$15M housing plan for SE Grand Rapids approved

A rendering of LINC's planned redevelopment in Grand Rapids' Baxter neighborhood.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A plan to redevelop a blighted block in Grand Rapids has been approved.

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission voted Thursday to approve a $15 million project to build 70 new housing units in the Baxter neighborhood.

The nonprofit community group, LINC, is behind the project on the property with Eastern Avenue to the east, Charles Avenue to the west, Thomas Street to the south and Sherman Street to the north. A large, empty lot currently fills part of that area.

Some of the buildings will be row houses. Others, which will be several stories high, will have retail space on the ground level.

LINC hopes to break ground soon and have people living in some of the new homes by the end of 2016.

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