$6M development for GR’s Creston neighborhood


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A new $6 million, mixed-use development is coming to the Creston business district in northeast Grand Rapids.

616 Development announced Wednesday morning that a building at 1359 Plainfield Ave. NE, formerly Club North and The Break Room Bar and Grille, will be torn down to make way for a new complex that will include 40 market-rate apartments as well as 2,600 square feet of retail space.

One of the buildings on Plainfield Avenue NE that will be involved in the renovation project. (Oct. 22, 2014)
(One of the buildings on Plainfield Avenue NE that will be involved in the renovation project.)

Developers showed off the first look at the project Wednesday. The apartments are expected to be completed sometime next year.

“Studios will be between $800 and $900 [per month], one-bedrooms between $1,000 and $1,200, and two-bedrooms between $1,450 and $1,800,” Moncia Steimle of 616 Development.

The Creston Market, located at 1403 Plainfield Ave. NE, will get a facelift. Sun Title CEO Tom Conkright, who is part-owner of the market, said the project will double the market in size and make it less a party store and more a corner grocer.

“We are going to restore this entire front so when you walk in the store and look in the back, you are going to see this kind of a showcase casement,” Conkright said. “We are going to expose the original tin ceiling. In the last couple of days, we have torn out a cooler.”

Sun Title also owns the building located at 1365 Plainfield Ave. NE, which will receive a new facade and storefront. It’s not yet been decided what retailer will go into the building.

The Red Jet Café, which is just north of the market, will get a three-season rooftop patio.

Construction will begin on the project in the coming weeks, according to a release.

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