Campus View fills previous Brian's Books location with dorm-style living

By Melissa Allor | 5/13/19 1:00am

courtesy / benjamin hunt

ViewPoint, an apartment development proposed by Campus View, is finishing construction in preparation for the 2019–2020 school year. The 24-unit apartment complex proposed at the previous Brian’s Books location is 50 feet from campus and a few hundred yards from Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof Center.

Construction started in the spring and ViewPoint should be ready by the Fall 2019 semester. The units are unique in that they have individual studio apartments as well as a shared community area for residents to gather.

“It’s definitely something that has not been done at Grand Valley before,” said Campus View property manager Ben Jansen. “The idea we got from locations in some bigger metropolitan areas like Chicago and I think there are some in California and Los Angeles.”

Features of the complex include individual studio apartments with their own bathrooms and a small kitchenette. Jansen says there will be a mini fridge, bar sink and induction cooktop within each of the fully-furnished studios.

According to Jansen, the community, or “shared space,” will have a full-sized kitchen with large appliances. Some of the other amenities that can be found in the shared community space are a large-screen television, sofa, two half-baths and even a fireplace.

A few of the security features that ViewPoint offer include “security cameras in the common areas only and there is also going to be a FOB entry, so not just anyone can walk in,” Jansen said.

The ViewPoint development was approved from the Georgetown Township Board of Trustees on April 17.

“We are really excited about it,” Jansen said. “ We think this is going to be a really great place to live. It’s going to be high-end. An enjoyable place where people can have a really good sense of community without leaving their door.”

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