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My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

Police bust Grand Rapids meth house; 4 arrested


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Four people face drug charges after police raided a drug house on the city's northeast side Tuesday morning.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) raided a house in the 1300 block of Mayfield Avenue NE around 9:30 a.m. as part of an ongoing investigation involving the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine.

Inside the house, officers found a suspected one-pot meth lab.

Seven adults were found inside the home and four were arrested. They face various drug charges and are jailed at the Kent County Correctional Facility. Their names will be released pending arraignment.

KANET officers were assisted by Grand Rapids police and Special Response Team (SRT), Michigan State Police Meth Response Team, Grand Rapids Fire Department and AMR Ambulance.


Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library


The Grand Rapids Public Library will hold a series of events celebrating Earth Week during the week of April 19-26, 2014. The events center around being a good steward of the earth, using locally produced goods, reuse of old items and more. All events are free and open to the public.

The week-long series kicks off with a Nature Photography Walk led by local photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to learn photography techniques while walking the Fred Meijer Trail at Millennium Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Grand Rapids Section 8 applications go online in May


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The waiting line for Section 8 housing in Grand Rapids will be online this year.

The city housing commission announced that those waiting to receive the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can apply online starting on May 12. The online applications will be available through May 16. Applications will also be accepted by phone.

In past years, lines would be quite long through the week of the application process. All applications will be done either online or by phone and there will be no paper applications.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

Cupcakes with a twist: paleo and vegan cupcakes


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - We all love to have a sweet treat from time to time, maybe a chocolate cupcake with frosting. Let's face it, some of them have very little nutritional value.

So we're suggesting a substitution. How about trying a paleo or vegan cupcake in place of a regular one?

Karisa Batchik owns Luxurious Sweets in Grand Rapids. She talks about what goes in to both alternative types of cupcakes. Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about Luxurious Sweets.