Developers seek reimbursement for Heartside project

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Developers have applied to be reimbursed for some costs of a project to fill a vacant lot in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood.  

Sibsco LLC and Rockford Construction are proposing to build a three-story mixed-use building on the southwest corner of S. Division Avenue and Weston Street.

The 12,750-square-foot building would include 22 apartments and ground-level retail space. The $4 million project is expected to create 10 full-time jobs with an average wage of $17.14 per hour, according to the city of Grand Rapids.

Developers have applied to have roughly $439,000 reimbursed from the city’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for the cost of environmental site assessment activities, site preparation and public and private infrastructure improvements, the city said.

“This is an exciting proposal that can enhance Heartside. The corner has been a blighted eyesore for several years. We are thrilled about the positive impact this project can have in the neighborhood and business district,” Kara Wood, the city’s managing director of economic development services, said in a release.

A public hearing to review the brownfield plan amendment for the 12 West project is expected to be held in December.

The Historic Preservation Commission recently approved the project, which was also reviewed by the city’s economic development project team and Heartside Business Association.

The old, crumbling buildings that used to stand on the property were torn down in 2014. The city had declared them “structurally unsafe” and fenced off the sidewalk in front due to fears of falling brick.

In early 2015, a plan for a 12-story office building at the site was announced. But interest among possible tenants was lacking, partially due to lack of parking, so it never went up.

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