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Grand River restoration plan up for approval

Downtown Grand Rapids

A proposal cementing portions of Grand River rapids restoration meets review.

Included in the Grand River Corridor plan is removal of the Sixth Street dam and addition of an upstream hydraulic system.

Officials say it would support and maintain the rapids downtown from above Ann Street to Fulton.

Other aspects expand river public use, safety and access.

The proposal is the result of multiple west Michigan, state and federal planning processes, including GR Forward, the Grand River Restoration Steering Committee and a call for increased flood protection through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Grand Rapids City Commissioners review the corridor proposal Tuesday morning in conjunction with FEMA as well as federal and state permit applications.

Officials say if approved, work is likely to coincide with existing Michigan Department of Transportation projects planned for 2017 in the area.

Additional discussion on the GR Forward final draft is expected on Thursday at the city’s planning commission, among other board meetings.

That plan includes about 5 miles of river restoration and access as well as other initiatives connected to various city incentives and spaces.

A public hearing and approval of the GR Forward final draft is expected in December.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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