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Grand Castle apartments rising in Grandville


IF YOU’RE TRAVELS TAKE YOU IN AND AROUND GRANDVILLE… YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED IT. 3 3 THAT HUGE CONCRETE STRUCTURE RISING ON WHAT WAS ONCE A TRAILER PARK SITE ALONG 28TH STREET, EAST OF I-196. IT’S CALLED THE CASTLE. 3 3 AND AS 24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT’S JOE LAFURGEY TELLS US… THE NAME FITS THE PROJECT IN BOTH SIZE AND STYLE. 3 3 ((JOE LAFURGEY, GRANDVILLE/THIS GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF THE EFFORT THAT’S GONE INTO THIS PROJECT. THAT FORM THEY’RE PUTTING INTO PLACE… THEY CALL THAT A FLYING BUS. IT’S ABOUT 12 THOUSAND POUNDS.)) POUR SOME CONCRETE BETWEEN THOSE FORMS… AND THE CASTLE HAS RISEN, FLOOR BY FLOOR.SAM HORNING’S BEEN WATCHING THE PROJECT FROM HIS MUFFLER SHOP ACROSS THE STREET… STREET…((SAM HORNING, NEIGHBOR/NOW WE GET TO WATCH ALL THE NEW CONSTUCTION…SO THAT’S KIND A NEAT. ))IT IS SOMETHING YOU’D EXPECT TO SEE RISING IN DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS. NOT ON THE NORTH END OF GRANDVILLE. ONCE COMPLETED THE 15 STORY, 400 UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX’S LOOK WILL BE INSPIRED BY CASTLES… CASTLES…((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/WE OWN THIS GROUND FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS AND WE WE’RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT… SO IT WAS A QUESTION OF DOING THREE STORY BUILDINGS OR DOING SOMETHING UNIQUE… )) 3 ((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/YOU COULD BUILD THIS AS A BOX… AND IT MIGHT BE CHEAPER. BUT THIS CAPTURES THE IMAGINATION OF PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO.)) DO.))((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/THIS IS WHAT WE’RE AFTER…))FAMILY VACATIONS TO EUROPE BY LUCAS AND HIS FAMILY INSPIRED THE DESIGN. 3 ((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/IN LIFE, YOU ONLY GET TO DO SO MANY THINGS. SINCE WE BUILD APARTMENTS AND WE’RE REASONABLY SUCCESSFUL WITH IT, WE’RE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO WOULD TRY SOMETHING LIKE THIS. SO THAT’S WHY I WANT TO DO IT.)) IT.))((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/I THINK IT MAKES YOU SMILE. BRINGS HAPPINESS TO PEOPLE. BRING JOY TO PEOPLE . WE SHOULD DO THIS))MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS IS AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/THIS IS SORT OF A DINETTE AREA…THEN THIS IS THE LIVING ROOM…))RENT WILL RAGE FROM FROM JUST OVER $900 A MONTH FOR A ONE BEDROOM… TO $1,500 FOR A TWO BEDROOM. THEY’LL ALSO HAVE SOME HIGHER END APARTMENTS AS WELL.IT WILL HAVE A COURTYARD IN THE MIDDLE. THE CASTLE WILL FEATURE FREE GARAGED PARKING FOR EVERY RESIDENT. BUT THE BIGGEST SELLING POINT IS THE DESIGN… 3 ((ROGER LUCAS, OWNER/I HAVEN’T MET ANYBODY YET WHO SAID THEY DIDN’T WANT TO LIVE IN A CASTLE…IT’S KIND OF FUN…)) FUN…))((JOE LAFURGEY, GRANDVILLE/ IF IT ALL CONTINUES AS PLANNED THE CASTLE WILL BE READY FOR RESIDENTS BY NEXT SPRING. IN GRANDVILLE, JOE LAFURGEY, 24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT.)) 3

1 Comment

A J MacDonald Jr

Oct 10, 2016, 11:08 pm Reply

Cool idea! : )

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