ArtPrize hub sneak peek pics

The months of September and October are always my busiest of the year. I am just coming off of a week long photo shoot for the company I work full-time for, and this morning I was tying up some loose ends downtown.

I took the opportunity to take in the preview opening of the ArtPrize hub which was from 9-noon. My daughter came with me, and together we took it all in. A large store, early voter registration, free cider and donuts along with a gallery showing of the last two ArtPrize winning works of art… It was a lot going on in a small space, and it was excellent.

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The Kendall Building Update (now 616 Lofts)

In March of last year I wrote about the Kendall Building. It is located in the center of Grand Rapids, at the northeast corner of Fulton and Division. You can find the blog entry here.  

I had intended to post frequent updates about the building, but the construction area outside of the building was such a mess that it was hard to get near the place for quite a long time. I think my overall excitement about this project started to fade in September of last year when the sidewalks and park on this side of the street were literally gutted. For a while pedestrians had to walk out in the street to get around the mess.

Complaining aside, we now have a finished building that is really very beautiful. You’ll see from the photo in the first post that the civil war monument was actually moved to the center of the park, and all of the trees were replaced with benches and brick sidewalks.

Below are a few photos of the finished product as well as some comparisons of the Kendall Building’s transformation.

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