New Grand Rapids area mall is a go

New Grand Rapids area mall is a go

There are 132 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from May 8, 2008, titled New Grand Rapids area mall is a go. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

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.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan.

“Fed Up”

Since: May 08

Wayland, Michigan

#109 Jun 15, 2008
scambuster wrote:
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No, you are!
Oh, by the way, my dad can beat up your dad.
lol
Laura

Longmont, CO

#110 Jun 15, 2008
I agree--we live just east of the Beltline off Knapp and I welcome the development, assuming it's done with proper setbacks, building restrictions, etc. Another poster remarked that they knew the area would 'go to crap' when Meijer built across the street, but so far so good. We love having a few stores close by--it's handy not having to go to Plainfield or Cascade for a grocery store. Meijer and the other stores have been good neighbors thus far.
umaangel00 wrote:
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I live on the Beltline by Plainfield. I welcome the new development. And the Beltline is not bumper to bumper at that time except for fridays. I get out of work at 3:30 so I am driving during those times.
m vander

Holland, MI

#111 Jun 16, 2008
They ran out of room on 28 st developed it from end to end, know they will make the belt line look like crap. With no population growth in west MI this will just close some other mall down.
Gail in Wyoming

United States

#112 Jun 16, 2008
I know quite a few people in the northend of town that are really looking forward to this development. I hope it works out for everyone.
drena

Scottsdale, AZ

#113 Jun 16, 2008
how about a health center or a recreation center to keep these kids off the street. The last thing we need is a mall. I can't even afford to shop in the one we have now.

Since: Oct 07

Louisville, CO

#114 Jun 16, 2008
To Golden Ticket & Bryan... My husband also worked for Brenner.It was my husband that turned him in to the States Attorney General, many years ago, and had 100's of pages of documantation to prove it. Brenner is bad news!
Steve-O

United States

#115 Jun 22, 2008
Well, I grew up off Leonard street, from Northwest to Northeast side (Current). This is a finally idea for a mall to come to a North side, I was expecting for a new mall to come to Alpine, but now its hardly no room for it and Walker/4 Mile Rd would be a bad location for it. So its nice for it to be by Old North Kent Mall. And The gas is too high for me to go accross town to 2 South side malls between Woodland to Rivertown.

SO I am totally happy for this.
Steve-O

United States

#116 Jun 22, 2008
Tom wrote:
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Centerpoint is a ghetto mall.
You said it!!! and So is Rogers Plaza, Im still not happy for Closed down Rogers Dept Store, That was my favorite store in the city.
Been There

Wyoming, MI

#117 Jun 25, 2008
umaangel00 wrote:
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I travel it every day, I live at the Beltline and Plainfield and I welcome the development with open arms. Who am I to say what someone can do with their own property? I can't and I shouldn't. How would you like it if you were being told what to do with something of yours? A nursing school is not the option. We have plenty of schools around here. The problem there is the schools limit who can be enrolled and it's a ridiculously low number.
I hope you enjoy the neighborhood when they are through then. I agree with you with respect to property rights however if you ever get involved you'll find that there are zoning boards and planning commission that tell property owners quite often what they can and cannot do with their property. As for the nursing schools perhaps you should ask a medical professional about nursing shortages and how many certified nursing schools there are in the area. It seems as though you have not done YOUR homework. Best wishes!
Been There

Wyoming, MI

#118 Jun 25, 2008
This is only the beginning, this wonderful new shopping facility is going to be nothing more than storefronts for nail salons and cell phone dealers. Ignorance is bliss and it appears as though there are many happy people just waiting for Benner to build them a dream.
robert anderson

Denver, CO

#119 Jun 25, 2008
Looks like the Knapp and East Beltline will be another area of Grand Rapids to avoid as much as possible.
Mall

AOL

#120 Jun 29, 2008
robert anderson wrote:
Looks like the Knapp and East Beltline will be another area of Grand Rapids to avoid as much as possible.
I Agree! Its crazy! Leonard NE going West to East is loaded with traffic. Which will make it double traffic and more dangerous around the Red Hot Inn area.
Brian Deuel

Colorado Springs, CO

#121 Jul 15, 2008
Great. Just what we need; another mall for the insecure, delusional, so-called "rich" to use to prop up their self-worth, all the while snarling already bad traffic.

This will fail within 5 years.
NE GR gal now in FL

Butler, WI

#122 Jul 24, 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?
If I remember correctly, North Kent Mall was relatively successful for around 20 years before it started going kaput. I remember shopping there often in the 80's/early 90's and even worked there one Christmas season when I was in high school. But then everyone started going to Woodland Mall and that was that.
Lindz7226

Allendale, MI

#123 Sep 13, 2008
Personally, I grew up in metro Detroit and that area is way worse off than Grand Rapids. Yet, there are at least 5 nice malls within a 30 mile radius. Here there are two--three if you can honestly count centerpointe. Rivertown has a carousel. Woodland is descent but in serious need of a facelift. I've only lived here a year, but the first thing I realized when I drove around town was "a partridge creek would do amazing here" partridge creek is a fabulous outdoor mall in metro Detroit. If Grand Rapids really wants to be "one of the most liveable cities in the U.S." you guys really do need a new mall.
Chip

United States

#124 Sep 13, 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?


Yes there is only a few of those trees left. To heck with those Capitalist.
We did not need River town mall, we could still all shop at woodland. We don't need cars ether. Let all just grow own food in our backyards and drink rain water. Obama 08
Mark

Rockford, MI

#125 Sep 13, 2008
Lindz7226 wrote:
Personally, I grew up in metro Detroit and that area is way worse off than Grand Rapids. Yet, there are at least 5 nice malls within a 30 mile radius. Here there are two--three if you can honestly count centerpointe. Rivertown has a carousel. Woodland is descent but in serious need of a facelift. I've only lived here a year, but the first thing I realized when I drove around town was "a partridge creek would do amazing here" partridge creek is a fabulous outdoor mall in metro Detroit. If Grand Rapids really wants to be "one of the most liveable cities in the U.S." you guys really do need a new mall.
....and the metro population of the Detroit area is over 4 million... nowhere near that here.

“Tacos for everyone!”

Since: Mar 08

Hell, MI

#126 Sep 14, 2008
Mark wrote:
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....and the metro population of the Detroit area is over 4 million... nowhere near that here.
The Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a population of 776,742, while the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland Combined Statistical Area (CSA) had a population of 1,323,095 as of the 2007.
We don't don't have an Imax theater dedicated to adult movies though! Maybe that would be a good use of the property? How about 3 Super Walmarts a Sam's Club, 4 Targets, 18 Starbucks and a monster truck race track?
There are sooooo many good uses for crappy old nature... nature sucks.
Mark

Riverside, CA

#127 Sep 14, 2008
It would be nice to see areas like Alpine, or Plainfield, or 28th Street, or Monroe, or Front redeveloped before new areas get built.

What I'd like to see developed right on the riverfront, downtown is one of those HUGE aquariums, like Chattanooga or Gatlinburg has. That should be a part of the downtown reemergence, and would be a huge success.
Been There

Fennville, MI

#128 Oct 6, 2008
Just a note to all who follow this, we've filed suit against Mr. Benner and the Village at Knapp's Crossing for Breach of Contract and Fraud. If anyone is still interested in this whole mess I'd love to see your comments. By the way the Press and local television have yet to pick up on the suit, can you see the headline
"Local Developer Sued for Breach of Contract and Fraud"? I wonder if Spartan Stores would still want to do business with this guy?

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