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  1. GR8scott

    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Interesting stuff. With all the exciting things in the new 20 year plan, I almost overlooked the plan to add a much bigger north runway to the north of the existing GA runway so it wouldn’t even make sense to put a tunnel in until that is constructed anyways. I just hope they wouldn’t build anything in the way to prohibit that from happening in the future. As for the control tower it’s also mentioned that at over 50 years old, it’s the second oldest control tower in operation out of the top 100 largest airports in the country. I find it hard to believe that it’s in great condition. Both Traverse city and Kalamazoo have recently replaced their ATCT with newer larger ones
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    may have just been me a hundred times lol but it’s obviously on the radar at the airport. It’s not that I’m obsessed with tunnels it’s more of my nerdy interest with all things infrastructure, Although they are cool it’s more of a biproduct of what I think a long term vision needs better access. IMHO GR has historically had a very Small town mindset on infrastructure. The airport has it back to an interstate. You have to make a right turn then another right turn then another right turn to get onto it and although that’s not complicated, This is the first impression for many visitors And it unnecessarily puts thousands more cars per day on a small stretch of the busiest street in the state that is 28th st. Another example of GR being the tallest midget here, I can’t think of a larger airport in the country adjacent to an expressway that doesn’t have a more direct access for convience to travelers... moving on, cant say I’m not completely impressed by the growth and also the airports’ recognition and foresight to improve the front, expand the concourse, and even try to add capacity for international flights, And icing on the cake the FAA building a new and probably larger and even more visible control tower which is cool
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Hmm, it’s just a GA runway not used commercially much like Holland’s, which has Bluestar Highway going underneath it. And This could be closed off to through traffic. Besides there’s plenty of other examples LAX, ATL come to mind. With the traffic growth MDOT should want to get all those extra cars off that quarter mi stretch of 28th. Anyhow I’m probably beating a dead horse Here, I’ll just keep suggesting it to the airport
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    That’s one extensive 20 year plan with expansions to both concourses AND an additional one plus a lot of other improvements. Nothing official but I’ve heard they are looking into an on-site hotel. Still nothing on a tunnel/direct interstate connection though!
  5. Would have liked to see more of a retro cinema look than the modern boring glass
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    That’s the mainline vs. American Eagle....but yes range may be the reason. The only flight of comparable distance would be Nearby Mesa and Vegas on md88s also not regional jet. Frontier also uses airbus 319s so it will be interesting going from nothing to two airlines using midsized planes on that route. Hope it sells well and eventually get flights to LAX!
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    So not only did frontier finally bring direct flights to PHX (although not daily), American is adding seasonal flight there (only Jan-March but mainline daily American). kind of an odd combination of service but I’m sure if it sells could easily expand.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Not much to dislike here! If I was meijer I probably would have had a little more “free marketing” such as the grocery bags and maybe small symbol saying “Bridge street market brought to you by Meijer” also which they would have gotten ahold of that crappy BP gas station, cleaned it up and branded it over.
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    Highway and Road Construction Updates

    I wrote mdot about this same thing and they basically said they have no extra money for asthetics, they also said they were the least funded state dep of transportation per capita, hard to believe with the harsh winters here. I would hope the city could pitch in for something like this but they don’t think about these kind of things. Welcome to mdot son...
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    Amway Grand Plaza Facelift

    Not bad, would like to see some contrasting or at least diversity in the all dark blue river lined glass towers. I wonder if the effect here is actually minimizing the slant and also making it appear shorter? I’ve been telling them for years they should paint the ugly dark green roof and put a light bar around the top to accentuate it.
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    New projects on the West Side

    It’s certainly a millennial thing especially outside of Michigan where they are less of a car culture, kids don’t even care to get a license in the day of uber and why have a car payment along with insurance, maintanence and paying for parking? That can add up and be more costly than a monthly uber expense if you walk to work and everywhere you shop and hang out
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    Reasons? Finally not among the most expensive in the nation? Finished with construction? Less attrition to other airports? Of course more flights and larger capacity planes help too. I find it hard to believe it would be 2nd in the nation in growth. It’s not even fastest on record for the airport. 09-10 grew over 400k and ~19%.
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    Grand Rapids Airport (GRR) News and Developments

    About time!
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    New projects in Monroe North

    Those are probably the same cookie cutter designs that now litter cities like Nashville, Austin and Denver. Not complaining because their modern sense and appeal to Millenials but I would only expect more of them.
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    Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

    Zoomed in on this from a few pages back and would be exciting if all these new to the area restaurants came through. I see coopers hawk Yardhouse j alexanders kona grill mission bbq shake shack and mention of California pizza kitchen and freebird world borritos....only thing missing is a cheesecake factory