GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After a slowdown this spring, Wheeler Development Group is now moving “full speed ahead” with City Tower, a 24-story building planned for downtown Grand Rapids that was announced in January prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

John Wheeler, the group’s CEO, said his firm is finalizing the building’s design, having conversations with prospective tenants and working on the structure of the deal. If the firm determines it can make the project a reality, a groundbreaking date and tenants could be announced this winter.

“From our standpoint, we’re going full speed ahead,” Wheeler said, later adding that the coronavirus pandemic has not been a “deal killer.”

“We’re hoping this is our next big project in the urban core.”

City Tower is planned for a small, city-owned parking lot across the street from Van Andel Arena at 22 Ottawa Ave. NW. Tentative plans for the building to include a

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