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Robbie Feinberg

Two development groups have differing visions for developing the Arcadia Commons West property in downtown Kalamazoo. They pitched their ideas to a task force on  Thursday. 

Robbie Feinberg

While apartment prices in the Kalamazoo area are low compared to bigger cities like Grand Rapids, most buildings are outside the city’s core. Downtown is a different story. Apartments are in short supply, and rents can be two or three times more expensive. But one developer is trying to make things affordable by going small.

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This could be a decisive year for Kalamazoo’s urban trails. That’s because the city is likely to vote on proposals to extend the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail through the city’s downtown. But while extending the trail is a popular idea, it may prove tough to find a path everyone can agree on.

Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain sits at a table in his office at city hall. He points to lines traced over a map of downtown Kalamazoo, which show the path of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.