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My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

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My Town: The Princeton Review names the nation's greenest colleges

My Town: The Princeton Review names the nation's greenest colleges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- While many people are participating in eco-friendly activities this Earth Day,  seven Michigan colleges and universities are doing their part to help the environment on a more regular basis.

Grand Valley State University has made the cut as one of The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges.   This is the fifth consecutive year GVSU has made the list.  Nationwide, 332 schools were deemed Green Colleges, including:

My Town: Kalamazoo County health groups offer free Healthy Michigan enrollment help

My Town: Kalamazoo County health groups offer free Healthy Michigan enrollment help

PARCHMENT, Mich.—Health officials throughout Kalamazoo County will host two more events this month to help people sign up for Michigan’s new low-cost health plan designed for low-income residents.

Nearly half a million Michigan adults are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan, which became available April 1.  The plan covers residents between the ages of 19 and 64 whose yearly income is roughly $16,000, or an income of $33,000 for a family of four.  Eligible Michiganders cannot be enrolled in other Medicaid programs or Medicare.

Enroll Kalamazoo County is hosting free enrollment events to answer questions, help people navigate their options and enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan.  The schedule is as follows:

My Town Kalamazoo: Local bar among Top 21 Thrillist theme bars

My Town Kalamazoo: Local bar among Top 21 Thrillist theme bars

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Kalamazoo Beer Exchange) — Fresh off their win as RateBeer’s “Best Bar in MI,” the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange – the only on the list in Michigan - has been named one of Thrillist’s 21 Best Theme Bars in America.

“Everyone who pays us a visit has a great time with The Exchange,” said Johanna Kelly, PR and Event Coordinator for The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. “Whether you’re a Kalamazoo native or visiting from the other side of the globe, we’re the perfect place to discover incredible craft beer at ridiculously low prices in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Standing alongside established bars in large cities from Brooklyn to San Francisco, the inclusion of The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange reaffirms Kalamazoo’s status as a rising star in the Midwest’s cultural and craft beer movements, as well as highlighting the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange’s place as a cornerstone of Downtown Kalamazoo cool.

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Two arrested on gun charges in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men were arrested on gun charges in Kalamazoo early Friday.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired near Race Street and Clinton Street around 12:30 Friday morning.

Two people were seen fleeing from the scene and officers pursued them.

After a short foot pursuit the suspects were taken into custody. One is 20 year old and the other is 21. Both are Kalamazoo residents. Police searched the area and found two guns, a handgun and an AK-47 style rifle. The handgun was reported stolen out of Portage.

Officers also spoke to two people who lived in the area. Those people told them they had just returned from work when they were confronted by two people with guns. The guns matched the description of the guns found during the search. The residents said the suspects fired multiple times into the air during the confrontation.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



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Man killed in Kalamazoo bar shooting


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is dead and another in jail after an early morning shooting at a Kalamazoo bar.

Damian Tarey Tejada, 23, has been identified as the victim of the shooting and was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. The suspect is in custody. His name will be released after his arraignment.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Wayside West on Stadium Drive just east of U.S. 131. It happened 30 minutes before the bar's closing time.

Witnesses gave officers a description of the gunman and they arrested him a short time later near Lafayette and W. Michigan. The 23-year-old Kalamazoo man is now facing an open murder charge.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8139 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.