$72 million development breaks ground in Grand Rapids

Jun 27, 2017

A two-tower development that will redefine the heart the Grand Rapids downtown landscape broke ground Tuesday. The $72 million development at the corner of Ottawa Avenue and Pearl Street in downtown Grand Rapids will construct two buildings, a 15-story office building that will be home to the Warner, Norcross and Judd law firm as well as Chemical Bank, and a 12-story Hyatt Place Hotel with a restaurant on the ground floor. Orion Construction’s Public Relations Coordinator Jason Wheeler says it’s the biggest project the company has taken on so far. 

Rapid Growth

May 4, 2017 / Rapid Growth

Guests from Rapid Growth Media join us each month.  Publisher Tommy Allen, future Editor Ken James and Norm Brady of ABCWM join us for conversation about the changing landscape of construction firms.

The Right Place

Mar 21, 2017
The Right Place
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Monthly we speak with guests from The Right Place.  Birgit Klohs joins us today to talk about a new strategic plan, 4 new projects, and incentive legislation in Lansing. / JLL

The City of Grand Rapids is looking for a developer to purchase what many consider a prime piece of downtown real estate.

Along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids is a city-owned property located at 201 Market Avenue SW.

15.8 acres of riverfront space the City of Grand Rapids is marketing to what it calls qualified development teams.

Its hired real estate firm JLL to identify a shortlist of these development teams with the financial and technical abilities to deliver a large-scale mixed-use project.

The Right Place

Jan 17, 2017
The Right Place
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Monthly guests join in from The Right Place discuss Economic Development. Today, Birgit Klohs joins us to take a look back at 2016 and forward to the year ahead.

Advanced aged living facility Holland Home this week announced plans on a multi-million dollar expansion at their Breton Campus. Part of a $10 million dollar project entitled “Keeping the Promise, Securing the Future,” Holland Home announced that $3.3 million of that budget will go towards new assisted living facilities at their Breton Campus in Grand Rapids.

Executive Director of Holland Home Sara Heethuis says the demand for the new assisted living facility stems from the recent rise in residents after Holland Home expanded independent living facilities two years ago.

Kalamazoo Gibson smokestack
The Gibson Smokestack: 'Save The Stack' /

A landmark smokestack that's among the last signs of Kalamazoo's Gibson guitar-making history is coming down for possible preservation and inclusion in a redevelopment plan on the property.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Thursday crews expect to finish dismantling the top of the white-lettered brick smokestack within about a week.

Officials say they are removing 30 feet of the 85-foot stack and will determine if more needs to go. 

The top was deemed unstable.

Guests mingle at a Heartside unity picnic held Thursday, August 18.
Hilary Farrell

The Heartside neighborhood in Grand Rapids is going through some pretty significant changes, spurred by redevelopment interests and talk of gentrification. 

Dennis VanKampen is the CEO and executive director of Mel Trotter Ministries. He spoke with WGVU at a neighborhood unity picnic earlier this month about the event’s goals - and how he sees solutions to community challenges.

Downtown Grand Rapids

There’s been a lot of development in Grand Rapids lately. Some of those can be attributed to brownfield redevelopment – a financially-based incentive which can help turn contaminated or neglected buildings into new residential and business sites across the city.  WGVU News Intern Kayla Tucker explores the process.

"Brownfield redevelopment is really an urban development tool in Grand Rapids and the vast majority of the projects that you see in the city are brownfield redevelopment projects."

Hilary Farrell

A Thursday picnic promoting unity drew hundreds for music, food and fellowship at Heartside Park in Grand Rapids.

Sue Gilbert with the Heartside Neighborhood Collaboration Project helped get everything off the ground.

"[The goal of the event was to] get people together to recognize each other, to talk to each other, to treat each other with respect," she says.

Heartside is certainly going through changes.