Housing project continues S. Division redevelopment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A plot of land on S. Division Avenue south of Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids is mostly used as unregistered parking for people who want a free ride on the Silver Line bus. The corner lot is filled with old chunks of concrete and the occasional piece of inexplicable refuse.

The Inner City Christian Federation has plans to change that.

“We see much more than that here. It’s a beautiful location and it is at the heart of everything we want to help promote," Ryan Schmidt, the vice president of development for the ICCF, said.

On Thursday, the organization will ask the Grand Rapids Planning Commission for a zoning change that will allow for a seven-story facility to house seniors.

“That will allow some additional height and density on the site, but what that does is allows us to increase the number of units and individuals that we can serve," Schmidt said.

It will instead serve active, younger seniors who want to be close to downtown and health care.

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