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New Grand Rapids Event Venue, The 1530, Hosting Grand Opening

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new event location has opened in the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

The Center for Community Transformation, 1530 Madison Ave. SE, is hosting a grand opening for its newly remodeled event space, known as The 1530, on Thursday, April 28 from 3-6 p.m.

With three distinct spaces including a ballroom, rooftop garden and loft, 1530 can host a variety of events including weddings, health and education resource events, door days open for graduations, baby showers and parties, said Amanda Jones, events director for the space.

She said 1530 is one of the few event venues serving the Madison Square neighborhood and surrounding southeast side.

“A lot of times the southeast side gets overlooked when trying to place these types of spaces,” Jones said. “It was important for us to place an embellished event space, complete with a roof terrace and a garden, which could accommodate 300 people.”

The Center for Community Transformation was established in 2015 in partnership with nonprofits, businesses, churches and others. The space houses offices for Bethany Christian Services, NAACP of Greater Grand Rapids, Building Bridges, Grand Rapids Nehemiah Project, and more.

The center provides educational services and resources to residents seeking employment and housing. Rising Grinds Café is also part of the Center for Community Transformation.

Jones said renovations to open the venue for the event cost about $1.5 million.

They included the addition of a commercial kitchen, new audiovisual equipment, a bar, as well as a garden and a roof terrace. The 1530s ballroom features exposed beams, hardwood floors, and brick walls.

We’re a space where “people can have these parties, get together, be in the community on top of having to go downtown, or to the northeast to have a space that’s a lot like ours”, said Jones.

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