Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority

Van Andel Arena plaza entry rendering

Van Andel Arena opened in 1996. As a midmarket venue, it has an industry track record for consistently being one of the busiest for its size. As a 24-year old structure, in heavy use, it’s in need of some improvement.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority are committing $2.1 million toward what it describes as a “full demolition of the existing plaza and construction of an enhanced public space featuring seating, new trees and landscaping.” That will also include new lighting and a snow-melt system. / City of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved the mixed-use development project featuring a movie theater complex.

If all goes as planned, the $140 million mixed-use project could break ground later this year. Celebration Cinema is investing $100 million devoted to a multi-screen movie theater called Studio C! located within the Arena South District at Oakes and Cherry Streets.

$72 million development breaks ground in Grand Rapids

Jun 27, 2017

A two-tower development that will redefine the heart the Grand Rapids downtown landscape broke ground Tuesday. The $72 million development at the corner of Ottawa Avenue and Pearl Street in downtown Grand Rapids will construct two buildings, a 15-story office building that will be home to the Warner, Norcross and Judd law firm as well as Chemical Bank, and a 12-story Hyatt Place Hotel with a restaurant on the ground floor. Orion Construction’s Public Relations Coordinator Jason Wheeler says it’s the biggest project the company has taken on so far. 

St. Cecilia Music Center
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A $35,000 grant will be used to help upgrade accessibility and landscaping at a 122-year-old Grand Rapids music hall.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the St. Cecilia Music Society received the grant for its music hall from the Downtown Development Authority.

The improvements approved Wednesday will upgrade an entrance and replace the aging lift to the stage, as well as add landscaping to a parking lot.

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A second six-month extension has been granted for developers of a proposed downtown Grand Rapids movie theater multiplex.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority approved the extension Wednesday.

The project on the corner of Oakes and Ionia was first presented as a 10-screen theater in 2012.

Plans discussed last March expanded the Celebration Cinema-branded venue into a mixed-use facility with retail and residential space.

The parcel is currently a city parking complex.