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East Express | September 19, 2019
Q: Are there any plans to develop the empty property that is currently behind the parking ramp, and how will that affect Gaslight Village?
A: We have had very exciting news regarding Gaslight Village. Jade Pig, who redeveloped the old Jacobson's store and reignited the business district a dozen years ago, has announced they are preparing to develop the vacant property behind the parking ramp, and are projecting a $30 million investment. They see Gaslight Village as a huge success they want to build upon. The plans have not yet been brought to the City.
Gaslight is going strong! For example, I recently spoke to the owner of our newest business, MIX. He told me that after looking all over the Grand Rapids area — over a dozen locations — he knew he wanted to be in Gaslight. There weren’t any properties available at the time so he kept an eye out, and even before Subway announced they were leaving (Subway closed over 1,000 stores closed nationally), he was able to secure the spot for MIX. And MIX is already seeing almost double its projected business!
Through the efforts of the new master plan, City staff have recently brought zoning changes to the City Commission for approval. These changes will allow Gaslight to adapt to changing business environments. One of the suggestions in the Master Plan was to encourage a boutique hotel. But will there be a hotel? That is unknown; it would be up to someone to bring forward such a project, but it is now allowed under our changed zoning. We want to be sure we keep up with what our business district needs to stay vibrant.
Holiday Card Making
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What Does it Mean To Adopt a Drain?
By pledging to keep your drain free of leaves and debris, you are joining your neighbors in helping to protect the environment, manage stormwater, and minimize flooding.
How to Care For Your Adopted Drain
Check the weather report weekly. If possible, clear leaves and debris off the drain before it starts raining and shovel snow off the drain in winter to keep water flowing. Remove leaves, other natural materials, and trash. Compost if possible or dispose of them according to your community’s guidelines. Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.
Drain Cleaning Safety Tips
Please stay out of the street as much as possible. Place yourself in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the street) to clear the drain. Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects!
Use a rake, broom, or shovel if possible. Never try to lift/remove the drain grate. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you.