First look at Meijer store and affordable apartments proposed for West Side
Gallery: Bridge and Stocking development
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Developers have made public the first renderings of a massive housing and retail project that will include a Meijer store on the city’s West Side.
The drawings were included in the July 14 agenda package for the City Planning Commission, which will be asked to re-zone the property that is bounded by Bridge Street, Stocking Avenue, Seward Avenue and First Street NW.
The project is being developed by Rockford Construction Co., which has announced it will partner with Meijer Inc. to develop a grocery store and the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) to develop affordable apartments.
The first phase of the project would construct a five-story building facing Stocking Avenue and Lexington Avenue NW. The building would include 16,380 square feet of ground floor retail space and four floors of affordable apartments above.
Rockford executives are asking city planners to give the first phase their final approval this summer so they can pursue the Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the project from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in October.
Conceptual approval is being sought for the second phase of the project, which will include two buildings and a 309-space parking deck for residents, commercial tenants and retail customers.
The Meijer store would be on the ground floor of a five-story building that extends along Bridge Street west of Seward Avenue to Stocking Avenue. The upper floors would include office and residential space, according to the rezoning request.
A third three-story building would be built on the southwest corner of Front Street and Seward Avenue and include ground floor retail space with professional offices above.
The project will include the demolition of six obsolete buildings in the block, according to the application.