Developer plans to build urgent care, Starbucks and restaurant in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An Oakland County-based developer is proposing to construct two buildings that would house an urgent care, a restaurant and a Starbucks at the Celebration Village shopping plaza off of Beltline and Knapp.

Plans from development firm Alrig USA call for the demolition of the defunct Chili’s restaurant at 2135 E. Beltline Ave. to construct two new buildings that would house the new Starbucks and a not-yet-named restaurant in one and the medical care facility in the other.

On Thursday, May 26, the Grand Rapids Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the Grand Rapids City Commission approve a major amendment to the Celebration Village redevelopment district that would allow the demolition and construction.

Mike Schuchman, managing director of Alrig USA, said the firm is hoping to break ground on the project by the end of August and hopefully complete construction on the new buildings by the end of 2022.

The building housing the urgent care is proposed at 4,288 square feet. The other building is proposed to have 2,504 square feet of space for the Starbucks and another 1,491 square feet of space for the unnamed restaurant.

And while Schuchman said he couldn’t yet name the restaurant, it’s one that is “known and loved” by Michiganders, he said.

Schuchman also couldn’t confirm that a Starbucks would share the new building with the restaurant, only that a coffee shop would share the space. However, design documents provided to the city’s planning commission show a Starbucks would be located in the building.

There is already a Starbucks location in the Celebration Village plaza, and it’s less than 200 feet away from the proposed build site. There’s also a Starbucks just across the Beltline housed in the D&W.

The urgent care clinic would be run by WellNow Urgent Care, which has 11 other clinics across the state currently in operation and more planned.

“The company that we’re working with is highly regarded in the space,” Schuchman said, adding that there is “absolutely” a demand for a new urgent care clinic in the area.

According to Alrig USA’s website, the development in Celebration Village would be the firm’s first in Grand Rapids but one of a number currently in development in the city’s metro area, including Grandville, Byron Center and Jenison.

“We love the area,” Schuchman said. “We’ve done a significant amount of projects in the area. We hope to just continue to be a part of the Grand Rapids community.”

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