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Old Posted Dec 14, 2022, 11:08 PM
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57-unit apartment project pitched in changing corner of downtown Grand Rapids



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The Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday set a public meeting for Jan. 24 to hear feedback on applications by W&S Development LLC, an entity affiliated with Grand Rapids-based Bazzani Building Company, for a Brownfield Plan Amendment and the creation of a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone at 415 Sheldon Ave. SE on the southern edge of downtown Grand Rapids.

The developer is under contract to buy the property from ICCF Community Homes for an undisclosed sum and plans to build two new five-story buildings on the vacant lot, each totaling 25,000 square feet, that will contain retail and 57 market-rate apartments.

The project, called Wealthy & Sheldon Lofts, is the latest in a building boom near Grand Rapids' Downtown Market, including the 432-unit McConnell apartment tower and ICCF's recently renamed Southgate Senior Living community, formerly Tapestry Square, scheduled to open in early 2023.
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Old Posted Dec 23, 2022, 12:59 AM
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The view from the bus station of Studio Park peaking out over 131, as the blizzard sets in this afternoon:

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Old Posted Dec 23, 2022, 7:48 PM
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^ Good shot!

Here's some action shots of the deck pour from a day or two before, posted on LinkedIn by one of the contractors on the job -










Source: LinkedIn | Samuel Weaver (Survey Engineering)

Plus a few more, from the developer -








Source: LinkedIn | Jeffrey Olsen (Olsen Loeks Development)

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GR is on a roll with new apartment projects...
Developer plans 250 apartments to 'complete the vision' of Grand Rapids movie theater corridor



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Grand Rapids-based Victory Development Group will go before the Grand Rapids City Planning Commission on Jan. 12 seeking a planned redevelopment district amendment for Celebration Apartments, a 250-unit mixed-use apartment project it is proposing at 2160 Celebration Drive NE in Grand Rapids.

It would be located on the only remaining vacant parcel in the Celebration Village commercial development anchored by the Celebration Cinema GR North movie theater.

Celebration Village, located in the area referred to as Knapp's Corner at East Beltline Avenue NE and Knapp Street NE, is also home to a Meijer, Melting Pot, HopCat, IHOP, Panera Bread, ALDI, the TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park and other restaurants. It is across from a shopping district on the other side of East Beltline that has an Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Five Below and other retailers and restaurants.
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^I love seeing all these new developments, but man, that thing looks like a 1990s Holiday Inn. I hope that’s conceptual.
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^I love seeing all these new developments, but man, that thing looks like a 1990s Holiday Inn. I hope that’s conceptual.
Yeah, that's pretty hideous as portrayed. It HAS to be conceptual - it loos like barely more than a massing model, unless the whole thing is intended to be precast concrete or EIFS. On the other hand, it would blend right in with the rest of the cringe architecture at Celebration Village.

Here's another peak at Spectrum (Corewell) Health's new ambulatory patient tower -


Source: LinkedIn | Vincenzo Roberti, P.E. (JDH Engineering)
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Here's something a little different - some neat photos of the Secchia Piazza project at GRCC, from the past few months. The "skycone" is skirted with translucent, sound-absorbent panels that compliment the color scheme of the glazing in the dome above. The floor is a custom polished concrete product -






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GR developer plans 10-story, riverside mixed-use project with 140 residential units

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Grand Rapids-based Joe Elias, doing business as West Leonard Development LLC, seeks city planning commission approval for a planned redevelopment district for the project, which will be considered on Jan. 26.

The site plan calls for 140 residential units on the fourth through 10th floors. A mix of parking and two commercial suites would occupy the ground floor, and the second and third floors would be a parking structure with 157 parking spaces.Plans call for a new 181,930-square-foot building at 260 and 282 Leonard St. NW on the west side of the Grand River, with a 50-foot setback from the river. The existing building sits directly on top of the river seawall, and the 50-foot setback is meant to “maximize the green space on the site, future-plan for a riverwalk that could extend along the entire west side of the river, and activate the waterfront through unique spaces and programming,” according to the project description.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2023, 12:28 AM
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I thought it would be a good idea to create a map showing all of the announced projects for the southern end of downtown - most of which have been posted in this thread. The concentration is insane and will be transformative for this part of the city, even if only a few of these happen.

Screenshot 2023-01-13 185713 by kratzrob, on Flickr


1) Studio Park project - 16-story addition to existing building with 189 units (under construction)

2) 12,000 seat amphitheater and 1750 apartments (the amphitheater seems like it will happen at some point)

3) Sligh Furniture building renovation (438 apartments, amended plan just got approved by the Planning Commission)

4) The McConnell (432 apartments, 10 story tower)

5) Wealthy and Sheldon Lofts (57 units)

6) Southgate Senior Living Center (56-unit building is done, set to open in 2023)

7) Mary Free Bed/Corewell Health Children's Rehabilitation Hospital (seems like a sure thing)

8) Trinity Health's proposal for a massive 9-story mixed use building (200 proposed units)


So, in all, there are 3122 proposed housing units within basically a 0.5 square mile area. Taking out the amphitheater project, it is 1372 units within about a 1/4 square mile area. As I said, if only a fraction of this comes to fruition it will still have a dramatic effect.

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I thought it would be a good idea to create a map showing all of the announced projects for the southern end of downtown - most of which have been posted in this thread. The concentration is insane and will be transformative for this part of the city, even if only a few of these happen.

