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Medical Mile could see $50M housing, business development

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $50 million housing and business development is in the works along the Medical Mile near downtown Grand Rapids, developers tell WZZM 13.

The project is planned to include business space, along with 287 apartment units and parking on the roof of the building. That housing will target professionals working on Medical Mile.

It would replace 16 houses and a commercial building near Grand and Benson avenues.

The city Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the project on July 9. The developer, RISE Real Estate, hopes to begin work by October.

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City manager expects 'huge payoff' with return of police academy

City manager expects 'huge payoff' with return of police academy

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—Grand Rapids Police are hoping to inspire a new generation of officers by bringing back their youth police academy.

The police department announced the return of the program in February. The first session begins June 22; the second program starts on July 20. The academies are open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Kent County area who might be interested in a career in law enforcement.

"Our hope and our belief is some number of years down the line, this is going to have a huge payoff," says City Manager Greg Sundstrom.

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Police Department's website.


Veterans home's restored amphitheater dedicated

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a proud day Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, with the dedication of the restored amphitheater.

The old one was crumbling from years of wear and tear, and it was becoming dangerous to use.

It's officially named after Gerald Antor, who used to live there. Kent County Commissioner Tom Antor is his son.

"The fact they dedicated it to my father was just icing on the cake and nice of the veteran's home," Tom Antor said. "Truly, what this is about is for veterans being able to come out here and give them something to look forward too: concerts all year round."

Money for the new facility was raised during the inaugural Freedom Cruise last year.

Work took six months to complete and came in under budget.

G.R. foresters removing trees with emerald ash borer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids crews are taking down ash trees along Fuller Avenue near Three Mile Road on the city's northeast side.

Those trees are infested with the emerald ash borer.

Foresters say around 3,600 ash trees on city property are now beyond saving.

The bugs have killed more than 30 million trees in Michigan since arriving from Asia in 2002. They tunnel beneath the bark, starting with the upper branches.

Foresters say Grand Rapids will spend at least $600,000 to remove infested trees in the next few years. A third of them will be removed this year.

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DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place, West Michigan’s Premier Entertainment Destination in Grand Rapids, MI. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a celebration for everyone. This event takes place Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

This event will feature a Ferris wheel, carousel, fun, family activities and games, prizes, mascots and much more! Parking will be free under the convention center (as space allows) during the event.

The first 10,000 people inside the doors will received a FREE hot dog and Pepsi. Entertainment will feature music and entertainment from bands, Jump with Jill, a magician and more. You might be the winner of one of the gift cards or concert tickets to be given away hourly.

From 10am – 5pm the Northeast Stage will present acts from Alysha Sha, Jump with Jill, Freehand GR, Gabriel Estrada III “ El Charro Del Norte”, Jeremy Verwys, Lefty Malone and The Diemakers.

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the VFW Post 4249 of Newaygo will be hosting the Michigan Knights of Columbus 4th Degree District 4, 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run.

Runners are asked to meet at 3000 Monroe Ave NE in Grand Rapids, MI at 9:00am. Ride to the VFW in Newaygo, leaving at 11:30am.

A $25 donation covers food, fun and a raffle ticket. There will also be music, prizes and refreshments.

You may call David Reese at 616-446-0726 for more information.

More new housing coming to Belknap Lookout

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Development spurred by the Medical Mile - a portion of Michigan Street near downtown Grand Rapids - is jumping the freeway into the Belknap Lookout neighborhood.

Grand Rapids city commissioners on Tuesday supported incentives to develop an 86-unit apartment development called the Gateway at Belknap. The project would also include a restaurant and stores along Hastings Street and Clancy Avenue.

City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss praised developer Orion Properties for integrating neighborhood input into its final designs.

"You all have been fabulous to work with and the neighborhood really appreciates that," she said Tuesday.

Other housing developments have already been started in other sections of the neighborhood, including a 66-unit project called Clancy Lofts, on Clancy.