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My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The community is invited to find out more about proposed service upgrades to Grand Valley State University’s Laker Line during a series of presentations Thursday, April 17.

Project leaders will release updates in the bus service study during the following times:

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Spring is here, which means the return of construction season.

One project already underway is work on the Bus Rapid Transit stations, which line the route Rapid’s Silver Line will soon take.  According to The Rapid’s public outreach coordinator, construction on the inbound station at S. Division Avenue and McConnell Street SW began this past weekend.   Crews are also expected to begin working on the outbound Division-McConnell station, the inbound Jefferson station at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and the outbound station at Michigan Street and Bostwick Avenue NE within the next two weeks.

Construction on all four stations should be complete by June 27.

My Town: Eastown sidewalk repairs to start this week

My Town: Eastown sidewalk repairs to start this week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s the start of a new month, and a new round of construction work on Eastown’s sidewalks.

Crews are expected to begin permanent repairs to the Lake Drive sidewalk north of Wealthy this week.  That project should be finished by June 6. Work on the Lake Drive sidewalk south of Wealthy should begin the first week of July and be finished by August 29. 

Wealthy Street sidewalks that are currently patched with asphalt will be permanently replaced by May 16.  Sidewalk repairs on side streets such as Genessee, Norwood, Hampton, etc. will also happen this spring and summer.

The need for smart transit-oriented development accelerates

The need for smart transit-oriented development accelerates

by Deborah Johnson Wood
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

My Town: Grand Rapids among 2014 America's Most Affordable Cities

My Town: Grand Rapids among 2014 America's Most Affordable Cities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is adding another honor to its list of titles.

The city has made it onto Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Most Affordable Cities for 2014.  Grand Rapids ranked seventh on the list, based on population (774,160 people), the Housing Opportunity Index ( 85.1) , which measures housing affordability, and a cost-of-living index (97.6), which factors in food, utilities, gas, transportation, medical expenses and other daily costs. Cities with an index number below 100 are below the national cost-of-living average.

Buffalo, NY took the top spot.  Warren, MI ranked 10, and Detroit tied with Toledo, OH for 11th place.

My Town GR: Proos Manufacturing expanding and hiring

My Town GR: Proos Manufacturing expanding and hiring

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An auto parts supplier in Grand Rapids is expanding, adding 50 new jobs.

Proos Manufacturing will invest $5.7 million into renovating its Oak Industrial Drive facility to ramp up its fabrication and stamping operations.  When the expansion is finished, the manufacturer will have 113 employees.

The plans were announced Wednesday, after Proos Manufacturing secured a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant.  The funding is part of a $715,000 incentive package by The Right Place, Inc., the City of Grand Rapids and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

My Town GR: Side street plowing rescheduled amid new snow

My Town GR: Side street plowing rescheduled amid new snow

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids is postponing clearing snow from the city’s side streets as crews focus on removing a fresh blanket of snow from major roadways.

The city says snow clearing in the area of I-196 to Fulton and Lafayette to Fuller will now take place Monday, March 3.  The work was previously scheduled for Feb. 27.

Side street clearing in the area of Knapp to Leonard and Plainfield to Fuller is being rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3.  The work was supposed to take place Feb. 28 before the latest round of snow hit.