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20 hours ago, mpchicago said:

I'd like to see these panels in person.   Not feeling it from the renders.  Not sure its worse than 616 lofts on Michigan Street,

Overall, I am pretty concerned about the incredible overuse of metal panels as an exterior application on many of the new developments around town.  I am not sure how they will hold up over time.  I believe one of the first uses was Metropolitan Park Apartments on Ionia (photo attached).    I drive/walk by this development multiple times a day as my office close.  These have not held up well at all.  They look pretty weathered and grungy.

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53 minutes ago, KCLBADave said:

Overall, I am pretty concerned about the incredible overuse of metal panels as an exterior application on many of the new developments around town.  I am not sure how they will hold up over time.  I believe one of the first uses was Metropolitan Park Apartments on Ionia (photo attached).    I drive/walk by this development multiple times a day as my office close.  These have not held up well at all.  They look pretty weathered and grungy.

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I'm no fan of metal high rises, but panels hold up as well as the quality of their installation and upkeep. Metro Park Apartments are income restricted, which generally don't stand the test of time in the upkeep department.

With that said...I agree that metal paneling is way over-used in this city. Just an example of how much the developers in this area love value engineering promising projects into mediocrity. 

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8 minutes ago, GRLaker said:

I'm no fan of metal high rises, but panels hold up as well as the quality of their installation and upkeep. Metro Park Apartments are income restricted, which generally don't stand the test of time in the upkeep department.

With that said...I agree that metal paneling is way over-used in this city. Just an example of how much the developers in this area love value engineering promising projects into mediocrity. 

Oh, come on.  That's a new style called scrap yard chic.  :D

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16 hours ago, tSlater said:

It looks like a power plant structure with balconies coming out of it.

It almost looks like throwback brutalist architecture. Is that facade concrete? 

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2 hours ago, KCLBADave said:

Overall, I am pretty concerned about the incredible overuse of metal panels as an exterior application on many of the new developments around town.  I am not sure how they will hold up over time.  I believe one of the first uses was Metropolitan Park Apartments on Ionia (photo attached).    I drive/walk by this development multiple times a day as my office close.  These have not held up well at all.  They look pretty weathered and grungy.

metropolitan-park-apartments-grand-rapids-mi-primary-photo.jpg

Seems like it'd be pretty easy to add a "masonry" requirement to the building restrictions/planning requirements for a city like GR. No? I believe several of the townships have them around the GR area, for commercial/retail buildings along the main corridors.  The fact that nearly every new retail/commercial building in Allendale Township (for instance) has brick leads me to believe that they have something in their requirements, because it's not exactly a high rent district. 

Brick on this project would definitely help it fit in with the other buildings on Bridge Street. 

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Interesting that the developers are calling the apartments on the Red Lion site "affordable."  $996 for a 1 bedroom is now affordable, eh? 

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2018/01/former_red_lion_site_to_become.html?ath=1a90132b90933db8002100e5723c045a#cmpid=nsltr_strybutton

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23 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

Interesting that the developers are calling the apartments on the Red Lion site "affordable."  $996 for a 1 bedroom is now affordable, eh? 

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2018/01/former_red_lion_site_to_become.html?ath=1a90132b90933db8002100e5723c045a#cmpid=nsltr_strybutton

I'm just glad they're not $1,100-1,200. $996 for downtown is a step in the right direction. I pay $870 for my one bedroom suburban apartment. Around $900 seems to be common for anything worth living in.

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16 hours ago, GRLaker said:

I'm just glad they're not $1,100-1,200. $996 for downtown is a step in the right direction. I pay $870 for my one bedroom suburban apartment. Around $900 seems to be common for anything worth living in.

Interesting. 

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18 hours ago, GRDadof3 said:

Interesting that the developers are calling the apartments on the Red Lion site "affordable."  $996 for a 1 bedroom is now affordable, eh? 

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2018/01/former_red_lion_site_to_become.html?ath=1a90132b90933db8002100e5723c045a#cmpid=nsltr_strybutton

I would be interested in what the prices of the income restricted apartments would be?  Isn't that usually 80% AMI??

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4 minutes ago, thebeerqueer said:

I would be interested in what the prices of the income restricted apartments would be?  Isn't that usually 80% AMI??

I believe that's the income restriction to qualify for those, ie you can't make more than 80% of the Average Median Income that MSHDA declares. I think the rent is on a sliding scale based on income and family size?? 

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34 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

I believe that's the income restriction to qualify for those, ie you can't make more than 80% of the Average Median Income that MSHDA declares. I think the rent is on a sliding scale based on income and family size?? 

That sounds about right. 

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6 hours ago, GR_Urbanist said:

A couple of renovations (or one renovation and a new building?) to the west of the Meijer site on Bridge. I think its 820 Bridge St.

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That's cool. I've driven by that building on the far right probably a billion times and thought it'd be a cool renovation project. 

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I'm thinking it has to be something other than the actual selling of coffee? Did someone offer them, or the landlord, huge money for the space? Did the owner buy out their lease?

I mean, they just opened! And they are almost assured tons of business in the near future with all the development . I haven't heard anything about them being empty either. But if that location is done, then it is a spectacular collapse after such a promising start.

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I was looking at their FB page and it looked that as of last week, they were expanding hours.  Maybe (hopefully)  just an equipment or building issue...my wife says it's always busy when she goes or walks by.

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