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Kate Carlson

Kate Carlson

Staff Writer, covers real estate and development and small businesses

 

Twitter: @BizCarlson
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GRAND RAPIDS — A pair of small business owners are moving forward with plans for a coffee shop and cocktail lounge in the city’s Alger Heights neighborhood. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids has joined 32 other state and local governments across the country in the National Building Performance Standard Coalition that the Biden administration rolled out on Jan. 22.

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of Brick Road Pizza Co. announced today that the family-owned staple will be closing its doors Sunday after 13 years in business on Wealthy Street.

GRAND RAPIDS — Eastern Kille Distillery plans to build a presence on Grand Rapids’ east side with a new tasting room that will focus on handcrafted cocktails. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Affiliates of Rockford Construction Co. Inc. sold several Grand Rapids properties late last year for more than $30 million that will support the company’s investments in future projects.

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials are set to consider zoning changes in support of an affordable housing development that they say is needed but has received pushback from some nearby residents.

West Michigan housing groups are still experiencing a steady flow of people who have been affected financially by the pandemic and are seeking rental relief through the state’s COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program.

Before forming the West Michigan chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW), its founding members realized that most of their business leads came from networking with other women. 

The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids experienced an increase of 658 residential units in its housing stock last year, 289 of which were low-income housing spaces. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Advantage Commercial Real Estate Services LLC has moved to new offices in its second year as the firm looks to grow its staff and presence in the region.

PORTAGE — Commercial real estate firm The Hinman Co. has made its second property acquisition in Portage in the past six months.

GRAND RAPIDS — Leaders of The Diatribe Inc. are planning a mixed-use building that would house the nonprofit’s offices as well as retail storefronts, apartment units and a performing arts venue.

Shannon Cohen works through her consulting firm, Shannon Cohen Inc., to help companies across a range of industries improve leadership practices around equity and wellness. But Cohen wears many hats as an author, podcaster and owner of a product line called Tough Skin, Soft Heart, as well as the leader of the Rockstar Woman Brunch Experience. Cohen shared her insights on the labor challenges many industries face right now, and some of the ways companies have found success in leadership practices during the pandemic.

Brent Gibson, president of Grand Rapids-based Construction Simplified, said his leadership has been tested by COVID-19 and all of its repercussions for the construction industry, but he believes the pandemic has made him a better leader. Gibson has found that clear communication with his team has been a crucial aspect to leading effectively. In a year filled with many obstacles for the construction industry, Construction Simplified is branching out into new projects, planning to grow its small firm of 10 people, and move into a new office space. 

Small business advocates are calling for more support from the state Legislature to help companies that they say are not recovering at the same rate as other sectors in Michigan’s economy. 

Retailers had better sales in November compared to the same period in recent years, a statewide trade group reported Wednesday. 

After nearly two years, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen across all sectors of the commercial real estate market, but especially in downtowns. And the biggest question surrounding commercial real estate remains largely unanswered: What is the future of office space?

As one of the founding members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993, Keith Winn found “kindred spirits” within the environmental movement to improve built spaces.

As president of Rockford Construction Co. Inc.’s construction division, Shane Napper has played a key part in many of the company’s major projects over the years. Napper has been at Rockford Construction for more than 20 years, and says the industry is now in the middle of a major evolution.

Access to capital, markets and networks are the three primary barriers to success for Black entrepreneurs, according to Jamiel Robinson.

Michigan’s cannabis industry is coming off a record-setting month with $128 billion in recreational sales in October, and industry leaders expect the state’s market to further mature in 2022.

As the president of Lakeshore Advantage Corp., the economic development organization for Allegan and Ottawa counties, Jennifer Owens is on the frontlines of newly ramped up efforts to land major projects in Michigan. Owens is part of statewide coalitions pushing for more tax incentive tools, which could help in landing new tenants at potential industrial sites on her lakeshore turf.

The lifting of initial COVID-19 restrictions on retailers and restaurants brought activity back to downtown Grand Rapids, but officials still see persistent effects on the city’s core that stem from a reduction in downtown office workers.

GRAND RAPIDS — A historic downtown building that formerly housed J. Gardella’s Tavern has sold for $1.1 million, and the new owner plans renovations and a new restaurant concept. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The city’s Planning Commission on Thursday approved a rezoning that would facilitate the construction of 42 condominium lots as well as the construction of a four-story office building in the Garfield Park Neighborhood. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Running and active lifestyle specialty store Gazelle Sports has announced plans to open a sixth retail location in downtown Grand Rapids in 2022.

GRAND RAPIDS — Dr. Grins Comedy Club is preparing for its last event in The B.O.B. at the end of the month ahead of the expected sale of the building to a new owner.

MUSKEGON — The developer of a six-story mixed-use project in downtown Muskegon is changing the scope of the development to replace some office space with more residential units to reflect market demand.

Sunday, 05 December 2021 18:00

8 West Michigan projects to watch

The construction industry experienced widespread pauses on projects in 2020 during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the backlog made for a packed year in 2021, which features a range of ongoing projects including housing developments and reuses of former industrial buildings.

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