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$5.5M LEED housing, commercial development proposed to spur growth in Grand Rapids' Southtown

Five years ago a neighborhood charrette called for the creation of quality housing and commercial development in Grand Rapids' Madison Square business district, part of a greater Southtown objective that includes revitalization of business districts at Franklin and Hall streets and S. Division Avenue.

Now, after tens of millions of dollars in public and private investments in infrastructure, streets and lighting, new townhomes, commercial spaces, and the Lighthouse Communities Development Center (1167 Madison Ave. SE), nonprofit Lighthouse Communities, Inc. plans to continue the vision with Southtown Square, a proposed $5.5 million LEED-certified development.

Lighthouse has an option to buy the former TJ's Appliance Store (413 Hall St. SE), across from Duthler's Family Foods. The plan is to raze it and construct a four-story mixed use building with 6,600 square feet of commercial space on the main level and 21 affordable-rate apartments above.

"What makes this exciting is that it's not a stand-alone project, but it's connected to the development of the entire neighborhood," says Jeremy DeRoo, Lighthouse co-director with Darel Ross.

"We will have approximately 20 percent of each new commercial development devoted as incubator space for startup retail or services businesses that can function within the district long-term," Ross adds.

The incubators include access to free or discounted business services such as attorneys, insurance agents and accountants, and qualify for training and business plan development through Lighthouse Communities, Ross says.

"We will close on the property once the state approves our application for low-income housing tax credits, which represent over 50 percent of the funding," DeRoo says. "I'm hopeful those will be approved within the next 30 days. If we're not selected, there will be another round for applications and we'll move up the line for approval."

DeRoo says Lighthouse has applied for Brownfield Redevelopment tax credits for remediation of chemical contaminants from a former dry cleaner on the property.

The architect for the project is Grand Rapids-based Isaac V. Norris & Associates.

Source: Jeremy DeRoo and Darel Ross, Lighthouse Communities, Inc.
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Never let them see you sweat… unless you're at Grand Rapids' hot new yoga spot

Had all the Sweatin' to the Oldies you can take? When outside temps freeze your nose hairs, step inside The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse in Grand Rapids' Eastown and generate your own heat with Hot Power Yoga.

The yoga style is a "hot vinyasa," which means "flowing with breath." It links movement to breathing and keeps practitioners moving, says Hothouse owner Kerri Reinbold. "It stokes your metabolism and you become a fat-burning machine."

The yoga studio is the latest business to set up shop at 1331 Lake Dr. SE. Warm, bright colors, funky upbeat music and room temperatures of 90 degrees and up create an energetic fun atmosphere for beginning and experienced yoga students.

"Imagine trying to bend a piece of glass without breaking it," Reinbold says. "If you heat the glass, you can mold it. The human body is the same; we heat the room to 90 degrees, which makes you more pliable so you can stretch more deeply without injury. You sweat like crazy and it feels amazing; you feel lighter and detoxified."

Reinbold had the HVAC system designed to heat the 850-square-foot practice room to the higher temperatures without overheating the entire studio.

An in-house store will have hot yoga accessories, electrolyte-replacement drinks and energy snacks for purchase.

Reinbold and Amber Kilpatrick, community organizer with the Eastown Community Association, will lead the yoga classes. A variety of payment packages and options are available.

"This kind of yoga I find incredibly relevant to how we live in the west," Reinbold says. "The yoga has an incredibly rich history, but we live today. We take the yoga seriously, but not ourselves. Any student that comes in will have a blast sweating their butt off."

The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse opens December 1, 2010.

Source: Kerri Reinbold, The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Lighthouse Communities' $1.7M development center brings co-working to Grand Rapids' Madison Square

Madison Square's first co-working environment is under construction and owner Lighthouse Communities hopes it will not only bring professionals to the neighborhood, but will show those already in the neighborhood they don't have to go elsewhere to be part of a collaborative workspace.

