Murals aim to spur growth and investment in the Grand Rapids neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three murals are coming up in the hallway of the South Division and Grandville Avenue.

The South Division-Grandville Corridor Improvement Authority approved $ 21,050 to order murals for the Four Star Theater, 1950 S. Division Ave .; MudPenny, 570 Grandville Avenue SW; and the Boost Mobile store at 944 Grandville Ave. SW.

Work could begin once the city’s art advisory committee approves the proposed design, said Jose Nietes, who manages the corridor improvement authority. The goal is to beautify the neighborhood, to use art to help create an identity for the neighborhoods and to spur growth along the corridor, he said.

“One thing we really want to see is to start bringing people from other communities to the area to admire the art, but also to see some of the businesses that are in the area,” Nietes said.

The South-Grandville Division encompasses Grandville Avenue (from Wealthy Street to Clyde Park), as well as portions of South Division Avenue (Hall Street to 28th Street), as well as Burton Street between Clyde Park Avenue SW and Division Avenue.

The authority, created by the City of Grand Rapids, is funded by tax increase funding. Tax increase financing is a mechanism whereby a portion of the increase in an area’s annual property tax revenue is provided to an entity, such as a corridor improvement authority. The authority can use these dollars to invest in infrastructure and other improvements in the area.

Nietes said the hallway improvement authority had chosen Edwin Morales, a local artist, to oversee the creation of the murals.

Work on the murals is expected to be completed by August, Nietes said.

The Sud-Grandville Corridor Improvement Authority Division was created in March 2018. Its most recent annual budget is approximately $ 128,000.

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