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Muskegon Architects Hooker DeJong Expand To Grand Rapids

Muskegon Architects Hooker DeJong Expand To Grand Rapids

 

Longtime Muskegon architectural and engineering firm Hooker DeJong has branched out from its home base to the Grand Rapids market with the opening of its first satellite office. The company has a 75-year history in Muskegon, but in recent years has employed several people from the Grand Rapids area, making a local office hub a practicality.

While the new office at 212 Grandville Ave. SW became reality several months ago as shared space with Fusion Properties, creating a separate space for four employees -- plus a drop-in hub for on-the-road employees -- is now complete.
 

Grand Rapids' Herkimer Hotel renovation, new Commerce Ave. buildings bring $29M affordable housing

Renovation of Grand Rapids' historic Herkimer Hotel building on S. Division Avenue and construction of two adjacent buildings on Commerce Avenue SW will bring 122 new affordable apartments, retail live/work residences, and office space to the city's south side.

The $29 million project is the last piece in revitalizing an entire city block owned by Dwelling Place, Inc. Construction has begun to convert the Herkimer Apartments (323 S. Division Ave.) from 122 mostly studio units to 55 larger one-bedroom apartments.

Kym Spring is Paying Her Rent

Kym Spring is Paying Her Rent

Kym Spring of the Kent County Renter's Alliance believes that equitable, affordable housing is a basic need, and one that is vital if a city is to have strong neighborhoods and an appeal to new talent. Here's how Spring "pays her rent."

Community Revitalization Group Eyes Blighted Properties for Demolition

Community Revitalization Group Eyes Blighted Properties for Demolition

Plans for new development may clear out buildings in Grand Rapids West, and a few in Grand Rapids South. More than 40 Grand Rapids buildings are on the potential list to be demolished, including some well known places.

Plans for a new Forest Hills YMCA emerge

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids plans to open a new facility in 2014. A zoning application may be filed this week to possibly build a facility on the south side of Leonard Street NE, east of East Beltline Avenue across from Forest Hills Northern High School

Boots on the ground to help cancer patients

Boots on the ground to help cancer patients

A nonprofit organization that helps families affected by Leukemia, Lymphoma, and related blood cancers is opening a regional office in Grand Rapids soon, and in March, they’re hosting a swanky fundraiser at Reserve to benefit families in West Michigan.

The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF) has recently signed a lease for space in the McKay Tower and President and CEO William Seklar says he's "thrilled and delighted" to move into this historic building.

Founded in Detroit in 1952, CLF was started by a group of families who had each lost a child to Leukemia. Seklar says they came together at the kitchen table and decided they didn't want anyone else to "walk alone in this journey."

 

EGR's Lifestyle Kitchen Studio relocates to Grand Rapids

EGR's Lifestyle Kitchen Studio relocates to Grand Rapids

The opportunity to purchase a historic 1847 home in Heritage Hill and restore it for your growing kitchen design business comes along once every 25 years, says Susan Bloss.

That's how long Bloss and her daughter, Holly Marie Peterson, have owned Lifestyle Kitchen Studio, formerly in East Grand Rapids. The duo bought a historic home at 222 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, which had been renovated decades ago for an ear, nose, and throat medical practice.