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Everything posted by Ted

  1. Nothing will happen on this site until the City has moved off the site.
  2. Right. Everyone wants it just not enough to do anything to achieve it. Our city has it as a goal but actively hinders it though policy. I think our desires are clear through our actions and our policy.
  3. Grand Rapids doesn't want affordable housing.
  4. Funny. I rode by yesterday morning and thought it was looking great.
  5. That's the point. They have all the tools to solve those problems - right now.
  6. Our current zoning ordinance is overly complex at best. These additions will only make it more complex to navigate and more difficult to achieve quality urban results. Nextly, I'm increasingly concerned about our decisions and attempts to manage social issues through our planning department through policy. The weed ordinance is another example. Our planning department should be working in our community to envision our future not being a cop for a (perceived) problem that doesn't solve itself through increasing land values. Then, we don't need the city to have more ways to hassel folks in our city. They have more than enough.
  7. Nobody struggles more with our friends at the city and our neighbors on citizen committees more than me, but, I think we need to keep proper score here. At Cherry and Eastern, the neighborhood and the developer are trying to thread a needle. Everyone has been working in good faith but it obviously hasn't come out of the ground yet. I expect that it will. The HPC doesn't have anything to do with the delays at that site. The HPC approved the new building at the Dollar General site. A cynical lawsuit put an end to that project. And, Valley City Linen's expansion lies outside any Historic District. Their expansion complies with the zoning ordinance and they've been willing to make changes based on community comments - all stuff good neighbors do. Valley City is a critical employer of people in our neighborhood. I'm thankful that they've decided to expand in place rather than leave the city. Pretty or not, that expansion is important and good.
  8. Rendering by Interface Studio as part of GRForward. http://interface-studio.com/projects/grand-rapids
  9. Wyoming and Kentwood are trying to change but I don't think they've succeeded yet.
  10. One reason apartments haven't been built along Division is that our zoning ordinance hasn't been modified to align with our transit investments. Any project of any size and will be a site by site battle for density increases. Costly and time consuming. It's a problem.
  11. GRBJ has quite literally been writing this same opinion piece since the '80's
  12. I suggest something like this...
  13. Shouldn't this process to have some consistency?
  14. 42 stories is a big deal. The idea that they're not able/willing to invest in their public presentation graphics to properly showcase their design changes in the best possible light is short sighted and ridiculous.
  15. Funny that nowhere in the submittal do they show a full color rendering of the building, on the proposed site, with its neighbors. Not cool that they're able to even get an audience with this level of detail.
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