Southtown Business Area Specific Plan


We created a Business Area Specific Plan (BASP) with the Southtown Corridor Improvement Authority Board and the community. Southtown includes the Alger Heights, Boston Square, Franklin and Eastern, Madison Square, and Seymour Square business areas.

The BASP is a planning process. The goal is to establish strategies that improve the business areas. Together, we are planning for Southtown's future.

Area Specific Plan

Take a look at the completed plan of the Southtown Business Area Specific Plan.

Full Plan(PDF, 16MB)


Approval Process

On Tuesday, December 3rd, City Commission passed the Southtown Business Area Specific Plan. The Commission adopted this plan as an amendment to the City's Master Plan. If you have any more questions, please email

You are also welcome to send written comments to

City of Grand Rapids Planning Department
1120 Monroe Ave NW, 3rd Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Where is Southtown? Check out this map to see Southtown's business districts.

Southtown Map

We have business owners, neighborhood association representatives, and residents from Southtown leading this planning effort. These include Southtown Corridor Improvement District (CID) Board members and additional Steering Committee members.

Southtown CID Board Members

  • Commissioner Senita Lenear, Mayor's Designee, Ward 3 Resident
  • William DeJong, Business or Property Owner Representative
  • Patricia Pulliam, Business or Property Owner Representative

Additional Steering Committee Members

  • Marian Barrera Young
  • Paula Collier
  • Howard Earle
  • Sam Evans
  • JoAnn King
  • Christy Knetsch
  • Eric Meister
  • Carlos Sanchez
  • Alex Thomas