"Letters from South Division" during project kick-off community event (May 20180

South Division Corridor Plan

The South Division Corridor Plan is a ~3-mile long (850 acres) area specific plan located South of downtown as part of the City's 2002 Master Plan. and is based in four major principles: meaningful engagement, development without displacement, economic opportunity and quality of life.

This corridor connects five distinct neighborhoods: South East, South Hills, Madison Area, Burton Heights, and Garfield Park; and is home to a diverse community of ~29,000 residents (43% white, 36% hispanic, 34% black).

During this sixteen-month planning process (May 2018 - September 2019) led by Camiros Ltd., Borderless is collaborating in the community participatory activities – including design of outreach, engagement and training tools/materials for different stakeholders, training of the community ambassadors, and design of a temporary community pop-up in a commercial storefront located at strategic intersection in the corridor.

More about this plan:





City of Grand Rapids Planning Department of Planning

Planning team:

Camiros Ltd. (project leader)

Williams & Works

Blacks in Green

Borderless Studio

SB Friedman


Valerie Wong


In the news:

Taking back South Division – Grand Rapids Business Journal. December 7, 2018.

'Development without displacement' Grand Rapids group looks to develop South Division corridor – WZZM13. October 17, 2018.

Grand Rapids creates new Corridor Improvement Authority – Grand Rapids Business Journal. April 6, 2018.

Defining Division: Development without displacement – Rapid Growth Media. December 14, 2017.

Community ambassadors and planning team working on installation of pop-up space

South Division Pop-up Community Space during Community Meeting 2 (October 2018)

Community Meeting #1 (July 2018)

Meeting in Box – Outreach Toolkit (October 2018)