Mixed-use development to replace Heartside eyesore

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It looks like a plan to develop an ugly vacant lot in Grand Rapids' Heartside neighborhood will finally move forward.

As other plans fell through, the property at the southwest corner of S. Division Avenue and Weston Street has become an eyesore: a fenced-off crater covered with graffiti and overgrown with weeds.

Now, real estate company Sibsco LLC says it's going to spend about $4.5 million to build a mixed-use building with apartments and ground-level retail space. The company is working with Rockford Construction and Lott3Metz Architecture.

"It's one more area of Grand Rapids that's going to look better," Charlie Secchia of Sibsco promised.

The building with include 22 market-rate apartments: six two-bedroom townhomes, two 415-square-foot one-bedrooms and 14 "micro-units" that will be only 330 square feet each.

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