Steelcase’s “Silq Chair” is on the Cutting Edge

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The world of business works is being treated to a new chair, that intuitively responds to human movement. With only one mechanical adjustment, for height, this new invention’s basic material consists of polymer, a high-performance creation that performs like carbon fiber, however much less expensive.SILQ-9

A Steelcase team of designers and engineers first came up with this idea in 2008, however it was not cost productive to manufacture. In 2016, the concept was tested again and with inspirations from aerospace along with the creation of new materials, less expensive than that of carbon fiber, this new state-of-the-art seating has been born.

The “Silq”, pronounced “Silk” chair will be manufactured in Kentwood’s Steelcase plant and will be available for purchase this spring. Steelcase’s France plant will manufacture for companies located in Europe, the Middle East & Africa by fall.

Prices will range from $970 for the polymer version and $3,000 if made from carbon fiber.

COMING SOON… BADLY NEEDED PARKING STRUCTURES ON MICHIGAN’S MEDICAL MILE

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An underground 66-space parking structure has been okayed for 333 Michigan, NE, which will be located under a five-story Grand Valley State University state-funded building.

This new building will start this coming June 2018 and is slated for completion by May 2021. In addition, the largest parking ramp built, will be a joint project between Spectrum Health & Grand Valley State University, and located next to the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences & along the I96 corridor.

This 6-level parking will accommodate 1,220 parking spots for the convenience of local college students and health care employees, while easing the availability of on street parking for the local homeowners and businesses.

These new parking offerings are in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University and the Neighbors of Belknap Lookout: Development with preservation and good neighbors in mind.

News Around Our Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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A block long parcel between Wealthy & Logan Streets, running along S. Division & fronting the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit stop, is the proposed site of a newly planned 104-unit senior living project. Sixty percent of the affordably built apartments would be reserved for low income senior tenants while forty percent would be leased at current market value.

The project would include ten 2-bedroom apartments and 94 1-bedroom apartments, along with the main level housing retail businesses and a restaurant. A grocery store proposal is also in the works for the corner at Wealthy and S. Division. This planning is in its infant stages and will be determined by the availability of tax credits from Michigan’s Housing Development Authority.

ICCF currently has a waiting list of 750 residents hoping to utilize this nonprofit housing units and coming real property.

 

 
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Generous and 2017 record-setting, Meijer’s “Simply Give” program raised nearly $8.5 million, which is equivalent to the same number of meals at $1 each. An amazing $3 million of these donations were raised during the past holiday season, to the benefit of families throughout W. Michigan. Meijer runs their campaign three times yearly; spring, autumn and the holiday season. Customers, at Meijer’s, buy $10 gift cards at check-out and Meijer converts those gift cards into food-only cards, which in turn are donated to local food pantries.

In the past ten years, this program has generated more than $37 million in food panty support. Kudos to Meijer & to the residents of W. Michigan for their caring & cash.

Founders Brewing Canadian Breakfast Stout is back!

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age-gate-logoIt’s back by popular demand: Canadian Breakfast Stout, last bottled in 2011, is one of the most sought-after craft beers in the United States. Brewed with coffees and imported chocolate, then aged in bourbon barrels, this elusive offering is 10.6 percent alcohol by volume. CBS should be available on tap and in 750 milliliter bottles beginning the first of December. The suggested retail price per bottle is $24.99.

 

This is just one more reason that Grand Rapids is the Beer Capital of our nation. Congratulation, Founders!

FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK – $115 Million Expansion

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Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids MI – Photographer: Chris Evans

 

Enjoying over 750,000 visitors a year, our own Grand Rapids Township’s signature attraction is now 22 years in the making, improving and currently preparing for another major update.

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Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids: Photographer – Chris Evans

This not-so-small project at Meijer Gardens; is now underway and will be four years in the making.  All new renovations and upgrades are consistent with our city’s commitment to LEED certification.  Grand Rapids’ way of leading our nation by example- setting!

