Site Development for a Multi-Tenant Industrial Building

In 2022, Wolverine Building Group hired our engineers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help with a site development and construction project in Walker. The project entailed preparing the vacant lot located at 3501 Fruit Ridge Avenue to accommodate a 285,000 square foot industrial manufacturing building. The building would have room for multiple tenants, providing much-needed space for local businesses looking to relocate or grow.

Over the last several years, demand has increased for industrial space in Greater Grand Rapids. At the same time, the vacancy rate for the industrial market has stayed roughly around 2-3% for the last several quarters. Not only has this made it difficult to attract new businesses to the area, but it’s also driven up rental rates on the few industrial buildings available on the market.

To make up for the lack of industrial rental properties, many companies are developing vacant lots throughout West Michigan. Honeycrisp Ventures LLC is one of those companies.

Based in Ada, Michigan, Honeycrisp Ventures LLC partnered with the landowner and two lead tenants for the site development and construction project in Walker, Michigan. The end result was a 285,000 square foot Class A industrial building.

The new building was designed and built with the two lead tenants in mind, but it also provided an investment opportunity for the landowner to attract additional tenants who need to lease space primarily for logistics, warehousing, and light manufacturing. The building contains six suites with sizes ranging from 45,000 to 165,000 square feet.

Wolverine Building Group was hired for construction of the building, who in turn reached out to our engineers in Grand Rapids, MI, to handle the site development design. Moore & Bruggink was involved from the beginning, which included preparing the necessary boundary and topographical survey of the vacant parcel, preparation of site plan drawings, working with the City of Walker and development team to obtain all of the necessary approvals, and finally providing staking services during the construction phase of the project. 

After all project approvals had been obtained, Wolverine Building Group and their team of subcontractors were ready to start construction. Construction of this project took approximately six months to complete, from putting the first shovel in the ground to obtaining building occupancy.

In an interview with MiBiz®, the owner of Honeycrisp Ventures LLC said that they’ve already had a lot of interest in the building and expect it to fill quickly given the high demand for industrial rental properties in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Have questions about our site development capabilities? Contact Moore+Bruggink to speak with one of our engineers in Grand Rapids, Michigan.