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The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

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Grand Rapids’ major entertainment venues have broken attendance records this past year. WGVU’ breaks down the figures at DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena.

Van Andel Arena celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 and did it in style. On home ice, the 2016-2017 Grand Rapids Griffins won its second AHL Calder Cup Championship and musician Paul McCartney set a single event record with the most gross ticket sales. That show was just one of 60 performances and 37 events hosted by the downtown arena.

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The great American solar eclipse has come and gone. It was a rare astronomical event and one that I  shared with my daughters. With solar eclipse glasses protecting their young eyes, this was their first solar eclipse experience captured in this audio diary. 

“Norah, what do you see?”

“It looks like a moon.”

“Whoa!” Shrieked her sister, Sienna, “It’s a moon! It’s the moon!”

I had to explain it’s the moon passing in front of the sun. Also, reminding the girls to keep the solar eclipse glasses covering their eyes.

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Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved the mixed-use development project featuring a movie theater complex.

If all goes as planned, the $140 million mixed-use project could break ground later this year. Celebration Cinema is investing $100 million devoted to a multi-screen movie theater called Studio C! located within the Arena South District at Oakes and Cherry Streets.

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What is the best way to provide the highest quality and affordable health care to Americans? That was one of the questions posed by Kent County Democrats during a town hall meeting.

The Kent County Democratic Party hosted a town hall meeting at Grand Rapids’ Fountain Street Church Wednesday evening hosted by State Representative Winnie Brinks.

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We discuss a movement backed by some Grand Rapids entertainment district establishment owners pushing for laws allowing for open containers. Also, health care consumerism backed by health insurance providers.

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Tomorrow at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia the USS Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned. The first of the new super class carrier is a $13 billion marvel that will officially be placed on active duty Saturday.

In Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting commissioning ceremony events.

“Well, it’s not every day that someone has an aircraft carrier named after them.”

That’s Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library Deputy Director.

A workshop this week in Grand Rapids will provide information on ways to reuse wood that's removed from city trees during routine maintenance. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the seminar would be especially helpful for arborists, municipal tree care workers and forestry professionals. It's scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. at Blandford School. The cost is $35. 

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Grand Valley State University is announcing plans for the construction of its third healthcare building along Grand Rapids Medical Mile. Grand Valley State University continues advancing projects making it the region’s number one provider of healthcare professionals.

The university announcing its breaking ground on a $70 million facility. The building will house health professions and nursing programs. The new construction next to Grand Valley's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences is scheduled to break ground in June of 2018 and be completed in May of 2021.

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Grand Valley State University is purchasing Ferris Coffee and Nut’s downtown Grand Rapids facility. GVSU says this is where it plans to grow its engineering curriculum.

Grand Valley State University is paying Ferris Coffee and Nut $6.5 million for its Winter Avenue facility. This will be the home of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing’s Design and Innovation Center. The university says the current structure is move-in ready. With more than 63,000 square feet of space.

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