GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Grand Rapids-based construction and development company plans to turn vacant land on the west side of town into a four-story building that would house its headquarters, recreational marijuana store, and offices.
Construction Simplified aims to begin construction of the four-story building at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Fulton Street in mid-April, with a tentative completion date of September or October.
The top two floors of the $4 million building will house Construction Simplified’s headquarters, with rented offices on the second floor and a marijuana dispensary operated by Cloud Cannabis on the first floor.
Along with Pharmhouse Wellness, a dispensary located at 831 Wealthy St. SW, it will be one of the closest recreational marijuana retailers to downtown.
The development, on which Construction Simplified partnered with Cloud Cannabis, took three years to complete, said Brent Gibson, founding partner and president of the company.
Founded seven years ago, Construction Simplified is currently located about four blocks west of the development, and that’s a space the company has outgrown, Gibson said.
“I started (Building Simplified) after leaving a large West Michigan management company, knowing that I had personal passions to make development part of my day-to-day business and focus on building better. , everyday construction made simple,” said Gibson. “The business model is such that we are also growing because we are good at it; we are good at building, we are good at representing the owner. With this, we have exceeded our space.
Grand Rapids officials say Construction Simplified plans to hire five new short-term employees and five more in 2023, with an average wage of about $36 an hour.
The Lexington and Fulton property has been vacant since around 1978, when it last housed a gas station, Gibson said.
The four-story building isn’t the only development on the city’s west side that Construction Simplified has underway.
Gibson said the company plans to begin construction of two three-story buildings adjacent to the headquarters building by the end of the year. The buildings would house 18 apartments and have approximately 4,500 square feet of ground floor retail space.
Gibson said he hopes the construction of the new office building, along with the recreational marijuana dispensary, will generate more interest from retailers along the West Fulton corridor.
“We need food options, we need restaurants,” he said. “There is a lot of foot traffic with Grand Valley. We’re trying to make some of this attraction notice West Fulton.
Construction costs for the two three-story buildings are estimated at $3 million to $4 million, Gibson said.
Officials at Cloud Cannabis, which is based in Troy, said they hope the new dispensary will open in late fall 2022. Offers and pricing would be similar to their other six stores in the state. , officials said.
These offerings include flowers, edibles, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, topicals, vape cartridges and more.
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