Kate Carlson

Kate Carlson

Staff Writer, covers real estate and development and small businesses


Twitter: @BizCarlson
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives plans to relocate to an 18,000-square-foot, three-story space in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood, which would be a major expansion for the organization.

GRAND RAPIDS — The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan is one of 11 agencies in the country receiving federal funding to support housing discrimination victims who have been increasingly affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

GRAND RAPIDS — New Standard plans to open its first dispensary in Grand Rapids with a new building in the city’s Midtown district near Medical Mile. 

GRAND RAPIDS —  The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched an online survey seeking public feedback on potential redesign strategies for a contentious segment of US-131 between 28th Street and Wealthy Street. 

HOLLAND — After a yearslong public feedback and planning process, the city of Holland is assessing the sole proposal it received after putting out a nationwide request to develop downtown waterfront property.

The first phase of construction work to turn the former South Christian High School into a $20 million Special Olympics Michigan Inc. Unified Sports and Inclusion Center is expected to wrap up in May.

Eastern Kille Distillery’s owners plan to ramp up barrel inventory and open a “world class” experience at an upcoming production facility with the huge return on investment the business made from selling its Grand Rapids property last year. 

PLAINFIELD TWP. — The Plainfield Charter Township Planning Commission has approved Eastern Kille Distillery’s plan to relocate its distilling operation to a 16-acre property along the White Pine Trail. 

HOLLAND TWP. — A privately held real estate company in Georgia recently purchased Felch Street Shopping Center in Holland Charter Township for $21 million. 

MUSKEGON — General contractor, construction management and design firm Erhardt Construction Co. is opening a new office in Muskegon, company officials have announced. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Barrio, a Cleveland-based taco chain with multiple locations in Michigan, is expected to open this spring on the first floor of the historic Helmer Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

ROCKFORD — The Toasted Pickle specialty sandwich shop in Grand Haven is expanding with a second location in downtown Rockford at the former Ramona’s Table restaurant.

GRAND RAPIDS — Terrapin Care Station and JARS Cannabis are partnering with Higher Learning Institutions to launch a year-long professional development program for minority entrepreneurs looking to get into the cannabis industry.

ALBION — Businesses in the small eastern Calhoun County city of Albion mostly operated on the fringes of town until a slow but steady spark of development several years ago started breathing life back into downtown. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Property once planned for a high-end residential project is now slated to be redeveloped into 52 affordable apartments in the city’s Belknap Lookout neighborhood.

Kent County housing organization has named a new president to oversee an action plan and raise funding after years of community-wide research on housing insecurity and homelessness.

GRAND RAPIDS — A 16-story addition is planned for Studio Park downtown that would add another 165 apartments and at least 24 condominium units to the downtown development. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Long Road Distillers LLC plans to bring a tasting room called Less Traveled to Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood.

GRAND RAPIDS — Businesses in Grand Rapids, particularly in the service industry, expect slowed economic growth later this year as interest rates likely rise and labor and supply chain challenges continue.

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction Simplified plans to move and expand its offices in Grand Rapids in preparation of eventually growing its presence across the country. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Dwelling Place is planning major renovation work on its longtime affordable housing units in downtown Grand Rapids and continues to seek financing to convert a surface parking lot into more housing.

Several large West Michigan-based companies earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, a tool that scores how well businesses support LGBTQ people. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Victor Williams describes the Grand Rapids Media Initiative and Film Incubator as a “dream space” that he wishes he had while growing up in Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS — Several new businesses that opened last year are navigating the new landscape of hosting live entertainment during a pandemic. 

A Q&A with Joe Borgstrom, principal at Place + Main Advisors LLC

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.