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Creston Brewery slated for spring 2016 opening


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The old DeKorne Furniture showroom, built in the 1920s, will soon be the home to a new brewery.

Our partner the Grand rapids Business Journal reports construction on Creston Brewery starts in December.

The building's on Plainfield Avenue near Quimby Street.

The plan includes a 20-barrel brew system, taproom, restaurant, and entertainment venue.

The owners say it should be ready next spring or as they said, "by the time the snow melts."


More Self Less hosts "I Dream Beautiful" Christmas party


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Families and children in West Michigan will be treated to a special Christmas party thanks to the More Self Less "I Dream Beautiful" Christmas party.

More Self Less is a non-profit that focuses on ways to make a difference in the community.

This holiday season, they are looking to make the season a little bit brighter for families who are less fortunate, but with a twist.

The party provides a unique way for the donating family to meet the family they're sponsoring. They come together for a family-style dinner, sing Christmas carols and exchange gifts.

The "I Dream Beautiful" Christmas celebration is Sunday December 20, 2015 From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

It will be held at 3101 Leonard NE in Grand Rapids.

For more information about More Self Less, click here.

Ground broken on residential, retail Belknap project


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids neighborhood is getting a makeover, thanks to a new residential and retail development on the way.

Developers are building the complex on the corner of Coit and Hastings in the Belknap neighborhood.

The project, called the Gateway at Belknap, will have 88 apartments, a restaurant, and retail space. Orion Construction president John Wheeler said he believes it will have a positive impact on the neighborhood. "We're creating a $22-million value," he said. "That's pretty big."

The Gateway project is expected to be the beginning of what could be an overall revitalization of the neighborhood. It's within walking distance of the Medical Mile. "It's all good," Wheeler said. "The homes we bought were not in good condition," adding that Orion Construction bought 11 rental homes and tore them down to make space for the project.

Police ID man hit by car on Leonard Street


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 26-year-old man struck by a car on the city's Northeast Side remains in critical condition, police say.

The man, now identified as Mohemeed Gene Hussin, was hit around 6:35 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, near Leonard Street and Plymouth Avenue NE.

Police said Hussin was about 40 yards west of the intersection, attempting to cross the street, when he was hit by a westbound vehicle on Leonard. The driver stayed at the scene after the collision and was cooperating with police.


Weekend Adventure: Local Epicurean hosts pasta making class


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holiday meals are a great time to show off your cooking skills and try out some new techniques. The Local Epicurean in Downtown Grand Rapids is offering several food making classes like pasta and truffles.

In this Weekend Adventure, Producers Katie and Rhonda try their hands at homemade ravioli.

The Local Epicurean is a local Michigan specialty food company using the finest locally grown ingredients to make quality pastas and specialty sauces.

They are located at 111 S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.

For hours and more information, you can visit their website, at thelocalepicurean.com


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.

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.