Lighthouse Communities broke ground on the rehab of a vacant building at 1167 Madison Ave. SE with the vision to renovate and expand the building into new office space for the nonprofit on the second story and several retail incubators on the main level. That idea shifted when Lighthouse decided to provide incubator space in each future commercial development and another 7,000 square feet of proposed incubator space at a planned development at the nearby T.J. Appliance building.

That left room to retain a couple of incubator spaces and develop a co-working environment in the rest of the main level, says Co-director Darel Ross.

"We'll have wireless access, video conferencing, individual work stations and modular furniture for small group meetings, plus a private conference room for rent," Ross says. "The WorkBar Boston in Boston, Mass. is the feel we're shooting for with our 100-year-old building. We'll keep the original wood floors and the exposed brick, but make it really modern, urban and chic."

To help develop its economic development vision throughout Kent County, Lighthouse hired Jorge Gonzalez to fill a new position as economic development director. Gonzalez speaks Spanish and English and is the current president of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lighthouse just completed wrapping the building's foundation in a protective membrane with a ventilation system to prevent chemical contamination from a former Laundromat from affecting the new development center. The co-working center will be operational by May 2011.

Source: Darel Ross, Lighthouse Communities
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Craftswoman puts it all together with move to Goei Center in Grand Rapids

Pat Haring thought she'd be an elementary school teacher all of her career, but when she opted to be a stay-at-home-mom instead, she called on her years of sewing experience to launch a part-time business, Pat's Curios Creative Sewing and Alterations.

As her children grew, the business became a full-time endeavor and, in October, Haring moved it from her home near Standale to a new studio space in the Goei Center at 818 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids.

Haring says it's customers' clothing alterations that pay the bills, but her real love is creating wearable art.

"A lot of my wearable art is inspired by nature. For instance, I might do a jacket in the golds and rusts of fall or the blues of the ocean," Haring says. "I create whatever people want, whether it's embellished jackets, tank tops, T-shirts or new construction clothes. They're all one-of-a-kind."

Haring also makes formal gowns, monogrammed Christmas stockings, bench seats, pillows, bags and purses and quilted wearable art. One customer brought in handmade lace from The Netherlands and asked Haring to make it into a bassinet skirt.

"I always toyed with the idea of having a store or working studio, but didn't know what I wanted," Haring says. "Potential customers (called) and then found out I lived in Standale and didn't want to make the jaunt out here. I thought if I had a more centrally located studio I could do more business."

Just days after moving, Haring says a new customer came to her studio. The customer had been to a banquet at the Goei Center and that made it easy for her to find Pat's Curios.

"I possibly wouldn't have had her as a customer if I wasn't here," Haring says.

Source: Pat Haring, Pat's Curios Creative Sewing and Alterations
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Video marketing, social media, web, print -- two Muskegon firms under one roof with merger, jobs

The owners of two young marketing firms in Muskegon say there's no better time than now to leverage the companies' growth with a merger. And that's exactly what Qonverge and Relevant have done; after five years of collaborating on countless projects, the two companies will soon bring their web and video marketing, branding and market identity, and print media expertise under one roof and one name: Revel.

Relevant's Don Kalisz, 33, and Qonverge's Andy Maciejewski, 31, and Jason Piasecki, 38, merged the two companies in early summer 2010 but have held the announcement until now. Revel and its 12 employees will operate from a new 4,000-square-foot headquarters in the former Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce offices at 900 Third St., Muskegon, a few floors above Qonverge's current office. The company will retain its Grand Rapids office space at 25 Ionia Ave. SW, as well.

"It was the right time for both companies because we're both coming off record years and had been collaborating on some really complex projects," says Piasecki. "We've been talking about merging for a couple of years. We have some overlapping services, which just strengthens what we were already offering to clients. It's unique in West Michigan to bring the web, video and creative all under one roof."

The new space will include an audio/video production studio, and will preserve the loft-style feel of the historic Hume Building with its 15-foot-high ceilings and brick walls. The build-out is in process.

The merger creates two new job positions for a print/web designer and a programmer. Piasecki looks to fill those positions soon.

"We offer a new agency experience with a unique combination of services," Piasecki says. "There's no need to go outside West Michigan; businesses can get these services all in their back yard."

