The renderings are conceptual, but this would make quite an impact on the skyline in Grand Rapids given its location. A little plain, but other than that, not bad.
20-story residential tower planned at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids
By Matt Vande Bunte | MLive.com
August 26, 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A long-planned expansion of The B.O.B. will include a 20-story residential tower, according to a concept presented this morning to City Commission.
Greg Gilmore and housing developer John Wheeler aim to start construction in June 2015 and finish it in December 2016. The project will include a 4-story expansion of The B.O.B. and a 20-story Venue Tower on former city property.
The housing will include 104 market-rate units including about 16 condominiums on the top few floors, Wheeler said.
“We’re a big city with no housing,” said Wheeler, whose Orion Construction also is developing Arena Place, now under construction next to Van Andel Arena south of Fulton Street. “There’s just nothing available in this town to buy.”
Under the terms of a development agreement, the city last year granted Gilmore more time to refine his plans. The Venue, a four-story, 2,400-person event space with beer garden and food kiosks remains part of the concept, but new plans show a 20-story residential tower along Ottawa Avenue NW in an area previously designated as an outside festival marketplace.
A final concept is due to the city by Jan. 1.