The New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was chosen to design and expand the current gardens and sculpture park to include:  Additional parking, expanded -urban garden, -Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall English perennial garden, -Bissell INC Scenic Corridor, & existing amphitheater.  New additions:  Padnos Families Rooftop Sculpture Garden, outdoor picnic pavilion, sculpture garden entry plaza, Peter & Emmajean Cook Transportation Center (for outdoor tram tours), 20,000 sf. LEED-certified Covenant Learning Center and a 60,000 sf. LEED-certified Welcome Center. 

These new areas will provide more galleries for sculpture exhibitions, expand horticulture exhibitions, educational offerings as well as increased and needed art storage.

 

Visit: Meijer Gardens – http://www.meijergardens.org/

FIVE REASONS LISTING YOUR HOME FOR SALE THIS FALL MAKES SENSE

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  • DEMAND IS STRONG: CHECK OUT “BUYER TRAFFIC REPORT” PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.
  • LESS COMPETITION: KENT COUNTY IS EXPERIENCING 1.5 MONTHS OF CURRENT INVENTORY.  6 MONTHS OF INVENTORY IS CONSIDERED A NORMAL HOUSING MARKET.
  • CLOSING PROCESS WILL BE QUICKER: THE COMPETITIVE MARKET HAS CAUSED BUYERS TO BE READY WITH PRE-APPROVALS AND FINANCING IN PLACE.  “ORIGINATION INSIGHT REPORT” SAYS THAT TIME TO CLOSE DAYS HAVE DECREASED TO 43 DAYS, HOWEVER THE GRAND RAPIDS MARKET CENTER HAS EXPERIENCED FAR LESS.
  • NEVER A BETTER TIME TO MOVE UP: IF YOUR NEXT MOVE IS A PREMIUM OR LUXURY HOME, THE INVENTORY IN THE HIGHER PRICE RANGES HAS FORCED THESE MARKETS INTO A BUYER’S MARKET.  CORELOGIC IS PROJECTING A 5% APPRECIATION RATE OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.  WATCH YOUR HOUSING INVESTMENT GROW.
  • IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE: WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS TO MAKE A MOVE?  IS MONEY MORE IMPORTANT THAN “FAMILY”, “HEALTH” OR “STATE OF WELL-BEING”?

 

Data Breach – Equifax

Alert IconPossibly the biggest news within this past week, the scariest too, is the probability that 143 million U.S. consumers have had their social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers compromised. Is there such a thing as a “good” hacker?

This is one of the largest and most threatening data breaches of recent years.  There are several ways to protect your finances after this Equifax data breach:

  • Check your credit report with Equifax, Experian & TransUnion.  These reports are free, annually, via creditreport.com.
  • A credit freeze:  This procedure will prevent the issue of new lines of credit.  It can be an extreme measure because a consumer will not be able to open new credit cards, apply for a mortgage or a car loan, plus “unfreezing” the credit can & could be VERY time consuming.
  • Check bank statements and credit card statements.  Now, this should be standard procedure for all of us…are we too busy to deal with what may happen if we don’t take the time to review these monthly items?  Let’s watch the dollars that we have worked so hard to preserve.

Last thought on this sobering subject?  Check “the” website!  Equifax has established a “go to” site to help all of us through this potential hazard.  “www.equifaxsecurity2017.com OR visit the identity theft resource center at www.idtheftcenter.org / 1-888-400-5530.

 

Good luck to all of us; technology is most certainly a curse as well as a blessing.

Late Summer and Early Fall is a great time to visit Michigan’s Waters!

We Michiganders have the distinction of being one of the top states in the union for boat ownership. 

West Michigan boaters; early fall is a wonderful time to trailer or cruise our fresh waterways (or the great lakes themselves).  As we all know, summers in Michigan are a blessing and all too short. So while the weather is still nice and the chill has not settled in yet; have a cruise around our Michigan waters and consider a late fall trip to grab a few amazing foliage shots along our beautiful Michigan shorelines as well!

