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City to discuss Revision Division project

The Downtown Development Authority will be hosting a meeting to discuss its plans for Division Avenue

/Kristin Schmitt

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The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is hosting a public meeting today, Friday, March 8 at Kendall College in the Historic Federal Building. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. project partners will present their results for the Revision Division Project. Their plan converting Division Avenue into three lanes between Michigan Street and Wealthy Street.

According to the DDA, partners will report interim findings, solicit feedback and discuss next steps at the meeting.

"Division Avenue running through downtown Grand Rapids has real potential to become a great urban corridor," says the DDA. They hope to recreate Division Avenue to be more attractive and higher functioning.

The DDA informs that the project also will evaluate how the changes affect traffic patterns and urban environment. Project partners will be working with property owners and project stakeholders while transforming Division Avenue. The project partners include The Michigan Department of Transportation, The Rapid and Wilbur Smith Associates - an international transportation and infrastructure firm. 

"The question now," says the DDA, "is whether Division Avenue itself can be redesigned in a way that better compliments the investment and accelerates the revitalization."

The meeting will allow citizens to get more information about the changes and their results in the urban environment.

 

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