Proposed GR skyscraper receives final approval

A rendering of a proposed development at 10 Ionia Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. (Courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A proposed 42-story development in downtown Grand Rapids has received final approval.

The Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission voted 5-2 in favor of the developer’s plans to build a 418 feet mixed-use residential and hotel development at 10 Ionia Avenue NW near Van Andel Arena.

Rhonda Baker, a city staff liaison for the Historic Preservation Commission, told 24 Hour News 8 over the last two months they have worked with property owner Hinman Company to come up with a design and materials that fit their standards and guidelines. Both sides recently approved the final product.

In July, the Historic Preservation Commission approved most of the project, including the building’s height of 418 feet. Tallest buildings in Grand Rapids graphic 081616

It’s unclear when construction on the property could begin, but Baker believes the groundbreaking could be more than a year away.

The development would be 12 feet taller than River House Condominiums, which is currently the city’s tallest building.