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My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most.

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

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GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce that Robert C. Robbins has joined the bank as Vice President of Commercial Banking in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Rob has over seventeen years of experience in commercial lending in the West Michigan region. Previous to joining West Michigan Community Bank, he worked at JP Morgan Chase and Fifth Third Bank in the Grand Rapids area.  In his spare time, Rob continues to enjoy coaching youth baseball after 10 years.

Rob’s office is located at the downtown Grand Rapids office at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.

My Town: Prepare for a 'Museums Free 4 All'

My Town: Prepare for a 'Museums Free 4 All'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—One month from today, it will be a “Museums Free 4 All” in Grand Rapids.

On May 4, Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to four major Grand Rapids museums, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum.  Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town GR Central: State awards funding to Arena Place Development

My Town GR Central: State awards funding to Arena Place Development

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A development slated for Grand Rapids’ Arena District is getting a financial boost from the state.

On Tuesday, March 25, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced funding for projects expected to generate $133.6 million for the state economy and create 406 new jobs.   The announcement included a $4.5 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program  performance-based loan for the Grand Rapids Arena Place Development. 

The $44 million Arena Place Development is expected to include a mixed-use office, retail and residential high-rise.  The project is expected to create 65 new full-time jobs.

“Michigan is America’s comeback state, and these projects add to our growing momentum,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “These new investments in our state will strengthen our communities, spur new commercial investment in our cities and fuel new opportunities for our talented workforce.”

My Town GR: Historical storefront to welcome a Michigan first

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A historic storefront in downtown Grand Rapids is one step closer to being transformed into a franchise new to Michigan.

During this month’s regular meeting, the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors approved a grant to renovate the historic storefront at 40 Ionia Avenue SW for a new restaurant. TiJu Ventures,  LLC wants to operate a Saladworks in the space.  The Philadelphia-based restaurant chain specializes in fresh, made-to-order salads, sandwiches and soups.

The $10,000 grant will be used to install a new fire suppression system, add a second entryway, and create a barrier-free entrance and restrooms that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. The entire project is expected to cost about $610,000.

The DDA also approved a signage grant of $2,000 toward the business’ new signs, which is expected to cost a total of $18,500.

 

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are: