The convention authority could take over management of the 20 Monroe site

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Now under new ownershipthe 20 Monroe site hopes city and county officials will approve a deal that would help bring more entertainment to downtown Grand Rapids.

“I think the county is very supportive and I think the city would be supportive of that as well,” Kent County Administrator Alan Vanderberg said. “The Convention/Arena Authority Board of Directors needs to vote on this.”

Vanderberg said the owners of GLC live at 20 Monroe (formerly 20 Monroe Live) approached the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority about leasing and managing the property.

The authority already operates DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena downtown.

The Kent County Council Commission took up the measure at a meeting scheduled for last week. The commission voted 14-5 to approve the deal, according to Vanderberg. The other councils must pass the resolution before further action can be taken. If approved, the CAA will bring entertainment to 20 Monroe.

“An entertainment density is created when you look at Van Andel Arena and now the amphitheater, which is expected to be built in the next few years, and Monroe Live, it seems like an opportunity to really have the same group running the entertainment,” said Vanderberg.

He believes the partnership would help the venue, which previously struggled as the pandemic canceled events.

“There will be more opportunities for city, county and state residents to enjoy high-quality entertainment across a variety of entertainment opportunities,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to hopefully come out of COVID, for things to open up.”

City commissioners will vote Tuesday on the resolution for CAA to run 20 Monroes.

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