Restaurateur envisions Grand Rapids housing project


The former site of the restaurant Mangiamo! is now a rentable venue known as Paddock Place. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

A restaurateur is considering converting the site of a historic Grand Rapids mansion into a housing development.

Greg Gilmore, CEO of The Gilmore Collection in Grand Rapids, plans to speak with representatives from the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission about converting the 145-year-old Augustus Paddock Mansion, at 1033 Lake Dr. SE, into a 46-unit housing development, according to a spokesperson for the commission.

The property was formerly the site of the collection’s Mangiamo! restaurant, and it now operates as Paddock Place, a rentable venue by the company.

Rhonda Baker, a historic preservation specialist for the city’s planning department, confirmed today that Gilmore will meet for an informal discussion with department representatives on Nov. 1, though no formal plans for the property have been made.

Gilmore was unavailable this morning for comment on the plans.

The mansion was built in 1873 by ship captain and silver miner Augustus Paddock, and wings were added in 1909, according to the commission.

The property was more recently occupied by the Polish Franciscan Fathers from Pulaski, Wisconsin, before being converted into Gibson’s Restaurant in 1983, Mangiamo! in 2005 and Paddock Place in 2017.

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