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UPDATE: Plans for shuttered school approved

UPDATE: Plans for shuttered school approved

UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 16)-- Walker Community Development Director Frank Wash says Feyen Zylstra has been given the green light to begin obtaining building permits to transform the former Fairview Elementary.

The planning commission approved the Grand Rapids' electrical contractor's final site plans Wednesday night.

Feyen Zylstra wants to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices. The Grand Rapids firm plans to work with an architectural company to maintain the building’s historical design during the transformation.  Feyen Zylstra also plans to add a warehouse on the southeast corner of the property, located at 2396 Hillside Dr. NW.  

Wash says no community members showed up for Wednesday's public hearing about the proposed plan.

Public hearing Jan. 15 over plans for shuttered school

Public hearing Jan. 15 over plans for shuttered school

WALKER, Mich.—  An electrical contractor will present its final site plans Wednesday night for a shuttered school in Walker.

Feyen Zylstra wants to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices. The Grand Rapids firm plans to work with an architectural company to maintain the building’s historical design during the transformation.  Feyen Zylstra also plans to add a warehouse on the southeast corner of the property, located at 2396 Hillside Dr. NW.  

A public hearing over the proposed project will take place during the planning commission meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. inside the Walker City Commission Chambers, 4243 Remembrance Road NW.

Walker food drive nets thousands of donations for families in need

Walker food drive nets thousands of donations for families in need

WALKER, Mich.—Thousands of West Michigan families will have something more to eat, thanks to the hard work of Walker area schools and businesses.

Community Officer Gil Redzinski says 14 businesses and students at Kenowa Hills High School, Central Elementary, Zinser Elementary and West Michigan Academy collected approximately 6,000 non-perishable food items, which were delivered to 30 struggling families Dec. 17.  Approximately 2,000 of those items were collected by Kenowa Hills High School students alone; as a reward, the winning class got a pancake breakfast served by Officer Redzinski and two principals.

Growing business brings 50 new jobs to Lowell area

Growing business brings 50 new jobs to Lowell area

VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A South Carolina-based business is expanding in West Michigan, bringing 50 new jobs to the area.

Industrial Services Group, Inc. is getting a performance-based grant through the Michigan Business Development Program.  The funding will allow the manufacturer to expand its Compositech branch.   ISG plans to invest $1.63 million in building renovations, machinery and equipment at their new facility, located at 683 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE in Vergennes Township.  The 50 full-time jobs created will include production, technical and managerial positions.

“This expansion enables us to further invest in West Michigan and support our growing business,” said Al Hubbard, Director of Operations, ISG, Inc. “We want to thank The Right Place for their assistance throughout this process. They were able to bring together the resources and support we needed to make this project a reality.”

City Commission backs development expansion

City Commission backs development expansion

WALKER, Mich.—The Walker City Commission is giving a growing condominium community  its conditional approval.

Commissioners Monday night approved a resolution for Phase I-A of Cambridge Grove,  located off Richmond Street, just west of Wilson Avenue.  Developer Ken Ver Woert wants to add ten lots to the development,  extend Gordonshire Drive and improve the community infrastructure. 

The city has capped the community off at 145 condominiums.  Community Development Director Frank Wash says the city previously approved 17 condominium lots in 2006, but not all have been built on or sold.  He says Ver Woert recorded the ten lots of Phase I-A prior to getting city approval because of a state law.  According to the statute, Ver Woert must enter a new phase of development every seven years, or he loses rights to develop the land.

Planning commission approves new store in Walker

Planning commission approves new store in Walker

WALKER, Mich.—  An empty lot along Alpine Avenue NW will soon become Walker’s newest store.

During its regular meeting November 20, the Walker Planning Commission approved the final site plan for a new Sav-A-Lot grocery store at 2189 Avastar Parkway NW.  The proposed 17,820 square foot facility will be located in the city’s only Renaissance Zone.

A sign for the new store is expected to stand in a lot across the road.  It’s unclear when construction on the new business will begin.

Grand Rapids company unveils plans for shuttered Walker school

Grand Rapids company unveils plans for shuttered Walker school

WALKER, Mich.—  There are new plans for a shuttered school in Walker.

Wednesday night, the Walker Planning Commission approved Feyen Zylstra LLC’s preliminary plans to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices.  The Grand Rapids electrical contracting firm plans to work with an architectural company to maintain the building’s historical design during the transformation.  Feyen Zylstra also plans to add a warehouse on the southeast corner of the property, located at 2396 Hillside Dr. NW.  Community Development Director Frank Wash says Feyen Zylstra hopes to start construction sometime after January 1, 2014, as long as all zoning permits and the final site plan are approved by the city.

Fairview Elementary closed in 2010.