Dwelling Place's Neighborhood Revitalization Program infuses neglected neighborhoods with profitable businesses, transforms blighted areas with building façade improvements and rehabilitation efforts, and creates a destination with interesting attractions and events. What's New in Neighborhood Revitalization? The Downtown Development Authority is seeking community input to shape future focus and investment in the Heartside, Center Cites, Hillside and Westside districts of Downtown Grand Rapids! The Neighborhood Revitalization Department has attended several focus groups and the DDA's most recent community discussions to advocate for the issues that effect Heartside and Dwelling Place residents and commercial tenants! Please take just a few moments to complete the 2010 DDAsurvey and show support for diverse housing and the development of healthy communities in Downtown Grand Rapids. www.grdda.org. Get to Know a Little About our History The Neighborhood Revitalization Department staff are knowledgeable about historic resources and provide expertise in historic preservation and local history. Department Director, Heather Ibrahim, facilitates historic assessments of Dwelling Place properties and is an historic preservation guru. Contact her for a personal tour of Dwelling Place's historic properties, (616)855-0418. If you are interested in a self guided tour of historic Heartside check out our Historic Walking Tour! http://goo.gl/maps/IcmI Supporting Healthy Neighborhoods The Neighborhood Revitalization Department staff support a variety of neighborhood initiatives and organizations. We serve to facilitate community centered conversations and promote continuing dialogue around issues effecting Dwelling Place's residents and commercial tenants. Our current activities include supporting the following committees, boards and working groups: The Heartside Business Association The Heartside Neighborhood Association The Heartside Neighborhood Collaboration Project The Wealthy Theater Sustainability Initiative The Downtown Alliance Panhandling Task force The Downtown Alliance Beautification Committee The Avenue for the Arts Steering Committee Wealthy Heights Development Committee Commercial Property Leasing Many of Dwelling Place's residential properties include storefront business and retail space on the first floor. The Commercial Properties division works to market, lease and manage our 36 business and retail spaces. Interested in leasing a commercial space? Email contact Heather Ibrahim at (616)855-0418 for availability! Interested in starting a new business but not sure where to go? The City of Grand Rapids has a great resource guide for Entrepreneurs. https://www.grcity.us/11893 The Avenue for the Arts At Dwelling Place we believe that healthy neighborhood are diverse, alive and include a mix of business and residential spaces. In 2003, Dwelling Place began an initiative to help grow both business and residential interests along the South Division Business Corridor in downtown Grand Rapids. This initiative focused on attracting and retaining creative individuals and featured the development of live/work housing for artists in our Martineau Apartments and later in Kelsey Apartments and Verne Barry Place. In addition, NRD Staff support the creative entrepreneurs that call South Division home by providing specialized classes & community conversations, acting as administrative support for the creation and execution of community based events and addressing the challenges associated with growing a diverse vibrant community. To find out more about the Avenue for the Arts Community visit the website: www.avenueforthearts.com.