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
Johnny Wockenfuss

United States

#21 May 9, 2008
Disgusting. Anyone know the e-mail of the city planning director? Maybe a few thousand pi*sed off people would change his/her mind.

Since: Mar 08

Grand Rapids

#22 May 9, 2008
woohoo. I love consumerism!
Judy

Grand Rapids, MI

#23 May 9, 2008
Wow -- these comments are all right on! Looks like the public should have had a vote on it and we could all still enjoy nature instead of empty buildings and pavement.
Ken

Utica, MI

#24 May 9, 2008
I hope they put in a gay bar.
ADAM

Dearborn, MI

#25 May 9, 2008
dumb

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#26 May 9, 2008
Good Lord! Another mall??!!

Don't the 16 year olds in West Michigan have enough places to spend mommy and daddy's money?
Plainfield Township

Grand Rapids, MI

#27 May 9, 2008
Why can't we use what we already have there are pelnty of vacant buildings that could be used. I agree with the others on here as to we don't need this and who has the $ to buy anything. I know I don't nor does anyone in my family. If the economy doesn't get better this will just be another vacant waste of space.
Melissa

Canton, MI

#28 May 9, 2008
Absolutley ridiculous and unnecessary. The traffic is horrible over there and this will only make it worse. That area has my favorite movie theater...and now I'm not going to want to go there due to congestion of cars and consumers. I can only imagine that this will completely put an end to Centerpointe.
More empty buildings and store fronts. Just what this town needs.
thing2

Jackson, MI

#29 May 9, 2008
I agree. This is stupid/the last thing we need here. We don't need another mall. We need stores/businesses in the ones we already have.
GRRitated

Wayland, MI

#30 May 9, 2008
With the economy in the cr-apper and gas prices nearing $4.00/ gallon, who can afford to go shopping at another expensive mall? The only busy stores I see are Walmart, Sams, Costco, and Meijer.

People just don't have the disposable income any more......
DIZZYDAVE

United States

#31 May 9, 2008
good god! thats just what we dont need.
Tut

United States

#32 May 9, 2008
The market will decide what is "ridiculous and unnecessary". The investor(s) who are putting their money on the line are the ones who will win or lose. No offense intended, but I am always amazed of how those who have little or no money claim to know what's best for business.
Tut

United States

#33 May 9, 2008
Mr. Wockenfuss, can I have your autograph?

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#35 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?
This is why we have foxes, coyotes and black bears wandering around the cities. Their habitats are being taken away from them in the name of "economic growth".

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#37 May 9, 2008
KKB wrote:
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.
Very well said!

Since: May 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#38 May 9, 2008
Tut wrote:
The market will decide what is "ridiculous and unnecessary". The investor(s) who are putting their money on the line are the ones who will win or lose. No offense intended, but I am always amazed of how those who have little or no money claim to know what's best for business.
I'm sorry but it IS all of us who lose. If the mall doesn't get the business it will need, yes, that's the investors monetary loss. The rest of the people lose due to added traffic, added pollution, and added abandoned buildings!
Tut

United States

#39 May 9, 2008
If you feel that strongly about it, I suggest that you and others purchase the propety and do with it as you choose.
ech-o

Grand Rapids, MI

#40 May 9, 2008
Tut wrote:
If you feel that strongly about it, I suggest that you and others purchase the propety and do with it as you choose.
Well said. Remember people, just because you are having economic challenges doesn't mean everyone else is as well. For those of you talking about North Kent Mall, how long ago did that close? A decade? It was old and obsolete which in retail is the kiss of death. A new mall will attract people - thus making money for the investors.
Yeah Ok

Grand Rapids, MI

#41 May 9, 2008
Well must be nice to not have "economic challenges" as you put it... I'm not poor but I don't live in Cascade either and I rarely go to any area mall because everything is overpriced
I Speak the Truth

Grand Rapids, MI

#42 May 9, 2008
KKB wrote:
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.
It's not the people to the north, it's those to the east! this will be the "Forets Hills" Mall so the people who live there will not have to comingle with those who hang out at Woodland.

But, for those of you who keep talking about preserving the farmlands, etc. Why do you not put up the money to buy the land and do this then? It's easy to say what "should be done" when it doesn't affect you directly. But my guess is, if this was your family's land and a developer want to buy it for a great deal of money, you would not be so concerned with preserving it then. this land has not been farmed for years, and it has great potential for development, I say let the family sell if they like. It is after all their land.

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