Ada Village Redesign

Timeline

December 12, 2012: Amway acquires Ada’s Fulton Street strip to enable village redesign
• “It includes several buildings, including the Thornapple Village at Ada Shopping Center, the vacated bank on the corner of Fulton and Ada Drive, the former Grand River Grocery, and the former Thornapple River Grill, now Chloe Elan. It also includes two residential properties on Thornapple River Drive (7373 and 7369) west of the bridge.”
2007 Ada village design charrette (PDF)

February 12, 2013: After Amway land purchases, Ada is moving forward with village redesign

April 14, 2013: Ada’s new Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply store will combine beer hemispheres
• “Michiels is leasing the location from Geld Properties, an entity of Amway Corp., which owns 35 acres of village property across the highway from its corporate headquarters along Fulton Street.”

April 20, 2013: Thornapple River has flooded its banks, water at doorsteps of Ada businesses

May 12, 2013: Amway acquires nearly half of Village of Ada: Explore what it means for community’s redevelopment

May 13, 2013: With significant land buy, Amway shifts focus of redevelopment to Ada, corporate giant’s hometown

May 14, 2013: Ada business owners feel optimistic about Amway’s major land buy

May 15, 2013: West Michigan has legacy of successful public-private developments like Amway in Ada

May 16, 2013: Live Chat: Ask questions about Amway’s role in redeveloping Village of Ada

May 17, 2013: Amway chief of staff: ‘No hidden agenda’ for owning nearly half of Village of Ada

May 19, 2013: How Ada became a ‘snug little place’ instead of the major city in West Michigan

May 31, 2013: Credit union moves into former Bank of America branch now owned by Amway Corp.

August 7, 2013: Some Amway purchases in Ada Village have provided training sites for Ada Fire
• “A house located at 7373 Thornapple River Drive, which is slated for demolition to make way for the village redevelopment project, has been the site of five separate training drills.”

~August 2013: 7373 Thornapple River Drive demolished.

7373 Thornapple River Drive
7373 Thornapple River SE in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

September 11, 2013: Ada village redesign plan unveiled by Township

September 11, 2013: New Ada plan revives memories of gatherings at the river

December 18, 2013: A redesigned Ada will feature public market, riverfront amphitheater, village live-work units
• “We now know what Ada village may look like in 10 years and approximately $20 million of public funds later.”

January 14, 2014: Ada/Amway begin engineering design for first phase of village redesign (PDF)
• “The plan should be ready for construction by May with completion expected before the end of September.”

April 10, 2014: Bistro Chloe Elan will rebrand as Riverhouse Ada pub next week
• “There’s a good possibility that our building won’t be here in four years and we’ll be moving to a new building in Ada with the Riverhouse concept,” said Gill.

July 31, 2014: Property owners’ ‘hesitancy’ slowing Ada Village redesign
• “Hopes are now for a spring 2015 start with completion of the Headley Street move later next summer.”

January 14, 2015: Ada village redevelopment plan undergoing some changes before scheduled construction start
• “The township has been unable to negotiate the purchase of “a couple of properties” needed to proceed with the first phase of the plan”

February 26, 2015: Envision Ada still struggling to align all properties needed for original village redesign plan

~Summer 2015: 527 Ada Dr (George’s Men’s Consignment Shop, closed 2012; previously ChurchKey Used Books) demolished.

527 Ada Drive in August 2011 (google maps).
527 Ada Drive in August 2011 (google maps).

~Summer 2015: 490/496 Ada Dr (Grand River Grocery/Ninth Bridge Market, closed 2012) demolished.

Ninth Bridge Market, 490 and 496 Ada Drive SE, in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)
Ninth Bridge Market, 490 and 496 Ada Drive SE, in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

June 1, 2015: Redesigned Ada village plan going to Township Board
• “The new plan is to shift the “new Headley Street” about 80 feet north – around the property that the township found impossible to obtain. The proposal for extending Headley Street will avoid the property owned by Doug Kniff, located at 518 Ada Drive, and utilize the property now occupied by the Heidi Christine’s Salon and Spa.”

June 10, 2015: Ada Township hoping to clear last hurdles to get village project off the ground
• “The realignment of Headley Street through Ada village is once again on a fast track, with construction expected to begin mid-July.”

June 24, 2015: Ada rebranding coming with ‘Envision Ada’ village redesign

July 15, 2015: Big party kicks off start of village construction projects
• “Headley Street is expected to be completed yet this year and the River Road is slated for construction in 2016 or 2017.”

