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Locus Development Redefines the Urban Experience
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Locus Development Redefines the Urban Experience

Jake Sebastian

For more than half a century, the city of Grand Rapids was experiencing the disintegration of its urban core. Spurred by a changing economy, families moved to the suburbs and businesses followed. As the urban sprawl grew, the once vibrant city center slowly became an anachronism. In the last decade, however, the model began to change, thanks in large part to developers like John Green and Andy Winkel of Locus Development, a firm based in downtown Grand Rapids that specializes in real estate development and asset management. As the city continues to develop its downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, many people in West Michigan are rediscovering the value of living, working and shopping in an urban community.

A few years ago, Green -- then the owner of Elevation Group -- collaborated on several downtown developments with Winkel and his company, Kelwin Properties. Their first project together was the Hopson Flats building, a mixed-use development on Grandville Avenue that features forty-two loft-style student apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. Later that year, they took on the task of developing a new microbrewery and taproom for Founders Brewing Company, just across the street from Hopson Flats. The 11,000 square-foot facility built from an abandoned truck terminal gave Founders the space to grow into a world-class brewery, and helped establish Green and Winkel as innovators in urban development. After completing one more project together -- a mixed-use building on Bridge Street NW -- they decided to form a company together. Green and Winkel launched their new firm, Locus Development, in April of 2008 and quickly acted to realize their shared vision of creating a more livable downtown area in Grand Rapids.

Locus Development has grown to seven employees, and has developed some of the most recognizable projects in the downtown Grand Rapids area, including the conversion of an old Cherry Street church into the new Brewery Vivant. Their strategy of managing only a few projects at a time has allowed them to remain focused on their driving philosophy to use their developments as a means of fostering economic growth and creating a cohesive...

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