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LINC cuts ribbon on mixed-use Southtown Square development

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids cut the ribbon on the second phase of a project in the Madison Square neighborhood Friday.

LINC Community Revitalization held an open house for its $13 million Southtown Square development in the 400 block of Hall Street SE.

The four-story complex features 24 apartments, as well as commercial space for businesses or non-profit organizations.

LINC's Darel Ross says this project was designed to make Madison Square stronger for the future.

"This area has always been vibrant; it's always been thriving. Hopefully, now LINC is able to better connect the community to opportunities, whether that's economic development, whether it's stable housing. For us, it's really about building the strength of the neighborhood."

All but three of the new apartments are filled, and two of the four commercial spaces are leased.

G.R. Planners approve plans for former MAC site

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Plans to redevelop the old Michigan Athletic Club property moved forward Thursday, while efforts to bring more shopping and restaurants to The Village at Knapp's Crossing were put on hold.

The Grand Rapids' Planning Commission approved development plans for the MAC. but tabled action on Knapp's Crossing until a future date.

RELATED: Former MAC site in G.R. could become Fresh Thyme Market

The MAC project would bring Fresh Thyme Market, an organic grocer, as well as fashion retail and condos to the nearly nine acre site on Burton Street near Breton Avenue.

Former MAC site in G.R. could become Fresh Thyme Market

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The public Thursday has a chance to weigh in on plans to redevelop property on Burton Street into a shopping and residential district featuring a Fresh Thyme Market. The development by CWD Real Estate would occur on land formerly occupied by the Michigan Athletic Club or MAC.

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission tabled action on the plan last month to allow CWD to address concerns raised by residents and the Commission.

Developer Scott Wierda said Wednesday he has met all of the concerns raised by residents and the commission.

CWD says the market will provide "healthy food at healthy values." It would anchor the proposed 85,000 square foot mixed-used retail development.

The hearing starts at 1 p.m. at the commission office at 1120 Monroe Avenue NE.

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Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Two homes in the same development were broken into on Friday, October 24, 2014; one in the 200 block of Loch Lomond SE and the other in the 3300 Chevy Chase SE area. The break-ins occurred between 10am and 1pm while the homes were unoccupied.

After damaging doors to gain entry, the intruders spilled contents from drawers and cabinets, leaving the homes in a mess but nothing was taken.

A silver Chrysler van with black trim on the sides was seen in the area about the time of the break-ins. The vehicle may also have an Illinois license plate.

Anyone who may have information in regard to these crimes is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s office at 616-632-6357.

Subway restaurant robbed Wednesday AM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Police are looking for the man who robbed a Subway restaurant Wednesday morning.

The crime happened at about 10:00am at the shop at 44th Street and Breton.

The suspect implied that he had a gun, but no weapon was seen.