/Riverview Launch
Riverview Launch2017-05-26T15:20:51+00:00

Project Description

Riverview Launch is a community space, designed to highlight the impact of transforming blighted spaces, the beauty of sustainable design, and the power of community engagement. It offers an opportunity for community partners to provide programs and services that promote healthy lifestyles, and creates a hub of activity for people from around Kalamazoo to meet, work, and play.

The old Riverside Greenhouse, a family-owned business since 1915, was forced to close and left behind buildings that needed TLC and a new purpose. The property comprises approximately six acres fronting the Kalamazoo River, which housed a vacant and tax foreclosed blighted structure on an underutilized portion of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. The Kalamazoo County Land Bank took over the main portion of the site in 2012.

In 2013, listening sessions with community stakeholders, a planning charette, and a community open house provided an opportunity for the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority to hear ideas from over 80 community members and stakeholders as they worked to imagine the possibilities for this space.

Stakeholders supported re-purposing the space as a vibrant, active hub for youth programs and community activities. Community leaders and residents called for sustainable approaches to redevelopment including restoration of areas with native plantings, green building design and space for people to stop and enjoy the trail and river.

After many meetings, planning sessions, and countless hours of volunteer work, the site started taking shape in 2014. Construction started late in 2014 and finished in 2015, with a final “unveiling” at the grand opening on September 10, 2015. The site now includes:

  • An historic barn that serves as a gathering center for bikers, runners, walkers, community garden and growing enthusiasts, and others in the community.
  • Office and meeting spaces that provide flexible and unique working areas for tenants, as well as a revenue stream to help support maintenance and ongoing expenses at the site.
  • A newly renovated greenhouse, which is dedicated to providing year-round growing space for programs that allow people the opportunity to get hands-on with native plants.
  • A Monarch waystation, rain gardens, a native bee “condo,” native plant restoration, perennial gardens, walking paths, informational signs, and space for event rentals.
Riverview Launch Website
See all our Partners

Capital Campaign Contributors

Sycamore

Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Kalamazoo County Government
Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Northwood Foundation
State of Michigan Land Bank
Stryker Johnston Foundation

Heron

Chemical Bank Foundation
Consumers Energy Foundation
Dorothy Dalton Foundation
Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation
Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation
Title-Check LLC
Tyler Little Family Foundation & Borroughs Corp.

Iris

Briarwood Farm Foundation
Burdick-Thorne Foundation
Environmental Action Fund
Fabri-Kal Foundation
Fleis & VandenBrink
Glas Associates
Havirmill Foundation
The Home Depot
The H.P & Genevieve Connable Fund
InForm Architecture
Landscape Forms
Tim & Joy Light
George & Clare Todd
Tom & Kristy VanderMolen

Monarch

A-1 Refrigeration
Byce & Associates
City of Kalamazoo
John Kittredge
Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority
Naylor Landscape Management
OCBA Landscape Architects
Old National Bank Foundation
Reliable Glass Installers
Roberts Commercial Interiors
Spirit of Community Environment Fund
Warner, Norcross & Judd

Painted Turtle

Arcadia Brewing Company
Mary Balkema
Larry Bell
Fritz & Marisa Brown
Central Tile & Terrazzo
Kelly Clarke & Thomas Crothers
Cutting Edge Property Services
Division 5 Metalworks
Division 7 Contractor
DLZ
Douglas Plumbing
Envirologic Technologies
Esper Electric
Rebecca & John Fulgoni
Handley’s Tree Service
Hazelhoff Builders
Integrated Exteriors
Keystone Community Bank
Lam & Associates
McKinney Whitmore
Newhouse Excavating
Old National Bank
Martha Parfet
PMV Custom Finishes
Marc Schupan
James & Lynn Spurr
Martha Todd
Chuck & Peggy Vliek
Vliek Family Fund
Wolthuis Brothers Concrete

Honeybee

Dale Abbott & Tomme Maile
Anne Arbetter Fischell & Family
Herb Ayres
BDO Accounting
Mayor Bobby Hopewell
Mike & Catie Boring
Josie Boucher
Sherwood & Kathryn Boudeman
Matthew Burian & Karen Mazei
Jim & Sherry DeDitius
Bob & Mary Doud
Fran Dwight
Kimberly Fletcher
Matthew Fletcher
Samuel Fletcher
Thomas M. & Sandra L. George Family Fund
Jack & Martha Gesmundo
Chris & Jennifer Haenicke
Phil Harbert
Jeff Hawkins
Jim & Martha Hilboldt
HRM Innovations
The Isacksen Family
Pam & Mark Jackson
Conrad Kaufman & Rebecca Boase
Ian Kennedy
Barbara Kreuzer
Charles Kruizenga
Aaron & Elizabeth Lane-Davies
Brenda Longman
Nancy Malcomson Connable Fund
Ken Peregon
PlazaCorp Realty Advisors
Ronald Reid
Betsy Rice
Willard Rose
Todd & Amy Sanford
Sheri Smith Miller Endowment Fund
Things of Steel
Edie Todd
Esme Doezema Todd
Chris & Michelle Tracy
Amy Upjohn & Brad VandenBerg
Perry & Anne Wolfe

Firefly

James Balkema
Amy Bruursema
Anne & Tommy Crothers
Gus Crothers
Maeve Crothers
Pat Crowley
Melody Daacon
Michelle Davis
Michael DeDitius
Karen A. Douglas
Sarah Frame & Daniel Altenritter
Karl Freed
Philip Goff
Sharon Hunter
Intentional Yoga
Kathy Jennings
Tammy & Jeff Lahman
Brian Lam
Paul & Elizabeth Lyke
Gail Lyons
Jamie McCarthy
Senator Margaret O’Brien
Parchment Garden Club
Krysta Parmelee
Marc Pineda
Tom & Stephanie Renuart
Robyn Richardson
Kathy Roberts
Pat Taylor
Tammy Taylor
Patricia Timmerman
Robert & Patricia Townsend
David Tunk
Greg Vlietstra
The Wester Family
Stella D’Oro Williams
Holly Wolfe
Laurel Wolfe
Marjorie Wolfe