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Plaza Roosevelt site plans revealed


The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

The site plan features affordable housing consisting of approximately 45 rental units and 19 single and multi-family homes. Also included are Health care facilities, venues for arts and culture, retail space and a new $20 million Grand Rapids Public Schools high school.

“We are all going to be in the same plaza, with education and housing and health, and advanced educational degrees, explained GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. "So we are all going to be together. We are building an entire plaza. That is really exciting. It’s a part of our Transformation Plan, and totally new for this community. New for me as a superintendent. We agreed on the vision, and we have been quietly working on it, and we are ready to launch that.”

Plaza Roosevelt partners also include, Ferris State University, Dwelling Place, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Hispanic Center, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.