New Grand Rapids area mall is a go

The green light has been given for a new mall in the Grand Rapids area. The city planning director told 24 Hour News 8 the final site plan for the Village of Knapps Crossing has been approved. Full Story
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John

Antioch, TN

#1 May 9, 2008
Thats going to make alot of money. Perfect area
silly

Lakeview, MI

#2 May 9, 2008
what sense does that make when centerpointe mall needs business and is only a few miles up the road? silly.
dave

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 May 9, 2008
now there's the last thing we need.
pjdutchville

United States

#4 May 9, 2008
See that big thing laying flat on its face? It's another mall.
Bryan

Orestes, IN

#5 May 9, 2008
isnt the guy who is the developer steven benner the one who use to own sound and video and sold refurbished merchandise as new to the public . he was a scammer then i wonder if this is a scam. he was shut down by the state, a word to anyone investing you need to look into this guy before you get scammed.
Pave Paradise

Wayland, MI

#6 May 9, 2008
I know "they" call it progress, but I can't help feeling a little sad inside when I hear it.
a rational outlook

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 May 9, 2008
That intersection can't handle the traffic now. Northbound Beltline is bumper to bumper from 3:00-6:00pm as it is....
SNT

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 May 9, 2008
Great! Let's tear up more wooded areas and build crappy malls that will go under in five years. Doesn't anyone remember North Kent Mall? For craps sake, we're not going to have any farm land or woods left. Pave the world!!!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for progress and new jobs- but can we please work with what we have?
Husband worked for him

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 May 9, 2008
Bryan wrote:
isnt the guy who is the developer steven benner the one who use to own sound and video and sold refurbished merchandise as new to the public . he was a scammer then i wonder if this is a scam. he was shut down by the state, a word to anyone investing you need to look into this guy before you get scammed.
My husband worked for him a couple of years ago. Steven had hired people to go door-to-door and make false claims to get people to sign for this new mall. He has illegally gotten signatures for this mall. He is never going to change. My husband had to hold the petition with signatures until the guy paid him and then he sent his son to do his dirty work!! What a scamming family!!
4 Justice

Sparta, MI

#10 May 9, 2008
What a cluster ----. The area already can't support the traffic, now both the new courthouse and a mall? Is the developer going to pay when they finally figure out we'll have to add more lanes to the East Beltline? I doubt it. You know who's pockets will be flipping that bill.
MEI

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 May 9, 2008
Gotta agree with SNT - progress is paving a former orchard to put up another cell phone store, coffee place and Sound and Video II?
Makes me long for the old days of not being able to find the GR Township offices because it was so remote.
Yeah Ok

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 May 9, 2008
Sure because people can afford to go shopping right now
Tut

United States

#13 May 9, 2008
I wonder how much tax renenue Grand Rapids Township is losing in the name of fighting progress? The city of GR annexed the Meijer's property (SW corner), the property on the NW corner, and the orchard (NE corner). GR Township could have kept most, or all, of it in the township.
Lady L

United States

#14 May 9, 2008
SNT wrote:
Great! Let's tear up more wooded areas and build crappy malls that will go under in five years. Doesn't anyone remember North Kent Mall? For craps sake, we're not going to have any farm land or woods left. Pave the world!!!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for progress and new jobs- but can we please work with what we have?
Well said.
RAB

Ionia, MI

#15 May 9, 2008
SNT wrote:
Great! Let's tear up more wooded areas and build crappy malls that will go under in five years. Doesn't anyone remember North Kent Mall? For craps sake, we're not going to have any farm land or woods left. Pave the world!!!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for progress and new jobs- but can we please work with what we have?
Exactly right with your comments. I'm so sick of seeing everything paved over and knowing it will never come back. Another mall is not what this area needs. Gonna be a waste of time and I would place my bets that this mall will be closed within 5 years of being opened.
Eli

United States

#16 May 9, 2008
Steve Benner is a scam artist. He paid people in that area to not sell their property to another developer. The other developer was forced to abandon their development ideas when they couldn't acquire enough property. So Steve just quietly waited around until the time was right to announce his plans. EBL does not need more traffic in that area, it is a mess already.
JMHO

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 May 9, 2008
Glad we decided NOT to invest in a home near there a few years ago. Saw the plan for the Knapp's Meijer and knew the rest of the area would go to crap soon after.
KKB

United States

#18 May 9, 2008
I agree, Grand Rapids does NOT need another mall. North Kent Mall is a great example. If people "to the north" need a mall, why wasn't the North Kent Mall successful? I work full time, own a home, and am considered part of the middle class. Yet, I can't even afford to go shopping now! The prices are so high and the wages are so low. People are out of work EVERYWHERE. It puts me in a rage to see a $50.00 shirt. The shirt is probably worth $10.00 (or less). I won't be going to the mall any time soon.
Concerned

UK

#19 May 9, 2008
More unsustainable suburban development. It is a shame to see another mall go up that will lead to more destruction of the environment and even more congestion on E Beltline. I think the GR area would benefit from greater commercial development of the downtown area. Much more sustainable.
Area Home Owner

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 May 9, 2008
Rejected by voters 3 times, retail, office and professional space all standing vacant within a half mile radius, refusal by township officials to return calls or answer questions, incomplete traffic studies along an already over used highway, and now let's clear cut more land for more development for more shops we don't need and park in places not available in a site meant to be a stroll down the street market area. Yup, clear and effective use of resources, attention to voter wishes, awareness of community needs; another example of "progress" in Grand Rapids. Everyone all set for the soothing summer sounds, smells and quiet of huge earth moving equipment coupled with the courtesy of multi axle gravel hauling trucks caring for public safety? Will we ever learn?

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