Grand Rapids

  • DDAs and Economic Development

    DDAs and Economic Development

    January 3, 2013

    Not everyone is aware of downtown development authorities (DDA), or why they are important. Many cities have one, and Michigan has 35 of them. Prein&Newhof often works with DDAs on projects related to streetscapes and downtown infrastructure. Downtown is considered the heart of the city. It is an expanse of a few streets that are […]

  • Funding a Stormwater Utility

    Funding a Stormwater Utility

    August 24, 2012

    The Grand Rapids Press ran an article recently about the City’s desire to fund its stormwater program: to create a serious new revenue stream to fund stormwater improvements. At the state level, the proposed HB 5673 promotes grants to communities who want to set up a stormwater utility, which is similar to water and sewer […]

  • Lake Street in Whitehall to become Michigan’s first “green road”

    Lake Street in Whitehall to become Michigan’s first “green road”

    July 10, 2012

    Rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement will filter stormwater and reduce the amount that reaches White Lake during storms — reducing pollution and flooding. This summer, Whitehall will transform a ½-mile stretch of Lake Street into Michigan’s first “green road.” The street will be equipped with a state-of-the-art stormwater system to collect runoff from 60 […]