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DDA approves downtown development incentives


Caroline MacGregor
August 14, 2013 | WGVU   More than 94 million dollars of private investment is earmarked to construct new high rise buildings, rehabilitate historic buildings, and expand residential, retail, and commercial offices within the city center.

The projects will add more than 100,000 square feet of retail and commercial office space and at least 284 new housing units to downtown Grand Rapids. About 230 of the housing units will be market-rate. The housing units are expected to boost annual consumer spending by more than 5 million.

One development incentive includes the Morton House on Monroe Center which includes 100 market-rate residential apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail and commercial space at an estimated cost of 21 million. Sidewalk and streetscape improvements are also planned. An estimated 1.5 million in future tax revenues will support barrier-free access and public right-of-way improvements.

Three different incentives were approved to support a 2.6 million renovation of the Trust Building.  The Board also approved grants to support improvements to two downtown buildings with funds being paid over a 10-year period from future tax revenues generated by the nearly 40 million project, which includes 108 new affordable- and market-rate housing units and 9,000 square feet of commercial space.

The DDA approved 3 million to reimburse development costs at the proposed Arena Place project on Weston Street. The funds will be paid over 15 years from future tax revenues generated by the nearly 30 million dollar development, which includes 76 market-rate apartments, 40,000 square feet of commercial office space, 10-thousand square feet of ground-floor retail space, and up to 90 parking spaces.

DDA Executive Director, Kristopher Larson, was authorized to negotiate a contract with Block by Block, a Louisville based organization to manage Grand Rapids new Safety Ambassador Program involving 5-10 people trained to assist police and provide help for visitors

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Today
Michigan DNR completes fall muskellunge stocking
Lansing MI  November 27, 2014  |  WGVU  State wildlife managers have finished a fall stocking program that added 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings to 21 lakes, rivers and other Michigan waterways.    
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Grand Rapids MI  November 27, 2014  |  WGVU   A jury has convicted a Grand Rapids Catholic school tutor of criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a 15-year-old boy she was teaching.    
Downtown Grand Rapids 'census' planned
  November 27, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids officials hope to gather data that engages residents, and shapes future policy decisions.   
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Dozens arrested for drugs, firearms in Detroit operation
Detroit, MI  November 27, 2014  |  AP  Law enforcement officials in Detroit say they have arrested dozens of people and seized illegal weapons and drugs in a coordinated enforcement effort.   
School deficit bills on 'lame duck' legislative list
LANSING, Mich  November 27, 2014  |  MPRN  By Jake Neher State lawmakers could take up legislation next week meant to keep schools out of deficit.    
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Yesterday
Several hundred attend Grand Rapids Ferguson rally
  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  Residents, students and community organizations came together in cities and campuses across West Michigan after this week’s grand jury decision in Ferguson.    
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Jury deciding case of tutor who had sex with boy
Grand Rapids MI  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  Jurors are returning to a Grand Rapids courtroom to resume deliberations in the case of a Catholic school tutor charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.    
Kalamazoo cop car damaged during Ferguson protest
Kalamazoo MI  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  The rear window of a Kalamazoo police car was broken during an otherwise peaceful protest tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.    
Steelcase sale moves education site forward
  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  A group focused on growing area educational programs finalizes plans to purchase Gaines Township’s former Steelcase Pyramid building.    
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Motown float making debut in Detroit parade
Detroit, MI  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  The event known as "America's Thanksgiving Parade" is honoring what once was called the "Sound of Young America."    

