Developer opens urban event center


Clearwater Place in northwest Grand Rapids features an event venue, apartments and office space. Photo via

One of Grand Rapids’ historic landmarks is now its newest event center.

Clearwater Place, at 1430 Monroe Ave. NW, opened last month after a nearly summer-long renovation.

Grand Rapids-based DeVries Properties, the owner of the building, invested about $200,000 to convert the old city drinking water filtration plant into a venue for weddings and business meetings.

“We hosted our first wedding early in August,” said Mike DeVries of DeVries Properties. “We have some business meetings coming up — companies that want to use this place for team-building exercises.”

The 15,000-square-foot venue features a main hall with two mezzanines above, more than 400 windows for natural lighting, separate bridal and party suites, a catering kitchen and parking on the north and east sides of the building. Guests can also take advantage of Wi-Fi.

The old water filtration plant was built in 1921 in the style of Mediterranean and Roman-esque revival architecture, featuring red brick arches, green ceramic tiled roofs and round red brick towers.

The building is recognized by the National Historic Registry, the Register of Historic Sites by the State of Michigan and is an official historic landmark for the City of Grand Rapids.

The Clearwater Place renovation also earned the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

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