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Construction is in the Forecast

Shake, Rattle, Roll….and Beep…Beep….Beep. That’s the forecast for us at X Ventures (and all our neighbors) for the next several months as today marks the first day of construction on downtown’s newest addition of Class A mixed use retail, office and residential building. As of this writing (about 12:00 PM on June 4, 2014) the asphalt is just about history in the old parking lot behind our building at 44 Grandville and our neighbors at 56 Grandville (Beene Garter) and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation building. I’ve got no commentary or opinions for or against (because frankly no one needs my opinion), but I will share a twinge of trepidation regarding the “change”, the noise, and (personally) the loss of view out my office window.

I was once called a “Pollyanna” by a fellow board member as I laid out my thoughts on a particular issue. He meant it as a put-down….I took it as a compliment. So from that perspective – I’m going to focus on the positive. Our town isn’t dying, it’s thriving. The tenants that will occupy this new building will utilize services ranging from design, construction trades, furniture, retail and so on. While there are issues everyone will stub their toes on, I believe it will all work out because this town is collaborative, forward thinking and are problem solvers.

New construction. Good to see you again.




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Designing for Small or Abnormal Spaces

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Making a difference with a little help from our neighbors.

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