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Kensington building proposal deadline extended

Grand Rapids — The deadline for the community to submit proposals for how to use or repurpose Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Kensington building, in the Black Hills neighborhood, has been extended to May 31. 

The facilities committee reported at the Feb. 21 Board of Education meeting that three Request for Use proposals have been received for consideration.

The committee recommended allowing more time to receive additional proposals and the board unanimously voted in favor of the extension. 

A community input session will be held for residents of the Black Hills neighborhood on April 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Southwest Middle High School. 

Bid materials regarding the building at 1031 Kensington Ave. SW can be delivered to 1331 Martin Luther King Jr. St. SE, or emailed to Alex Smart, executive director of facilities and operations, at SmartA@grps.org.

Read more from Grand Rapids: 
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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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