August 13, 2015: West Michigan pioneer monument moved by Ada village redesign

August 19, 2015: Ada now begins looking at what its contribution will be to village makeover
• “The Envision Ada plan is underway with realignment of the main street through town.”

August 28, 2015: West Michigan pioneer monument moved by Ada village redesign

September 12, 2015: There’s a whole lot of earth being moved around in Ada Village since crews broke ground in mid-July.
• “We are currently on schedule to complete construction of the new Headley Street and Ada Drive intersection by the end of the month.”

September 25, 2015: We’re excited to announce that the new Ada Drive/Headley Street intersection is now open!
• “Next step, Headley St. is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.”

December 18, 2015: The new Headley Street opened.

December 31, 2015: Ada village redevelopment beginning to pick up pace
• “The first business on the new Headley Street – Heidi Christine Salon and Day Spa – is scheduled to open before the end of January.” [They would open March 21.]

January 14, 2016: Ada Drive will be raised this summer – a year ahead of schedule
• “If the process stays on the expected timetable, construction would begin in June and be completed by October 31.”

January 29, 2016: Final Ada village concept plans on table, bond vote coming next

February 12, 2016: Ada Township initiates process of borrowing $7 million for village redevelopment

~February 2016: Ameriprise moves out of 480 Ada Drive to 6701 Old 28th Street.

March 19, 2016: Redevelopment of village area in Ada taking shape
• “The village started construction on the Envision Ada project with the realignment of Headley Street, which was completed last fall. The extension of Headley Street, from Ada Drive to Thornapple River Drive, is the next phase. […] Street construction is expected to begin on about May 31.”

March 21, 2016: Heidi Christine’s moves out of 500 Ada Drive to 7181 Headley Street.

~April 2016: 7369 Thornapple River Drive demolished.

7369 Thornapple River SE in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)
7369 Thornapple River SE in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

April 6, 2016: #ADAVILLAGE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (STAGE I – GENERAL OVERVIEW)
• “Stage I has commenced, and is expected to be completed by May 27, 2016. Grading, utility work, and street construction work between Ada and Thornapple River drives will be completed during this stage.”

April 14, 2016: 500 Ada Dr (Heidi Christines) demolished. (fb)

Heidi Christine's Salon at 500 Ada Drive in August 2015. (google maps)
Heidi Christine’s Salon at 500 Ada Drive in August 2015. (google maps)

May 16, 2016: Demolition is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 18 at the former Amway Surplus Store located at 7171 Headley Street. This building is located east of the Ada Post Office.

May 20, 2016: Township going for bond money although Ada Drive project may wait
• “Headley (which is currently under construction) needs to be done first and out of the way to start Ada Drive,” said Groenenboom. The Ada Drive project was slated to begin July 5 and the Headley project is expected to be finished July 3, he said.

May 26, 2016: Nonna Cafe to reopen in Ada village with Nonna’s Market in previous location
• “The new establishment will fill a long vacant historical building dating back to the mid-1800s, which for many years was the home to Betsy Ratzsch Pottery.”

~Summer 2016: 480 Ada Dr (Ameriprise Financial) demolished.

Ameriprise Financial at 480 Ada Drive in July 2015. (google maps)
Ameriprise Financial at 480 Ada Drive in July 2015. (google maps)

June 4, 2016: Kingma’s Market’s move to village fills top of public wish list
• “If approved, Kingma’s expects to break ground on the new facility later this year with an anticipated opening in 2017.”

June 15, 2016: Spectrum Health planning medical facility for Ada village
• “We cannot use it until it is built and being used for that service, which won’t be at least until fall of 2017,” Meyers said.

June 18, 2016: The new Headley Street extension opened Saturday morning, as planned.
• Crews will complete the streetscapes and final paving within the next week or so, and then start work on necking down Thornapple River Drive (south of the Ada Township offices and Speedway). –Ameriprise building looks like it’s still there?

June 20, 2016: Ada Drive project delayed until next year, but bond sale proceeds
• “The proposal will allow the project to commence with outside-the-roadway changes beginning Sept. 19 of this year, with the actual reconstruction of Ada Drive set for spring and early summer of 2017.”

June 27, 2016: Village Kids Consignment Boutique moves out of 408 Ada Drive to 6739 Fulton Street
• “Remember that we are closed today and tomorrow to finish moving and setting up the new store! We hope to see you to check out the new place on Wednesday.”

