Nick Manes, in a recent article published in MiBiz, discusses the revitalization that is happening on Grand Rapids’ west side. After Leonard Street was closed for sewer construction in the early 2000s, many businesses closed down. Now, a local cidery, The People’s Cider Co. LLC hopes to open a tasting room in May on Leonard Street. The business would join the popular Mitten Brewing Company as well as Long Road Distillers.
The owners of Long Road Distillers have additional plans for the area. They are hoping to convert an abandoned and contaminated gas station property to a two or three story apartment or office building.
The West Grand Neighborhood Association is in support of adding housing and new business to the area.
While these are just a few of the new and hopeful projects, other investors are working to recover vacant buildings in the area. It is hoped that investors continue to see the potential in the area and more unoccupied buildings continue to be recreated.
For more information on this revitalization on the west side, please read the full referenced article.