Tuesday
Grand Rapids holds Ferguson solidarity event
  November 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids joins other Michigan cities gathering tonight following Monday’s decision in Ferguson.    
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'ReThink' promotes region to former residents
  November 25, 2014  |  WGVU  A Thanksgiving Eve event hopes to attract former Michigan talent back to the area.    
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WGVU-HD airing FRONTLINE "Ebola Outbreak"
  November 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Tuesday, November 25th @ 10:00 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE takes you to the villages outside Sierra Leone, Africa. Producer and reporter Wael Dabbous introduces you to patients infected with the deadly virus and the health care workers treating and tracking Ebola.    
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Michigan Supreme Court taking part in adoption day
LANSING, Mich.   November 25, 2014  |  AP  A Michigan Supreme Court justice joins other judges in approving adoptions as part the state's 12th annual adoption day.   
Michigan commission urges gay rights protections
KALAMAZOO, Mich.   November 25, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling on the Legislature to prohibit discrimination against gays by passing civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.   
Michigan delays implementing health care program
LANSING, Mich.   November 25, 2014  |  AP  Michigan is delaying the implementation of its health care coordination program for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.   
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DETROIT  November 25, 2014  |  AP  A peaceful vigil took place in downtown Detroit after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.   
State police boost patrols around Thanksgiving
LANSING, Mich.  November 25, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State Police troopers are boosting patrols as part of an effort to keep roads safe for Thanksgiving travelers.   
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U of M: 11 sex misconduct violations over 12 months
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Monday
High winds, snow forecast in parts of Michigan
Grand Rapids MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Forecasters say a cold front moving through the Great Lakes region will bring high winds and lower temperatures to Michigan.    
Homeless camp faces eviction in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  People living in an Ann Arbor homeless camp are bracing for eviction from the privately owned woods where they've established their tent community.    
Rhodes scholars include Michigan man
Holland MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A University of Michigan student from western Michigan has been named a Rhodes scholar.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 13 cents in week
Dearborn, MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have dropped about 13 cents a gallon in the last week.    
Authorities: Man, 22, fatally stabs woman, 57
Antwerp Township, MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed a 57-year-old woman at a home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.    
Fire put out at Grand Rapids trucking business
Grand Rapids MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities say a suspected natural gas explosion may have started a fire at a trucking business in Grand Rapids.    
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  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A recent event addressing racial inequity in Grand Rapids underscores the importance of having those conversations.    
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Michigan-Ohio rivalry... over insurance sign-ups?
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  November 24, 2014  |  AP  In a nod to their states' historic football rivalry, Michigan and Ohio health advocates have launched a competition to see which state can reach the most uninsured residents about health coverage.   
Murder charge for man, 22, in stabbing of aunt, 57
ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich.  November 24, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed his 57-year-old aunt at their home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.   
Kalamazoo County re-count to begin Dec. 8
  November 24, 2014  |  MPRN  Candidates and campaigns that are unhappy with the results of the November elections have until Wednesday afternoon to ask for recounts.    
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Friday
Weekend warm-up in Michigan to melt some snow
Grand Rapids MI  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Forecasters say a weekend warm-up in Michigan will lead to melting snow and rain that could combine to bring rising river levels and even flooding in places.    
Woman with gun arrested outside White House
Washington DC  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  A Michigan woman carrying a gun was arrested outside the White House just after President Barack Obama completed a nationally broadcast speech announcing his plan for the U.S. immigration system.    
Dallas to host 19-day ArtPrize competition in 2016
Dallas, TX  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Members of the public will have a say in honoring aspiring artists when Art Prize Dallas begins in 2016.    
Thanksgiving travel to include 1.5M in Michigan
Dearborn, MI  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  AAA says nearly 1.5 million people in Michigan plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday period.    
County, GRCC decline city tax plan
  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Community College and Kent County have both opted out of a $5 million western Grand Rapids development project.    
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“The Discovery of King Tut” exhibition tour coming to Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Coming in 2015, visitors to Grand Rapids Public Museum can experience one of the world’s greatest archeological discoveries.   
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West Michigan U.S. Representative responds to President Obama's immigration order
  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  In response to President Barack Obama’s executive order protecting roughly 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, House Speaker John Boehner says the president’s decision to go it alone "cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left." One west Michigan House Republican calling the order an overreach of Constitutional power.   
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Immigration and Nationality Act provides President with "legal basis"
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Is President Barack Obama’s executive order to shield as many as 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation, and grant them work permits, legal? Republicans on Capitol hill are raising that question. WGVU ran it by Grand Rapids immigration attorney, Susan Im.   
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Kalamazoo Democrat seeks state Senate vote recount
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  AP  Democratic state Rep. Sean McCann says he'll request a recount in the 20th District state Senate race, which a preliminary count shows him losing by 59 votes.   
Economists predict continued Michigan job growth
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  AP  University of Michigan economists say the state's economy will continue to move forward over the next two years after five years of steady job growth.   

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