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Kentwood
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Location of Kentwood within Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Government
 • Type Commission
 • Mayor Richard Clanton
 • Mayor Pro Tem Michael Brown
Area
 • Total 20.95 sq mi (54.26 km2)
 • Land 20.90 sq mi (54.13 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)  0.24%
Elevation 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 48,707
 • Estimate (2012) 49,694
 • Density 2,330.5/sq mi (899.8/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 49508, 49512, 49546, 49548
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-42820
GNIS feature ID 0629607
Website http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/
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  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
  • Do It Yourself Packing - Rose can provide boxes and materials to make your job as easy as possible.
Basic Household Moving Services
  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Kentwood MI 49512
Execellent!  Can't go wrong with these guys
The movers were on time, and were very careful with our stuff.  Their professionalism really made my move to Texas  easier.  I would rate my experience as excellent.
March 01, 2014
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My move with Rose moving was the best…
My move with Rose moving was the best move i have had. Having moved twice before with North American and Bekins, there was no comparison. My salesman, Jim Stafford was professional and very knowlagable. He came back to home twice to make sure we had an accurate quote. He was very patient with my long list of questions. They were not the cheapest mover by far but, I have learned the hard way, that you get what you pay for in this industry. Steve K(the driver) and his guys protected my home like it was their own. My furniture was wrapped before it left my house. Not a scratch on anything. To top it off Rose sent in a cleaning crew after the loading process. The office at Rose was great with any questions that I had. If I move from Chicago it will be with Rose Moving. They are true professionals. Thank again Rose, I will refer you to anyone I know moving!!!!!!
January 16, 2013
You will NOT be disappointed!
I recently worked with Rose Moving and Storage via the Allied Van Lines network.  Jim Stafford was my estimator for a move from MI to TX and he was thorough courteous and professional.  Even though I chose the price guarantee, his estimate was very close to actual and I had no hidden fees or charges throughout the move. Judy, my move coordinator was also very helpful and kept the lines of communication constantly open for any questions I had.

The real gem in the whole transaction, however, was the driver.  Tom moved my entire house from MI to TX and he was INCREDIBLE!  He was very friendly, efficient and punctual, showing up EARLY for both the loading and unloading.  I had over 100 boxes and a lot of very large/heavy furniture that had to make the move to an apartment AND storage unit in TX.  Not only was he able to get to TX and deliver things earlier than originally estimated (YAY!) but EVERYTHING survived the move with ZERO damage.  If you've ever moved across the country, you should know how rare this is.  Tom called me multiple times to provide updates on his progress and made sure I was comfortable with the move every step of the way.  I would highly recommend Rose to anyone who is looking to move a long distance.  Request Tom as your driver if he is available -- you will not be disappointed!
February 06, 2012
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Kentwood (Get Movers Prices for Kentwood, MI) is a city in Kent (Kent, Michigan Mover Reviews) in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 48,707 at the 2010 census.

History

The city was incorporated in 1967 from what remained of Paris (Paris, Michigan Moving) to prevent further annexation of land from the adjacent cities of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI Moving Company) and Wyoming. The city was named after Kent County, which was named after jurist James Kent.

The city's first mayor was Peter M. Lamberts, who served in that post until 1979. Subsequent mayors have included Marvin Hoeflinger (1979–1981), Gerald DeRuiter (1981–1992), Bill Hardiman (1992–2002), Richard Root (2002–2012), and Richard Clanton (2012–present).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.95 square miles (54.26 km2), of which, 20.90 square miles (54.13 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water. The city is bordered by Wyoming to the west, Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI Relocation Companies) and Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Moving Company) Township to the north, Cascade Township to the east, and Gaines Township to the south.

Climate

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfb" (Warm Summer Continental Climate).

Climate data for Kentwood (Get Relocation Quote for Kentwood, MI), Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(−1)
32
(0)
41
(5)
55
(13)
68
(20)
77
(25)
82
(28)
80
(27)
71
(22)
60
(16)
44
(7)
33
(1)
56.1
(13.6)
Average low °C (°F) 15
(−9)
17
(−8)
26
(−3)
35
(2)
44
(7)
55
(13)
59
(15)
57
(14)
50
(10)
39
(4)
32
(0)
23
(−5)
37.7
(3.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 2.2
(56)
1.8
(46)
2.5
(64)
3。0 3.3
(84)
3.6
(91)
3.0
(76)
2.9
(74)
3.6
(91)
2.8
(71)
2.8
(71)
2.4
(61)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $48,335, and the median income for a family was $60,391. The per capita income for the city was $24,261. About 9.8% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 48,707 people, 19,741 households, and 12,345 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,330.5 inhabitants per square mile (899.8 /km2). There were 21,584 housing units at an average density of 1,032.7 per square mile (398.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.1% White, 15.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 6.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.5% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.5% of the population.

There were 19,741 households of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.5% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Government

Kentwood (Get Moves Estimate for Kentwood, MI) has an Executive Mayor, who also serves as the City Manager, and a legislature consisting of a City Commission. The current mayor is Richard Clanton, who is serving the remaining term of deceased Mayor Richard Root. The Mayor Pro Tempore is selected by the City Commission; Ward 2 Commissioner Michael Brown currently serves in this role. The mayor serves as a voting member of the City Commission and presides over Commission meetings. However, he does not have the power to veto a resolution or ordinance.

Voters in Kentwood (Get Movers Prices for Kentwood, MI) elect a mayor, city clerk, and city treasurer to four-year terms, and elect six city commissioners to four-year, staggered terms. Every two years, voters in each of the city's two wards elect one commissioner, while another city commissioner is elected by the city at-large. The most recent election for these offices was held on November 5, 2013, and the next city commission elections will be held on November 3, 2015.

