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  1. So MobileGR is getting rid of ParkMobile as their tech partner for parking meters of June 21 and their 'replacement' (MOTU) isn't even available yet. I predict a cluster....
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    Cable cars in GR?

    The big idea risk taker from an iconic local family that is behind them both.
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    Cable cars in GR?

    Welp, the experts have spoken. Moving on, then... PS Grand Rapids is a terrible place to try to pull off a public arts festival, too. It’ll never work.
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    Cable cars in GR?

    I’ll just say that this birdie is reliable and I believe something is percolating here at some level. There was way too much detail around it, including preliminary budget, potential funding sources, etc to have just been made up out of nowhere. Time will tell.
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    Cable cars in GR?

    A little birdie tells me this is actively being studied. Anyone know more? And no, not streetcars.... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_Air_Line_(cable_car)
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    42 (now 14) story building coming to downtown GR

    I can understand being disappointed that we won't have a new 40 story building to gaze upon, but those criticizing the 'value engineering' are really looking at it from the wrong end. The numbers have to work. Frequently in Grand Rapids, the numbers DON'T work. Why? Many will hate this, but it's because the rates people are willing to pay for 'Class A' or 'business hotel room' or 'downtown apartment' in West Michigan do not support larger scale projects. Want 40 stories? Then be prepared to pay $35/ft for office. Be prepared for $350/night rooms. Be prepared for $1,500 for a small apartment. Construction costs are up significantly in the past 10 years. Consumer pricing expectations have not risen accordingly.
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    New projects on the West Side

    It sold in a tax auction a couple years ago.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Last I saw on that site was approval on plans from the city. They’ve had engineer types poking around over there as recently as last week. I've heard nothing of the deal falling through. In fact, pretty sure there was a sale of the parcel a while back (from Walt to North Peak folks). Maybe that was all premature and it never closed? EDIT - per city, it closed last March for $950,000. Pretty sure plans didn't fall through...
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    New projects on the West Side

    I believe there is a glimmer of hope for coffee to return to the site of ill-fated Sparrows 2.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Very sad for this news.
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    New projects on the West Side

    Jolly Pumpkin is supposedly on track to open in the former Black Heron space sometime in March. Based on visible progress, I would assume that means late March.
  12. Warner Tower and Franklin Partners projects are the best indicator of where Class A is heading in GR. These are folks who know the market, have made money here, and are allergic to bad deals.
  13. There is demand, but not at Division & Weston. I think the ship sailed on that project and the next one envisioned for that spot. I’d expect a much less ambitious project at that site. But maybe not anytime soon.
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    Amazon looking to build in GR metro

    If you think GR or Michigan has issues (what area doesn't?), wait til you see the DC area. In DC, yes you have transit...and ridiculously high housing costs, and gentrification, and poor schools, and high violent crime, and high taxes. GR has issues, no doubt. But I've witnessed that it is, in general, a community sincerely concerned about solving those issues. Sounds like you just want mass transit. Enjoy.
  15. Looks to me like that Phase II tower is 16 stories...