June 30, 2016: Street construction and restoration of Thornapple River Drive is nearly complete!
• “Finishing touches are being made on the one-way portion of Thornapple River Drive, located between Ada Drive and the Headley Street extension. Weather permitting; paving is scheduled for Thursday, July 7.”

~August 2016: Sheldon Cleaners moves out of 460 Ada Drive to 408 Ada Drive (formerly Village Kids).

August 29, 2016: The Mud Room moves out of 447 Ada Drive to Knapp’s Corner.

September 12, 2016: The Ada First building, located at the corner of Headley Street and Ada Drive in #AdaVillage, continues to make great progress with the exterior brickwork just completed.

September 15, 2016: Demolition of the Lake Michigan Credit Union and the Sheldon Cleaners buildings on the corner of Ada Drive and Fulton will begin the week of September 19.
• “Demolition is expected to be complete by September 27.”

October 27, 2016: Construction of an access drive from Headley Street and supplemental parking by Zeytin’s has begun
• “Paving of the temporary River Street access drive and parking lot expected to be completed this weekend (ahead of schedule).

October 30, 2016: Cher’s Tanning Salon moves out of 400 Ada Drive Suite C to Lowell
• “Great news… No More Dealing with Construction. “The Ada Salon is moving & merging into Lowell.”

November 1, 2016: Construction will continue this week around the Thornapple Village Shopping Center.
• Photo shows Ameriprise building down

November 10, 2016: Spectrum Health held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony in #adavillage earlier this week at the site of its future patient care facility located at 7129 E. Fulton Street.

November 16, 2016: Have you tried using the new access to the Thornapple Village Shopping Center off Headley Street?
• Sign lists businesses: Ada Dental, Ada Vision, Artisan Flowers, Edward Jones, Gravel Bottom, McDonald’s, Peacock Alley, Riverhouse Restaurant, Salon 404, Sheldon Cleaners, Spoonlickers, Vitale’s, Zeytin

November 19, 2016: Ada Township amends master plan to allow for more housing along Spaulding (PDF)

~December 2016: Riverhouse Ada closes. (By March 2017, Christine Gill was managing Mazzo.)

December 1, 2016: Ada Planning Commission to get first look at Headley/Bronson townhome project
• “The proposal for new residential units join new businesses lining up along the newly constructed Headley Street and condominiums being built near Bronson Street and Ada Drive.”

December 12, 2016: Today we launch our “Ada is Open!” Campaign!

January 20, 2017: Ada Township looking to next phase of village redevelopment – a riverfront park
• “While Riverfront Park construction isn’t expected until 2018, the park will be adjacent to River Street — a new road that is on the construction schedule for next summer.”

February 17, 2017: Ada Drive Reconstruction Access Plan from March – May 2017; Ada Village Businesses Directory as of 02/17/2017 (PDF)
• Lists all businesses including Zeytin, Spoolickers, Vitale’s, Ada Vision, McDonald’s, Edward Jones, Sheldon, Peacock Alley, Artisan Flowers, Ada Dental, Gravel Bottom.

March 1, 2017: Re-construction of Ada Drive to raise the road well above floodplain.
• Road construction work is slated to begin the week of March 13. Ada Drive will be closed between Fulton and Headley streets until late May.

March 12, 2017: Ada Drive closure begins soon, businesses to remain open

March 29, 2017: Construction Update // Ada Drive Phase 1
• Sign lists businesses: Zeytin, Spoolickers, Vitale’s, Ada Vision, McDonald’s, Edward Jones, Sheldon, Peacock Alley, Artisan Flowers, Ada Dental, Gravel Bottom

April 18, 2017: Spectacular progress has been made on Ada Drive since Friday!
• Construction crews have added fill and raised a portion of the road to its new, higher elevation.

April 23, 2017: Great progress continues on the Kingma’s Market building.
• The brick cladding started last week on the upper clerestory roof. The building should come alive with color in the next few weeks.
• Photo shows Thornapple Village East (McDonald’s, etc) still standing.

May 9, 2017: Construction spurs location change of annual July 4 fireworks in Ada
• “The fireworks, formerly displayed in the area of Fulton and Ada Drive, will now take place at Ada Christian School, 6206 Ada Drive SE.”

May 10, 2017: 447 Ada Dr (Mud Room) demolished.

The Mud Room at 447 Ada Drive in 2010.
The Mud Room at 447 Ada Drive in 2010.

