Developer plans riverfront hotel downtown


A partial rendering of the Staybridge Suites hotel downtown. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

A developer in the area is planning to build a hotel along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

Plainfield-based Bacall Development submitted plans to the City of Grand Rapids Planning Department to build a Staybridge Suites by Hilton, at 942 Front Ave. NW.

The Think Shop Architects, based in Detroit, is also working on the project.

Benjamin Berr, project manager at The Think Shop Architects, said the developer hopes to break ground within the next few months.

“We’re looking at five stories, probably around 95 rooms at this point,” Berr said.

Amenities would include a pool, fitness area, guest laundry, conference rooms and rooftop access with an outdoor lounge.

The plans also include outdoor amenities, such as waterfront gazebos, outdoor seating and a fire pit.

“We’re working on a restaurant/bar that serves the outdoor area,” Berr said.

The plans are currently in design review by the planning department, and the developer is awaiting a building permit.

Concepts may change based on feasibility. 

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