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On 10/25/2018 at 12:50 PM, GR_Urbanist said:

I overheard this a few days back, so make of it what you will, but the antique store on E. Fulton that is closing is to become a "Gaming center", similar to the old Grand LAN.

 

Ok, I was a little off. It is games-related, but I'm not sure the whole deal from what I could see from the street.

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On 7/26/2017 at 10:08 AM, GRCentro said:

Interestingly, there is little to no automatic protection for a resource listed on a national or state historic register. The "teeth" of preservation enforcement is almost always at the local level. What a national historic designation can do is prevent the use of federal funds to harm a listed resource (1966 National Historic Preservation Act). The saving of Heritage Hill from wholesale demolition in the late 60's was a classic use of this mechanism. 

Regarding the church building at Diamond and Hermitage, don't expect big changes anytime soon. A demo by neglect hearing simply opens a legal process that will eventually allow city contractors to enter the property and provide stabilizing repairs if the building owner is unwilling or unable to do so. I expect they'll end up patching the roof, but little more will change until there is a building owner with the resources to do so. The increasing stack of fines and liens tends to force out owners who don't have the will or means to keep up. There are several other active demo by neglect cases in the neighborhood, but they're still eyesores. It's a long process.

This church is apparently now being turned into a community/arts/music events space called the Hermitage. Being renovated by Carol Moore. 

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LOL! My "prediction" from 2013 finally comes true!:rolleyes:

 

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The rather large church between Lake Dr. and E. Fulton, on Diamond, will be bought and converted into an independent theater and performing arts center.

But I'm thrilled to see this!  It will be an awesome addition that will put another point of activity in the district.

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On 1/19/2019 at 7:01 PM, GR_Urbanist said:

LOL! My "prediction" from 2013 finally comes true!:rolleyes:

 

But I'm thrilled to see this!  It will be an awesome addition that will put another point of activity in the district.

From what I have heard,  she is using her own funds and unless she is able to bring in others and outside money, this will take a very long time.

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23 hours ago, EastownLeo said:

From what I have heard,  she is using her own funds and unless she is able to bring in others and outside money, this will take a very long time.

I'm surprised she hasn't applied for any grants or anything. I assume it's going to be a 501c3? 

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30 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

I'm surprised she hasn't applied for any grants or anything. I assume it's going to be a 501c3? 

She needs a rich benefactor.  The Wealthy Street Theater rehab muddled along for some time before Peter Wege stepped in.   

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42 minutes ago, walker said:

She needs a rich benefactor.  The Wealthy Street Theater rehab muddled along for some time before Peter Wege stepped in.   

Which interestingly Carol Moore was also very involved with. 

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I'm impressed I was expecting more of a half assed job.  Granted I'm not that familiar with those leading the restoration or their previous work so I probably shouldn't be surprised.

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It’s a cool project. You don’t see many churches like that (wood structure) in the city, and it’s awesome it didn’t meet the wrecking ball. 

I know Brickyaat has been tossed around for a few years, but it’s such a cool name. That area needs to embrace it. Who wouldn’t want to live in a neighborhood called the brickyaat?! 

Joe

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8 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

know Brickyaat has been tossed around for a few years, but it’s such a cool name. That area needs to embrace it. Who wouldn’t want to live in a neighborhood called the brickyaat?

Off topic but I play in a neighborhood soccer league and our midtown team is called FC Brickyaat. :)

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8 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

It’s a cool project. You don’t see many churches like that (wood structure) in the city, and it’s awesome it didn’t meet the wrecking ball. 

I know Brickyaat has been tossed around for a few years, but it’s such a cool name. That area needs to embrace it. Who wouldn’t want to live in a neighborhood called the brickyaat?! 

Joe

There already is a Brikyaat neighborhood. Per Midtown's website "The Brikyaat neighborhood spans from Batavia Place NE to Fuller NE between Fountain and Fulton streets."

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1 hour ago, joeDowntown said:

I knew that there was a formal area called brickyaat. You don’t run across it much though. We seem to be bland with our naming. West side, east hills, Midtown, Eastown. 

Its such a cool name, I’m surprised it hasn’t been adopted by the whole area.

FC Brickyaat is a great name for a soccer team. :) 

Joe

There is reference to it on the sign at the Midtown Green and Midtown sells those plaques you can put on your house, but beyond that I don't think there is much reference to it. Would be cool to see it on street signs like Baxter has.

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This might not be the best thread for this...but it fits.

ICCF is moving their HQ to their project at Franklin and Madison. I think that's a really cool move because it is built in vitality for their new project, and I'd have to believe they'll find an interesting tenant for their Cherry Street building. 

https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/iccf-to-move-to-new-mixed-use-redevelopment-next-year/2000870159

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5 hours ago, GVSUChris said:

I'd have to believe they'll find an interesting tenant for their Cherry Street building. 

I love that building on Cherry. I really hope it get an awesome tenant (not some law firm or other place I'll never have a reason to set foot in).

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7 hours ago, Pattmost20 said:

I love that building on Cherry. I really hope it get an awesome tenant (not some law firm or other place I'll never have a reason to set foot in).

I can't imagine that building will sit empty long. They did such an amazing job on it. Part of me still can't believe they pulled off the restoration. Half (or more) of the facade was chopped off, the rest was in poor shape, and it had a nasty 1950s / 1960s appendage (a school building?) tacked on. Easily one of the coolest restorations to happen in GR.

Joe

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7 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

I can't imagine that building will sit empty long. They did such an amazing job on it. Part of me still can't believe they pulled off the restoration. Half (or more) of the facade was chopped off, the rest was in poor shape, and it had a nasty 1950s / 1960s appendage (a school building?) tacked on. Easily one of the coolest restorations to happen in GR.

Joe

After the orphanage left it was Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.   I think it was Mary Free Bed that added the appendage.  After Mary Free Bed moved down next to Saint Mary's Hospital there were some other charitable organizations that used parts of the building.  I think the March of Dimes was one of them.

EDIT: It came to me this morning when I woke up that in the early two-thousands, probably the last tenant before the remodeling was in fact a school, The Abney Academy.  I'd forgotten that.  Here's a photo I just found on the internet: 

Mary Free Bed Hospital Addition

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because of sudden unexpected flash of memory recall
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Wow, ICCF is moving out of East Hills and down to Franklin Street.  It makes sense, when they first moved into East Hills it was still a bit "fringe." The picture in that article of the woman with the stroller totally brings back memories of when that flurry of redevelopment along Cherry Street was happening.

https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2019/05/iccf-moving-to-new-location-on-grand-rapids-southeast-side.html

It will be interesting to see who goes into that building. 

 

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