8-story building with connection to Trade Center planned at Grand Rapids parking lot

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After more than a year of negotiating, the city and the prospective developer of a parking lot at the corner of Fulton Street and Ionia Avenue NW are ready to proceed with a deal that could yield an 8-story building.

Grand Rapids City Commission on Jan. 22 is expected to consider a three-year option for CWD Real Estate to purchase the property adjacent to the Ottawa-Fulton parking ramp and across Fulton from Van Andel Arena….

New Park Slated for Heritage Hill

From the Facebook page: “The parking lot at the corner of Madison and Pleasant is on its way to being converted to a park. The land has been acquired by the City of Grand Rapids in a three-way land swap deal with Kenty County and DeVries Development. The Feb. 20 design charette produced a beautiful plan for the site. Now it will be added to the City’s master plan for parks. But that’s not the end; it’s just the beginning. Now we need to make sure this beautiful idea becomes a reality.”

More at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Grand Rapids Downtown Urban Market Receives City Funding Approval

Last Wednesday the Grand Rapids DDA Board approved over $2.5 million in support for some major downtown projects. The  Downtown Urban Market project will receive $1,067,445 out of future tax revenue it generates.

Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Approves Funding for new AMTRAK Station

$850,000 will be used to design and construct a new AMTRAK station just south of The Rapid Central Station. The new station will be larger and will eliminate the traffic stoppages that currently occur twice a day on Wealthy and Market streets when the train is being boarded.

Coit Street Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Fix on I-196 project is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday on the Coit Avenue bridge. The project reconstructed and widened two miles of freeway and replaced five bridges. It was funded by the $787 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Activity is scheduled for 11/19/10 at 11am

Details unveiled for 27 million dollar Grand Rapids Urban Market in Heartside Neighborhood

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By Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press

March 24, 2010, 8:00AM

GRAND RAPIDS — A dilapidated produce distribution center at the southern end of downtown could become a hub of commerce for local farmers, food makers and artisans as part of a $27 million urban market concept unveiled Wednesday.

Grand Action, the private group that led efforts to build the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place, said it would forge ahead with plans to develop an urban market offering space for vendors to create and sell a variety of foods and other goods.

The market also is envisioned as an educational facility with a greenhouse, demonstration kitchen and meeting rooms that will help people better understand local food systems while teaching about healthier eating.

The preferred location is the 3.5-acre former Sonneveldt Produce Co. complex, 435 Ionia Ave. SW. The site is visible from U.S. 131, south of Wealthy Street.