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Restoring the charm of old Grand Rapids

616 Development restores the charm of the old Kendall building for a night of storytelling, history and celebration.
The 616 Development team

The 616 Development team /616 Development

For over 40 years, pigeons and bats have been the only tenants in the top four stories of the Kendall Building at 16 Monroe Center. This Thursday, December 5, the building will come back to life as 616 Development hosts their grand open house.

616 Development just wrapped up the redevelopment of their much anticipated 616 Lofts at the Kendall this past October. Invited guests will follow the progressive open house through the new restaurant on the first floor, 616’s offices on the second floor, a model apartment and the rooftop patio. Osteria Rossa, which will open in the Kendall's ground floor space this January, will be catering a sneak peek of their Italian-style farm to table menu.

The building’s 134 years will be celebrated with a detailed timeline of the building’s history and a mixed-media art installation using found hardware from the building's empty stories. The Rapidian’s Story Matters project will also be present, inviting guests to the second floor to share their own histories in Grand Rapids. 

Follow the open house live December 5 from 4-7 p.m. using #616atKendall or at Look for videos from the Story Matters project on December 8 here on The Rapidian.

Disclosure: Marjorie Steele works at 616 Development.

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