ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - There are big plans in the works for downtown Ada. For the first time Friday, the actual transformation plan was revealed.
"We've met with 12 stakeholder groups, so really this is the plans for the citizens of Ada," said Peter Lazdin with AE Progressive, the firm that helped put the community's ideas on paper.
Ada-based Amway Corporation has been buying acres of land in the township to push the redevelopment.
The plan would remake Ada's retail area near Fulton Street by eventually replacing buildings, including the strip mall on the corner of Ada Drive and Fulton, with newer structures that resemble shops along the west end of Ada Drive.
Residential space would be created between the retail area and the Thornapple River, with parking space along the river's edge.
In the middle of it all, a sort of village square could be created.
One key factor would be the redesign of streets and pathways in the area.
"What basically is called a complete street concept where bicycles, pedestrians and vehicular traffic can all coexist," Lazdin said.
Designers of the project say some of the easier parts -- what they call "the long hanging fruit" -- could happen pretty quickly. But implementation of the plan's final vision could take decades.
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