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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Another step was made in renovating Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday evening.

A meeting at City Hall unveiled three preliminary drafts of what Calder Plaza might look like to activate the area. According to survey data presented by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., only a little over 10% of nearly 2,000 people were satisfied with the current design of the plaza.

Some of the biggest changes being considered are adding grass to soften the landscape and shaded areas for festivals, rallies, and concerts. Providing a space for food vendors is also of high interest.

After Labor Day, the city will be posting a survey online, where residents can vote on their favorite look. The final design is hoped to be announced in October.

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  • steve thomas

    Did Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. run a similar survey to determine what to do with the river? Or, did they arbitrarily make plans, regardless of public opinion. I don’t recall hearing about any public input considered in that “Grand Dream”.


    Remember to build “safe spaces” for the wussyfied SJWs so they don’t have to deal with reality. and perhaps add about 100 police so it’ will be safe for non-gang bangers and those who don’t fear soap.

  • Bob

    The only way the Calder Plaza will ever amount to anything and draw crowds is if they turn it around and put the plaza on Monroe. It not located where the people are and it’s an uphill walk to get to it from Monroe, where the people are.

    Poor planning by the city. Now they want to spend more to try and correct their first mistake. Waite, that sounds just like something the city of Grand Rapids would do!

  • jim

    Why not just do it and add it the 900 Million dollars the City is already in debt ! Be just like the federal government and just get a Bigger shovel every day.
    Wait a minute , Just get a vote for a new tax and have all the City workers show up.

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