GRNow Weekly Preview September 9-15, 2013 E-mail

Eastown Streetfair, Mexican Independence Festival and the Cottage Bar Chili Cookoff headline another week of big outdoor events, plus ArtPrize previews at GRAM, The Harris Building and San Chez get underway.

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 3-8, 2013 E-mail

The first full week in September kicks off one of the busiest times of the year for Grand Rapids with favorite events like Celebration on the Grand, Hispanic Festival and the Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair, along with the debut of first-time events like the Cannonsburg Pintwood Derby and Grandmother Power.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 26-September 2, 2013 E-mail

The lead-up to Labor Day Weekend includes baseball, auto racing and a performance by Smokey Robinson. Plus, the highly-anticipated indoor portion of the Downtown Market opens its doors.

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ZZ Top at Rock the Rapids E-mail
ZZ Top wrapped up the 2013 edition of Rock the Rapids Thursday night, August 22. Photos by Paul Jendrasiak.



ZZ Top

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 19-25, 2013 E-mail

It's a busy week with the Metro Cruise, Rock the Rapids, Yassou! Greek Festival, Polish Festival, the new Backyard Bourbon & BBQ event, the Green Gala, Anchorman at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and more.

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Daughtry & Lifehouse at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Daughtry and Lifehouse were the headliners Wednesday night, August 21, at Rock the Rapids. Check out Paul Jendrasiak's photos from the concert.



Daughtry LifeHouse

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 12-18, 2013 E-mail

It's Restaurant Week, plus Movies in the Park continues with Back the Future, Danish Festival returns to Greenville and GRandJazzFest is back at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Morton House Redevelopment E-mail
Details are out regarding the proposed redevelopment of the Morton House located at Monroe Center and Ionia Ave NW. The new owners of the 13-story building plan to convert the structure into more than 100 market-rate residential apartments, along with ground floor retail. Here's a look at the text from the memorandum sent to the Downtown Development Authority:

"The Morton House (also known as the Morton Hotel) was constructed by J. Boyd Pantlind in 1922. The building was the last elaborate hotel built in Downtown Grand Rapids prior to the Great Depression. In addition to the hotel, the building was also home to Kent State Bank, which would later become Old Kent Bank. During the 1970s, the building was renovated and the hotel portion of the building was converted into 224 affordable housing units. During this same time period, Kent State Bank relocated their offices to 111 Lyon St NW as a part of the city’s urban renewal program. For approximately 40 years the Morton House Apartments provided Section 8 housing opportunities to residents in the downtown area. Due to a lack of maintenance and mismanagement, the building fell into disrepair and closed in 2011.

The building was recently purchased by 55 Ionia Partners, LLC, and the new owner is now proposing to convert the existing 13-story, 170,000 square-foot structure into
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