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Mixed-use Belknap development moves forward

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Developers say their plan for a mixed-use project in the Belknap neighborhood of northeastern Grand Rapids is moving forward.

Orion Construction says the Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday night gave unanimous approval to the Gateway at Belknap, a 98,741 sq. ft. complex. The project includes 4,770 sq. ft. of retail space and 7,500 sq. ft. of restaurant space, with the remainder being 86 residential units and 86 parking spots.

The project is planned for the two city blocks along Hastings from Coit to Clancy and north on Clancy to Trowbridge. That site is just north of I-196.

With the city commission's approval, Orion says it can proceed with the project, but the start date and the completion date remain undetermined as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Robinette's featured among "Flavors of Pure Michigan"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's agriculture department is drawing attention to the "Flavors of Pure Michigan."

Ag officials visited Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids Tuesday to promote Michigan's culinary tourism.

That tourism relies on the diversity of crops in our state.

"It's an opportunity for citizens and neighbors to come and see an apple orchard, experience that, experience a winery, cider, donuts -- all the things that go around food in the fall," said Jamie Clover Adams, the director of Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The next event on the "Flavors of Pure Michigan" tour is Thursday, at the farmer's market on the lawn of the Capitol in Lansing.

Rockford Construction opens model apartment as leasing office at the historic Morton

Rockford Construction opens model apartment as leasing office at the historic Morton

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 23, 2014 – Beginning Wednesday, September 24, Rockford Construction will open an apartment leasing office at the 91-year-old historic Morton Hotel located at 70 Monroe Center. The leasing office, located on the ground floor of the The Morton, features a full-size living area and kitchen, similar to those being constructed in the building’s upper floors, and is located within a newly constructed glass storefront making the site highly visible from Monroe Center. Individuals wishing to lease apartments or commercial space in The Morton will be able to begin securing reservations.

Once opened, the Morton will feature at least 100 market-rate apartments, ground floor retail and restaurant space, and opportunities for a variety of users.

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invites the community to participate in this worthy cause.

Print a flier from Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary website below. On Wednesday, September 24 from 11am to 11pm the public is invited to present the coupon to any one of the 14 Pizza Hut locations and 20% of their total bill will be donated to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary. This is included for Dine-in, Carry out or Delivery.

The Flier has the list & addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations on the North & South side.

Visit http://www.crashslanding.org for the flier & print the coupon.  

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Hopkins beats NorthPointe Christian in the OK Silver

HOPKINS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hopkins wins 37-20 over NorthPointe Christian in the OK Silver.

ArtPrize pieces open at Meijer Gardens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- ArtPrize doesn't start until September 24, but some of the pieces are already on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The "Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors" collection features works from 16 artists around the world.

"It's a really great exhibition, showcasing all sorts of different materials from neon to bronze, to one made with feathers," said public relations manager Andrea Wolschleger. "It's a great exhibition, also, for an ArtPrize exhibition."

The exhibit opened Friday and will remain through January 4.

WMU-Cooley Law School Dean, Tracey Brame, Honored as one of the "2014 Women in the Law"

WMU-Cooley Law School Dean, Tracey Brame, Honored as one of the "2014 Women in the Law"


Brame chosen as one of 30 honorees, which include two WMU-Cooley graduates, at 2014 event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – WMU-Cooley Law School Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Tracey Brame was chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 30 Women in the Law in 2014 and honored at a September 11 luncheon in Troy, Mich. The Women in the Law program is dedicated to saluting high-achieving women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments.

Dean Brame came to WMU-Cooley Law School in February 2006 from Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she was a staff attorney. When she joined the law school, she advised and represented low-income clients on family law, housing, and consumer law issues.