East Grand Rapids, MI
What used to be the site of a bankrupted department store is now a bustling, mixed-use area with locally owned restaurants, retail shops, banks and medical offices. At the turn of the last century, this area of East Grand Rapids was home to a vibrant amusement park and numerous commercial establishments. Rowland Design, together with the Jade Pig Ventures development company, have brought pride and excitement back to the Gaslight district. The mass of the two block parcel is broken into numerous storefront façades offering varying identities for potential tenants. Additionally, a vibrant civic plaza at the heart of the complex is the site of art fairs, concerts and community socials. The focal point of the plaza is a whimsical fountain inspired by the billowing regatta sails seen on the nearby lake developed in conjunction with 2nd Globe Studios.