May 10, 2017: Demo day for the Mud Room!

May 16, 2017: We have an exciting construction update video for you!
• Our friends at High Five Drone Productions show us the progress in Ada Village from the best view, the sky!
• Chloe Elon, Mud Room, Schoolhouse, Thornapple Village East visible in video.

May 26, 2017: Ada beginning second phase of reconstruction of Ada Drive
• “The entrance on Headley Street will be the only entrance to the Thornapple Shopping Plaza, Gravel Bottom Brewery and Ada Dental Associates. Entrances to Chase and Fifth Third banks, Norman Family Dentistry, Protravel International, Carol Seacord LMSW, Bridges Animal Hospital and the Classic Equestrian will be off Fulton Street and the north end of Ada Drive.”

~June 2017: 445 Ada Dr (Chloe Elan/Riverhouse Ada) demolished.

445 Ada Drive in 2013.
Bistro Chloe Elan at 445 Ada Drive in 2013.

June 3, 2017: Ada construction gives high school students a business lesson
• The reconstruction, to raise the second half of Ada Drive between Fulton and Headley streets, is part of a two-phase project to reconstruct Ada Drive. The second phase began on June 2 and will run until August 31.”

June 12-14, 2017: Ada Vision moves out of 400 Ada Drive Suite A to 596 Ada Drive. (link #2)

June 23, 2017: Construction won’t stop Ada’s annual Fourth of July celebration

June 30, 2017: McDonald’s closes 402 Ada Drive location.
• “All of our great employees have agreed to stay on and work at one of our other locations while we join the positive vision and growth in and around the Village of Ada with a new restaurant to be built on Fulton Street, directly across from Amway Corporation, by the end of this year.”

July 1, 2017: Saburba restaurant shuts doors after five years
• “We started to lose money the day the construction started and Thornapple River Drive became a side street.”

July 12, 2017: Edward Jones Financial Advisor Justin Knapp moves out of 406 Ada Drive.

July 17, 2017: Peacock Alley moves out of 410 Ada Drive to the new Marketplace Square building (452 Ada Drive).

July 18, 2017: Sheldon Cleaners moves out of 408 Ada Drive to 7175 Headley Street.

July 27, 2017: Ada Drive construction continues at a fast and furious pace.
• All is on schedule for an end of August completion.

July 27, 2017: Ada Schoolhouse to be picked up and moved, as village redevelopment continues
• “In early August, the schoolhouse is scheduled to be excavated from its foundation and moved, then returned.”

~August 2017: 402-410 Ada Dr (Thornapple Village East: McDonald’s, Salon 404, Edward Jones, Village Kids, Peacock Alley) demolished.

Thornapple Village at Ada Shopping Center in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)
Thornapple Village at Ada Shopping Center in Ada Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

August 1, 2017: Check out this amazing drone footage of the progress being made in Ada Village.
• Video shows Chloe Elan and Mud Room down, Schoolhouse and Thornapple Village East up still.

August 2, 2017: As of today, Ada Drive is open from both Fulton and Headley Streets for access to LOCAL BUSINESSES ONLY.
• It will remain closed to through traffic for most of August while they put the finishing touches on the sides of the street.

August 3, 2017: Ada Drive construction just weeks away from completion
• “The project consisted of two phases and focused on the reconstruction of Ada Drive. The first phase began on March 20 with the second phase launching June 2. Ada Drive is expected to be completed by August 31.”

August 4, 2017: Artisan Flowers moves out of Little Red Schoolhouse into the new Ada Drive Plaza building (452 Ada Drive).
• “DeVos said she plans to relocate the historic structure during construction, and then return it with full upgrades to the riverfront park area, restored to its former glory as a candy and ice cream store.”

August 7, 2017: Construction on River Street starts.

August 9, 2017: Businesses continue relocation to new Ada Drive Plaza (Peacock Alley Needlepoint)

August 14, 2017: Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery to open bigger location
• “Gravel Bottom will continue operations at 418 Ada Drive until its new site is complete by the end of the year.”

August 22, 2017: Settlers Drive will connect directly to the new River Street and riverfront park area once completed.
• The new Settlers Drive allows for access and parking for Ada Dental, Artisan Flowers, Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply, Kingma’s Market and Peacock Alley. Please continue to use the driveway off Ada Drive that’s closer to Headley for access to Spoonlickers, Vitales and Zeytin.
• Photo (possibly old) shows Chloe Elon and Mud Room down but Thornapple Village East (McDonald’s, etc) still standing.

