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Car crashes into GR building, 2 hospitalized

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two people were hospitalized after their car crashed into a building.

It happened shortly after 8:00 p.m. Thursday on Alpine Avenue near Crosby Street.

Neighbors tell us the building is a storage facility for a nearby business. No one was inside the building at the time.

A man and a woman in the car were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Crews shut down Alpine Avenue while they worked to clear the roadway.

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Ceremony celebrates 'topping off' of MSU's Research Center

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- City and state leaders gathered in downtown Grand Rapids Thursday morning to mark a milestone in the construction of Michigan State University's new medical research center.

More than a dozen MSU researchers and 25 construction trade workers watched as the last construction beam was hoisted. On the beam, were an American flag representing patriotism, an evergreen tree symbolizing good luck and prosperity, and an MSU Spartan flag representing MSU's commitment to the Grand Rapids community.

The $88.1 million, six-story, 162,800 square foot facility will include research program spaces and five core labs that will benefit MSU College of Human Medicine scientists and researchers from MSU's partnering institutions.

University leaders say the research center will have a $ 28 million dollar impact on the city every year and will support more than 400 jobs.

GRPD investigating car-pedestrian crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an accident involving a car and a pedestrian on the city's northeast side.

It happened around 6:35 a.m. Thursday at Leonard Street and Plymouth Avenue NE.

Police tell WZZM 13 the pedestrian, a 29-year-old man, is in critical condition. His identity is not being released at this time.

The driver involved in the accident remained at the scene after the collision, and is cooperating with officers. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

This is a developing story.

2 shot in GR armed robbery

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Police: 2 houses shot on GR's Northeast Side

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two houses appeared to be shot at early Sunday morning on Grand Rapids' Northeast Side, police say.

Authorities investigated the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue where a couple of houses were hit with bullets, said a Grand Rapids police lieutenant. The incident happened around 3:50 a.m. Sunday.

There are no known suspects at this time. 

Creston Plaza re-opens in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A subsidized housing development in Grand Rapids is back open after undergoing a transformation.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Creston Plaza Saturday afternoon. Creston Plaza's re-opening comes after six years of planning.

The LEED Certified housing development will house 100 families. Families that were required to move out of Creston Plaza for the project have priority status at the new development.

Red Kettle campaign kicks off Friday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a familiar sound and a holiday tradition when you begin to hear Salvation Army bell ringers around West Michigan.

The organization is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign Friday at noon at the D&W store at Knapp Street and the East Beltline.

The campaign is a big fundraiser for the Salvation Army, which uses the money to help families during the Christmas season, and the run its programs year-round.

The goal for this year's campaign is $1.6 million.