To incorporate some fun into your family and friends’ cruising, consider docking and dining:

Red Dock Café, 219 N. Union Street in Douglas – Red Dock Cafe – Facebook Link

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant, 216 Van Raatle, Holland – WEBSITE

Dockers Fish House, 3505 Marina View, Muskegon.WEBSITE

There are other similar-type locations heading North or many inland lake locations as well – you know your favorite water view location!  Don’t regret taking advantage of the late summer/early fall boating season!

Re-purposed School Buildings Equal Affordable Apartments

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Dwelling Place – Proposed Development at “Pine Academy”

Dwelling Place, in cooperation with the Kent County Land Bank, will be teaming up to redirect usage of the old “Pine Academy”, a school building, which first opened its doors in 1948.

This real property belongs to the Grand Rapids Public Schools and has been unused since 2010.  The 20,590-square foot school is located on approximately two acres of land and is located at 1138 Pine Street, NW.  Director, Chris Bennett, of the Dwelling Place is working on obtaining Federal Tax Credits, which will be submitted this October 2017.  Pine is slated to be a 5-million project calling for 23 two & three-bedroom apartments, targeting lower income households with rents of $600 to $700 per month.  The Grand Rapids School Board is expected to extend a purchase option for this property until next year to allow for time for Dwelling Place to secure Federal Tax Credits.

In addition to Pine Academy, the old Park School, located at 1150 Adams Street, SE, will also be recreated into affordable housing.  Funding for this initiative has been secured and work is scheduled to begin in April 2018.  There will be 45 two and three-bedroom units providing new housing at this site.


Les Cheneaux Islands, Hessel, Michigan

20170813_103901This year’s 40th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of Arts was quite the success. 

20170814_091610v4A light early morning rain was followed by blue sky and warmer temperatures for a record number of entries and large crowds of wooden boat enthusiasts.  Each year this event, held the 2nd Saturday in August, encompasses a wider variety of wooden beauties, from all over the nation as well as Canada.  Live music, including the opening ceremonies with the signing of the Star Spangle Banner, lend well to a mutual enjoyment, respect of these works of art and their owners as well as the gifted small business people that restore them to their original glory.  The Festival of Arts has equally talented artists, including mediums of clay, glass, metals, jewelry, textiles, painting & wood.

20170813_101804Breezing Thru, a 1930 Hacker Craft and its owner, Charles Letts, were the highlight of this year’s spectacular show. 

Mr. Letts has been coming to this area since a toddler and has been enjoying his summer residence on Coryell Island these past 87 years.   Rightfully so, this year’s boat show poster is a depiction of the Letts Family, their old woodie, Breezing Thru, and Scammons Harbor, where the numerous boathouses are filled with boats of our bygone era.  Mr. Letts, along with his old friend, Mr. Ken Horsburgh, their spouses and a handful of forward thinking residents started the local boat show in 1977 and it has only blossomed and continues to succeed.

If ever there is something that a fellow “Michiganian” should not miss, schedule an amazing experience for August, 2018:  It will not disappoint!

Canada’s Wildfires Push Lumber Prices Upwards & Scarcity May Occur

lumber-1529698-640x480The United States imports approximately 1/3 of our building lumber from British Columbia, where wildfires have claimed 913,000 acres of trees, making this year the worst in more than a decade for lumber shortages.

This in conjunction with trade disputes may cause holdups in building projects, not to mention driving up the material costs for Americans in the process of building their “dream home”. 

In April, the cost of board feet was near a 12-year high; coupled with this new lumber wholesalers’ shortage, indicates that building costs will rise.  Our national average new single-family home price rose to $406,400, a record high according to the Commerce Department.  Too, 1/5th of U.S. home builders reported a shortage of framing lumber, along with confidence among builders fell to an 8-month low, with concerns over rising lumber costs.  With recent costs in some regions of the U.S. up as much as 20%, our home buyers most likely will be paying those additional dollars passed along by the builders.

Beer Capital: Grand Rapids Rocks!

beer-mug-ii-1322498Michigan’s beer industry was worth 10.5 BILLION to the state in 2016. 