Source: Jason Piasecki, Revel
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Custom-made fine jewelry brings the bling to Grand Rapids' entertainment district

If you've ever spent time, gas and energy trying to find that one-of-a-kind engagement ring or a special pendant that's worth its weight in gold, you know the frustration of finding jewelry that's been mass-produced and is of questionable quality.

The folks at Craft Revival are out to change all that with their offerings of custom-made, exclusive rings, pendants, broaches, two-finger rings, belt buckles, cuff links and more.

The new store (16 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids) is the dream of owner Jayson Case, who learned the jeweler's craft from years of working alongside his father Brandon Case, a longtime West Michigan jewelry craftsman. Son, father and fellow jeweler Roger Conely showcase their innovative workmanship in the new storefront, which opened Sept. 21.

"I wanted to have a store where we could create our own jewelry and create family heirlooms," says Jayson Case. "It kills me when a woman gets an engagement ring and shows it to her girlfriends and three of them have the exact same ring on. Engagement rings are such a personal selection and an emotional experience, the ring needs to be something that will last a lifetime."

Case says he works with some 15 different kinds of metals, including platinum silver, two shades of white gold, three shades of yellow gold, as well as peach gold, green gold and other metals.

Some pieces are ready-to-wear, but others are made exclusively for customers who want unique pieces.

Case also offers several different ring styles and metals as empty mountings; a customer tries on a mounting, and then drops different gemstones into the piece to create an individual look.

Store hours are weekdays noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays noon to 6 p.m.

Source: Jayson Case, Craft Revival
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Grand Valley State University alternative energy center attracts another energy startup to Muskegon

Brighton-based McKenzie Bay International launched 12 years ago as a mining company, then made the switch in 2004 to alternative energy. The company eventually ran out of money and a major wind turbine project stalled, but President and CEO Kevin Cook says the firm has not only rebounded but has re-launched as an alternative and renewable energy "research and development visionary."

McKenzie Bay is the newest tenant of Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), at 200 Viridian Dr., Muskegon. MAREC is a cutting-edge facility created to advance innovations in alternative energy; it dedicates a portion of its 25,000 square feet as an incubator for energy startups.

The firm moved into the alternative energy arena with the development of the Windstor Wind Turbine, a three-bladed commercial turbine that rotates on a vertical access and can pick up the breeze from any angle, Cook says.

"The turbine prototype is installed at Pioneer Bluff Apartments in Ishpeming (Mich.) and has been built over a five-year period," Cook says. "When the project stalled, Clean Green Energy bought the turbine and they now own it. We are contracted with them to continue its development and they'll manufacture it. An important point is that we received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop it."

Other MAREC tenants are Energy Partners, LLC, Logical Lighting Systems, LLC. and Smart Vision Lights.

"MAREC has multiple spaces for conferences and meetings, a place we can bring our shareholders," Cook says. "We'll be able to collaborate with the other tenants here. I'm excited to see what could happen in the next year or so."

Cook says McKenzie Bay is also working on development of Ethereal Logic, a wireless lighting system that could control multiple electrical systems within a building, including HVAC and security.

Source: Kevin Cook, McKenzie Bay International
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

The Rapid transit continues down the road to 'green' with $32M LEED expansion in Grand Rapids

After opening the nation's first LEED-certified public transit station in 2004 and introducing Grand Rapids' first hybrid electric bus in 2004, The Rapid continues on its route to creating a greener city with its plan for LEED certification of a $32 million expansion of its Wealthy Operations Center.

The operations center (333 Wealthy St. SW) is the hub for all maintenance of the bus fleet as well as the operations administrative offices. Green features of the 280,000-square-foot addition include access to natural light to reduce electricity, a green roof on a portion of the building and the addition of a half-dozen wind turbines to supply some of the facility's electrical needs.

"Virtually all vehicle maintenance is done here, so we're expanding the number of (service) bays so we can work on more busses at one time," says Brian Pouget, operations director. "We're doubling the size of the bus storage area, which is the main impetus for the expansion. It was built in 1977 for 100 busses, but with 125 busses now, we've run out of space and we're looking to the future when we'll house 170."

