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Biggest Disappointment

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tringr    0

UP is a Great forum with a lot of positive ideas and people. I'm now hooked. However, while reading about all of the great things that are and may be happening I have one big disappointment in Metro GR. The new Zoo proposal a few years ago that failed. Meijer was going to GIVE a golf course sized piece of land near Meijer Gardesn and $20 million if voters approved a millage. Didn't happen. Major disappointment. You have to figure that national companies look at such amenities when deciding whether or not to move to Kent County.

Any other projects that fell through or became disappointments?

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AlexPKeaton    1

Lyon and Ottawa Tower

Totally agree. When I first heard about that building--long before I knew UP existed--I was really excited. I thought the rendering looked great. And when they started building that awful courthouse building accross the street I thought it was the cool tower going up. As they built it I wondered what happened to the cool building I saw before I realized they weren't the same.

Actually, the courthouse being built is probably about as much of a dissappointment as the Lyand and Ottawa Tower not being built to me. That thing is fugly. I guess they wanted it to blend in with the existing streetscape there. :(

-nb

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GR_Urbanist    419

I also have to agree on the L&O tower. I was in high school when it was proposed and I loved to take my bike downtown just to stare at the rendering on a sign on the corner of the lot. When the sign vanished, I thought construction was about to start. BOY WAS I WRONG!

Another letdown was the original twin towers proposed by the Moch boys. I still cant believe that didnt happen.

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Michi    0

I agree w/ Lyon @ Ottawa Tower. How great would it be to have a new iconic tower defining the skyline? :) Hopefully, someday soon, someone will revive it or a Lyon @ Ottawa project of some sort.

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Rizzo    0

For me it would be the Furniture Exhibition building. I was p'd, I mean p'd when I grabed my Grand Rapids Herald and read the bold type, "Grand Rapids looses Exhibition Building!" I ran out of my house right onto Godfrey and ran down to Center City and screamed at passerbys, I cried for Grand Rapids. Everyone cried for Grand Rapids.

The original plans for Moch's Towers, the buildings kicked.

A very distant choice is L&O because it was my spire. I would call it, Spire *In an echoing voice. The "other" renderings were not so flattering.

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Time    0

Lyon and Ottawa Tower

Lyon and ottawa is by far the biggest disapoinment i have ever experienced with this city. The new zoo would probably be second.

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Rizzo    0

I can't believe I forgot about JackBBV's hotel on Vandenburg! Thats number one for me now. Thanks for bringing that one up MJLo

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GRCentro    56

Blue Bridge hotel on Calder Plaza for sure. After all the whinning about the parking ramp, historical preservation of the giant SOM air conditioners, and "saving" the Calder, I still don't understand how this couldn't have gone through somehow. -_- It just seemed like a win-win-win. Pretty lookin' too.

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GR8scott    79

that Furniture capital building would have been sweet and might have promoted more and taller growth back in the 70s fortunatly we didnt land anything too ugly

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ericdriver    0

How about Midtown over on michigan just east of College. That project started in 2002 and the only thing they have done is excavate the land. I read that tore down 30-40 homes in that couple blocks to start this project and its been slow as hell. I wonder if it will ever get going.

Here is its website for your enjoyment.

http://www.midtownevillage.com/index.htm

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GRFuture    0

good call, we haven't heard anything on that in a while, why is that?

Hi everyone,

Long time lurker and first time poster. I have some info on the first project that is going into the ground at the Midtowne Village. The Womens Health Center building along I-196 will be hopefully breaking ground within the next few months, they closed on the land a few weeks ago from what I hear.

They are basing the concentration on womens health from a number of other ventures that are taking place around the nation including Philly, Vegas, Minneapolis and a few others.

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d59    0

Lyon and Ottawa, definately. It might have inspired more construction like it instead of the mediocre, low-rise "stuff" we are getting. $.02

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Time    0

Lyon and Ottawa, definately. It might have inspired more construction like it instead of the mediocre, low-rise "stuff" we are getting. $.02

I wonder if the capital furnature building would have inspired more construction of taller buildings over the past 70 years. It would have been nice to have seen a 400 plus foot building in the skyline since 1930. I think we may have taller building today if it would have happened.

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snoogit    0

How about Rainbow Towers, is anyone disapointed that that place never came to fruition ? :D

how such a marvel of architechture and engineering wasnt constructed is a mystery to me.

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andrew.w    17

For me it would be the Furniture Exhibition building. I was p'd, I mean p'd when I grabed my Grand Rapids Herald and read the bold type, "Grand Rapids looses Exhibition Building!" I ran out of my house right onto Godfrey and ran down to Center City and screamed at passerbys, I cried for Grand Rapids. Everyone cried for Grand Rapids.

The original plans for Moch's Towers, the buildings kicked.

A very distant choice is L&O because it was my spire. I would call it, Spire *In an echoing voice. The "other" renderings were not so flattering.

Furniture Exhibition Building? When and what was this project?

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tringr    0

Lyon & Ottawa!..WOW... thanks for clarifying the ol' switcherooo. I worked in the Old Kent bank bldg. on 111 Lyon at the time. I was watching the courthouse go up all the while thinking it was a different project.

I was very confused when I found out it was the courthouse. :wacko: Was the original project slated to go on the exact NE corner of Lyon & Ottawa or at the SE corner where parking is now? Thanks.

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