Division United

Help plant the seeds to make south Division Avenue thrive

Division United is a joint project with The Rapid and the Cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming. It’s a coordinated effort to examine Silver Line investments previous and future investments. With the help of community members, we'll work to understand how we can make the corridor more walkable and better connected. Our goal is to make sure future investments benefit the people of south Division Avenue. This plan will deliver a sustainable vision and equitable growth plan for Division Avenue. This means:

  • Housing stays affordable
  • Jobs are accessible by bus, biking and walking
  • Businesses flourish

This is a citizen-driven project, and there is a seat at the table for everyone, including you! We're engaging with diverse community members to collect various perspectives. We know community voices are critical to creating the best plan for the people, neighborhoods, and businesses of South Division. Please visit www.divisionunited.org for more information and to sign up for updates.

Have questions? Contact our City Planner Nicole Hofert at hofertn@wyomingmi.gov or 616.530.3170.

Build a Better Block Events

Take part in a glimpse of a more vibrant, inclusive, and accessible South Division Avenue. The Rapid, in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming, will host three community events in early October as part of the Division United project. The events will highlight three locations along South Division Avenue that will be temporarily transformed into safer, more active and vibrant spaces.

The spaces are being transformed with help from Better Block, a national nonprofit that specializes in activating underutilized urban spaces with temporary installations such as pedestrian safety elements, landscaping and outdoor gathering spaces.

The three outdoor events will take place Oct. 2-3 and feature all-ages fun, food, games and more. All events are open to the public and require attendees to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, including face coverings and physical distancing. They are: