Restaurant, offices planned for Fulton & Division | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - It was open for the first time in 13 years for ArtPrize and now plans are moving forward for an iconic vacant downtown building.
Wednesday morning, the Downtown Development Authority voted to give grants and tax credits to Locus Development, which is looking to breathe new life into the old Junior Achievement building at the southeast corner of Fulton and Division.
The developer is looking at bringing a restaurant on the first floor of the historic Heartside building, and office space on the second floor.
"That building is in the center of the city and it's been vacant since 1998. It deserved the attention and it needs to be redeveloped. It deserves the attention, and driving by it every day, it becomes a bit of an annoyance and we felt it was a challenge to take on that project," says John Green of Locus Development.
Locus Development has rehabbed other historic buildings Including 38 Commerce, Founders Brewing, Peppino's, and Brewery Vivant.