Granger eyes $55M project next year
Posted on November 22, 2019 by Ehren Wynder
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Granger Group in Wyoming expects to pour over $2 billion into Metro Health Village over the next several years, but for 2020, the local developer has announced approximately $55 million in new developments for Village Life Marketplace.
The company already has turned over the first component of Village Life Marketplace on the corner of Health Drive and Byron Center Avenue. The new shopping center will be home to a Qdoba Mexican Eats and a Jersey Mike’s sub shop. Granger Group also will move its offices from 2221 Health Drive SW to the second floor of the new building. Next on the agenda for the marketplace is a smaller retail development on the corner of Village and Health drives across from First and Main retirement community. According to site plans, the two buildings on the plot total 10,800 square feet of new retail space.
Granger Group Project Director Ryan Granger, son of CEO Gary Granger, said the company already has secured Jean Marie’s, a women’s clothing retailer, to take 2,800 square feet, and D’Vine Nails and Spa, a nail salon already operating in Caledonia, will open another 2,500-square-foot location in the new space. Upcoming new construction for 2020 includes a mixed-use project consisting of two buildings totaling 35,000 square feet. According to the site plan, the project makes a backward “L” along the corner of Village Drive and Main Street and will be on the same block as the Health Drive retail building. The building running north/south along Village Drive will consist of two levels with 18,000 square feet of office space on the upper level.
The bottom level will serve as an open “food hall” setup, allowing small vendors to rent and operate space in a similar fashion to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Granger said with the local farmers market operating in the same corridor, the indoor food hall will ideally serve as a space where pop-up vendors at farmers markets can operate year-round. The food hall section will be tailored to whatever activity it will attract, Granger said. For example, space could be cordoned off to accommodate a restaurant, while the rest will remain an open marketplace. The bottom portion of the “L” along Main Street will be a single-story, 8,000-square-foot building with roll-up doors to allow for an open-air feel. During farmers market season, activity can move on and off the sidewalk along Main Street, Granger said. “We’re really activating that building to accommodate the farmers market and the walkable campus feel,” Granger said. “People can grab some food and then take a stroll around the pond.” The Village and Main “L” is expected to break ground in spring 2020 and take eight to 10 months of construction time. Granger Group also has planned a residential component along South Main Street and Village Drive, directly south of the “L.” The building is five stories and approximately 84,000 square feet, with 16,000 square feet for potential retail use on the first floor.
The upper four floors will have upward of 100 units, ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments. The building also will have an adjacent parking structure with a currently unspecified number of parking spaces. Granger said a mixed-use development like this would be the first of its kind for Wyoming. “What we’ve noticed in this market with apartments, there’s not really a product to compare to,” Granger said. “The closest is downtown Grand Rapids.” Granger Group plans to break ground on the residential component in summer 2020. The company currently is in the process of working with architects for the immediate future and has yet to select a contractor. “There’s a lot of moving pieces here, but that’s what we’re excited to introduce,” Granger said.