This family owned business was founded by Richard Woodrick in 1977. The first Ric's Food Center was in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The company expanded adding a second store, the Ric's Food Center of Interlochen in 1984. Andy Woodrick, the son of Richard Woodrick, joined the company in 1990. The third store, the Ric's Food Center of Ithaca was added in 1991. Three years later in 1994, the fourth store was added, Ric's Food Center of Hemlock. In 1997, Andy Woodrick purchased the companies from his father. Currently, plans are underway for a fifth store, the Ric's Food Center of Cannon Township (Rockford), which is near Grand Rapids, and is tentatively scheduled for completion in the fall of 2007. All Ric's stores offer a very good selection of products, competative pricing, and a clean and friendly place to shop, but above all Ric's Food Centers pride themselves on their customer service. Truly a Smile Down Every Aisle .
Town Square Facts <ul><li>$45 to $55 Million Dollar Project </li></ul><ul><li>Village Planned Unit Development on 40 Acres at Belding and Myers Lake Roads </li></ul><ul><li>Five Years in the planning and approval process </li></ul><ul><li>100,000 square feet of Commercial Space </li></ul><ul><li>85 Single Family Home Sites </li></ul><ul><li>41 Town Home Sites </li></ul>
New Urbanism <ul><li>Walkable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conveniently located </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large variety of commercial stores within walking distance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Large Village Green </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gazebo gathering area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public water feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Park area with rain gardens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Residential </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well planned variety of homes with all the amenities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Front porches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rear entry garages with some entrances off of allies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sense of neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main street feel with live work above Main Street commercial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of unique stores </li></ul></ul>
Environmentally Friendly <ul><li>Rain Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>A Natural solution to storm water runoff. </li></ul><ul><li>Attractively landscaped areas </li></ul><ul><li>Uses specific species of plants </li></ul><ul><li>Allows excess water to naturally dissipate into the ground </li></ul><ul><li>Underground Retention Ponds </li></ul><ul><li>Provides Water Quality and Water Control </li></ul><ul><li>Temporarily stores excess storm water </li></ul><ul><li>Allows excess water to naturally dissipate into the ground </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Materials </li></ul>
Cannon’s Town Square Unveiled by BETH ALTENA <ul><li>Tol believes less can be more. The Cannon Township development he and his company have been working on for five years is an example. "People like the idea of having everything within walking distance. A lot of families look for areas close to A store, A restaurant, A park and safe streets for walking and biking. It's walkable and minimalist.“ </li></ul><ul><li> Town square, a planned unit development on 40 acres at Belding and Myers Lake Roads, is designed with that idea in mind. The mixed-use community will feature Ric's food center, a variety of shops and offices, and both townhomes and single-family homes. Planners aimed for a traditional neighborhood development-style community. They have bet the $50 million total price tag for the development on the idea the public is ready to embrace their concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>With smaller lots, a public center (Town Square), emphasis on human comfort, and target of diversity for residents in age, culture and races, the project has the feel of an old-fashioned village. The township had already planned for a development on the site and had zoning in place before Tol Companies purchased the property. "I probably wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't already been zoned for this,“ Tol admitted. </li></ul><ul><li> Designed to be compact and with careful use of resources from the site development on down to the meticulous design in the residential properties, the project emphasizes minimal environmental impact. "There really isn't a lot of wasted space," noted co-owner Linda Mason. </li></ul><ul><li>Tol explained that even the development's retention ponds are located underground—an example of resourceful planning. "Some developments have that big pond you see. They fence it off and it's wasted space,“ Tol explained. "We put it underground and used that ten acres for a better purpose.“ </li></ul>
