Congratulations to Option 1 Credit Union on the opening of their new branch at 6750 Kalamazoo, near 68th Street. Maxam Architecture provided the design of the new branch build-out, which was constructed and managed by First Companies. The branch location features 5 teller stations, loan office, staff spaces, and a 24-hour lobby ATM. I'm looking forward to their Grand Opening this week.
153 Lafayette Avenue was built in the early 1960's as the business men and women of Grand Rapids walked around dressed like characters from Mad Men. Depending on who you ask, the building is either an abomination, or a Mid-Century Modern diamond in the rough. It has certainly seen better days. It's suffering from leaks, broken glass, mold, and a recent fire in the lower level. However, at a recent meeting of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission, we voted that th