City approves 40-story highrise downtown


A partial rendering of the entrance to the 40-story highrise planned for downtown Grand Rapids, at 10 Ionia Ave. NW. Courtesy Hinman

A 40-story highrise project downtown has been approved by the city.

The building proposed by Portage-based Hinman for 10 Ionia Ave. NW was approved last week 5-2 by the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission after several months of adjustments.

The site is currently a parking lot along Fulton Street W and sits within the city’s Historic District.


The project first was discussed at the July 6 historic preservation commission meeting, where the conceptual footprint and height were approved, but more information was requested on the project’s design and materials.

At the Sept. 8 Grand Rapids Planning Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved an overhead walkway spanning Louis Street NW to an existing parking structure at 30 Ionia Ave. NW. The rest of the project will not be heard by the planning commission.

At its Nov. 2 meeting, the historic preservation commission approved the project's design and materials.

The project

Early plans indicate the project will include hotel and residential uses.

Hinman COO Rich McDonald told the planning commission the building will have ground-floor retail, 125 hotel rooms and 255 apartment units.

McDonald also said the parking structure at 30 Ionia Ave. NW will be expanded.

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