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From today's Planning Commission agenda:

http://www.ci.grand-rapids.mi.us//download...53ca37397d2.pdf

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Existing building to be renovated (in the foreground, Globe Apts in background):

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East elevation (no water color or 3d renderings in the packet)

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North elevation (existing building in the foreground)

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West elevation (facing Metropolitan Park Apts)

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Main floor and garden

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Wow, and no one commented on this? This is an area that really seems to be making a comeback, I'm glad to see another development in the works. There is a need for more apartments downtown.

When I moved to the area this summer I tried to find a place to live downtown and it seemed I either made to much money to live in some buildings, didn't make enough to be able to afford living in others, or as was the case with the Globe there was a waiting list. I ended up having to settle for an apartment about a half mile from downtown, which isn't far, but it's on the wrong side of 196. So my point is, this project is needed, I hope it moved forward.

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I will second that too! It will clean the area up very well.

Is it correct that they will renovate the current building? It does not look like much but I assume it has value if they are deciding to keep it. Is there any historical value to it?

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I will second that too! It will clean the area up very well.

Is it correct that they will renovate the current building? It does not look like much but I assume it has value if they are deciding to keep it. Is there any historical value to it?

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It's kinda hard to tell what the building looks like from the picture, but I bet if they sandblast the paint of the brick the building will look nice. The design of the building does look kinda cool from what I can see and I'm glad they'll be saving it.

I think this would be a wonderful addition and upgrade for the area. :) Maybe it'll even spark other developments in the area.

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Hey if they have really affordable studio units without all those student restrictions, I'm in. "No full time college students allowed" has been a thorn in my side. And anything that doesn't have that restriction is too expensive. I don't want to share a 2 bed apartment with 6 other people just to make it by, I just want a little tiny space I can sleep in at night to call home for a rate that won't send me off selling all my possesions.

(I definately want to go to college this year, so I'll likely be spending an arm and a leg every month in gas, car repairs, possibly replacement cars, all because my parents choose to live in Way-too-far-aWayland.)

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Thinking GVSU? That wouldn't be a bad location for you if so. I had a studio in heritage hill for a year and I liked the small space and being by myself. I've had roommates all through college and, except for that year, ever since. Though having roommates right now is by choice because I like having people pay me rent. :D

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I believe this renovation/addition has cleared all the hurdles to get Brownfield Redevelopment status, and it appears there is a new dumpster outside. Heartside may have to be renamed "Heat-side" if all these projects on the drawing boards start happening.

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http://www.ci.grand-rapids.mi.us/download_...25d439b47ac.pdf

(pg. 184)

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Developer is Kris Elliott of East Lansing, and the construction company is Fryling (part of Wolverine Group).

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Excitement by me!

I saw today in Rapid Growth the video on the old brewery ice house renovation. So many great investments sustaining the historic, traditional city. I love it. :)

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Chris Knape's blog has an interesting bit on the old Loose Leaf Plant on Commerce. He says that financing is in place and work should begin soon. Does anyone have any additional info on the building? Will it have a restaurant/bar (it's owned Kris Elliott who owns Grand Woods Lodge). Also, is this a condominium development or apartments? I would assume apartments as it doesn't appear he has to wait to sell 50%.

Good news! (Chris also has a rendering).

Joe

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Chris Knape's blog has an interesting bit on the old Loose Leaf Plant on Commerce. He says that financing is in place and work should begin soon. Does anyone have any additional info on the building? Will it have a restaurant/bar (it's owned Kris Elliott who owns Grand Woods Lodge). Also, is this a condominium development or apartments? I would assume apartments as it doesn't appear he has to wait to sell 50%.

Good news! (Chris also has a rendering).

Joe

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i was told it will be an old folks home... I was hoping it would be student apartments with a groundfloor market.... i dont think this area is appropriate for senior citizens (no nearby stores, lots of bars)

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i was told it will be an old folks home... I was hoping it would be student apartments with a groundfloor market.... i dont think this area is appropriate for senior citizens (no nearby stores, lots of bars)

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Are we opposed to diversity, and choice?? When I get to be a senior (next year?) I hope there are plenty of bars around.

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One project finished in this area, another hitting full stride. Anyone know if Commerce Ave in this area is set for repaving anytime soon?

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Commerce defeintly needs repaving my car was damaged by a pothole over that way about a year ago and the road still appears to be in the same state it was then. Also are these apartments going to be market rate or subsidised?

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I like the look with the courtyards/gardens. Very nice!

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Here is a rendering

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I drove by this building over the weekend and right now if you blink, you'll miss it. Bravo to those with enough vision to pluck it out of disrepair and fix 'er up! The rendering looks cool. This will be a fun one to watch!

*fish

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I believe that the lighter colored areas on the new building will be ground face concrete block. The darker areas are brick.

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Looks like there will be quite a hefty add-on to this place :)

and please please please repave commerce! (and while you're at it fix Bartlett between Ionia, and Commerce as well)

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I'm really going to like this project. In addition to South Division, I see this end of Commerce as sort of the "Southern Gateway" to Heartside (since Ionia is inaccessible and runs under Wealthy):

They were cleaning up the site the other day, getting ready for excavation:

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(click for full image)

RapidGrowth has a story about it today

- 39 lofts for rent, from efficiencies to work/live and penthouse lofts

- Exposed brick and beams (I wonder if this will be replicated in the new portion?)

- Community skydeck

- Neighborhood cafe providing breakfast, lunch and catering (they're hiring btw)

- Move-ins by the end of November (this one is going to go fast!)

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