163 New Listings – Kent County Land Bank

Feel like you just can’t find the right house for sale in this market?
163 new rehabs could be hitting the market later this year.


FULL ARTICLE: “[Kent County] Land Bank Has a Decision to Make

EXCERPT from the Grand Rapids Business Journal:

“Grand Rapids City Commissioner James White voted with the majority last week to transfer and sell 163 tax-foreclosed properties in the city to the Kent County Land Bank Authority because the action would provide plenty of work for small construction companies and remodelers.

“Now it’s up to the KLCBA board members to put those firms to work.

“The land bank board will meet Wednesday to decide whether to enter into a purchase and development agreement with the city. If board members agree to buy all the properties — of which the vast majority are residential — the organization will have to pay the city $1.182 million for the parcels by July 19 and redevelop or sell all 163 within 18 months.

“KCLBA Executive Director Dave Allen told commissioners last week that could be done and he felt most would be sold by the end of the year.”

More info on Kent County Land Bank:

Creston Plaza’s 100 apartment units will be replaced, thanks to new federal program

Full Story Here at



GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Creston Plaza, a 40-year-old public housing project on the city’s near Northeast Side, is headed for a total makeover in the next year or so, according to Carlos Sanchez, executive director of the Grand Rapids Housing Commission.

The Housing Commission hopes to demolish the 100 apartments and replace them…

Eastown Environmental Sweep Launches January 2011

The BetterBuildings for Michigan program has launched and it’s coming to Eastown! This three year, $30M American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) supported program uses a community approach to deliver energy efficiency improvements for homes and businesses by providing access to incentives and affordable loans.

>>note updated Meeting Dates and times: It’s now January 13 and 20 at 6 p.m., January 15 and 22 at 10 a.m.

The program was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG)Michigan Savesthe City of Grand Rapidsthe Economic Development Corporation of the city of Detroit; and the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office. BetterBuildings for Michigan will leverage each dollar of the federal funds available within the program with a minimum of five dollars from other investments, thereby leveraging over $150M in private and public funding.

Here’s the link to the Detroit article.

The objective of the BetterBuildings for Michigan program is to create

  • a sustainable energy efficiency market by providing outreach and education to increase demand,
  • a skilled energy efficiency workforce to meet that demand, and
  • the tools for lenders to make ongoing investments in energy efficiency in residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings.

The City of Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and Eastown Community Association (ECA) will be performing outreach in a portion of Eastown. Those within the outreach target area have access to $1050 in basic energy efficiency upgrades as well as a comprehensive home energy assessment. Based on the assessment, a resident may decide to upgrade to other energy efficiency measures that may be supported by attractive financing up to $12,500. More information can be obtained by contacting the West Michigan Environment Action Council at 451-3051.

Additional information on Eastown Sweep

The targeted neighborhood in Eastown is outlined between Fulton, Fuller, Lake, and Wilcox Park/Aquinas College and includes an estimated 429 homes. This neighborhood will be receiving advance notice of the program and events starting the week of January 3rd this may come in the form of a direct mailing, door2door invitation, or door hangers.

The official program kick off in Eastown starts on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Residents will not be able to officially sign up for the program until January 12th.

Information Meetings will be held at St. Thomas Church in the basement community room.

Program sign up meetings:

January 13 and 20 at 6 p.m., January 15 and 22 at 10 a.m.

Door-2-Door Canvassing Events: WMEAC will be canvassing the neighborhood the week of January 17-22 for program information and sign up. Deadline for resident sign up is

February 12th, 2011

Also, starting on January 12th, the WMEAC office at 1007 Lake Drive SE & the ECA Office will become home bases for the neighbors to visit, get more information, and sign up during normal business hours of both offices.

The program website should be available by the official program kick-off on January 12th.

That site will be

Questions from residents about the program can be directed to WMEAC.

Ann Erhardt

Outreach Project Manager

616-451-3051 x24