GRAND RAPIDS, MI-City officials have begun tearing down 45 homes in anticipation of what will likely house Michigan State University’s new Medical School. The demolition, which began Monday, is occurring just north of Michigan Street, not far from Grand Rapids’ “medical mile,” where Mid Towne Develpment Co. would like to build the med school.

For certain, the site will be the new home of four office buildings and almost a dozen brownstone condominiums. It will also include a 22,000-sf building on Michigan Street with a restaurant as well as office space.Construction crews will also put up two more buildings with 50,000 sf and 60,000 sf of office space.

The site is located just a few blocks from the campus of Spectrum Butterworth hospital, which includes the DeVos Children’s Hospital, and just a few blocks beyond that is the cancer researchers building at the Van Andel Institute. Both of those institutions partners with Michigan State University as it seeks to open a medical school in Grand Rapids.

Developers say this location is on the minds of officials at MSU, who need to work out the details with other local leaders before putting down roots. Still, the people at Mid Towne Development call this the perfect location.

“It’s an ideal location,” says Brad Rosely of Mid Towne Development. “It’s a campusy type feel. It’s got unbelievable exposure on the highway, easy access down to Spectrum and the St. Mary’s Hospital, which I think is critical.”

Of course, there is still plenty of work to be done before anyone moves in at the site. The developers hope to have the homes torn down in the next 30 to 45 days. The first building won’t open until September 2005, while the others will open after that.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.



Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join now!

  • Free unlimited access to's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2024 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.