Proposal would add hotel to Gaslight Village

Kent County

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Developers have proposed a large, multibuilding, mixed-used project, including a hotel and senior living, for East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village.

The development from Jade Pig Ventures would go in between Wealthy Street and Lakeside Drive SE. One of the plots is currently a parking structure and the other a vacant lot. The new project would consist of three structures: two mixed-used buildings and a parking ramp.

“I’m excited,” Mayor Katie Favale said of the proposal Friday. “We’re excited to see more development in Gaslight Village.”

One of the buildings, the one on the current site of the parking structure, would stand five stories and include shops and restaurants, doctors and business offices, and a 106-room hotel.

The other one, along Lakeside Drive, would primarily house 91 senior living units, though it would also include some space for shops.

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Store managers said the plans would help drive more foot-traffic to local businesses, like Athleta.

“Just as a younger consumer, as well, I think there’s a lot of families in this area, but for my generation, I think it would be nice to see some new spots here, too,” Athleta talent manager Emily Naas said.

The new parking ramp would sit behind the building on Lakeside. It would contain 111 spaces.

Though the plans may sound attractive to several home and business owners, city commissioners said they need to vet the proposal to ensure its ideas are the right fit for East Grand Rapids.

“We’ll be looking at the plan to make sure that not only the developer develops land but does so in a way that benefits the community,” 3rd Ward Commissioner John Arendshorst said.

The project will be presented to the East Grand Rapids Planning Commission at its March 11 meeting. If approved, it would take up to three years to build.

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