Grand Rapids Michigan
On the banks of the Grand River in West Michigan, Grand Rapids is under a transformation from Furniture City and it’s industrial past into Michigan’s Grand City by exceeding development expectations.
Where smoke stacks and sawdust once was is now replaced with construction cranes and an undeniable excitement as the City is utilizing its history to improve its future. Older buildings that once housed furniture manufacturing and assembly are now housing hungry patrons, residents, and a myriad of opportunities. One of these, The Boardwalk, is the former Berkey and Gay furniture factory, and was at one point the largest furniture factory in the world. Today, it houses restaurants, offices, convenience stores, a health club, a hair salon, a law firm, classes for Ferris State University and Spectrum Health, along with hundreds of residential Condos, many of which overlook the Grand River, or the amazing forested courtyard. Another redevelopment project is the transformation of the historic Union High School into Union Square Condos. This too will contain a range or shopping, eating, entertainment and residential opportunities.
Not all the development is in old buildings however, River House at Bridgewater, Tall House Condos, Icon on Bond condos, and the new JW Marriott Hotel & Conference Center will all change the skyline of Grand Rapids.
JW Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Icon on Bond
In addition to these mixed use development, St. Mary’s Hospital is expanding and replacing two buildings, Spectrum Health is Expanding to accommodate Michigan State University Medical School, and the new Grand Rapids Art Museum is under construction in the center of downtown. Even the former downtown YMCA and it’s neighbor, the Civic Theater are getting into the action.
Grand Rapids Art Museum
What was once temporary housing, workout centers, and locker rooms are being converted into the luxury condos of the Fitzgerald. One of the benefits of living here would be the opportunity to walk across the street to the recently renovated Civic Theater.
Of course places such as Van Andel Area, DeVos Place, the BOB, the Amway Grand, Bridgewater, Brassworks, and McKay tower are landmarks in Grand Rapids that have already made the G.R. the place to be. The new developments are icing on the cake.
The BOB (Red Brick)
Amway Plaza Hotel (Back)
Amway Grand Plaza (Front)
Van Andel Arena
Even the surrounding neighborhoods are getting into the action. Heritage Hill, one of America’s largest residential historic districts, is located just to the east of downtown, but is still walking distance for everything that downtown as to offer. The Hillmount building was a former art deco apartment building constructed in the late 40’s has now been turned into condo units. Hillmount residents and the rest of the neighborhood has eating and shopping opportunities in every direction. From the shops on Cherry, to the Wealthy Street shops, to Michigan Avenue restaurants and bars, and back do downtown, there is something for everyone.
Random Photo’s of Downtown Grand Rapids