100 Apartments Planned for Morton House Renovation E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

New details have been released about the future plans for Morton House. Rockford Construction is proposing to convert the empty 13-story building on the corner of Monroe Center and Ionia into 100+ market-rate residential apartments. The $27m project would also include developing the first floor into retail space.

Untitled The addition of 100 new apartments is expected to infuse approximately $2m in annual consumer spending into the core of downtown.

Built in 1922 by J. Boyd Pantlind (whose Pantlind Hotel is now part of the Amway Grand Plaza), The Morton Hotel (now House) was the last elaborate hotel constructed in downtown Grand Rapids before the Great Depression. It later became the home of Old Kent Bank before being converted into 224 affordable housing units in the 1970s. After 40 years, the building fell into disrepair and was closed in 2011.

Project planners are asking the Downtown Development Authority to grant a 10-year tax Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption for the property to help offset costs.

A start/end date for the project is not yet known.

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Photos: Journey E-mail
Photos from the Journey concert at Van Andel Arena taken February 9, 2013 by Paul Jendrasiak.

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GRNow Weekly Preview February 4-10, 2013 E-mail

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" tops a packed week of events that includes Journey, The Avett Brothers, Jeff Dunham, the Winter Edition of the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race, celebrity boxing for charity and more.

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GRNow Weekly Preview January 28-Feb 3, 2013 E-mail

It's Auto Show Week and Super Bowl Weekend, plus Soup's On For All!, the GR Symphony performs a Video Game Symphony and LocalFirst awards local businesses.

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GRNow Weekly Preview January 21-27, 2013 E-mail

There are plenty of ways to beat the cold this week with Flashdance, the Harlem Globetrotters, roller derby, the Griffins, Papa Roach and the Public Museum's Ethnic Heritage Festival. But if you're a winter weather lover, check out Grand Haven's annual Winterfest this weekend.

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GRNow Weekly Preview January 14-20, 2013 E-mail

Craft beer and comedy return to the DeltaPlex this week, plus the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' and All Time Low visits The Orbit Room.

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GRNow Weekly Preview January 7-13, 2013 E-mail

The Griffins' Great Skate Winterfest is back at Rosa Parks Circle this week, plus it's time to relive the Mega 90's, HopCat celebrates five years and ShowSpan debuts a new expo at DeVos Place, 'Living Well - Grand Rapids'.

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Local Spins Live Contemporary Folk Series at St. Cecilia Music Center E-mail
by John Sinkevics

It’s a precedent-setting series in a historic building spotlighting local and regional artists who rarely get the opportunity to perform in such a setting.

The Local Spins Live contemporary folk series debuting Thursday evening in St. Cecilia Music Center’s pristine Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids will test the venue’s traditional musical boundaries, expose new audiences to the building and give some of Michigan’s most compelling folk-infused artists a singular stage experience.

KarisaWilsonPhotoByJohnSinkevics In partnership with the Spins On Music website and Mackinaw Harvest Music studios, the 118-year-old St. Cecilia Music Center expands its musical horizons “by presenting local musicians who are known and loved in the community” to many fans who will “experience our beautiful building” for the first time in “unplugged-style” performances, says executive director Cathy Holbrook.

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