Calder Plaza remodel on city's agenda, but could cost $25 million

Calder Plaza meeting

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Renewing downtown Grand Rapids has been on the city commission’s agenda for some time, but Tuesday council members and the public got a first look at what exactly Calder Plaza may look like one day.

“It's not an all or nothing,” said Kristopher Larson, director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA. “It is a collection of a lot of great ideas that has emerged in the process.”

The project would include adding a pavilion, shrubbery, a coffee shop and even a stage.

Phase one of the redevelopment is estimated to cost $5.9 million, with some funding coming from the DDA. City officials have not dismissed the idea of private business funding in the future.

If all the proposed improvements were added, the project could cost nearly $25 million.

“We just want to make [Calder Plaza] better town center for us,” said City Manager Greg Sundstrom. “So that the community can come together and enjoy that space.”

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