August 23, 2017: Soon-to-open Kingma’s Market plans partnership with Fish Lads, Carvers

August 27-30, 2017: Vitale’s moves out of 400 Ada Drive Suite B to 6650 E Fulton Street, opens for takeout on August 30

~September 2017: Half of 400 Ada Drive (Thornapple Village North: Ada Vision and Vitale’s) demolished.

September 2, 2017: ADA DRIVE is OPEN after 5.5 months of construction!

September 11, 2017: Kingma’s Market opens in new downtown Ada

September 19, 2017: Vitale’s Ada moves to bigger location
• “The restaurant’s previous home in the Thornapple River Shopping Center was demolished as part of a $13 million project that is reshaping the village’s business district.”

September 27, 2017: Groundbreaking for Zeytin’s Turkish Restaurant occurred yesterday!

October 9, 2017: Zeytin Turkish restaurant expanding in Ada
• “Watkin’s Dental, Mud Room, Cher’s Tanning and Beyond Paper also moved out of the village, because of the development, says Ashley Jolman, executive director of Ada Business Associations. The other Thornapple River Plaza pre-construction tenants are either still there, have relocated within Ada, or plan to relocate within Ada.”

October 10, 2017: Michigan Software Labs: Effective October 16, 2017, our new address will be 452 Ada Dr
• Shows webcam photo from October 4 showing half of Thornapple Village North still up. Basically, just Zeytin’s and Spoonlickers.

October 25, 2017: Storefronts filling up along newly constructed Ada Drive

November 10, 2017: Roadwork on Thornapple River Drive is complete, and traffic is running smoothly in both directions just in time for the weekend.

November 15, 2017: Fundraising kicks off for Ada community center/library

November 22, 2017: Edward Jones Financial Advisor Justin Knapp moves to new building 452 Ada Drive.

November 30, 2017: Ada discusses village traffic improvements, at odds with road agency on some changes

December 8, 2017: Settlers Drive and the new River Street will be fully operational by the end of the day — just in time for your holiday shopping in the Village!

December 14, 2017: Envision Ada project brings in more businesses to village area
• “Michigan Software Labs is joining the growing list of businesses that relocated to or opened in Ada as part of the Envision Ada project.”

January 2, 2018: Spectrum Health opens $10 million Ada facility

January 23, 2018: The 159-year-old Ada Little Red Schoolhouse took a six hour journey today
• Moving just a few feet each hour, as it moved to its new home on the river at 7430 River Street in Ada.

February 28, 2018: Cher’s Tanning Salon, Spoonlickers, Zeytin still standing. Ada Vision, Vitale’s down.

March 23, 2018: AGO reopens in Ada Village area, McDonald’s to follow

March 29, 2018: McDonald’s returns to Ada with new, improved location
• “Berg had been operating McDonald’s in Ada for 23 years before closing the original location in July 2017.”

March 31, 2018: Spoonlickers closes 400 Ada Drive, Suite D location.
• “After 5 years at our Ada location, we will be closing our doors on March 31st in preparation for our move to Ada Village.” [Sadly, they never moved to Ada Village.]

April 14, 2018: Gravel Bottom closes its homebrew shop.
• “The taproom will remain open until our transition to the new facility.”

April 24, 2018: Gravel Bottom moves out of 418 Ada Drive to 452 Ada Drive.

May 4, 2018: New kitchen, more brews on tap with renovations to Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery

May 7, 2018: Groundbreaking ceremony for the addition to the Averill Historical Museum of Ada.

May 11, 2018: Gravel Bottom Opens New Brewery Location

May 21, 2018: 416-418 Ada Dr (Ada Dental/Gravel Bottom) demolished.

Gravel Bottom at 416 Ada Drive.
Gravel Bottom at 416 Ada Drive.

May 21, 2018: RIP old Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery.

June 25, 2018: Ada announces name, launches public fundraising for community center/library
• “Campaign and township leaders hope to have the project completed in early 2020.”

June 29, 2018: Ada officials continuing quest to slow traffic through village

July 9, 2018: Zeytin’s moves from 400 Ada Drive Suite E to 7437 River Street

July 11, 2018: New Zeytin is OPEN! Our new address is 7437 River Street Ada.

July 16, 2018: Sprinkles Donut Shop opens in Ada Township
• “The latest development in the Envision Ada project — Sprinkles Donut Shop –opened last week.”

