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Now that the demo has moved to the South wall of the building, the webcam is more interesting:

 

http://oxblue.com/open/msu/grrc

 

In some ways this reminds me of when they demolished the Chicago Sun Times building to make way for the Trump Tower. We happened to be in Chicago when it was going down. That building was ugly too!

 

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Not much left. Yowza. Get down and see it before it's history (probably this week it will be gone)

 

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For those who aren't able to get downtown much, this was from yesterday (from the webcam).

 

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Cool sunset:

 

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Taking down the last of it.

 

Not to upstage you WMrapids (thanks for the pic!) but I tried as hard as I could to be in the downtown area to record this momentous occasion.

 

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I saw others taking pictures (as you can see in my picture) and was hoping we'd get better ones. Thanks for the better ones GRDadof3!

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RIP old press building. When I was a teen I was a press carrier for the Grand Rapids Press and I do remember going to the the old press building to turn in my collections, order rubber bands, and bags for my paper routes and talking to my district manager from time to time. I had mixed feelings about the building. On one hand it was not exactly the prettiest place in town. But on the other, I admired how well constructed the building was. It was almost like a military bunker in strength. The most distinctive memory of the building outside of its appearance is the smell of ink. The interior was awash in that bitter sweet odor which like it or hate it leaves a permanent mark in one's memory. On one hand it is sad to see a building go down especially one that once housed something important to the community. However it is a good thing to see the old press building go down to make way for a new edifice that will house something very important not only to the city but possibly the world as well. Progress, people. Progress. 

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Apparently that last section of girders fell the wrong way. Was supposed to fall away from Michigan Street but got stubborn at the last minute and fell toward Michigan (no damage to cars or the road):

 

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/04/final_girders_fall_their_own_w.html

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Great photo updates.  I haven't been back to visit my hometown in 10 years, but I always love keeping up with all of the updates on Urban Planet. 

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Great photo updates.  I haven't been back to visit my hometown in 10 years, but I always love keeping up with all of the updates on Urban Planet. 

 

Thanks ATX! Stop by any time. 

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Interesting quick-read:

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/04/have_medical_mile_developments.html#incart_river

 

The article references new "parking ramps," and included this little bit:

 

"Jerry Kooiman, assistant dean for external relations at MSU's College of Human Medicine, said they will seek a developer who can build up to 600 parking spaces in addition to at least 300,000 square feet of mixed-use space on the two outlots."

 

I will be curious to see what comes of this.

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Interesting quick-read:

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/04/have_medical_mile_developments.html#incart_river

 

The article references new "parking ramps," and included this little bit:

 

"Jerry Kooiman, assistant dean for external relations at MSU's College of Human Medicine, said they will seek a developer who can build up to 600 parking spaces in addition to at least 300,000 square feet of mixed-use space on the two outlots."

 

I will be curious to see what comes of this.

 

 

$28.5 Million in property tax credits? That seems exorbitant. I seem to remember the Michigan Street Development got something like $6.6 Million to help defray the cost of their parking ramps. 

 

So not only will the school be property tax exempt, so will the development parcels? And the city is turning all of the riverfront land into non property-tax generating parkland? Make downtown a tax free zone!  (Except for parking meters). That tax burden has to be shifted to someone. Who? 

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I have no issue with tax credits for brownfield remediation, demolition, and infrastructure improvements -- the original intent behind the tax credit program to get redevelopment of obsolete properties back in revenue generating status. It is the subsidization of parking that I struggle with. If anything, incentives should be focused on the wealth creating portion of a development, rather than the dormitory for vacated automobiles?

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I have no issue with tax credits for brownfield remediation, demolition, and infrastructure improvements -- the original intent behind the tax credit program to get redevelopment of obsolete properties back in revenue generating status. It is the subsidization of parking that I struggle with. If anything, incentives should be focused on the wealth creating portion of a development, rather than the dormitory for vacated automobiles?

 

I agree Jippy. There's really no need to subsidize parking at this level. It basically means the developers will not have to pay for any of the parking they need, and then some. They could have gold plated underground cooled and heated parking spaces for $28.5 Million, paid for by anyone who pays Kent County property taxes.

 

Anyway, anyone sick of demolition pictures yet?

 

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Those of us who don't live in town can't get enough pics.  Am all for saving trees, but do they really think those crappy Norway Maples will be saved as a part of the future development?   :dontknow:

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This seems like a totally wacky idea, but I wonder if anyone could have gotten away with the idea of building over Michigan St. between the Ford federal building and this site as a way to bridge Calder Plaza with this side of Michigan. You may have to lover Michigan several feet for clearance, but it would have created an easy pathway as it seems that Michigan and Monroe looks too broad  and busy for people to routinely want to try to cross it. And since This stretch of Michigan up the hill is never going to be pedestrian friendly, it might have been a great solution to connect N. Monroe to the rest of DT.

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Those of us who don't live in town can't get enough pics.  Am all for saving trees, but do they really think those crappy Norway Maples will be saved as a part of the future development?   :dontknow:

 

That is curious that they have them all snow fenced off, to protect them. Maybe they want to keep some of the natural fauna until a development plan is put forward?

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A new candy shipment for the candy store!  Although some bad news: retail is nixed from the ground floor on these most recent plans. There does seem to be a lot of ground floor fenestration though.

 

For a recap:

 

Initial built out space will accommodate 33 Principal Investigators (and support staff)

Shell space for an additional 11 PI's

Floors 2 - 4 will be research labs

One floor will be a "Vivarium" (basically animal and plant testing). I thought about it and I'm not going to post the detailed floorplans. There are groups in this world who are vehemently against animal testing and I don't want to give fodder to possible lawlessness..

 

162,680 gross square feet

 

June 2015 construction start

According to the timeline I'm looking at, the private development portions are estimated to begin in June 2016

 

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If you haven't been by the site lately, Pitsch has set up almost a makeshift quarry operation, where they are processing the concrete into different materials. Crazy looking.

 

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Really disappointing about the retail.  Understandably, may be hard to sell ground floor retail in that area thanks to Vanderburg Plaza wall, and the convention center, but that's also why the area needs it.

Good thinking on the floorplans, too.  It's already happened to MSU once, I believe.


And what's with the pink line?  Is that a utility?  Looks like there's no opening of that underway up or pedestrian access through there..

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Really disappointing about the retail.  Understandably, may be hard to sell ground floor retail in that area thanks to Vanderburg Plaza wall, and the convention center, but that's also why the area needs it.

Good thinking on the floorplans, too.  It's already happened to MSU once, I believe.

And what's with the pink line?  Is that a utility?  Looks like there's no opening of that underway up or pedestrian access through there..

 

I think in one of the earlier plans they labeled that as a pedestrian connection to Monroe North. 

 

I believe the other development parcels will be required to have ground floor retail, unless they seek a variance. 

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If the retail was there, then just taken out, I wonder if it is just another example of developers buying approval for a project by promising stuff like that, and then when they get the approval and start turning dirt, they quickly get rid of that component because they never had any intention in the first place.

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