Grand Rapids Voice asks you the public for your opinion and your comments on the question of why are there so many businesses and commercial properties in the area that are vacant, for sale or for rent?
Is there something happening here that’s causing these vacancies that we can correct?
As more and more private homes and commercial properties come on the market for sale, what does it do to your home value and ultimately you and your families wealth?
Would it be nicer to live in a home that is appreciating in value instead of one that is depreciating in value? Where is this value going and who receives it? Can we stop the bleeding or is it our ultimate destiny?
We have posted photos of a few of the more obvious closed businesses and or properties for sale or rent on the main streets of Grand Rapids and will be posting more photos as we widen the scope of this article.
Do we need a new direction? Is there need to hold elected officials more accountable? Is there need to vote for or hire new leadership? Is there need for more money for economic development and less government intervention or is there a need for more government involvement?
These are the topics on which we would like you, the people and your voice be heard. We will allow you to comment anonymously however we reserve the right to edit out any profanity and explicit or inappropriate content. We will be expanding the list of properties over the coming months along with your comments.
In the future the scope of this post will be expanded to include listings of non-property tax paying and tax advantaged properties in the area. Many of these properties are city owned, county owned and nonprofit owned parcels and are listed on the county tax roles. Your comments are welcome.