MCPC Breaks Ground on New Facility in Madison Square Neighborhood
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – July 14, 2021 — Today, MCPC, a leading endpoint management company, broke ground on a new 51,000-square-foot facility at 1601 Madison Square Ave. The building previously sat vacant for decades until MCPC signed its leasing agreement this past April with Amplify GR, a nonprofit committed to strengthening neighborhoods in southeast Grand Rapids.
Rockford Construction will lead the transformation of the site that requires intensive renovation efforts including environmental remediation. A 30 percent spend will include the hiring of underrepresented local trade partners to complete the project.
“MCPC values its team and community members, and we believe this new location – in the heart of the neighborhood – will allow us to continue to grow as a community partner and employer of choice,” said Andy Shannon, MCPC President, Michigan. “We are enthusiastic to provide economic opportunities for the area, beginning with our commitment to hire 30 percent of our workforce from the Madison Square neighborhood.”
The relocation will bring 75 to 100 new and existing jobs to the area. The company’s commitment to job growth and community development is also reflected in its efforts to provide apprenticeship opportunities within the data and technology fields.
“This relocation will generate numerous jobs in our community at a time when job loss has been substantial during the COVID-19 pandemic,” City Commissioner Nathaniel Moody said. “This relocation signals a positive movement in the Madison Square community and greater economic opportunity. Amplify GR, Rockford Construction and MCPC are uniquely committed to cultivating an aesthetic and functional community, and this formerly vacant building turned modern and fruitful office space is physical proof of their success.”
The renovation efforts were made possible by financing from PNC Bank, a company that has often supported community development.
“Supporting the redevelopment of 1601 Madison Square is just a small part of what we can do for the community,” said Sean Welsh of PNC Bank. “It is a privilege to be able to support Amplify GR and the partners who aim to make our community a better place to live.”
MCPC is set to open its Madison Square location in mid-2022.
“This used to be a thriving business community with deep roots in diversity,” shared Burl McLiechey, a 60-year resident who lives near the future home of MCPC. “Everyone used to walk to work because employers were based in the neighborhood. Over the years we saw a lot of disinvestment and it felt like people were forgotten. Now, I see it growing again, brightening up and becoming stronger as we rebuild it together. I’m happy to see quality jobs coming back and a commitment to maintain the diversity that is central to this area.”
To learn more about the new MCPC building and how it will impact the community, please visit https://amplifygr.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AmplifyGR-Madison-Factsheet_Final.pdf.
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About Amplify GR
Amplify GR seeks to widen pathways so that more residents can participate in and benefit from neighborhood growth in the Boston Square, Cottage Grove and the surrounding areas. Through partnerships with residents, businesses, community organizations and funders, Amplify GR works in four areas of impact: Jobs and Entrepreneurship, Housing, Education and Community Well-being.
About Rockford Construction
Established in 1987, Rockford Construction (Rockford) is a nationally recognized construction, real estate development and property management provider. Rockford is licensed in 45 states and ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top-200 contractors in the nation. With regional offices in the Midwest and Southeast, Rockford has build projects totaling more than $4.8 billion of various size and scope in more than 800 cities across the country. More information at rockfordconstruction.com.