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TechShop CEO Dan Woods and his team visited Grand Rapids this past week to wrap up an assessment of whether TechShop, a high-end and for-profit makerspace, will locate here. Here are the details: TechShop Wed and TechShop Fri. They will probably make an announcement in the next three months, but they are already setting the table for raising $3 million to fund the venture. They met with officials GVSU, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and other stakeholders this past week.
Given the stakeholders that are involved in the potential project, I think there is a very high probablility that this will happen. All of the facts point to the West Side as the location: nearby Rockford Construction headquarters, near GVSU Engineering School, Kennedy Hall, and a central location for corporations and makers in general. Could this be the "Tatum" building, which may be owned by Rockford?
Not sure if there was a topic here involving Wikipedia already but I have been editing Grand Rapids topics heavily lately.
There are a few things that I would like to ask you guys if you have any knowledge:
1. Where was the old Plainfield Bridge?
2. Does anyone have sources for the history of Grand Rapids' tallest buildings?
3. Where are some good places that I can take updated photos?
Anything would help and if you guys have any other recommendations as well, just let me know.
I couldn't find a thread about Matthews, or generally about the small towns right around CLT, so I'm making this for all things regarding my home town of Matthews! Is anyone else from the area, or live there? There is some development happening now and down the road, but I haven't seen any info on it on the boards or on the development maps.
First, I noticed another parcel in the North End district, right along N Trade St, is now under construction, but I can't find any info about it anywhere. Anyone have any insight about it? I'm loving how North End is looking and feeling. As they continue to connect more and more streets around downtown they're really expanding the urban footprint.
Also, the Silver Line talks have made me interested in how Matthews will develop its eventual TOD areas. Anyone think that once the Silver Line gets funded (God/Allah/Ganesh-willing), Matthews will have the potential to become a mini-urban center outside of CLT? Like Sommerville, MA or something? Food for thought.
Another is one I don't know how to feel about. Plantation Estates (Which has a big retirement community complex up Fullwood Ln on 51) is expanding onto the wooded parcel across the street from the big Methodist Church on S Trade St, behind that ever-present brick wall that's always been there. Here's another story that talks about the local concerns. Okay, sure, I understand. The Boomers are aging, they want places to feel at home. And elderly citizens are a stable tax base to have in a municipality (no kids to use up the public services/schools), as well as wanting to live in walkable communities. But my biggest issue is them gating it. Which I understand, they also want safety. But when you look at how adjacent the parcel is to the downtown gridded-street network, it seems like a waste of what could have been a well-designed SOUTH End district. But fortunately, the developer is going to extend the four-mile creek greenway from its current terminus that spits out onto Trade St, so that it wraps all around its property, along Fullwood and Trade, and connecting to Freemont. So that is nice for the suburbs further out there, at least. I am wondering if I'm just too young to appreciate diversifying your age demographics.
Anyway. Any thoughts? Opinions about Matthews? News updates?