Plan for Grand Rapids' tallest building shrinking

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A development that would’ve redefined downtown Grand Rapids’ skyline may be shrinking.

The city previously approved Hinman Company’s plans to build a 42-story residential and hotel development at 10 Ionia Ave. NW.

The 418-foot structure would’ve  been Grand Rapids’ first skyscraper, standing 12 feet higher than River  House Condominiums, which is currently the city’s tallest building.

Now  the Portage-based company wants to scale down the proposed structure to  roughly 13 stories, according to the Historic Preservation Commission’s  agenda. The proposed design and material would remain the same; some  features would be reduced in size to fit the smaller building.

The  reason for the change is unclear, although the developer says the  revised 162-foot building will be similar in size to the historic  12-story structure that once sat on the site between Fulton and Louis  streets. Currently, the space is home to a parking lot.

The Historic Preservation Commission will consider the change during its June 20 meeting.

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