Tol said he believes in a philosophy of conservation. With a background of rehabilitating buildings and spaces, the tol company’s offices are located in the Minnhaar building in downtown Grand Rapids, which is a good example of that philosophy of making use of resources. That structure was one of the first redevelopments of loft living space in Grand Rapids. The smaller lots and close proximity to stores and services of Town Square also reflect that attitude. "People are becoming aware that we can't keep abusing our resources," Tol said. "They are going the other way—walk where I can walk, ride a bike.“ Site preparation for the property made it a highly visible project for neighbors and township planners, who fielded questions from residents about the "mountain of dirt" the development created last summer. Part of the site preparation included moving lots—and lots—of soil. Putting in the underground water retention ponds—two of the largest in the state—was part of that highly visible process, as was shipping off site 55,000 yards of soil and bringing in or balancing 95,000 yards. Tol said working with the township was a big part of the project and in some ways a financial partnership. The township and the company shared cost on two demographic studies. As part of the approval process, Tol invested in the abutting roads. "We put in $150,000 on Belding Road and $110,00 on Myers Lake Road," Tol said. Widening the road, adding lanes and investing in crosswalks and sidewalks put the developer in nearly half a million in road improvements. "That is a huge improvement in traffic flow that we paid for," he added. Neighbors to the project have also shown interest in the new grocery store and retail opportunities. "We've heard ‘when, when, when?’" Tol said of the grocery store's grand opening. Ric's Food Center is slated to open February 1, 2008, and the first townhome on the property is scheduled to be ready for show next week. Both milestones are a relief to the planners. "It's exciting," said Mason. "You work on something like this building project for so long and you never think it's going to happen. When it does it's a nice surprise.“
Ric's should be a nice surprise, too, Tol believes. "When you walk into this store, it will be 'Wow!'" he said. Possibly partial, Tol called the store "the best looking grocery on the planet," and said grocer Andy Woodrick is an "artist" in his profession. "It's a great thing. It's a wonderful thing. He'll bring in a lot of shops," Tol added. Woodrick purchased Ric's Food Centers from his father Richard Woodrick in 1997. The senior Woodrick owned four stores and was the "W" partner in D&W. With just the grocery one townhome nearly complete, passersby do not yet see the vision Tol Company has for the completed project. A $400,000 landscaping budget will pay for tree-lined streets, rain gardens, a village green, fenced dog park, gazebo, and water feature. There will also be a clubhouse with a pool and gathering area. These amenities will be circled by the grocery and office structures on Belding Road and 85 single-family homes and 41 two- and three-bedroom townhomes. The neighborhood style of the development will have the most dense use of property on the edges, with the recreational/social space in the center, also typical of the old-style neighborhood tone. "All houses have rear- or side-entry garages with many having rear-entry alleys. Garage doors will not show from the street. It's designed to bring neighbors together," Tol explained. He said the compact nature of the community and smaller lots and homes keep prices reasonable. Despite a slumped residential market, Tol believes the townhomes priced in the $185,000 range and homes starting at $169,000 will sell well. "They are very upscale and everything is the best quality, but it's not lavish," Tol noted. "This is quaint in the middle of quaint," noted Mason. Residents can look forward to watching the Square fill in as more of the property is developed. Despite the longer-than-expected timeline for the openings of both residential and retail, Tol is pleased with his pocket community. "There are projects that should be done and projects that shouldn't be done," he said. "This is a good fit and a smart project. On a development like this, you can only go so fast. It's like driving a car and there is always someone in front of you. Otherwise we would have been there months ago, years ago."
<ul><li>Offers unique urban style living to fit the new lifestyles of today! </li></ul><ul><li>Takes pride in our projects and homes by being involved from the development of the property to turning the key to your new home. </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in building relationships as well as homes </li></ul><ul><li>Offering flexible home plans with a variety of choices so each owner can make a home their own. </li></ul>
Town Homes of Town Square <ul><li>Spacious Floor Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Full of Light </li></ul><ul><li>Walkable Community </li></ul><ul><li>3 levels </li></ul><ul><li>1,750 Square Feet </li></ul><ul><li>3 Bedrooms </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 Baths </li></ul><ul><li>Owners Suite </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Floor Plans </li></ul>