The operations administrative staff recently moved into the office portion of the new building while the remainder is still under construction. Large windows allow in natural light to reduce the staff's need to turn on electric lights and the windows provide a view of a courtyard outside the reception area.

The facility includes a training room for new bus drivers and an employee fitness room with adjacent lockers and showers.

The Christman Company is the construction manager. The building was designed by Progressive AE, who also designed The Rapid's Rapid Central Station.

Source: Brian Pouget, The Rapid
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Grand Rapids' All City Kicks kickin' its heels over new name, new location, new sleek look

All City Kicks has sold some of the coolest urban apparel and athletic shoes in Grand Rapids for the past five years, making a name as one of the visionary businesses in the redevelopment of what was once a desolate and decaying South Division Avenue. And now, owners Edwin Viceroy and Jason Stewart are kickin' it up a notch with a chic new brand and name – ACK – and a move to Eastown.

ACK opens October 18 in the LEED-certified Phoenix Building, 1500 Wealthy SE. The Phoenix replaced a building leveled by a gas explosion in 2008.

"This being a brand new building, we felt like the feel needed to be different, to be more chic," says Stewart. "We drew a lot of inspiration from airports – moving forward, traveling, being fast-forward. I think it will be a real shocker for customers who came into the old store because the look is going to be vastly different."

Stewart hired interior designer Julie Jensen and says she was an integral part of creating the store's signature design piece – the visual work Stewart calls "the number one secret in the store," the…the…thing that is still a secret.

Stewart says folks will need to stop by to see how ACK used the airport motif and different time zones to "make note of Grand Rapids as being an important place within this world."

The store will still carry its high-end, eye-catching shoes and streetwear by Nike, Adidas, Creative Recreation, Crooks & Castles and 10Deep plus some new lines – Converse, Pro/Keds and Generic Surplus.

"When I think about our store, I like to think of it as a lifestyle and a culture," Stewart says. "It's more than a customer coming in and looking for a particular product. We look at it as camaraderie; people come in and watch a game and talk music or art or sports. It's a place to be a part of, within the culture of all those things."

Source: Jason Stewart, ACK
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Kids' Food Basket aims to serve more hungry kids with move to Grand Rapids warehouse

The need is now. The numbers are dire.

Kids' Food Basket, a Grand Rapids nonprofit that provides a daily sack supper for elementary students who would go hungry without it, has been nearly overwhelmed with requests from area schools who say kids are stuffing their pockets with cafeteria food so they'll have something to eat when they get home.

The desire to respond to those requests prompted the organization to move from its 3,500-square-foot space near John Ball Park to a new 10,000-square-foot warehouse/office at 2055 Oak Industrial Dr., Grand Rapids.

"We definitely have an opportunity to grow here, and we need to grow and expand our services," says Executive Director Bridget Clark Whitney. "We are currently providing 3,140 sack suppers each weekday. Each of our schools has 80 percent or higher of its students below the poverty level, and those are the kids we're helping."

Six days a week, over 100 volunteers, including children and teens, pack the sack suppers with foods from each of the five food groups. Each supper always includes fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, a meat/cheese sandwich and a 100-percent fruit juice box, Whitney says.

"The kids that we serve receive breakfast and lunch through school lunch programs, where they're getting about 1,000 calories a day," Whitney says. "Kids under 12 need 2,000 calories for their brains to develop, so our suppers are always between 800 and 1,000 calories.

"With the job losses and the economy there's been a high spike in poverty," she adds. "A Brookings Institute study revealed that between 2000 and 2008 Grand Rapids had the highest spike in poverty in general of any city in the country."

An October 16 public open house will feature tours, games, a scavenger hunt in the building and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Source: Bridget Clark Whitney, Kids' Food Basket
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Midland developer plans $13M apartment project for historic Grand Rapids buildings

If developer Karl Chew of Midland-based Brookstone Capital achieves his vision, three buildings in the heart of Grand Rapids' Heartside historic district will become 45 apartments, some with live/work options.

