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On 7/24/2022 at 8:59 AM, Khorasaurus1 said:

This is what Walker's Master Plan shows for the area west of Meijer. 

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I've been listening to the zoning/city commission work session with JAG & Cherette on this project, which occurred in August.  Really interesting.  The mixed use aspect along M45 is lost on the developers, and TOD as a concept is a nonstarter for them too.  Seems like that SilverLine stop at Ferndale is a gift to a developer, but these folks don't get it.  Gonna be a long slog for the Walker team having to negotiate this through... 

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4 hours ago, Jonesey said:

Fencing is up and dirt is moving at the E. Beltline/3 Mile Spectrum location.  Does anyone have a rendering or any more details?

They’re floating around here somewhere. Imagine a building that looks nothing like the other building stuck to the side of the existing building. It’s about that nice and cohesive. 

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Official groundbreaking for the new Spectrum Health Building in the Beltline. Pretty interesting mix of surgical suites, rehab and injury prevention (with a basketball/ training facility and outdoor training/rehab area).

 https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2022/09/spectrum-health-breaks-ground-on-orthopedic-health-performance-center.html?outputType=amp

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3 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

Official groundbreaking for the new Spectrum Health Building in the Beltline. Pretty interesting mix of surgical suites, rehab and injury prevention (with a basketball/ training facility and outdoor training/rehab area).

 https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2022/09/spectrum-health-breaks-ground-on-orthopedic-health-performance-center.html?outputType=amp

This project seemed to have a bunch of different versions, but it looks like this is the one. 117,000 square feet is pretty sizable.  At least this version looks somewhat like the existing one. 

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I always wondered why that area isn't more developed, especially with all of the development south and west of the area.  The property south of here near the river is contaminated correct?

I would think development would continue to spread south from LMD down Wilson.  Maybe this will be one of the first major developments in the area.  Wilson can be somewhat of a nightmare during peak hours and bumper to bumper during peak times.  The area is really going to need another route over the river in the future.

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29 minutes ago, GR8scott said:

...along with extending Fulton St all way out from the east

in one of these threads, we've had some conversation about the old gypsum mines, and I found an old map I posted there... Fulton would cross those mines, and the sinkholes that exist in that area.  I suspect a thoroughfare of the kind you're suggesting would be problematic.  

19 hours ago, Jonesey said:

I would think development would continue to spread south from LMD down Wilson.  Maybe this will be one of the first major developments in the area.  Wilson can be somewhat of a nightmare during peak hours and bumper to bumper during peak times.  The area is really going to need another route over the river in the future.

I live in the Shawmut Hills area and we go through LMD/Wilson and down Wilson frequently.  It's quickly becoming a major traffic headache, and lots of people on this side of town are finding ways to avoid both.  MDOT and GVMC need to take a real close look at long range plans for this area.  

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On 12/2/2022 at 11:44 AM, GR8scott said:

That area is strange and eerily underdeveloped until very recently. I wonder why there are not more throughfares, Kenowa seems like the perfect road to run all the way north to Ironwood as a reliever for Wilson along with extending Fulton St all way out from the east

Kenowa does make the most sense.  They could then build a bridge and it would go right past the water treatment plant.  I did see in the Walker planning agenda that the longterm plan is to extend Ferndale all the way to O'Brien, maybe tie it into that somehow?

 

On 12/2/2022 at 12:14 PM, cstonesparty said:

in one of these threads, we've had some conversation about the old gypsum mines, and I found an old map I posted there... Fulton would cross those mines, and the sinkholes that exist in that area.  I suspect a thoroughfare of the kind you're suggesting would be problematic.  

I live in the Shawmut Hills area and we go through LMD/Wilson and down Wilson frequently.  It's quickly becoming a major traffic headache, and lots of people on this side of town are finding ways to avoid both.  MDOT and GVMC need to take a real close look at long range plans for this area.  

Wilson needs to be greatly expanded, almost a divided highway.  It's the only road bridge across the river between wealthy and LMD.  I don't think it's even on MDOT's radar, maybe GVMC

For whatever reason, the entire west side seems to be poorly planned, especially with major, continuous north/south roads.

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So Wyoming is building a pricey pedestrian bridge over 28th Street from the Hom Flats apartments to… Applebee’s?

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There’s actually quite a bit packed in their press release, though.

https://www.wyomingmi.gov/About-Wyoming/News/ID/1259/City-of-Wyoming-to-Receive-6-Million-from-Kent-County-ARPA-Funding?fbclid=IwAR3QCpEBGlCrL2ZAz1eEwkF4x7zZJjvqv2QMbeNtTijlmkbdycS2L1txEsk&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

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