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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Development in Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids Development MapThe 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:

    Hotels

    AC Hotel by Marriott. The original brick façade of a 127-year-old building in the heart of downtown is being restored and the interior is being transformed into a 130-room hotel. Opens spring 2019.

    Canopy by Hilton. This 164-room hotel is part of downtown’s Studio Park development, which will also include a nine-screen movie complex. Winter 2019.

    Marriott Residence Inn. 146-room hotel will occupy a 13-story building. Opening TBD.

    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 fall 2019.

    Embassy Suites by Hilton. This seven-story, 246-room hotel overlooks the Grand River on the near-north side of downtown. Opens summer 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 Home2 Suites by Hilton.

    Newly-Opened Hotels

    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 ten minutes outside of Grand Rapids in the city of Grandville.

    Convention Center

    To accommodate continued booking increases, developers have proposed adding a 400-room hotel and 115,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space to DeVos Place Convention Center.

    West Side Corridor

    New restaurants, breweries and shops are revitalizing the city’s historic west side. The neighborhood is also home to the newly-opened Bridge Street Market, a unique urban grocery store from local industry titan Meijer.

    Amenities

    Business & Residential

    • Switch renovated one of the city’s most iconic buildings into the largest, most advanced data center in the Eastern U.S. in 2017 – and the technology infrastructure ecosystem company is planning additional expansions.
    • Grand Valley State University is adding to its portfolio of downtown properties with a new health science building along the Medical Mile – a $2 billion life-sciences corridor.
    • Gordon Food Service just opened a new urban grocery concept, also in the Medical Mile neighborhood.
    • More than 4,050 new residential units have been added to the city of Grand Rapids since 2001.
    • A downtown apartment boom has drawn more than 7,000 residents city-center housing since the 2013 census.