Over 34,000 jobs in our state are directly related to beer making, distribution and sales.  These employees earned a combine income of well over $940 MILLION last year.

Michigan’s beer industry is flourishing and top on the list are our local brewery businesses: Bells, Founders and Shorts, not to diminish New Holland, Atwater, Dark Horse & Arcadia. 12% of the U.S. growth of beer sales is attributed to craft beers.

GRAND RAPIDS WHITEWATER

grand-rapids-whitewaterJuly 21st was a big day for West Michigan and its nonprofit organization, Grand Rapids Whitewater, whose co-founder, Chris Muller, announced the hiring of Richard Bishop as its new president and CEO.  Bishop was selected due to his career history and his restoration experiences while working with two dam removals; left from the cotton mill era, located on the Chattahoochee River. Mr. Bishop begins working in Grand Rapids on August 1st and his mission here is to improve local dams, restore rocks and shoals to the riverbeds and make our great city even greater.

This project will enhance the river for local recreation uses, provide opportunities for economic growth, through both land development and tourism and best of all, improve conditions for river habitat and fishing.

Once this project is completed, it has been estimated that between 15 million and 19 million dollars per year will be generated due to this beautiful and functional economic stimulation.

Bridgeport Project – “Circuit West” – Grand Rapids Rooftop Solar Farm

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Grand Rapids continues her innovative path, which will keep our community among the most desirable regions in the United States!  A Local Rockford Construction Company & Consumers Energy are working together to create what is called “Circuit West”, a 10-block area on the West side of the city.

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This ten-block area will consist of solar panels on all new building roofs, to include a new Meijer grocery, offices and housing.  A battery facility planned for a location near a cell tower, will be the first time a solar grid and a storage facility work together.

Not only will this be a testing location for this innovative approach to renewable energy, but it will offer safe, clean and less expensive power.  This project will also provide increased bandwidth for communication systems, internet access and electrical car charging systems.

Severe supply shortages limiting home buyers as demand grows – per National Association of Realtors

gray-logoThe National Association of Realtors published their June 2017, housing statistics on Monday, July 24.  Nationally, existing home sales fell during the month of June 1.8% over the previous month.  The adjusted annual rate indicates 5.52 million sales.  The median sales price hit a record high of $263,800, which is 6 ½ percent higher than June 2016.  March realized the highest level of sales this year and are equal to the 2007 level.

Severe supply shortages are limiting buyers as the demand is growing due to a stronger economy and many first-time buyers entering the market.  First-time buyers accounted for 32% of June’s sales; in 2016 that percentage was 35.  Foreign buyers are making a big investment in 2017:  Nearly a 50% increase from Canadian, other foreign buyers and recent immigrants.  This accounts for ten percent, which is 2% higher than last year’s statistics!

Grand Valley State University News – New Health Building Approved

Scheduled for opening in May, 2021, the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees has approved a new $70-million structure which will house health professions and add space for nursing programs. The address, 333 Michigan, NE, will be next to the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

This new endeavor is a turning point for the university, which will provide exceptional opportunities for the well qualified nursing students it has been turning away due to shortage of space. Total cost for the 5-story, 160,000 finished square foot building includes a $29 million outlay from the state. In a related matter, GVSU’s 2017-2018 tuition will be increased by 4.11%, bringing the annual tuition to $11,994 for a full time undergraduate Michigan resident.

Google Maps – 333 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids MI

4th of July Parade, Cedarville, MI – American Proud!

American Proud – Love our USA!

There is nothing like a rural area community on the 4th of July. Patriotic songs played by local musicians and the high school band, flags galore and the company of neighbors, friends and visitors savoring the goodness of America.

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Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment!

mortgage-and-finance-consept-2-1582722-639x1364According to a recent report by Trulia“buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have some people thinking about buying a home instead of signing another lease extension, but does that make sense from a financial perspective?

Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia’s Chief Economist explains:

“Owning a home is one of the most common ways households build long-term wealth, as it acts like a forced savings account. Instead of paying your landlord, you can pay yourself in the long run through paying down a mortgage on a house.”

