GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Multi-million dollar plans to build an entertainment complex in the empty parking lot next to The B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids are on hold.
Greg Gilmore, who owns The B.O.B., had until Aug. 1 to submit construction plans for Bobville, which would include an outdoor concert venue, marketplace and retail spots.
But Gilmore has signed a new agreement with the city to push back that date until August 2014.
Plans for the project have been discussed for several years. This is its fourth amendment.
"I think it would be really cool to have a new concert venue because there hasn't been something new in Grand Rapids in a while," pedestrian Erin Roberts said. She said the delay makes people think it won't ever materialize.
But Kara Wood, the Grand Rapids economic development director, said it's going to happen.
"We're working closely with the developer and his team to make sure it's a success," she said.
Wood said delays on such a massive project is common, especially when other projects have popped up -- like the $23 million Grand River restoration project and the new development proposed behind Van Andel Arena.
"And other things that have occurred caused him to pause and think bigger about this property that he's working on," Wood said. "When you're investing multimillion dollars into property right next door to your existing development, you want to make sure it's successful and you have one chance to get it right."
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