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Bristol Ridge development update slated for July 17

Bristol Ridge development update slated for July 17

WALKER, Mich.—The developer of Bristol Ridge condominiums will update city officials on his plans to expand the community Wednesday, July 17.

Steve Visser says he’s revised Phase II of the project, slated for 2955 Bristol Ave. NW to include building 16 duplex buildings instead of 17. All other aspects of Phase II will remain the same as previously approved by the city in June 2003.

The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, inside the Walker City Commission Chambers at 4243 Remembrance Rd. NW.

City commission postpones decision on additional bus lot

City commission postpones decision on additional bus lot

WALKER, Mich.—Grand Valley State University officials are pushing for a new public Park n’ Ride lot to keep up with increasing student demand for bus service.

The operations manager of Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus says the new lot would be located at the former site of the American Metal and Stamping factory, on 4101 Lake Michigan Drive NW.   The new lot would contain 252 spaces.    The project would include expanding the city’s drainage system and adding a privacy fence and landscaping for the benefit of nearby homeowners.  LED lighting would also need to be added.

GVSU and The Rapid would pay for the project using a $360,000 federal grant.  GVSU would maintain the space, which would be located next to the Standale Park n’ Ride lot. 

However, before work could even begin, GVSU and The Rapids would need to get a special permit from the city, as well as site plan approval.  During their meeting June 24

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is teaming up with the city of Grand Rapids to show just how bicycle friendly our area is.

The Kroc Center will offer a buy one, get one pass deal to bicyclists on Tuesday, May 21, as part of the Mayor’s Bike Ride.  The annual ride starts at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Plaster Creek Trails at the Kroc Center, located on 2500 S. Division Ave.

The 5th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride introduces the average bike rider to Grand Rapids’ bike trail system.  Participants can travel 2 miles or 6 miles from the Kroc Center, or choose a 24 mile ride to Millennium Park, led by Alger Bikes.  All paricipants are required to wear a properly fitted helmet.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

(Kent District Library)-- Help address childhood hunger in Kent County by supporting Kids’ Food Basket

During the month of April, KDL Gives Back will sponsor juice box collection and bag decorating stations at all 18 branches.

Drop off juice boxes and bring the family in to decorate sacks:
Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit West Michigan organization whose mission is to make sure children in our community do not go to bed hungry. The group began more than nine years ago by serving 125 kids every school day through its Sack Supper program, and

Power outage closes library

The Kentwood Library is temporarily closed, due to a power outage. 

Consumers Energy is reporting 2,523 homes and businesses in  Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, Walker, Comstock Park and Kentwood are without power. It's unclear when power will be fully restored.

According to a tweet sent Wednesday morning, workers at the Kentwood library hope to reopen later this afternoon when the line is repaired.