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Sligh Furniture Factory Renovation Proposal

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The race is on. According to Chris Knape, it looks like Jon Rooks is looking to turn the massive warehouse where Israel's Other Store is located now on Grandville (South of Wealthy) into apartments.

I don't know if it involves the entire building (the giant warehouse) that runs along Ellsworth, or if it is just the building on Grandville.

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In my estimation, if Jon says he'll do it, he'll do it. He just needs to the city to extend the Grandville Ren Zone another 15 years, which I believe ends in 2011.

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In my estimation, if Jon says he'll do it, he'll do it. He just needs to the city to extend the Grandville Ren Zone another 15 years, which I believe ends in 2011.

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Is that up to the city or is that something he'll have to take to the state legislature?

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Gotta revise my map then.

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That is huge. I think the city should definitely extend the Grandville Renaissance Zone, which actually extends all the way down to Clyde Park and Grandville. It would be great to spruce up that massive warehouse that has so much visibility from 131.

Anyone have any access to a picture?

edit: here it is on the 131/Century Ave side:

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(note to self, see if the city will help reimburse to get those utility polls buried :D )

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I think apartments in that location would be a huge success, especially if they cater to young professionals.

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Let's say he gets 600 units in that building. Where will all those people hope to park?

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when will we take the leap and say, "we're a city, we have decent (and improving) public transport, not everyone needs a freaking car!" I'm just saying... :w00t:

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Am I the only one with a 31-day bus pass in my wallet :shades: ? Anyone... anyone...? Has this poll ever been done?

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There is a large dirt (?) lot that sits in the NW corner of that property. Maybe they're thinking of adding a parking ramp like Pioneer did at Berkey & Gay when it was converted to the Boardwalk Apts. It's 400 units total proposed, and you can probably assume at least 2 - 3 people per unit on average.

When are we supposed to get mass transit?

Hey, maybe someone will finally renovate the old Horseshoe Bar. :thumbsup:

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If I read right, they were all apartments, I feel that the apartment market has to be ready for something like this, as when I was searching about 6 months ago, there just weren't that many options to pick from.

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when will we take the leap and say, "we're a city, we have decent (and improving) public transport, not everyone needs a freaking car!" I'm just saying... :w00t:

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If I read right, they were all apartments, I feel that the apartment market has to be ready for something like this, as when I was searching about 6 months ago, there just weren't that many options to pick from.

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I was in your same position. Nearly ALL of the options seemed like they were in bad areas, or for the elderly. Nothing for the 18-25 year olds.

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The Sligh factory is mammoth. Here's a slightly wonky panorama:

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I can't even get the whole thing in this picture. I hope historic preservationists allow them to add balconies. In fact, I don't think this sits in a historic district. Anyone know if Heartside extends this far?

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You mean strictly apartment buildings, right? Certainly you're excluding houses turned into multi-family dwellings and retail establishments with apartments above.

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There is a large dirt (?) lot that sits in the NW corner of that property. Maybe they're thinking of adding a parking ramp like Pioneer did at Berkey & Gay when it was converted to the Boardwalk Apts. It's 400 units total proposed, and you can probably assume at least 2 - 3 people per unit on average.

When are we supposed to get mass transit?

Hey, maybe someone will finally renovate the old Horseshoe Bar. :thumbsup:

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Let's say he gets 600 units in that building. Where will all those people hope to park?

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Am I the only one with a 31-day bus pass in my wallet :shades: ? Anyone... anyone...? Has this poll ever been done?

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Hey if they throw in a few small studio apartments for a great price, I'm in. =] I mean, I'm living in a bedroom right now, a little cramped but liveable. All I need is my own bathroom and sink, really.. and that's all studio apartments pretty much are, right?

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If this goes through, it will really make a nice entry into the city from the south! I've been wondering when someone would rehab that building, it's just so darn huge.

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House Bill 5942, which allowed for the extension of current Renaissance Zones for another 15 years was signed by the entire House and Senate, and then signed by Granholm on Oct. 3rd, 2006.

I believe it's now just up to the city, and they would have to have it approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.

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Does this extend all current Renaissance Zones (i.e., U2, etc.) for another 15 years?

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