The article listed five reasons why owning a home makes financial sense:

  1. Mortgage payments can be fixed while rents go up.
  2. Equity in your home can be a financial resource later.
  3. You can build wealth without paying capital gains.
  4. A mortgage can act as a forced savings account.
  5. Overall, homeowners can enjoy greater wealth growth than renters.

Bottom Line

Before you sign another lease, let’s get together and discuss all your options.

via Real Estate with Linda Pell – Mykcm – www.simplifyingthemarket.com

Current Events – Grand Rapids – May 7th 2017

gr_200pxhVisser Development Company is seeking 1.7 million in tax breaks from the City of GR, setting a goal of a redevelopment at Ann & Turner, NW.  The current site has been an automotive salvage yard for the past 87 years.  If enacted, two industrial buildings will eventually be constructed.  Soil clean-up will be required with new fill to cover excavated contaminated soil and additional fill to accommodate storm drains and flood risks with proximity to the Grand River.  This site was previously considered for improvement ten years earlier, however with the recession in 2008, it has remained status quo until recently.

Trulia.com, reporting statistics from 2015, state that Grand Rapids, Michigan millennials are more likely to own homes than their older peers.  Nationally, only the city of Philadelphia, ranked first, can claim this distinction.  Almost 89% of millennials did not live with their parents or grandparents/family and of this group, 57% were homeowners.  39.1 percent of millennials were homeowners nationally:  Way to go West Michigan!

 

MeijerLogocopyMeijer is in the process of developing its first down town store!  Their 55.6-million-dollar project will be housed at a 3.3-acre development framed by Bridge, Street, Stocking Avenue, Seward Avenue & First Street, NW.  This area currently consists of six buildings, along with contaminated soil.  It will be the first full-service grocery store in the downtown redevelopment, a significant contribution to achieving new city of Grand Rapids’ goals and an additional 130 permanent jobs will be added.

Did you know? Regional Open House Weekend in Grand Rapids is this Saturday and Sunday (April 29 – 30, 2017)

REGIONAL OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND:  This Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30.  Come join in on this city wide open house extravaganza!  Join me at 1041 Plymouth Road, SE, East Grand Rapids.  This newly listed vintage home will not disappoint!

FYI, 48% of all buyers used an open house as a source in their home search process…

 

– OTHER NEWS –

 

Updated_ParadeofHomes_verticalThe HBA Parade of Homes is scheduled for May 26 – June 10, 2017.  Homes will be open on Fridays & Saturdays & Memorial Day:  1-9PM & Wednesdays, 5-9PM.  Buy one ticket and get one ticket FREE by using PROMO CODE: S17PARADEDEAL – online at MYGRHOME.COM

HopCat:  Grand Rapids based Barfly Ventures, with 12 current locations, continue their expansion.  There are plans to open four new locations within the next 12 months in Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan and Florida.  St. Louis’ Delmar Loop location, will sport a 2-story venue, seating 245 people, with 30 draft beers, hard cider and an additional 70 rotating taps of specialty, hard-to-find or seasonal beers.  This site was chosen due to the location’s historic theater, music venues and local Loop Trolley.

FOUNDERS:  Our local Founders Brewing Company is planning a new taproom, in Midtown Detroit, near the age-gate-logo“under construction” Little Caesars Arena and the existing Masonic Temple.  A new building will begin this summer with completion slated for winter 2017-18.  This newest venture will support job growth with an expected 100 staff workers needed.

Bats: Warm & Squeaky – Not Made of Wood

bat-1258552Being on the water, cottage living, comes with some minor inconveniences, among those are bats. If you ever wondered “why”, on a beautiful summer’s evening, that there was comfortable star-gazing or late night socializing on the front porch with lake view vistas, it has been in thanks to our Michigan bats. These little fuzzy mice with wings feed on mosquitoes and other hatchings that occur on the water. While having taken this all for granted, along with the nuisance of an occasional bat in the house, our helpful little creatures have succumbed to a virus, found in the very caves and abandon railway mine entrances where they hibernate for the long cold winter months.

