The nation’s 3rd best economy. The 2nd best large city for starting a business. The #1 job market in the U.S. These are just a few of the economic heights Grand Rapids has scaled in the last few years … and they’re not the only things rising to new levels here. The city’s economic vitality is fueling an unprecedented surge in capital development.
These new developments are part of what we’re calling A Grand Investment – and they’re paying impressive dividends for both residents and visitors. Here’s just a sampling of projects that are augmenting the $3 billion of construction value the city has added since 2000:
Canopy by Hilton. This 164-room hotel is part of downtown’s Studio Park development, which will also include a nine-screen movie complex. Summer 2020.
Marriott Residence Inn. 146-room hotel will occupy a 13-story building. Opening mid to late 2020.
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids. A 12-story hotel with 160 rooms and suites will occupy one of twin towers being built in the midst of downtown’s entertainment district. Opens mid 2019.
Staybridge Suites. This 110-room riverfront hotel will be located just north of downtown’s historic Sixth Street Bridge. Opens mid-2019.
Suburban Hotels. The building boom extends to surrounding communities, with new properties including a Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, two Fairfield Inn & Suites – one in Walker and another in Wyoming, and two Home2 Suites by Hilton -- one in Walker and another in Byron Center.
Hampton Inn & Suites Grandville Grand Rapids South. This 100- room hotel located just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids
Tru By Hilton Grand Rapids Airport. This 98- room hotel is located in Kentwood, Michigan near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Opened in the spring of 2018 and features 100 rooms. This hotel is located in the Grand Rapids suburb of Grandville.
Best Western Plus Grand Castle Inn & Suites. Transformed in the winter of 2017, this 80-room hotel is located 10 minutes outside of Grand Rapids in the city of Grandville.
New eateries, breweries and shops are revitalizing the city’s historic West Side. Now under construction is a mixed-use facility with two ground-floor restaurants – North and Mash, both from Traverse City-based North Peak Brewing Company.
Five acres of land in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods is being developed into Plaza Roosevelt – with a new high school, different types of housing and healthcare and cultural enhancements.
A project to restore the rapids in downtown’s Grand River will enhance water and riverfront recreation.
Downtown’s Studio Park complex will include a nine-screen movie theater, 200-seat live-music venue, restaurants, retail shops and more.
Calder Plaza, a downtown public square, is being redesigned to increase access and utility.
Woodland Mall is being renovated to welcome such new-to-the-region retailers as The Container Store, REI Sporting Goods, Urban Outfitters and Von Maur.
The $2 billion Medical Mile life-sciences corridor is adding even more investment – Michigan State University is building an Innovation Center and Grand Valley State University is constructing a Health Sciences facility.
Consumers Energy is building a $20 million regional headquarters on the West Side.
More than 4,500 new housing units have been added to the city of Grand Rapids since 2011 – most, like the 200 apartments of 601 Bond, are downtown.