Former Michigan Litho site to contain restaurant, shops

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The site of the former Michigan Litho plant in Grand Rapids’ Eastown will soon be home to a new collection of apartments and businesses.

Developers and community leaders gathered at the corner of Carlton and Fulton avenues Tuesday morning to formally break ground on Fulton Square.

The site has remained empty since Michigan Litho burned down in 2002.

After several developers’ site plans failed, Orion Construction purchased the property in May 2015 and pitched its Fulton Square proposal, which the company said was unanimously approved by the Eastown Community Association in July 2015.  Orion began construction on Fulton Square in late February.

The $9.6 million development will include two buildings that will house 47 apartments and “micro-lofts”,  ground floor retail space and a ground floor restaurant, Orion Construction said.

Developers said the housing, which will be located near Aquinas College, will cater to post-graduate students, young professionals and college administrators.

Fulton Square is also expected to include a 92-space parking lot, including eight spaces for the nearby Grand Rapids Opera House.

The restaurant alone is expected to create more than 100 jobs, Orion Construction said in a Tuesday news release.

Orion expects to complete Fulton Square in early 2017.


Online:Fulton Square – www.fultonsquaregr.com

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