Deadly White-Nose Syndrome has killed millions of bats in Eastern North America and has spurred a bat field testing treatment in our U.P. Biological students and their professors from Western Michigan University & Ball State University, Indiana, are leading a cooperative research project in two remote mines in the Western Upper Peninsula. Their mission is to catch the bats, check them for signs of the virus and to treat them; swabbing their skin to detect signs of infection and treating when necessary, prior to releasing them back into the mines for their winter’s sleep. This project goes hand in hand with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Specialists, Wisconsin’s DNR and the University of California, who have teamed up and have been treating by spray, the very mine shafts & caves (during the summer months) to help eradicate the rogue fungal spores. This virus attacks the tissue and body fat of its hosts as they sleep, making them very weak and ill each spring, upon their awakening.

blacknwhiteInterestingly, humans who have visited these mines can be spore carriers and the DNR has closed off 3 sites to help this species rebuild and thrive again. We can hope!

2017 Development Projects in Grand Rapids – PDF

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The City of Grand Rapids Michigan has released this wonderful guide of the upcoming and ongoing development projects in our amazing city for 2017!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW or DOWNLOAD THE PDF

 

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Check out a few of the wonderful upcoming projects featured in the Planning Doc (PDF)

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City of Grand Rapids Planning Department & Development Center
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Great Housing News for Michigan Home Owners and Buyers!

mortgage-and-money-6-1237957-640x640There is no current evidence that mortgage rates are slowing our housing market.  Strong consumer confidence, at a 15-year high, is leading the charge, along with continued housing appreciation and competitive lending rates.

Historically, 3.6% is the average yearly appreciation rate for one’s home.  Currently we are experiencing 5% and this should continue with Core Logic, NAR and Fannie May all giving our nation a “thumbs up” for continued growth of family wealth in the housing industry.

In 2016, the national appreciation average was 7% and Michigan could easily reach 5.8% appreciation this year, if the inventory starts to flow.  Here in W. Michigan’s Kent County, we have approximately 1.4 months of inventory, with six months of listings considered a healthy, balanced market.

Buyers, keep in mind that while this high rate of appreciation growth does fluctuate, a five-year projection of home equity, based on the purchase of a $250,000 home today, looks like a value of $293,000 in early 2022!  Interestingly, our foreclosures are down to 7% of all sales and currently we are experiencing 7% less inventory than last year at this same time.

Update on Monroe’s 103 year old Keeler Building!

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The Historic Keeler Building – Photo courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum Archives.

A redevelopment plan for the vacant Keeler building is getting a “thumbs up” from GR’s City Commission & the Downtown Development Authority!  With 2 years of planning under his belt, Jeffrey Dombrowski, head of W. Michigan Housing Alliance and of Keeler Flats LLC, has come up with a winning plan for this existing landmark building, which has been virtually unused for the past 20 years.

There are two big stories in one:  High tech use of energy saving plans to eliminate or greatly reduce energy costs and consumption AND low income rents with some apartments reserved for tenants with physical and developmental disabilities.  Parking will not be an issue due to the convenience of the city’s nearby bus stop and the proximity to workplaces and college campuses.  It’s a healthy walking environment!

Prior to the construction of 132-apartments, commercial space, a day care center, computer lab, vocational center, art studio and exercise facilities, Mr. Dombrowski will be working on obtaining financing through city and federal tax credits in addition to credits obtainable from the National Register of Historic Places and Brownfield credits for urban redevelopment projects.  The total cost of this project is a staggering $40.5 million.

Plans are to convert the existing spaces available into 72 1-bedroom apartments, 48 2-bedroom apartments and 12 3-bedroom apartments:  Of this total, 42-apartments will be assigned for handicapped tenants.  Monthly rents are expected to range from $641 to a high of $1,042 for the 12 largest units.

