GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Renderings of a proposed development which would include a grocery store just outside the core of downtown Grand Rapids have been published.
The proposed development would consist of two five-story buildings, one of which would contain a proposed grocery store, a three- to four-story building and a three-floor parking structure.
Rockford Construction announced earlier this month they were working with Meijer to be the main tenant of the proposed grocery store.
The four-story building would be a professional office building. The other two buildings would have retail on the ground floors and four floors of residential units.
Rockford Construction says the building referenced to as “Building A” would, in their preference, feature affordable housing.
The parking structure would have approximately 309 parking spaces, with additional parking spaces on Bridge Street and Stocking Avenue while preserving on-street parking along First Street and Seward Avenue.
The plan isn’t a done deal. Rockford Construction said it still wants input from area residents, is considering the city and neighborhood development plans, is looking for more tenant partners and is seeking funding incentives.
According to a letter submitted to Suzanne Schultz the Director of the Grand Rapids Planning Department, Rockford Construction says the project “consists of removing and replacing the existing blighted buildings with a series of new buildings that include housing, retail, and office uses.”
The letter says there are six obsolete buildings on the property as well as a building used for office and storage. It also says the buildings contain asbestos and other “hazardous” materials, which would be removed before construction.