Leader In Planned Communities
Randy Smith
Grand Valley Land Development
4160 Lake Michigan Dr. Suite C
Grand Rapids MI 49534
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Randy Smith doesn't just build structures, he plans residential communities. As vice president of Grand Valley Land Development Corp. in West Michigan, Smith works with city planners, homeowners associations, traffic engineers and other experts to establish easy to live, easy to enjoy neighborhoods. "That's our strength," Smith says. "We're about working with people to help them find the right custom home or condominium for their lifestyle and budget." And with 25 years of experience, Smith knows what he's talking about. He started his career painting houses after high school. "One builder I worked for took me under his wing and trained me in the business," Smith says.
Six years later he went on his own, buying lots and building homes. In 1995, he and partner Brent Haisma founded GVLDC. A key part of his job is figuring out what people want. "Condos have been really steady for folks whose kids are grown and their finances are in good shape," he says. "Younger couples with children want such amenities as outdoor parks and play areas."
Like Bedford Falls in Sparta, a community Smith describes as the kind of place where "the neighbors know each other by name and spend time on each others' front porches." Smith also understands the importance of giving people value for their dollars. ""Especially when the market is soft, they want quality workmanship," Smith says. "Instead of spending money on a larger home, they may want kitchen cabinet upgrades or hard surface flooring and entertainment centers." Smith's newest venture is constructing and remodeling housing for people with disabilities. "It's something we got into when an individual asked if we could build a specifically designed condo," he said.
Since that first job, Smith has worked with a consulting firm to make life easier for people with special needs. "Those projects are very rewarding on a personal level," Smith says. "Often when people have a disability, housing is the last thing they want to think about. It's nice to be able to build in the kind-of features that making daily living a little easier."