 

 

West Michigan’s 38th Annual Home & Garden Show – March 2nd to 5th, 2017

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West Michigan’s 38th Annual Home & Garden Show, DeVos Place (see below for map) – begins this Thursday, March 2nd and runs through Sunday, March 5th – 2017. This years show features 350 exhibitors; as well as amazing events, workshops & demonstrations. The Annual Home & Garden show is always worth seeing.  See: link for more details.

Admission for Adults & children ages 6-14 is $10 or a multiday ticket cost of $18.  Children ages 5 or under attend free. Purchase tickets here: Showspan Ticket Sales – SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET A $2 OFF COUPON!

 

General Show Agenda:

  • Thursday, March 2:  3PM to 9PM – Featuring “Smart Vegetable Gardening”; Landscaping, Not Just About Plants; Crafting Cool & Creative Containers; and, Great Plots for Small Lots:  Making the Most of a Small Garden Space.

  • Friday, March 3:  12PM to 9:30PM – Featuring “Smart Gardening for Pollinators”; Crafting Cool & Creative Containers; Smart Gardening for Butterflies; Why Grow  Your Own Vegetables? Glitz, Glamour & Gaudy – Garden Accessories that Make Your Landscape Sparkle; Painting With Plants – How to Make your Annual Design “POP” & Ten Top Gardening Blunders & How to Avoid them

  • Saturday, March 4:  10AM to 9PM – Featuring “Gardening with Mr. McGregor”; Crafting Cool & Creative Containers; A Kick in the Plants – Garden “Mow-Tivation”; Smart Gardening for Butterflied; Top Ten Gardening Blunders; Late Bloomer – Gardening for the Second Half of your Life; Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflied are Blooming:  Behind the Scenes; New Plants for 2017 – Annuals, Perennials & Shrubs; and, Common Gardening Myths & the Mayhem They Cause.

  • Sunday, March 5:  11AM to 6PM – Featuring Crafting Cool & Creative Containers; How to make a Spring Wreath Using Succulents, Dried Hydrangea & Red Twig Dogwood; Top Ten Gardening Blunders; Composting for Smart Gardeners; and, Don’t Let Your Oak Wilt.

     

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To request a coupon for $2.00 off the admission price – Visit Showspan @ https://www.showspan.com/WMH/home/coupon-request/ – (Coupon is for Thursday and Friday Only)

 

Show Floor Plan: (click here for PDF from ShowSpan)

2017 Home and Garden Show Floorplan

 

Event Location / Directions:

PALIO ON MICHIGAN!

pizzaWe have a winner!  Italian lunch and dinner, served by Palio, our newest restaurant addition to the Medical Mile, 545 Michigan Street, NE.  Seating for 150 plus additional outdoor dining spaces will provide customers with spaghetti, pizza, lasagna, fettucine & carbonara, Tuscan-inspired dishes.  There will be an assortment of fine wines, cocktails and craft beers.

The restaurant site will undergo an extensive $400,000 remodel, bringing work to our local economy in addition to 100 job openings, all thanks to owner-operator, Mainstreet Ventures!  Watch for its coming opening date.

 

 

 

5 Reasons to Love Using A Real Estate Pro!

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Infographic Highlights:

  • Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make!
  • They are there for you to help with paperwork, explaining the process, negotiations, and helping you with pricing (both when making an offer or setting the right price for your home).
  • One of the top reasons to hire a real estate professional is their understanding of your local market and how the conditions in your neighborhood will impact your experience.

 

#GrandRapidsLiving #LindaPellRealty – Published via Real Estate with Linda Pell

Grand Rapids News – Feb. 9th 2017 : A Second New Hotel for Downtown & more…

A SECOND NEW HOTEL IS COMING TO DOWN TOWN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN!

incwdA 127-year-old building will see new life!  Construction will begin this spring at 50 Monroe, NW, currently announced by Sam Cummings, managing partner of CWD Commercial Real Estate Investments.  The 130-room hotel will house AC Hotels by Marriott and face the existing Courtyard by Marriott, which is a 208-room hotel owned by the Amway Hotel Corporation.   The conversion of this site will reduce the amount of unused office space and fill a void for needed destination stays.  In addition to rooms, the building will house a work-out facility and a restaurant.  AC Hotels by Marriott are found in 22 United States Urban locations.

