April 2020: On Your Radar features multiple apartment buildings, new student housing for a college, and more!
BATTLE CREEK – REDEVELOPMENT OF AN OPERA HOUSE AND NEW MID-RISE APARTMENT BUILDING / Project Numbers 2020-0CD4 and 2020-0CD5
Builders Exchange has been reporting on this $50 million project since 2018. This venue, the first of its kind in
Michigan, proposes a Japanese grocery superstore and a food hall concept as the central tenant and anchor. It
will also feature Asian-inspired restaurants, over 100 townhome apartments, Japanese gardens, bi-lingual
signage and authentic Asian architecture.
GRAND RAPIDS – REDEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE-SCALE BUILDING FOR APARTMENTS / Project Number 2020-0E18
Proposed is the $26.1 million redevelopment of a 210,000 square foot building for 167 apartment units. The project
is in the early planning stage and construction is expected to begin before the end of 2020, pending approvals.
ESCANABA – NEW MULTI-FAMILY APARTMENT BUILDING / Project Number 2020-0C6D
The $14.5 million four-story, 74,900 square foot building will have a total of 70 units. Roughly 143 parking spaces
will be provided behind the building. The conceptual plans were reviewed by the planning commission in February.
ROSEVILLE – REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER CHURCH PROPERTY FOR LARGE SCALE STORAGE AND RETAIL / Project Number 2020-0B5B
This $9 million project consists of plans for 116,700 square feet of retail and storage facility space. Demolition on
the site is planned for late 2020 or early 2021. Plans include a business office, climate-controlled and drive-up
storage units, possibly 4 retail and or restaurant tenants, and a rooftop garden.
GRAND RAPIDS – NEW STUDENT HOUSING AND POTENTIAL MIXED-USE FOR A COLLEGE / Project Number 2020-0BE2
The college anticipates opening the project in August 2022. A vertical, multi-story building with limited or no onsite residential parking is envisioned. Common area spaces may include, but not be limited to, student engagement areas such as a multi-purpose room, fitness, and/or studio space.
CANTON – TWO NEW HOTELS / Project Number 2020-0D8B
Proposed is the construction of two four-story hotels with a total of 237 rooms and a total of 185,152 square feet. The total project value is $25 million.
TRAVERSE CITY – RENOVATION TO A BUILDING FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SPACE / Project Number 2020-0C21
Plans call for a four-story, 96-unit residential building offering 5,000 square feet of main floor retail space, and a
leasing office. A total of 90 parking spaces will be provided in a basement parking garage. Site plans were
reviewed by the city planning commission in March.
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Becky, Construction News Reporter
Builders Exchange of Michigan Planning Department
Becky has been with the Builders Exchange of Michigan as a Construction News Reporter for 10 years. She enjoys finding out about projects in the early planning stages and building relationships with project owners, architects, and engineers.