Two attached buildings at 209 and 217 S. Division Ave. and another around the corner at 17 Williams St. SE were once warehouses for automotive supplies and have been vacant for several years, says Brookstone's Financial Manager Mai Dong. Water damage is extensive, she says, adding that Brookstone purchased the buildings and has no plans to sell them after the renovations.

"We have a long-term, vested interest in the properties," Dong says. "When we finished 101 S. Division in June 2009, we received a lot of inquiries to occupy it even though it was already full. I think this [new project] will help to fulfill the housing needs in the area."

The two S. Division buildings will offer 30 living spaces priced for entry-level incomes. Options include one- and two-bedroom loft apartments, three-bedroom townhouses and a few main level live/work units in what are now the buildings' retail spaces.

The building at 17 Williams will become 15 loft apartments. Off-street parking on vacant property at 18 Williams will serve all three buildings.

Dong says the project received state designation as a brownfield site, financial support from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and will probably qualify for historic tax credits.

Brookstone hopes to achieve LEED Gold status.

In the last five years, Brookstone renovated 101 S. Division and Metropolitan Park Apartments at 350 Ionia Ave. SW into apartments.

Source: Mai Dong, Brookstone Capital
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor


New Grand Rapids studio a unique workspace for traditional, contemporary printmakers

Dinderbeck, a made-up word that means nothing but sounds cool, is the creative moniker for a new studio and gallery space on Grand Rapids' West Side – a place where printmakers can fire up the presses, both vintage and modern, and express their artistic visions on paper.

The studio, 323 Straight Ave. SW, is across the street from the former Tanglefoot Co. warehouse, which is now a hotbed of artists and art studios.

With nearly 2,000 square feet of work and display space, Dinderbeck has plenty of room for artists to lease space for a private show or for those who want to rent time on the specialty printing presses: a 1951 325G Vandercook Hand Proof Press for relief printing, or the soon-to-be-refurbished Fuchs & Lang lithography press rescued from a scrap yard. An intaglio press is on the wish list.

"Our first intent was to use the space as a private studio for our own work," says Brandon Alman, "but we wanted to figure out how we could use the space and generate interest within the space, so we decided to expand it and offer it to more people."

Alman is a partner in the endeavor with Kyle Isbell, Trevor Hill-Rowley, Anthony Mead and Lucas Schurkamp. All of the partners are artists, four of them are printmakers and they are all students or graduates of Kendall College of Art & Design.

Besides the print shop, artists can rent the studio's woodshop with woodworking tools.

Dinderbeck hosted its first show in June and will be the site of "Kung Fu (hard work + reward)" on Oct. 22, featuring the works of the nine artists in The GR8 Death Squad, formerly The GR8.

Source: Brandon Alman, Dinderbeck Studio, Dinderbeck Gallery
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor


First tenant in new retail spaces on Grand Rapids' Michigan St. opens Verizon store

Deborah Johnson Wood

Pradip Roy moved from India to the United States in the '60s to pursue a master's degree in engineering at Rutgers University. Now, some 40 years later, Roy is the first tenant to set up shop in one of two new retail spaces attached to Rylee's Ace Hardware, 1234 Michigan Street NE, where he opened a Verizon Wireless Zone store.

The 850-square-foot showroom is uncluttered and welcoming. The store carries the latest mobile phones and accessories, the sales team helps customers solve challenges with phone operations or their service plans and customers can pay their Verizon bills.

Roy, 65, spent his career in process engineering at companies like General Foods and Kellogg. After retiring last year, he finally had time to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a business. His wife, Ribha, works behind the scenes at the new store and son Ronjiv "Ron" Roy is sales manager. Daughter Brita is in a physician's residency program in Birmingham, Ala.

"I was looking on 28th Street for a location, but it was not being approved because the store on E. Beltline was too close," says Pradip Roy. "Verizon found this location and asked me if I was interested. I had given up when nothing was being approved, so I did some research on this location and I liked it."

