West Side project honors Meijer founder


The Hendrik, the 116-unit West Side apartment complex above Bridge Street Market, is slated for completion in January. Rendering courtesy Rockford Construction

The end is in sight for Rockford Construction’s mixed-use project on Grand Rapids’ burgeoning West Side, and the developers recently unveiled the name of its residential component, which pays respects to one of West Michigan’s most influential business owners.

Rockford Construction announced the 116-unit apartment complex above Bridge Street Market will be named “The Hendrik,” in honor of Hendrik Meijer, founder of the Grand Rapids-based retailer of the same name.

“We have tremendous respect for Meijer and the quality the company provides to its customers and the community as a whole,” said Mike Mraz, managing partner of real estate development at Rockford Construction. “We’re proud to honor Hendrik’s legacy with a residential community that will live up to his namesake.”

The Hendrik is slated for completion in January. Amenities include a clubroom, rooftop patio, fitness center and a connected parking deck.

Mraz also said the project overall would be a major catalyst for continued growth in the West Side.

“We are delivering a wide variety of amenities and spaces, including parking, which is vital for our residents, retail and office tenants,” he said. “We are very excited for the opening of Bridge Street Market and The Hendrik, and are proud of the continued investment and commitment of all that are part of this exciting neighborhood.”

As mentioned in earlier Business Journal reports, Bridge Street Market and The Hendrik are tied to a larger development, including Class A office space — with space dedicated to the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology — and a 64-unit affordable housing complex front-lined by the Inner City Christian Federation.

The development also will feature a three-floor parking deck, with first-floor parking reserved for market shoppers and the second and third levels for residents and office employees.

Bridge Street Market, WMCAT offices and the parking deck will be completed this fall, and ICCF plans to break ground on the affordable housing complex this summer.

Meijer’s partnership with Rockford on the project was announced in 2016 after Rockford Construction received “overwhelming” requests for a neighborhood grocery store.

The 37,000-square-foot Bridge Street Market came as a new concept to Meijer, having a smaller footprint than its regular supercenters. Although it has a different name and layout, the store will sell regular Meijer-brand offerings.

“Meijer is thrilled to open Bridge Street Market as part of this exciting development on the city’s West Side and touched that our founder, Hendrik, will be honored in this way,” said Rick Keyes, president and CEO of Meijer. “We are confident that our partnership with Rockford Construction will prove to be a benefit for the entire community.”

Bridge Street Market is the first of about a half-dozen “neighborhood market” concepts Meijer has planned. During an ISCS panel in March, Meijer Vice President Mike Kinstle revealed the company’s plans to break ground on another small market in downtown Detroit this summer.

Previous Business Journal reporting noted the development also was awarded $19.3 million in funding from the Michigan Strategic Fund in April 2017.

Rockford Construction will own and manage the property once completed.

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