Check out: AC HOTELS by Marriott @  http://achotels.marriott.com 

CWD Commercial Real Estate Investments @ https://www.cwdrealestate.com

THE BIODIGESTER IS COMING!City-of-GR-Logo-Color

Market Street, site of the City of Grand Rapids’ wastewater facility is preparing for a large upgrade:  A $21 million dollar biodigester!  This machine is used to handle food waste and there are several components to its processing.  Carbon filters will be used to control odors.  During the first phase, the city will build three tanks, each 1.4 million gallons in size.  Gas produced by the food breakdown will power a turbine, producing 60% of the wastewater plants’ electrical use.  The waste sludge will be safe to distribute to either a landfill or vacant land not being farmed.  The transmission will be in the form of a 10-inch pipe running under Market Street.  The first connection will be Founders Brewery.

Additional investment will be needed to remove both calcium and phosphorous from the pipe line…

The Good News is – Phosphorous can be recycled & sold at $400 per ton!

 

Article Originally Published at: www.grandrapidsliving.com – #GrandRapidsLiving #LindaPellRealty

Grand Rapids Local News – Feb 1st 2017

150 OTTAWA AVENUE, NW

Same location, however an updated vision and revision of what is coming to down town Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Beginning in April, the “Twin Towers” project at 150 Ottawa will break ground.

The building of the first tower, a 15-story office tower, will be anchored by the Grand Rapids law firm of Warner Norcross and Judd, utilizing the handy proximity of the Kent County Courthouse.  What has changed?  The “second” tower will now house a 160-room, First Class Hyatt Place Hotel with an accompanying full service restaurant.  Due to the recent doom in new apartment building and available rental buildings in the down town corridor, this change was announced by John Wheeler, Orion Real Estate Solutions.

Video via WOOD TV @ http://woodtv.com/2016/10/12/14-story-2-tower-development-proposed-for-downtown-gr/

 

CASCADE TOWNSHIP

Demand caters to a new “Suites of Marriott”, a to-be-built, which is an extended-stay hotel.  5411 28th Street, will be the home to a new 100-suite extended stay motel, the first of its kind in SE Michigan.  This approved business building will fill a void of the ever-increasing need for local businesses to house professional and corporate clients, coming into our city for short work assignments.  Each suite will have a kitchenette and the length of customer stays are slated to be geared for one week to several months.

Grand Rapids News – Free Radon Testing and USS Gerald R Ford

FREE RADON TEST KITS

FACT: The American Lung Association says radon leads to the deaths of about 21,000 Americans each year.

radonOur own Kent County Health Department is offering FREE kits for testing households for radon gas. County residents may pick up these kits, at their local health department sites, while supplies last. Testing for radon is an easy and important safety measure for all area residents and their families. These kits are easy to use, do not take up space and will be ready for reading results within a matter of a few days.

The kits are available for pick-up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Kent County Health Department — 700 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids
  • KCHD North County Clinic — 4388 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford
  • KCHD South Clinic — 4700 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood

Questions, please call 616-632-6900

 

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USS GERALD R FORD

We have another first in W. Michigan: An April launching of our Navy’s USS Gerald R Fordsuper-carrier, a 12.9-billion-dollar nuclear powered warship, which is 4.5 acres in size, weighs 100,000 tons and bears the name of Grand Rapids resident and 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. This air-craft carrier, the most advanced ever built, has been under construction since 2005 and is in its final stages of testing, with a completion and release date of April, 2017. The statistics are impressive: This ship can cruise at more than 30 knots (i.e. 35-36 MPH) and can operate for 20 years without refueling. It includes electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones, a larger flight deck and is engineered to accommodate new sensors, software, weapons and combat systems as they become available. Laser weapons and rail guns may eventually replace some of the missile systems on board.

Read More at WikiPediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Gerald_R._Ford