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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.”

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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.

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Looks like this has been lowered to 14-floors. Still pretty tall, though.

B.O.B. expansion in downtown Grand Rapids won't reach 20 stories

By Matt Vande Bunte | MLive.com

January 5, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A residential tower planned next to The B.O.B. will be shorter than first proposed.

Plans submitted this month for Venue Tower show a building with 14 floors, down from the 20-story concept introduced in August. The project also no longer includes a rooftop beer garden that B.O.B. owner Greg Gilmore called a “park in the sky.”

“We have removed the roof top component to our project as it was too expensive,” Gilmore wrote in a Nov. 30 memo to the city.

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The building concept includes a skywalk to the adjacent city-owned Ottawa-Fulton parking ramp. Construction is targeted to start in June 2015 and finish in early 2017, Wheeler stated via email.

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In other news, a 12-story office tower called Twelve Weston is being proposed in Heartside. Not crazy about the architecture, or that it took out two turn-of-the-century buildings, though.



12-story office tower proposed at downtown Grand Rapids demolition site

By Garrett Ellison | MLive.com

February 5, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Developers are eyeing the hole next to Rockwell & Republic bar and restaurant for a 12-story office building called Twelve Weston.

SIBSCO LLC, a Secchia family holding company, presented plans for the building to the city's Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

The proposed office tower would occupy the corner of Weston Street and South Division Ave. in downtown Grand Rapids, where a pair of century-old buildings at 35 & 41 S. Division were demolished last year just prior to ArtPrize.

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Developers are using a "bonus height" calculation to exceed the 85-foot limit on buildings in the Heartside neighborhood. City code allows developers to build higher if certain amounts of ground floor retail and "urban open space" are included.

The next discussions with the Historic Preservation Commission will be in about a month, SIBSCO said. The development ownership, construction timeline and lead tenants will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Can a moderator please change the name of the thread to "Grand Rapids, MI Development News"? Thanks.
 

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Quite a few large projects, the largest of which is 601 Bond NW.



3 projects, 552 apartments get green light for tax breaks

By Jim Harger | MLive.com

February 4, 2016

• 601 Bond Avenue NW: This $53 million project will build a 16-story apartment tower on a vacant lot that was once home to a foundry on the north end of downtown Grand Rapids.

The project developers, who are affiliated with Time Equities of New York, say they plan to create 202 market-rate apartments on top of a five-story parking ramp that will have space for 214 cars.

Construction is expect to begin in mid-2016 and take between 18 and 24 months to complete. The developer is seeking an estimated $4.7 million in reimbursements for the site preparation work.

• Grand Rapids Properties I: This $48.5 million project will create 287 apartments in the neighborhood between the Mid Towne Village and Grand Avenue NE. The developers estimate they will seek property tax reimbursements of up to $9.2 million over 14 years.

Plans by the Georgia-based developer include razing 16 houses and a commercial building in the neighborhood north of Michigan Avenue NE. The development will include a parking ramp with 334 spaces.

• 601 Lake Michigan Drive: This $19 million project will create 63 apartments in two buildings on a vacant lot along Lake Michigan Drive NW between Seward and Lexington avenues. The project also will demolish a house along Lexington Drive NW.

The buildings, which will include ground-floor retail, office and restaurant space, will include 70 underground parking spaces and a 24-space surface parking lot.
 

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The tower in this project seeems to be for a tentative future phase:



$140M downtown movie complex will include apartments, parking

By Jim Harger | MLive.com

April 11, 2016

$140 Million Movie And Apartment Project J.D. Loeks describes how Studio C will fit into a $140 million movie theater and housing development in the Arena District south of the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A nine-screen movie theater complex is coming to the Arena District on the south end of downtown Grand Rapids along with 187 apartments, it was announced Monday, April 11.

Loeks Theatres Inc. and 616 Development will partner on the $100 million project. It will be built on two city-owned parking lots between Oakes and Cherry streets just south of the Van Andel Arena.

Groundbreaking on the first phase of the "Studio C!" project may begin as soon as early 2017, the developers said at a news conference.

A second $40 million phase of the project could add another 150 apartments in a 10-story tower to be built on top of the development's parking ramp, they said. No timetable was set for the second phase.

The city of Grand Rapids will operate a 900-space parking ramp that will be built on the site as part of the project. The site will include a public piazza in front of the theater and ground-floor retail shops.

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For your dose of absolutely worthless info Grand Rapids comes in at #5 in the country of the most hipster of American cities.
Infogroup ranked the following as the top 10 hipster cities in the U.S.:

1. Seattle
2. Portland
3. Denver
4. Sacramento, Calif.
5. Grand Rapids, Mich.
6. San Diego
7. Providence, R.I.
8. Pittsburgh
9. San Francisco
10. Rochester, N.Y.
 

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I was planning a large update post, but this PDF from the GR Planning Commission does the job better than I could.
Some updates to the PDF:
-20 Monroe Live(concert venue) is open as of February 1.
-Waters building is finished. The Homewood Suites looks amazing!
-Keeler project is dead, new RFP is out
-10 Ionia is approved, awaiting start date.
- 2 hotels(Home2 and Fairfeild Inn) to be built near the now U of Michigan owned Metro Health south of GR
http://www.grcity.us/design-and-development-services/Planning-Department/Documents/2016-17%20Development%20Projects%20FINAL%201000am.pdf
 

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A new convention center hotel is being proposed.



New 400-room hotel proposed for DeVos Place convention center

By Jim Harger | MLive.com

April 21, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A new 24-story hotel tower could be just the thing to perk up an under-used section of DeVos Place convention center and solve downtown's need for another convention hotel, the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) was told Friday, April 21.

The proposal would put a 400-room hotel costing up to $97 million along a section of the convention center located between DeVos Performance Hall and the Windquest Building, which is owned by the family of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.

It looks like it could be around 300 feet tall.
 

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I don't get a chance to go to downtown Grand Rapids as much as I would like, but I had some time to walk around Tuesday and photograph some of the many recently completed and under-construction projects. Grand Rapids is still booming - maybe these photos will get some conversation going in this forum again.

New apartment complex near Knapp St NE and E Beltline Ave NE (behind Meijer):




The Warner Building / Hyatt Place:






Future home of the AC Hotel:




20 Monroe Live (complete):


Arena Place (complete). There's a similar aesthetic among a lot of these apartment projects, with the metal paneling and such:




Rooftop unit, being installed at / near Hopcat, on Ionia:


The lift operator was catching some ZZZ's:


Kendall College / Ferris State Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Building (complete):


20 Fulton East Apartments (complete):


MSU Research Center (complete):




601 Bond Ave NW:








Embassy Suites Hotel:






Icon on Bond (complete):


The Rowe (complete):




Meanwhile, down the road in Grandville, The Grand Castle project somehow persists. There are a lot of crews on site and a flourish of activities. I am still flummoxed that this is happening - everything about it seems off. The opening date has been delayed numerous times. Most recently, December 15, 2017 was to be the move-in date. They don't look anywhere close to complete yet:






And so the sun sets for now upon this construction update, and this oddity:
 
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