GR Planning Commission OKs river redevelopment plan

The Blue Bridge lights up the night in downtown Grand Rapids. (File photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A redevelopment effort centered around the Grand River in Grand Rapids has gotten the green light from two important boards, but it’s not entirely in the clear yet.

Members of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. approved the GR Forward plan Monday, and the Grand Rapids Planning Commission unanimously recommended it on Thursday.

The initiative is a series of improvements and policies to guide the future of downtown Grand Rapids.

The Jan. 15, 2015 GR Forward meeting.
The Jan. 15, 2015 GR Forward meeting.

After nearly three months of public input on the plan, various boards and other groups that are crucial to GR Forward are voting on it.

“I’m really hopeful that we’re going to get this plan done in the next 30 days or so. Then we’re going to get in the business of helping to build all of these great ideas and dreams that are included in it,” said Kris Larson, director with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

The plan next goes before the city commission on Dec. 15.



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