Shark Market, Dead In The Water. But there is other good news.

The news is official: "Partners shelve plans for small grocery store at 38 Commerce in downtown Grand Rapids". This in conjunction with the closing of award winning Propaganda Donuts ... it has not been a good month for retail in Grand Rapids.

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of upcoming events related to downtown, the Michigan St Corridor, and intra-city transit:

A Modest Request: A Legal Right-Of-Way Between Highland Park & Midtown

The easiest route to walk or bicycle between Highland Park (the park and the south west neighborhood) and Midtown is to pass under the freeway along the GRE (Grand Rapids Eastern) railroad tracks. Residents have been using this safe and convenient pathway for years. You can stand there and see the 'demand lines' and on nice days you do not have to wait long to see people using this route.

Public Meetings About Easttown Developments

Posted to Facebook by Lindsay Ruffin:

Just an FYI, the Eastown Community Association is hosting a community meeting this Thursday at 6pm to discuss the proposed parking structure and rooftop deck proposed for the Kingsley building (http://www.eastown.org/kingsley-proposed-development/) Baird Hawkins will be there to answer questions/concerns/etc.
Also on July 23rd, 6pm, we will host another meeting at Holland Home re: the One Fulton development at Carlton/Fulton with Orion Construction reps present. Waiting on the updated plans but will post when I have them. Good time to share your thoughts/ideas/questions! Thanks all

Alpine Road Diet Meeting Report

Last night (2015-06-29) a public input meeting was held on the west side in Richmond Park (1101 Richmond St. NW) concerning a proposal to perform a road diet trial on Alpine Ave. This diet includes the recently resurfaced section of Alpine between Leonard St. and Richmond St. This is a trial which would be put in place this summer and observed to determine the lane configuration that would be used for next section of the road to be resurfaced [from Richmond to Ann St].

A huge week in transportation news!

These news items in addition to announcements that the DASH downtown circulator will be reconstituted and redesigned. As well as promises of car-sharing services in downtown - but nothing specific yet. And the Michigan St. Corridor plan was officially adopted.

Rail

The first public information meetings for the Coast-To-Coast project were held at the Cascade township public library and the RAPID central station.

Coast-To-Coast Round 1

The required public information meetings for the Coast-To-Coast passenger rail project have been scheduled. These are the first of three rounds of scheduled public information meetings.

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