Granger Group breaks ground on The Reserve development in Wyoming

Published October 17, 2018

Read original article by Joanne Bailey-Boorsma-joanne@wktv.org

In 2000, Gary Granger bought a piece of property on the south side of 56th Street between Ivanrest and Wilson avenues. Seventeen years later, his company, The Granger Group, broke ground on a new residential development that is estimated to be valued at more than $100 million.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, residents, Wyoming city officials, and members from The Granger Group met at the end of Niles Drive for the groundbreaking ceremony for The Reserve, which is located off of 56th Street between Wilson and Ivanrest avenues. “The Reserve housing development has gone through numerous iterations over the past year and we are grateful after owning this land for 17 years to be moving forward with this project,” said Project Manager Ryan Granger. “Granger Group believes Wyoming is a booming residential and commercial market and we’ve enjoyed working with the community to get their insight into this project as well.”

The project will add 175 single family homes, 138 single story flats, and 190 luxury apartments to the existing 131 single family homes that are currently there. Through input from the community, Granger said they got a sense of a real desire to be connected so the new development also will include a community center, a dog park, tennis courts and walking trails that will provide access to existing trails such as Kent Trails.

The development is actually close to one of the largest shopping districts — which includes RiverTown Crossings mall — in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Granger Group President Gary Granger said infrastructure was put in place shortly after the property was purchased, and he noted he is excited about finally being able to extend Niles Drive through to Wilson Avenue. Wyoming City officials and Granger Group representatives at The Reserve groundbreaking. “It has been a process,” Gary Granger said, adding that the team had to work through several concepts. “The city did a new master plan, envisioning that Wilson Road would primarily be a bedroom community and not so much commercial,” Granger said during the open house about the history of the property. “Believe it or not at the time, we were not so crazy about it. We wanted to do commercial because we thought with the mall, Coscto, and all the other things just a couple of miles from here, we thought all that commercial would work all the way back to the expressway.” Granger said the team had to take a step back and reconsider how the property would look as a bedroom community and he now believes the development could help “southwest Grand Rapids to really be on the map.” “Most people think about where is the place to be in Grand Rapids and most people think the major market opportunity is northeast,” Gary Granger said. “We are exactly on the opposite side of that. I happen to believe this will be the premier housing destination.”

Granger Group, which has completed several projects in the Metro Village located around Metro Health University of Michigan Health, expects to complete The Reserve by 2021.