Roy says the store's proximity to the Fulton Heights, Michigan Oaks and Midtown neighborhoods was a drawing card for him. And the location is close to downtown.

The Roys moved to Cascade in 1992 and had several opportunities to return to New Jersey and live.

"We really love Grand Rapids," says Roy. "We thought this was a fantastic place to raise a family. I always wanted to give people a chance to make a living, so that's kind of my motivation for opening the store."

Source: Pradip Roy, Verizon Wireless Zone

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Development News tips can be sent to info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Two West Michigan video companies take new direction on Grand Rapids' West Side

Deborah Johnson Wood

Two West Michigan business competitors, Kharmai Video Productions and Fresh Look Video & Multimedia, have discovered that collaborating on projects and sharing resources is a great way to make money and have fun doing it.

And now, owners Navin Kharmai and Casey Stormes have moved the video production companies from individual home offices to a shared space at the Goei Center's International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, 818 Butterworth St. SE, Grand Rapids. The Goei Center is a renovated furniture factory that houses Eastern Floral, a banquet facility and collaborative workspaces designed to provide growth opportunities for startup businesses owned by women and minority entrepreneurs.

"I am the first generation East Indian-American born here, and I was born in good old Butterworth (Hospital)," says Kharmai. "I grew up in Grand Rapids, so I like to tell people that I'm as Dutch as the next guy. Ninety-five percent of the time my skin color is not an issue with clients, and I've been really able to expand my interests in the film and video industry."

Stormes operated Fresh Look for seven years in Hudsonville before moving to Grand Rapids on September 1. "Navin and I met about 10 years ago, and we've found it's beneficial to collaborate and share resources and equipment. We hire each other when we need help on projects, and offer advice on projects and a second set of eyes."

Both companies provide similar services, such as HD video production for corporate clients, public relations videos, and live event production services, like video recording and playback, projection, and staging, sound and lighting.

"We're a one stop shop in terms of creative new media storytelling," Kharmai says. "We looked at office spaces downtown, but they had very stark spaces with white walls, and we really liked the feel that's here – an old building that's very artsy with an urban feel."

Source: Navin Kharmai, Kharmai Video Productions, LLC; Casey Stormes, Fresh Look Video & Multimedia, LLC

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com. Development News tips can be sent to info@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

After 18 years on Monroe North, Grand Rapids' LaFontsee Galleries plans move

Deborah Johnson Wood

LaFontsee Galleries/Underground Studio was one of the first businesses to brave Monroe North's collection of abandoned warehouses back in about 1992, with the hope that the district would become a Mecca of art galleries and boutiques. Instead, developers turned the warehouses into condominiums and office space.

So gallery owners Scott and Linda LaFontsee seized the opportunity to purchase a 2.5-acre property and the former Network 180 building at 833 Lake Drive and join four area galleries – Byrneboehm Gallery, Richard App Gallery, Mercury Head Gallery and Gallery 154 – in creating an art lover's destination.

"I personally walked into each of those galleries and talked to them about our move to the district," says Scott LaFontsee. "They were all very open-armed."

LaFontsee's founded the gallery 24 years ago as a small frame shop and now has 14 employees and two interns.

"A gallery our size is not this common," he says. "So we're a little different than most places because of that."

The 24,000-square-foot building will retain its mid-century modern outside, but LaFontsee plans to gut the entire inside and open it up for display space, framing and for working on large projects, such as the framing and installation of the artwork for all 13 floors of the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, opening soon.

LaFontsee hopes to create an outdoor sculpture garden on the property in the future. He says he'll open the building as-is to the public on October 22 when Site:Lab (of "Land of Riches" fame) will take over the building for a one-day art installation that will be open to the public.

The current gallery, 820 Monroe Ave. NW, will remain open until its move in spring 2011. For the next few weeks, it will be an ArtPrize venue for 21 artists.

"It's easy right now to be afraid of this economy, but it's not all bad," LaFontsee says. "We just bought a building we could not have afforded a year ago. I believe in this community. I believe it's not going to get worse, it's going to get better."

Source: Scott LaFontsee, LaFontsee Galleries/Underground Studio

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