Grand Rapids (MI), Works to Expand Medical Mile into Livable Neighborhood
Grand Rapids (MI) is working to expand Medical Mile into a healthy, livable space, drawing from the economic development blueprint developed with a $459,224 HUD Community Challenge grant. Fifty thousand people work and study in the healthcare field and related industries every day. The Michigan Street Corridor Plan, recently approved by the Grand Rapids City Commission, lays the foundation for expansion of the Medical Mile into a “vibrant community” that is transit friendly and includes a mix of retail shops, services, offices, restaurants, entertainment, and residential development. Along with making the corridor a more efficient and comfortable environment for people traveling in and out of the area, the Michigan Street Corridor Plan proposes ways to help people live on Michigan street, where the demand for rental housing is far greater than supply and thus unaffordable for many who want to work there. Read more about this project in Crain’s Michigan Business here.