working here. Convention centers are another animal - luckily our center was supported by a lot of private money, removing some of the community and state burden. Will it ever make money, no. Convention centers are a success if they break even. Their real goal is to create visibility and bring people to the region which can develop intangible benefits such as future vacations or relocations - hard to measure. Plus the fact that well, you need a convention center and having a crappy one screams that you have a dumpy, old, stagnant, town.
  4. Skyline Balance

    Perhaps the most exciting thing for GR is the lack of open space downtown. This guarantees that at some point (probably in the near future) we will see some impressive upward growth. With land already costing the most in the state and demand slowly growing, the bubble has to break at some point. As GR becomes the center of a growing area more large service firms will move downtown for visability. All reports I have seen indicate that downtown will be growing steadily for the next decade and probably beyond. I dare say that the skyline of 2015 will be totally different than the one today.
  5. Van Andel Arena Expansion?

    Actually GR rates very high when it comes to the possiblity of a sports team. The last list that the Sporting News put together had us in the top three for the most likely and most viable markets. We are the most prosperous market without a team, and within the all important 60 minute travel time circle, there are around 2.5 million people - way more than enough. It could happen, the problem is, no one around here believes that...
  6. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    hahaha - just going to say that. The good old tape measure game. I still stand by my early statements that we need to give this building chance.
  7. John Ball Zoo

    I like the plan. As someone that lives by the zoo, and one that visits a few times a year I would love to see some of these changes. It is good to see that the zoo has recovered from the drama of the Meijer offer and they have some good ideas for both the zoo and preservation of park space. The worst part about going to the zoo right now is the feeling that there could be so much more. I am very happy to see that this has not been lost to the leadership of the zoo. I think that the change of management has been very good.
  8. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    I think it will offer a unique contrast to the surrounding structures. Enough to make it stick out. The old Art Museum was not unique, because anything could have occupied that space. This will give it some character in relation to the rest of the city. Plus, Art Museums as pieces or art themselves are supposed to push the boundaries.
  9. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    It is possible, and would make a lot of sense. They might as well work them together, to both their benefit. VAI could use a decent flow of talent and MSU is actually a highly rated sciences school without an outlet. Perfect.
  10. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Exactly. I think that there was a lot of underground and utility work that had to be done. I also think that this will be a good fit for the area when complete... at least I hope so.
  11. River House Condominiums

    Should look rather impressive heading up 131 from the South. Looks a lot taller than I would think it would be in real life. Even at 400' or so it is only 125' or so taller than the office building.
  12. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    If I recall the original VAI plan for phase III was for an attached office tower to the South of the building. Early speculation was for a decent sized tower - but I think as the project advanced phase III itself was scrapped. I believe it was something that the architect was pushing (for more visibility) than anything. However, this would be an ideal location for the medical school,
  13. Medical Mile/Michigan Street Developments

    There are also all sorts of equipment and wiring tunnels all over. Mostly fiber and electric but also some heating from the old steam plant. Trust me, there is a labryinth under the city from Spectrum all the way to St Mary's.
  14. New Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Square foot wise it may not be a huge upgrade - but it should have more usable display space. The old Art Museum was just not built for that purpose and does not really lend its interior to the need. The exterior fits well, but that is about it. As much as people hate this project - I kind of like it.
  15. Traverse City

    If you ask me it is growing too fast. Northern Michigan is losing a lot of its old character.