In the municipal special primary (held on August 6, 2013), veteran city commissioner Sharon Brinks finished in first place, 16.32% ahead of city engineer Stephen Kepley, in the campaign to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Mayor Clanton. In the campaign to fill the Ward 1 City Commission vacancy, Gerald DeMaagd finished in first place, 4.35% ahead of Steve Redmond. Because neither Brinks nor DeMaagd won their seats outright on primary night (by capturing at least 50% of the votes cast), the top two finishers in each primary proceeded to the consolidated runoff general election in November. Because there were only two candidates in the race, the Ward 2 City Commission race was not on the primary ballot. The City Clerk, City Treasurer, and At-Large City Commissioner seats were uncontested, and therefore would be ratified on the November ballot.

In the municipal consolidated general election characterized by heavy fundraising, Kepley overcame his primary-night deficit to defeat Brinks by 96 votes (2.08% of the total votes cast). Vietnam veteran and local Libertarian Erwin Haas defeated incumbent Ward 2 Commissioner Maurice Groce by 68 votes (3.17% of the total votes cast). In the closest result of the night, DeMaagd bested Redmond by 21 votes (1.04% of the total votes cast). Mayor Clanton had challenged the city's 34,372 registered voters to achieve at least 20% turnout. (Historically, normal turnout for an off-year municipal election is between 7% and 8% in Kentwood (Get Moving Estimate for Kentwood, MI).) His target was achieved in precincts 10 and 16, and almost achieved in Precinct 8, though citywide turnout was 13.59%.

Public safety

Fire service

The Kentwood (Get Move Cost for Kentwood, MI) Fire Department has been serving the citizens of Kentwood (Get Moving Quote for Kentwood, MI) since 1967. Initially a fully volunteer fire department, the KFD is now a combination fire department utilizing firefighters to carry out its objectives. A minimum of eleven career firefighters are on duty at all times, with at least three at each of the city's three strategically located fire stations. Every career member of the department is minimally licensed as an emergency medical technician, while several also hold Paramedic certification. Additional support is provided by a small number of paid-on-call firefighters. These members respond to provide extra manpower at structure fires and other large scale emergencies.

The department is led by Chief Brent Looman. The Kentwood (Get Move Cost for Kentwood, MI) Fire Department is headquartered at 4775 Walma SE, across from Kentwood (Get Moves Estimate for Kentwood, MI) City Hall. Station 2 is located at 4151 Embassy on the north end, and Station 3 is located at 5340 Eastern on the southwest side.

In 2009, the Kentwood (Get Movers Cost for Kentwood, MI) Fire Department responded to 3,956 alarms.

Law enforcement

Law enforcement services are provided by the Kentwood (Get Moves Prices for Kentwood, MI) Police Department. It is the mission of the Kentwood (Get Moves Quote for Kentwood, MI) Police Department to assist the community in ensuring the safety, individual rights, and quality of life of all citizens. Currently, the department has seventy sworn officers and is led by Chief Richard Mattice. The Kentwood (Get Moves Prices for Kentwood, MI) Police Department's Headquarters is co-located with the 62B District Court in the Kentwood (Get Moves Estimate for Kentwood, MI) Justice Center at 4742 Walma SE.

Major highways

M-11 runs along 28th Street.
M-37 runs along East Beltline Avenue and Broadmoor Avenue to the south.
I-96 links with Muskegon and downtown Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI Relocation Companies) to the west and Lansing and Detroit, Michigan to the east.

While not within Kentwood city limits, two other highways both pass within one mile of Kentwood: US-131 in Wyoming and M-6 to the south. Since Kentwood is a suburb of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Moving Company), many commuters will use one or both of these highways en route to and from work.

Schools

The main public school district in Kentwood (Get Relocation Estimate for Kentwood, MI) is the Kentwood (Get Movers Estimate for Kentwood, MI) Public Schools, consisting of one high school, one freshman campus, three middle schools, ten active elementary schools, and one closed elementary school:

  • East Kentwood (Get Moves Estimate for Kentwood, MI) High School
  • Crossroads Alternative High School
  • East Kentwood (Get Move Cost for Kentwood, MI) Freshman Campus
  • Crestwood Middle School
  • Pinewood Middle School
  • Valleywood Middle School
  • Bowen Elementary School
  • Brookwood Elementary School
  • Challenger Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Endeavor Elementary School
  • Explorer Elementary School
  • Glenwood Elementary School
  • Meadowlawn Elementary School
  • Southwood Elementary School
  • Townline Elementary School
  • Hamilton Elementary School (closed 2009)

Also included within Kentwood's city limits are the Forest Hills (Forest Hills, MI Relocation Companies) Public Schools and Kelloggsville Public Schools.

Churches

Trails

Kentwood (Get Relocation Cost for Kentwood, MI) has five trails:

With the exception of the M6 Trail, proposals are being considered to expand each of these trails.

Library

Kentwood is located within the Kent District Library district. The Kentwood Branch Library opened in 2010 on Breton Avenue, next to Kentwood City Hall. Previously, the Kentwood Library had been located on Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo, MI Relocation) Avenue south of 44th Street.

Kentwood (Get Move Cost for Kentwood, MI) Mine

The Kentwood (Get Relocation Quote for Kentwood, MI) Mine is an underground gypsum mine in Kentwood (Get Movers Prices for Kentwood, MI), at 42°53′24″N 85°34′44″W / 42.890°N 85.579°W / 42.890; -85.579 (Kentwood (Get Relocation Estimate for Kentwood, MI) Mine). Opened in 1971 and closed in 2000, it was operated by Georgia-Pacific.

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