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On 8/23/2019 at 10:10 AM, joeDowntown said:

Ok, yes, I remember it now. They also had a rendering for a conceptual building near Crescent park. To me, these were always explorations by the architect picking spots they new and envisioning a new use (I remember them doing a nice concept for the underutilized strip mall at Cascade and 28th). Unless someone has intel that these were commissioned concepts?

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They were on Visbeen's website in their portfolio of "conceptual"projects. It didn't say it was Market and Fulton but we all figured it out pretty easily. 

I think it was when it hit the Press that Wayne Visbeen asked me to pull it down. And it disappeared from their website. 

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5 hours ago, ironyisadeadscene said:

I have a question about Wilcox Park. What is with the "bowl" feature on the south side along Robinson? It's clearly artificial and I wonder if there's a reason for it.

I think it used to be a skating rink.  That's my guess because Pinewood Park in Kentwood has a similar bowl in the corner of the field.  They used to fill it with water in Wintertime and let it freeze.  I'm not sure why they stopped doing that - maybe it wasn't safe or maybe nobody used it.

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18 hours ago, RegalTDP said:

I think it used to be a skating rink.  That's my guess because Pinewood Park in Kentwood has a similar bowl in the corner of the field.  They used to fill it with water in Wintertime and let it freeze.  I'm not sure why they stopped doing that - maybe it wasn't safe or maybe nobody used it.

I looked at Google maps at Pinewood and couldn't locate this well. Maybe I'm taking similar too seriously.

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6 hours ago, ironyisadeadscene said:

I looked at Google maps at Pinewood and couldn't locate this well. Maybe I'm taking similar too seriously.

Oh, sorry if I overstated - only really similar in that they're both artificial indentations in the ground.  At Pinewood it's more of a rectangle and it's easy to miss if you didn't know it was there.  It's a depression about 1-2 feet lower than the rest of the park, which is mostly a flat field.  My memory is hazy on when they stopped flooding the area at Pinewood, but it would have been 30-35 years ago.  Come to think about it, that's around the time the Kentwood Ice Arena was built.  I have no idea if they would have done this at Wilcox Park too, it's just my theory.  I figure it would have been done many years earlier, and the features would be more deliberate.

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19 hours ago, RegalTDP said:

Oh, sorry if I overstated - only really similar in that they're both artificial indentations in the ground.  At Pinewood it's more of a rectangle and it's easy to miss if you didn't know it was there.  It's a depression about 1-2 feet lower than the rest of the park, which is mostly a flat field.  My memory is hazy on when they stopped flooding the area at Pinewood, but it would have been 30-35 years ago.  Come to think about it, that's around the time the Kentwood Ice Arena was built.  I have no idea if they would have done this at Wilcox Park too, it's just my theory.  I figure it would have been done many years earlier, and the features would be more deliberate.

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You're awesome. Thank you!

Wilcox is just very uniform and very deliberate.  The velodrome makes sense, IMO, but so does the water feature as well.

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On 9/8/2019 at 5:16 AM, Gorath said:

I don't know if it is true, but it may have been a velodrome.

 

Not a Velodrome.

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The area near Robinson was a pond water feature. It has been filled in,  but the same rock still remains.

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5 hours ago, ironyisadeadscene said:

You're awesome. Thank you!

Wilcox is just very uniform and very deliberate.  The velodrome makes sense, IMO, but so does the water feature as well.

Wilcox also used to have a poolhouse.

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4 hours ago, EastownLeo said:

Not a Velodrome.

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 1.04.08 PM.png

The area near Robinson was a pond water feature. It has been filled in,  but the same rock still remains.

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The rock is photographed from the same side.  But it's clearly been turned

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16 hours ago, ironyisadeadscene said:

The rock is photographed from the same side.  But it's clearly been turned

Yeah, I took the photo of the rock.  I wanted to show that it was the same.  I am guessing the stone "curbs" that surrounded the pool are still there.  The bushes in the old photo are probably the same bushes that are still there to this day.

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21 hours ago, EastownLeo said:

Not a Velodrome.

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 1.04.08 PM.png

The area near Robinson was a pond water feature. It has been filled in,  but the same rock still remains.

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Looks like a velodrome that was turned into a pond before being completely filled in.  The mystery deepens...

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2 hours ago, wingbert said:

Looks like a velodrome that was turned into a pond before being completely filled in.  The mystery deepens...

 

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Any info on the large commercial structure going up just north of 96 easily visible eastbound between (I think) Walker & Bristol?

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55 minutes ago, arcturus said:

Any info on the large commercial structure going up just north of 96 easily visible eastbound between (I think) Walker & Bristol?

That must be part of Walkerview. Might be Falk North America's project - they announced a 78,000 sq. ft. building last December: https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/walkerview-continues-growth-spurt-as-industrial-vacancy-remains-low

 

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