Since the development
impacts not only the immediate neighborhood, but all who travel through the
area, there’s been a lot of input.
Suzanne Schulz is Planning Director for the City
of Grand Rapids, and stresses the stretch of Michigan Street is about a lot
more than just brick and mortar.Schulz
says they’ve had a lot of opportunities come up for people programs as well.
"The Michigan Department of Community Health
gave us a grant to do a health impact assessment to determine how to reduce
obesity and asthma and define other physical concerns critical to the community.We had a grant from Smart Growth America,
which received money from the Rockefeller Foundation…to look at transportation
Besides all the
building, Schulz says they’re also been looking closely at transportation along
Michigan Street including mass transit and bicycling, as well as creating new
housing and pedestrian traffic through the area.
There’s also a transit
oriented, mixed use re-development project at the northeast corner of Diamond Avenue
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