Ground broken on The Gateway at Belknap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A new mixed-use development is underway in northeast Grand Rapids.

Orion Construction broke ground Monday on The Gateway at Belknap at 500 Coit NE.  The development will include 88 apartments in two and three story buildings that are connected by corridors on the second floor.  It will also include three ground-floor retail spaces and a 4,600 square foot restaurant.  Developers say the project will also create 80 covered below ground parking spaces and 40 surface level parking spaces.  The restaurant and retails spaces are expected to create about 150 jobs.

The development is expected to be completed by January 2017.

Rendering of Clancy and Trowbridge

Rendering of Clancy and Trowbridge

Rendering of Coit and Hastings

Rendering of Coit and Hastings

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    • Jim Rogers

      No Bob. These will be “market rate” apartments. Meaning nobody will be able to afford them except for those who can afford to live in nicer neighborhoods. Eventually they will turn it into Section 8 housing, like all these new developments in the downtown area. That will be the only way they can get enough tenants to make it affordable.

      This whole “live downtown and work at your nice medical mile job” effort is admirable, but it just isn’t panning out because there are not enough amenity and basic necessity choices downtown to make it so that people want to live there. Add into it the crime and higher tax rate, and it is no wonder that all these high paying downtown jobs are being done by people who (with few exceptions) are choosing to live outside of the city limits entirely.

  • Yea right

    No Bob- from what I’ve seen the building is beautiful and will vastly improve that community. Nothing low income about it. Can’t wait to sit on the front balcony and sip coffee and enjoy dinner at the new restataunt.

  • Fidel Sarcastro

    Yeah, great idea. Because traffic isn’t already backed up in this neighborhood. All these houses with no off-street parking and ultra-narrow streets from the horse and buggy days, and you want to bring in something that will attract more traffic. One might look at that and think that there is a deliberate city effort going on to drive down the value of the homes in this area in order to make large scale purchases of entire blocks for future development. But no, Grand Rapids is too ethical to try doing something like that, right?

    Or perhaps it is all simply innocent stupidity, and GR is once again trying to initiate development and growth before it has the necessary infrastructure in place to support the project. But if so, then it is clear that GR is simply incapable of learning from its past mistakes, showing that its leadership is irresponsible and is doing more harm than good for the city. But no, that is not how progressive cities are run, is it? And we are progressive, aren’t we? Mayor Heartwell says so, so it must be true.