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Meijer redevelopment proposal moves forward

Meijer redevelopment proposal moves forward

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road will go before the Algoma Township Board Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The plan calls for re-dividing the plot owned by Meijer to eight to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for senior housing in the future.

In December, the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved recommending the proposed development changes to the Algoma Township Board.  The planning commission’s recommendation also included deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.

The Algoma Township Board meeting next week will begin at 7 p.m.

Businesses compete to reduce energy consumption in 'West Michigan Battle of the Buildings'

Businesses compete to reduce energy consumption in 'West Michigan Battle of the Buildings'

BELMONT, Mich.--The West Michigan Battle of the Buildings is about to begin.

The U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter is organizing the event in which businesses compete with one another to reduce their energy consumption throughout the year.  Participants will have access to educational workshops, help with financing energy related projects and assistance in attaining utility rebates.

Cheri Holman, energy reduction manager at Hurst Mechanical, says several local businesses and corporations plan to take part in the competition, but the USGBC is looking for more participants. The West Michigan Battle of the Buildings begins Jan. 1, 2014, but businesses can sign up to participate through March 31. For more information or to register your business, visit the competition website here.

Book store collects donations for Northview Public Schools

Book store collects donations for Northview Public Schools

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Don’t forget to add Northview Public Schools to your Christmas list this year.

Now through December 31, the Barnes & Noble store in Woodland Mall is accepting book donations for the district.  Customers can donate at the checkout counter.  The coveted books will be added to the district’s collection to promote student reading. 

All of the donations will be delivered to schools across the district in January 2014.

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.