Two towers to anchor “game changing” downtown GR development

Posted at 11:14 AM, Nov 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 11:14:42-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Two large towers on the corner of Ottawa and Lyon will anchor a new mixed-use development project planned for downtown Grand Rapids.

The project, led by Orion Real Estate Solutions, will take shape on the site of what is now an Ellis parking lot. The law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP will be the anchor tenant, and more detailed plans will be unveiled early in 2016.

“Orion Real Estate Solutions has spent 14 months creating a concept that satisfies a number of objectives and delivers what we know to be a game-changing mixed-use development in Grand Rapids’ Central Business District,” said ORES President John Wheeler. “We have an incredible opportunity with Midtown Properties and DTN Management, and our team is now focused on a detailed pre-construction schedule, finance procurement and design features that align with our anchor tenant’s strategic goals and business initiatives."

Plans for the project call for:

  • Two large towers on the corner of Ottawa and Lyon, which is currently the site of an Ellis Parking lot
  • Market-rate residential apartments and condominiums
  • Corporate offices, including the new headquarters of the region’s largest law firm
  • Retail
  • Convenient and plentiful on-site parking to accommodate tenants and visitors

“This new mixed-use development will be a welcome addition to downtown Grand Rapids,” said Mayor George Heartwell. “The development team has been thoughtful in its initial design of the project, taking care to ensure it will provide a tremendous mix of office, retail and residential with ample new parking in a facility that complements the current cityscape.

“We appreciate the continued investment in making the Central Business District an excellent place to live, work and shop.”