Q: When will the new River Street be finished?
A: River Street will be completed in late fall, 2017. River Street will run from Headley Street to Settlers Drive and will connect to planned future residential development east of Kingma's Market.
Q: What is Settlers Drive?
A: The new Settlers Drive is off Ada Drive next to the Ada Drive Shopping Plaza. Settlers Drive allows for access and parking for Ada Dental, Artisan Flowers, Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply, Kingma's Market and Peacock Alley. Please continue to use the driveway off Ada Drive that's closer to Headley for access to Spoonlickers and Zeytin. Settlers Drive will connect directly to the new River Street and riverfront park area once completed in late fall, 2017.
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 will be starting construction soon on a new building at the corner of the future 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 will begin in September 2017. Pedestrian plazas along River Street and a public restroom building will be completed by the end of 2017. The remainder of the park will be completed in spring 2018, including a children’s playground, a riverfront trail, outdoor performance space, landscaping, and riverbank restoration.