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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Visitors to downtown Grand Rapids will soon have a new lodging option along the Grand River.

Bacall Companies, LLC of Farmington Hills confirms it plans to build a five-story, 110-room hotel along the river’s west bank, north of the Sixth Street Bridge at 942 Front Avenue NW.

Grand Rapids is the No. 1 US metro for living a ‘balanced lifestyle’

Dorayd Bacall tells 24 Hour News 8 the hotel will be a Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn. It will stand alongside a 68-unit apartment complex being built by an affordable housing developer.

Bacall expects to break ground on the project in April, with the hotel opening in the middle of next year.

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He said the company also plans to build two Hilton hotels along 28th Street SE and three hotels in the Holland area.

Grand Rapids ranks No. 1 in a ranking of the “Places where Americans live the most balanced lifestyles,” which was posted last week by MagnifyMoney, a website that provides personal finance advice and reviews of financial products.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Never mind the time you spent shoveling snow this weekend. West Michigan offers the best balance of affordable housing, shopping, commuting times and health, according to a survey by, a personal finance website.

“Residents of Grand Rapids work a little harder for their money than those at other top cities on our list, but that money seems to work a lot harder for them, too,” the website said in a Feb. 8 article.

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The website’s survey of 50 metropolitan areas ranked the communities on factors that included average sleep time, commuting time, housing costs relative to income, income relative to hours worked, income inequality and the cost of consumer goods and services.

On Saturday, Feb. 10 Rosalynn Bliss posted a link to the site on her Facebook page. She says it now has easy-to-find information for people who live and work in the city.

“Generally, housing only costs 18 percent of income, commutes are under 22 minutes, prices on consumer goods are about 5 percent lower than the national average, and income inequality is relatively low,” said MagnifyMoney, which gave the Grand Rapids metropolitan area a score of 83 out of 100.

“Maybe that’s why 56 percent of the population are reported to be in very good health (the ninth highest), even though 14 other cities have fewer sleep-deprived citizens.

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“Of course, we might expect denizens to be made of hearty stock, given all the opportunities for outdoor activity for those who can make it through the notoriously harsh winters.”

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Salt Lake City came in second with a score of 81, followed by Minneapolis, with a score of 80. Raleigh, N.C. came in fourth with a score 71 followed by Kansas City, Mo. with a score of 68.,

The greater Detroit area was 45th on the list with a score of 27. Only 43.8 percent of its population was considered in “good or very good health” while 50.8 percent got less than seven hours of sleep.

New York City ended up with the worst score of 20, followed by Miami, Fla, which scored 22.

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