GR to raze former Red Lion restaurant, revive site

Grand Rapids
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An undated courtesy photo shows the former Red Lion restaurant in Grand Rapids. (City of Grand Rapids)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids is getting a grant to breathe new life into the West Side site of the former Red Lion restaurant.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved a $300,000 brownfield grant to redevelop 449 and 499 Bridge Street NW, between Seward and Turner avenues in the Stockbridge Business District.

The grant will go toward cleaning up the contaminated site and demolishing the former Red Lion building, replacing it with a five-story development that will feature the North restaurant and MASH bar/lounge, as well as 44 residential living units.

The city says 30 percent of the homes will be for moderate income households, which the city defines as households that earn at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income.

The new development is expected to create 20 full-time jobs and 35 part-time jobs, with wages ranging from $15 to $30 per hour. The project is also expected to create 40 to 50 temporary construction jobs and $11.4 million in private investment.

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