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New Class A office tower for downtown?

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There's an article in the Business Journal today that says that Ray Kisor is working with a landlord client on a potential Class A office tower for downtown to start within the next 3 years. We seem to hear these just about every year this time. :)

Assuming that it happens, anyone got any (new) guesses of where?

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The usual places. Dont think anywhere new has opened up.

Would be nice though if they bought lots of DT land and built 7 four-story buildings, instead of one thirty-story tower.

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They mention the demand for healthcare space may push demand for it. I wonder if that will drive the location.

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Lyon & Ottawa, or perhaps one of the parking lots along Division, if it's healthcare related. Those would be my guesses.

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Maybe it has to do with Sequenom and their projected 500 jobs in the next five years... We have been assisting them here and in CA in creating an executive team for their operations here in Grand Rapids.

I have no proof that this is what it is, but it would make sense.

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Maybe it has to do with Sequenom and their projected 500 jobs in the next five years... We have been assisting them here and in CA in creating an executive team for their operations here in Grand Rapids.

I have no proof that this is what it is, but it would make sense.

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I wonder about The Press property. Great highway access right there along with the Silver Line, street railway and Medical Mile cluster. An interesting place for a tower may also be on Ionia North parking lot. Not saying any of these are realistic.

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I would agree that a very good location for the building would be at the Press' current site. Maybe the GR Press would rent space in the new building too? ;)

I wonder about The Press property. Great highway access right there along with the Silver Line, street railway and Medical Mile cluster. An interesting place for a tower may also be on Ionia North parking lot. Not saying any of these are realistic.

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The GR Press site or the OAK/Catholic Diocese block would be perfect. Like someone said though, this seems to pop up every spring (though I'd love for it to be true).

Joe

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A word of caution about the term "tower". In Grand Rapids, the term tower has been applied to a building 7 stories or taller. An example would be the building addition that was proposed for Plaza Towers. Granted, any new office space would be welcome, but I wouldn't expect anything very large.

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Tall or not I think we all want something that actually respects the street level. Glass walls are just as bad as brick if there's no steet-level interaction!

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A word of caution about the term "tower". In Grand Rapids, the term tower has been applied to a building 7 stories or taller. An example would be the building addition that was proposed for Plaza Towers. Granted, any new office space would be welcome, but I wouldn't expect anything very large.

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