Kent County is now accepting bids via Requests for Proposals (RFP) for its building at 82 Ionia NW. The site is located in a desirable downtown Grand Rapids location, at the corner of Ionia and Fountain NW. Friend of the Court, Circuit Court Probation, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Community Housing and Development are currently housed in the building. (Earlier this year, Veterans Services moved from the site to a location at 836 Fuller Ave. NE, near I-196.) The County and Progressive A&E recently completed a 2015 Space Needs Study, the first done in more than a decade. The study looked at all of County-owned or leased property. Several buildings were not being used to their fullest potential, according to the research. Currently, just over half the space in 82 Ionia is occupied. “The study identified several buildings where the remaining departments can be housed, either on a permanent or temporary basis.” said Daryl Delabbio, County Administrator/Controller. “82 Ionia is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. We are that certain redevelopment of the building would contribute to the revitalization that’s been happening downtown.” The County initially leased the building beginning in 1998, and purchased it in 2005. Since that time the building has undergone several upgrades to its heating and cooling, fire monitoring, security and lighting systems, as well as skylight replacement. A few details about the property: Year of Original Construction: 1932 Site Acreage: 1.34 Building Square Feet: 108,000 Frontage on Fountain Street, Ionia Street and Division Avenue Proposals will be accepted until August 28, 2015. For more information on the RFP, go to www.accesskent.com/RFPPublishing/Request.jsp.
The Kent Conservation District is taking orders for its spring seedling sale through March 31, 2009, for delivery on April 18 and 19, 2009. The funds generated by this sale are used by the Kent Conservation District to provide the county with a wide variety of conservation programs, along with educational and technical assistance to its landowners. The trees purchased through the sale also serve a valuable purpose. They are used in reforestation efforts and other conservation plantings throughout the county. For residential purposes trees beatify the home, raise property values and provide habitat for native wildlife. Trees also provide for many environmental benefits including soil stabilization and storm water control. This year’s sale boasts our largest selection ever, with nearly forty species of conifers (evergreens), hardwoods and wildlife shrubs. We have also added native wildflower seed mixes, backyard composters, rain barrels and much more to our catalog. We can accommodate plantings from 10 to 10,000 seedlings. We also have options to fit anyone’s budget as well with ten seedlings starting at only $10 and 1,000 seedlings starting at only $225. The catalog and order forms are available online at: www.kentconservation.org. For more information please contact the KCD office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (616) 942-4111 ext 100.