12 police leaders write open letter to West Michigan after national controversies
Grand Rapids, MI — Twelve local police department leaders have come together to issue a letter to the community thanking citizens for their support in the wake of police officers being killed in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The full text of their letter to the editor, released to MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, is provided in the link below.
The letter also comes as police nationwide undergo scrutiny for shootings of black suspects, exposing, in some places, distrust between police and the communities they serve.
Members of the Division Avenue Business Association
say a new bus rapid transit line scheduled to start
in August could draw new customers who may not be
aware of the eclectic array of businesses that line
the retail district.
DABA also hopes the bus rapid transit, known as the
Silver Line, will help more people to realize some
negative perceptions about South Division Avenue are
unfounded, said Tommy Brann, president of the
39-member business association and owner/operator of
Tommy Brann's Steakhouse & Grille.
Announcement of 32 million dollars
of funding for Rapid Transit Silver Line along
August 17th, 2012
Expert sees a
brighter future for the Division Avenue corridor
By Kathy Gibbons | Advance
happened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
And Dan Burden said it can happen here.
In town on Monday to participate in a “walkability”
audit of Division Avenue in anticipation of
construction on the $39 million Silver Line Bus
Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Burden participated in a
walking tour and then gave a presentation for
residents of Division Avenue neighborhoods. An
internationally known expert on reinventing
communities to make them more livable, Burden walked
with representatives from the cities of Wyoming and
Kentwood, as well as Godwin Heights and
Kelloggsville school districts and local businesses
learning, young people change their world
By Sheila McGrath | Advance
Students from Kelloggsville
and Godfrey-Lee public schools got a chance to show
off ways they’re improving their communities at a
Service Learning and Youth Engagement Showcase held
Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.
Using a trade show format, about 60 middle- and
high-school students from the two districts
presented projects they’ve been working on to
promote economic and environmental revitalization in
their neighborhoods and engagement in their schools.
Kroc Center celebrates first year in Grand Rapids
By John Agar | The Grand
GRAND RAPIDS – As the
Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center celebrated
its first year, Rachel Montes felt fortunate to have
such a facility just around the corner.
There's an aquatic center, workout area, computer
labs, basketball and volleyball courts, art rooms
decorated with kids' creations, a climbing wall and
game rooms. Kids can learn to swim, or learn the
piano or guitar, or hang out with friends in a safe
place. Or enjoy the 500-seat amphitheater, or
The Rapid will
ask voters for property tax increase next May or
November By Kyla King | The Grand Rapids Press
Voters in six Kent County cities will not be asked
in a special February 2011 election to increase
property taxes for expanded and high speed bus
service. But they are likely to see the question on
the ballot in the May or November elections.
Members of the board that governs The Rapid mass
transit bus system directed staff on Wednesday to
prepare materials so they can decide in January when
to ask voters in Grand Raids, East Grand Rapids,
Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville and Walker to increase
the current five-year 1.12 mill levy by 0.35 mills
to a total of 1.47 mills for seven years. That
increase would cost the owner of a $150,000 home an
extra $26.25 a year.
First and foremost, I would
like to address the Division Avenue Business
Association and a special thanks to their President
Tommy Brann- without their tiresome work Division
Avenue would not be rebounded as significantly as it
is. Please visit their website for further
information on membership and business opportunities
4044 Division Avenue is truly an amazing “before and
after” story- what was once a forgotten vacancy
seemed to be transformed overnight into one of Grand
Rapids most esteemed custom paint and motorcycle
shops- D.C. Customs...
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City of Wyoming leaders
recently examined the future of the Division Avenue
area between 56th and 60th Streets, pledging a great
deal of support for a future Bus Rapid Transit
service at that location.
Through a joint Planning
Commission and City Council meeting, City Planner
Tim Cochran presented a plan that would transform
the project area, commonly referred to as Fisher’s
Station, into a mixed use/transit oriented
development that would feature three to four story
retail buildings, a large variety of residential
dwellings, parks, greenways, interconnected roadways
and more. [click to continue reading on MLive]
But funding a new bus system along Division Avenue
into Grand Rapids could pay big dividends for at
least two of the three cities on the Interurban
Transit Partnership's southern flank.
A levy request on the May 5 ballot would leverage
$40 million of state and federal money to build the
Silver Line, a network of 19 bus stations from 60th
[click to continue reading on MLive]
March 31st, 2009
Bus millage to be decided on
May 5 ballot
The Silver Line bus rapid
transit system could take riders from 60th Street to
the medical mile on Michigan Street in 27 minutes.
It's eight hybrid electric buses could carry
commuters in a designated lane on its 9.87-mile
route along Division Avenue making stops at 28th,
36th, 44th and 54th Street intersections and 15
[click to continue reading in
A Cleaner Division
[click to read the Advance]
Division Avenue Business
Association members hit the streets recently in
Wyoming to cleanup debris along the corridor and
help continue to enhance the image of the local
shopping area. Click the link above to see
more about the article published in the Advance.
July 12th, 2008 Southlawn
Awesome! That is the right
word to describe the success of the grand re-opening
ceremony of Southlawn Park this Saturday. Thank you,
thank you to all of our staff, the South Godwin
Neighborhood Association, and Division Avenue
Business Association. Your hard work and support
have made a DIRECT impact on the children and
families of the neighborhood.