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Three organizations interested in downtown Grand Rapids building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM ) -- Three organizations are interested in purchasing the building at 82 Ionia NW, on the corner of Ionia and Fountain. Kent County is currently in possession and has owned the building since its purchase in 2005.

Organizations interested include Ferris State University, Franklin Partners LLC and The Embassy Group Acquisitions , LLC. The building is currently occupied by Friend of the Court, Circuit Court Probation, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and Community Housing and Development.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners will decide in the fall whether to sell the property or not.

Davenport Alumni Event at John Ball Zoo

Davenport Alumni Event at John Ball Zoo

Members of the Davenport University Alumni are planning a day of fun and activities at John Ball Zoo Saturday, September 12th from 11am – 2pm. Join them in seeing some exciting exhibits such as the Tigers of the Realm, Living Shores Aquarium, Treetops Outpost and the Children’s Nature Play Zone.

Tickets are limited, so please register at: davenport.edu/GRZoo. Tickets include family friendly activities, lunch and entrance to the zoo. Cost: Adult $10; Child $5; Child under 2 years of age and under FREE. Meet at the Pond Pavilion within the Zoo grounds.

GRCC names buildings in honor of faculty members

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Community College is recognizing the contributions of two pioneering faculty members by naming buildings in their honor.

President Dr. Steven C. Ender announced the new preschool would be named for Phyllis Fratzke and the music center, which is next to the new preschool site, will be renamed for Albert P. Smith.

"Both Professor Fratzke and Professor Smith are important figures in the 100-year history of Grand Rapids Community College," Ender said. "Our students still benefit from their foresight, and it is only fitting that we recognize them in a permanent way."

A groundbreaking was held Thursday for the new preschool. It will be named for Fratzke when it opens during the 2016-17 academic year.

BarFly Ventures looking to hire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- BarFly Ventures has jobs to fill.

The Grand Rapids-based company held a job fair Tuesday and plans another Wednesday to hire security workers, bartenders, servers, and other restaurant positions.

The new hires would work at Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat, Stella's Lounge, and McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon.

Barfly says it's not finished expanding yet.

"This isn't just a job anymore while you're looking for something else," said BarFly's Garry Boyd. "We've got opportunities that are going to be all over the country in the next couple of years for people who want to come on board, and get started in Grand Rapids, and get started with us and grow with us. It's a really great opportunity."

Woman, 51, hit by car while crossing G.R. street

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is in the hospital Tuesday afternoon after stepping into a Grand Rapids street and being hit by a vehicle.

The 51-year-old was crossing Michigan St. NE at Lafayette around 1:30 p.m. when she was hit. GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon tells WZZM 13 the vehicle had the right of way when the accident happened.

The woman was taken to Spectrum Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hundreds gather to protest Planned Parenthood in G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds of pro-life supporters gathered on Cherry Street in front of Planned Parenthood for a protest Saturday morning.

It was part of a planned nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood in 47 states and more than 300 cities.

According to our partner, USA TODAY, protesters gathered outside nearly 320 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country to call for cutting off the organization's federal funding and — eventually — shutting it down. The demonstrations come after videos purportedly showing Planned Parenthood staffers discussing the sale of fetal tissue for profit.

Taste Of My Town: Brezel in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- The Downtown Market on Ionia Avenue in Grand Rapids houses all kinds of specialty eateries and shops.
Now there's one more reason to visit: authentic, hand rolled, Bavarian pretzels. Resident foodie and weekday morning show producer Matt Gard shares the "pretzel love" in Saturday morning's Taste of My Town.

Brezel has the same hours as the Downtown Market: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.