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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for January 22

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 10:35:12-05

1. The Grand Rapids City Commission is giving the green light for a multi-million dollar high rise project for downtown.

Wheeler Development Group is offering the city $2 million for the property. It plans to build a new 24-story high rise directly across the street from the Van Andel Arena.

Construction could cost around $55 million. The building will be home to both apartments and condos. It will also include stores, office space, and five floors of parking.

Construction on the high-rise is expected to begin early this fall.

2. Ford Airport is celebrating a milestone and surprised two lucky passengers. For the 7th year in a row, the airport set a new all-time passenger record.

Ford Airport says more than 3.5 million people flew "in and out" of Ford Airport last year, a nearly 10 percent increase of 2018.

So yesterday, the airport surprised two passengers as they got off the plane, with a number of prizes including a $350 travel voucher, three days of free parking, a big travel package, gift cards and other goodies.

The airport will likely see more growth this year as they continue to expand. Just recently they added three non-stop flights to Log Angeles, Austin, and Boston.

3. Kalamazoo's Food Truck Rally might be a bit larger this year.

Last night the Kalamazoo City Commission opened the door to allow more food truck businesses.

They approve a measure to remove a limit on the number of food truck licenses the city will grant and to reduce the license fee from $500 to $300.

4. In honor of it's 50th anniversary, the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus is planning to name it's mascot.

The mouse became the face for the Michigan cheese company back in the 70s, but he never acquired a name. So, The Cheese Haus is holding a naming contest from now until February 2.

People can either give name suggestions at the store or on its Facebook page. The list will be narrowed down to the top four names.

Voters will decide which of the four names is the best, and the winner will be announced late February.

5. The National Weather Service in Miami, Florida is issuing an unusual warning . Authorities say cold weather doesn't mix well with cold blooded creatures, and could lead to falling iguanas.

As temperatures in the Sunshine state begin to drop below 40 degrees, experts say the cold can cause iguanas in the region to "slow down or become immobile."

This means the large lizards living up in the trees can fall down straight from their homes.

Officials say the sight of a falling lizard shouldn't alarm folks, adding, the iguanas are not dropping because they're dead.