Screenshot 2023-01-13 185713 by kratzrob, on Flickr


1) Studio Park project - 16-story addition to existing building with 189 units (under construction)

2) 12,000 seat amphitheater and 1750 apartments (the amphitheater seems like it will happen at some point)

3) Sligh Furniture building renovation (438 apartments, amended plan just got approved by the Planning Commission)

4) The McConnell (432 apartments, 10 story tower)

5) Wealthy and Sheldon Lofts (57 units)

6) Southgate Senior Living Center (56-unit building is done, set to open in 2023)

7) Mary Free Bed/Corewell Health Children's Rehabilitation Hospital (seems like a sure thing)

8) Trinity Health's proposal for a massive 9-story mixed use building (200 proposed units)


So, in all, there are 3122 proposed housing units within basically a 0.5 square mile area. Taking out the amphitheater project, it is 1372 units within about a 1/4 square mile area. As I said, if only a fraction of this comes to fruition it will still have a dramatic effect.
Thanks for putting this together. It is great to see GR's density spreading to the south (and for that matter, to the north and east as well). Although it is taking forever, I think the amphitheater will be a true catalyst of further development along the riverfront, south of downtown, once it is built. The cluster of #'s 4 (The McConnell), 5 (Wealthy and Sheldon Lofts), and 6 (Southgate Senior Living Center) is really changing the feel of that area. #7 is definitely going to happen too, further increasing the density and range of activities in the area.

Every once in a while, when it is a slow week, I think about making a real rundown for this thread, similar in style to the Kalamazoo or Northern Indiana rundowns, which I keep up-to-date. If I ever get around to it, Maybe DetroitSky or another mod could work their magic and bump it to the first post, similar to what was done for the Northern Indiana thread, started by another user. The second-largest city in the state deserves a full rundown. The OP for this thread hasn't been around in 8+ years, so someone else needs to take it over (in my opinion).
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Townhome, retail development would transform stretch of Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids



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The plan, being pitched by Grand Rapids-based Indigo Design + Development, would re-envision an area that has long been vacant and serves as an entryway to the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, said Ryan Schmidt, partner at Indigo Design + Development. “It’s really an incredible site that just needed some attention, and we’re really excited about the project,” said Schmidt, whose firm focuses on urban infill development and previously completed The Townhomes of Breton Village development in 2021

As part of the development, Schmidt wants to move one of the two single-family homes slated for renovation from 406 Lafayette Ave. SE to 415 Prospect Ave. SE. The move is necessary to maximize the number of townhomes on the site, Schmidt said.
https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rap...nd-rapids.html
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One of the contractors working on Studio Tower (Sam Weaver) keeps posting great photos to LinkedIn. Getting close to 8th level pours -








Source: LinkedIn | Sam Weaver (Kent Companies)














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A West Michigan pillar readies for a $75 million expansion

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum will begin a multi-year, $75 million project this spring to make more room for school groups and improve accessibility, specifically along the Grand River — itself the centerpiece of a citywide effort to activate Grand Rapids' downtown core.

The city-owned museum founded in 1854 will fund its expansion in part with an $11 million earmark in the 2023 state budget. Kent County also designated $1 million to the museum from its American Rescue Plan Act allocation in December, and the The Right Place in September allocated an $800,000 ARPA placemaking grant to the museum.

Dale Robertson, president and CEO of the museum since 2008, said the last time GRPM was significantly updated was around 2016, when it renovated its second and fourth floors to add exhibit, office and school group space.
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Spectrum's HQ in the Monroe North district
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Continuing work on the new ambulatory building
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Cella Building Company moves forward on housing development

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Cella Building Company announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, it plans to redevelop a vacant brownfield site at 415 Sheldon Ave. SE. The announcement comes following a public hearing on the project during Tuesday’s city commission meeting.

The developer aims to help provide housing for employees of Mary Free Bed and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hospitals. The $17.5 million mixed-use development will include 59 apartments in addition to 1,800 square feet of retail space. The proposed development would be 25,000 total square feet split between two five-story buildings.

“There is a genuine need for market rate housing in this part of Grand Rapids,” said Cella Building Company President Peter Skornia. “As the 2020 Housing Next Report indicated, our city has suffered a housing shortage since before the pandemic. This location provides easy access to downtown and is walkable for people employed at Mary Free Bed or Saint Mary’s.”

The residential component of the development will include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom, two-level lofts.
https://grbj.com/news/real-estate/ce...g-development/
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Trinity Health seeks input, partners to revitalize housing in GR’s Heartside neighbor

Trinity Health seeks input, partners to revitalize housing in GR’s Heartside neighborhood

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GRAND RAPIDS — More than 4,700 people once lived in the neighborhood immediately surrounding Trinity Health’s Saint Mary’s Hospital campus back in the early 1900s.

Today, after more than a century of development and change, fewer than 1,000 people call the neighborhood home.

A project that Trinity Health envisions would begin to bring density back to the neighborhood by transforming a four-block area that’s currently used for parking across Jefferson Avenue from Saint Mary’s Hospital, founded in 1893 by the Sisters of Mercy.

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Trinity Health this past summer submitted the Heartside Health District Revitalization to Kent County for consideration to receive partial funding through ARPA money. Kent County commissioners did not include the $19 million that Trinity Health sought in a list of projects the ARPA funding will support.

Submitting the project to Kent County for funding gave Trinity Health an opportunity to start a process to check public opinion and gauge support for the concept and potentially forge partnerships that can carry the vision forward.....

https://mibiz.com/sections/real-esta...e-neighborhood
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