More plans released for new B.O.B. tower and venue

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  -- Orion Construction has released some renderings of what the new tower planned for the parking lot next to The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

Orion and The Gilmore Collection celebrated with a groundbreaking for the Venue/Venue Tower project Wednesday morning.  Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, representatives from Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation attended the event.

The tower will have studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The venue will have both indoor and outdoor event spaces and a beer garden. The venue will host about 120 shows per year and will include seating for about 2,400 people.

The project is expected to be done in about 16 months. An entertainment partner is expected to be announced in June.

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  • Christian

    What a SHAME to build that apartment tower half the size of the original design. Downtown needs more apartments and highrises to accomodate the growth that is filing into in. Not these little buildings here and there. A waste of space by the developer if I must say.

  • Andrew

    I had an “entertainment partner” once. They can be kind of fickle, and don’t tend to be very reliable long term. Unfortunately, once you lose one it is very difficult to get a replacement of the same caliber and what ends up happening is that your standards have to get lower and lower and lower until one day you open your office door and Sinbad is the only one in your waiting room.
    But hey…nobody ever accused Gilmore of being smart when it comes to running a business.

    The only good thing I can see about this project is that it isn’t big enough to be drawing foreign investment interest. Meaning that whatever disaster this turns into, Gilmore wil be stuck with it himself.

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