Developers break ground on BOB expansion

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Venue building in downtown Grand Rapids on Feb. 3, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new entertainment site, beer garden and living space are coming to downtown Grand Rapids.

The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids (Google photo courtesy; 2013).
The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids (Google photo courtesy; 2013).

The Gilmore Collection is teaming up with Orion Construction to transform the B.O.B’s former parking lot into a three-phase development.

Mayor Bliss along with city and business leaders broke ground on The Venue Tower around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Venue/Venue Tower will be located at 20 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids' Arena District. (Feb. 2, 2016 rendering courtesy Orion Construction)
The Venue/Venue Tower will be located at 20 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids’ Arena District. (Feb. 2, 2016 rendering courtesy Orion Construction)

The 92,000 square-foot development will feature 88 living units, including 44 one-bedroom apartments, 20 two-bedroom apartments and 24 “micro-lofts” – ultra-efficient studios under 500 square feet.

Developers said the micro-lofts tap into growing national demand for micro-housing options.

“More than a quarter of the households in the United States today are made up of one person. Many are young professionals, and a growing number are looking for well designed, highly efficient living space in urban areas,” stated Concept Design Vice President Tom Tooley in a Wednesday news release.

The Venue/Venue Tower will be located at 20 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids' Arena District. (Feb. 2, 2016 rendering courtesy Orion Construction)
The Venue/Venue Tower will be located at 20 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids’ Arena District. (Feb. 2, 2016 rendering courtesy Orion Construction)

The Gilmores plan to soon announce who they’re partnering with to create a three-story entertainment venue in the coming months.

Phase three of the development, a Bavarian-style outdoor beer garden, will be built at a later date, developers said.

The Venue Tower is expected to be complete in spring 2017.

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