A growing city is a vibrant city, and a vibrant city is a destination.
Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, is a prime example with cranes and construction crews signaling growth that are luring more people, events and meetings to its bustling downtown.
One of the more exciting projects is 20 Monroe Live, a flexible venue that is part of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division. With an impressive concert lineup starting in February, the space is a highlight of a $32 million residential and entertainment complex that includes a 5,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden.
The complex will serve as a complement to the nearby Van Andel Arena, which brings in more than 1 million visitors each year. It's part of a host of other developments including:
- The recently restored Rowe, an 11-story former landmark hotel that offers luxury market-rate apartments, nine high-end penthouse condos, a fitness center, parking, a rooftop deck and street-level retail, including Atwater Brewery out of Detroit.
- The Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center, an $88.1 million biomedical research facility slated to open in late 2017.
- And a 42-story hotel and residential tower proposed one block over from 20 Monroe Live.
And all of this growth comes with other projects, including new restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, distilleries and more. For a more in-depth look at the development boom in Grand Rapids, check out our Stories that Inspire section.