Q: Where is River Street?
A: River Street runs from Headley Street to Settlers Drive and is planned to connect to the future residential development east of Kingma's Market.
Q: Where is Settlers Drive?
A: The new Settlers Drive can be accessed from Ada Drive and runs next to the Ada Drive Shopping Plaza. Settlers Drive connects directly to the new River Street.
Q: What's the status of the gas station at Ada Drive and Thornapple?
A: While there are no plans at this time, converting the property to a public green/civic space remains a long term goal.
Q: There are blind spots at the intersection of Ada Drive and Bronson and at Ada Drive and Thornapple River Drive. What's being done to fix this?
A: Traffic volumes on Bronson Street and Thornapple River Drive do not meet established traffic engineering criteria for converting these intersections to 4-way stops. The Township is working on a plan in coordination with the Kent County Road Commission to re-configure the curbing at the intersections at Bronson St. and at Thornapple River Dr. to allow vehicles on Bronson and Thornapple River Dr. to pull farther forward at these intersections for better visibility of traffic before proceeding. This project won't be implemented until 2018 or 2019, however. In the meantime, drivers should comply with the “no-parking” zones that are delineated with signage and a yellow curb in front of the hardware store and the bike shop, to avoid interfering with drivers’ views at these intersections.
Q: Is Zeytin staying in Ada?
A: Yes! Zeytin Restaurants owner has started construction on a new building at the corner of Settler’s Drive and River Street.
Q: How are you addressing the congestion at the traffic light at Headley Street and Ada Drive?
A: We are aware of the long left-turn backup at the Ada Drive/Headley Street intersection, and have had discussions with Kent County Road Commission officials about possible solutions. We believe that the backup conditions are worsened by the temporary detour route. We will be observing conditions at the intersection after the Ada Drive construction project is completed, to see how much improvement in traffic flow there is after the traffic detour is removed, and we will assess the need for changes at that time. Thanks for your input regarding this. It is always valuable to hear what people are experiencing in the Village.
Q: What is Envision Ada?
A: In 2006, the Ada community produced a resident-guided vision for the future of the Ada Village. Then, in 2013, Ada township officials, business owners, residents and visitors joined together in a series of more than 100 meetings and community forums to further clarify that vision. Now, the vision is coming to life.
Construction in the Village began on July 15, 2015, seeking to expand retail, residential and restaurant offerings while showcasing the community’s natural resources and creating a more walkable community.
Q. When will the new riverfront park be completed?
A: Construction of the new park is currently underway. Pedestrian plazas along River Street and a public restroom building will be completed by spring 2018. The remainder of the park will be completed in summer 2018, including a children’s playground, a riverfront trail, outdoor performance space, landscaping, and riverbank restoration.
Q. Where is public parking available in the Village?
A: Ada Village offers on-street and off-street parking options. Use this map as a guide to help you find the best spot.