July 26, 2018: Ada Township approves changes designed to slow traffic through village
• “Crosswalks at Thornapple River Drive will be constructed similar to the ones at Headley.”

August 3, 2018: Zeytin Turkish Restaurant opens new location in Ada Township
• “According to Turan, the restaurant remained open at its old location while the new one was being built and only closed for 48 hours to relocate.”

August 13, 2018: A campaign for Ada’s new community center, library and riverfront park is in full swing.
• Video shows Gravel Bottom building down, Thornapple Village East down. Half of Thornapple Village North up. New Zeytins builing up. Entrance sign lists: Kingma’s, Artisan Flowers, Edward Jones, Fish Lads, Gravel Bottom, Michigan Software Labs, Peacock Alley, Pilates in Ada, Rowster Coffee, Spoonlickers, Zeytin.

Still from August 2018 drone video showing part of Thornapple Village still up.

August 22, 2018: The Ada Village General Store opens in little red schoolhouse.

August 29, 2018: Construction to last through October on Ada Riverfront Park
• “The first phase of the park project — the playground, restroom and Ada Village General Store — was recently completed. The park is now in its second phase of construction, which consists of work to stabilize the riverbank.”

~September 2018: The rest of 400 Ada Drive (Thornapple Village North: Spoonlickers and the old Zeytin) demolished.

October 9, 2018: Ada Township will be starting an intersection improvement project on Ada Drive between Bronson Street and Thornapple River Drive on Thursday, October 11.
• The project will install bumpouts with the goal of improving safety and visibility for pedestrians and drivers.

October 24, 2018: Renovated, expanded Averill Historical Museum of Ada officially open

November 28, 2018: New hotel planned for Ada

January 15, 2019: Kingma’s Market closing Ada store

February 13, 2019: Ada Market by Forest Hills Foods expects to open by mid-April in the same building, 444 Ada Drive SE, that Kingma’s vacated

February 13, 2019: Revised designs for Ada library unveiled

May 23, 2019: New riverfront park unveiled (Legacy Park)

August 3, 2019: The James Salon & Boutique will open on Aug. 5 at 550 Settlers Dr.

August 22, 2019: Construction is currently underway on the pavilion located at Legacy Park!
• The pavilion will have a stage able to accommodate musical performances and other events, and it will include natural stone seating in an amphitheater-like setting. The pavilion is expected to be completed by mid-October.

November 7, 2019: Ada studying whether to create historic district in village area

November 10, 2019: Ada gains steam with new businesses

May 7, 2020: MudPenny opens new location at 496 Ada Dr

June 18, 2020: Michigan Software Labs breaks ground on new office at 7471 River Street.

July 28, 2020: Beyond of Ada will open its doors Saturday at 551 Settlers Dr.

August 3, 2020: Outdoor pavilion opens in Ada

Mar. 23, 2021: Woman’s boutique Laurel & Jack, opens at 460 Ada Drive

May 13, 2021: Ada opens new public library, community center

May 25, 2021: Garage Bar & Grill plans new Ada location
“And with chef Peebles reimagining the menu, Ada customers will be pleasantly surprised.” [The menu was not reimagined.]

November 2021: Garage Bar opens at 518 Ada Dr, formerly Kniff/Manus.

February 9, 2022: Construction starts on new Ada House hotel

February 10, 2022: Boutique hotel is the next step in the ‘resurgence of Ada Village,’ developers say

May 31, 2022: Luna opens at 7471 River St.

Fall 2022: 550 River Street (built 1937) demolished.

550 River Street in July 2019. (google maps)
550 River Street in July 2019. (google maps)

Fall 2022: 590 River Street (built 1940) demolished.

590 River Street in June 2011. (google maps)
590 River Street in June 2011. (google maps)

Fall 2022: 7380 Thornapple River Drive (built 1837) demolished.

7380 Thornapple River Drive in August 2015. (google maps)
7380 Thornapple River Drive in August 2015. (google maps)

Fall 2022: 589 River Street (built 1850) demolished (not sure when).

589 River Street in June 2011. (google maps)
589 River Street in June 2011. (google maps)

March 7, 2023: James Beard Award-winning chef opening new restaurant in Ada
• “The restaurant is slated to open in early June.”

March 9, 2023: Navy vet, award-winning chef bringing pizza, pasta spot to Ada
• “Construction is underway for Myrth at 7423 River Street.”

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