Back in 2006, the Ann Arbor City Council approved a plan for an ambitious 138,000-square-foot retail and residential project called The Shops at Arlington. The project was to replace vacant commercial buildings and a former car dealership in an attempt to redevelop a growing area. But when the economy tanked, the project fell apart and the property needed to be sold.
A prominent building in downtown Grand Rapids was purchased for an undisclosed sum by local developers last week. It is more than 100 years old and is one of the area's oldest Masonic Lodge temples.