GRAND RAPIDS, MI — United Parcel Service plans to hire 834 temporary workers in the Grand Rapids area for the upcoming holiday season, the company announced.

Openings include package car drivers, package handlers and personal vehicle drivers.

“We’re preparing for a record peak holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our services more important than ever,” Charlene Thomas, chief human resources officer at UPS, said in a statement.

Nationwide, the company “will hire over 100,000 people for UPS’s traditional seasonal jobs, and anticipate a large number will move into permanent roles after the holidays,” she said.

Hourly pay for the jobs is as follows: $21 for tractor-trailer and package care drivers,$14.50 for package handlers, $16.80 for driver-helpers, and $21 for personal vehicle drivers (plus 57.5 cents per mile or current IRS rate,” UPS said in a news release.

The Grand Rapids area UPS facility is located at 5757 Clyde Park SW. in Wyoming.

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The openings in the Grand Rapids area call for 154 package car drivers, 334 package handlers and 100 personal vehicle drivers. In a statement, the company said it would hire an additional 254 drivers beyond that, “brining the total number of UPS seasonal hires in Grand Rapids to nearly 850 positions.”

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Columbus, Ohio-based development company want to demolish a funeral home on Grand Rapids’ Northwest Side and build two, four-story apartment buildings for low- to moderate-income residents.

Craig Patterson, senior vice president of Woda Cooper Companies, said his firm plans to apply for state low-income housing tax credits to finance the two buildings at 585 Stocking Ave. NW and 601 Stocking Ave. NW.

The buildings would contain 58 apartments.

If financing is secured and all necessary approvals for the estimated $16.7 million project are received, Patterson said his company would demolish the Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary building at 585 Stocking Ave. NW.

Stephen Arsulowicz, of Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the Stocking location, the company has locations at 937 Michigan Ave. NE and 3535 Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker.

Patterson said the project is important because there is a shortage of affordable housing in Grand Rapids.

The development would provide housing for residents with a range of income levels.

Twenty-one of the units would be considered “permanent supportive housing,” and would be reserved for people experiencing homelessness or individuals with disabilities, Patterson said.

About half the units would be reserved for residents whose income does not exceed 80 percent of Kent County’s area median income. For a one-person household, that translates to an income of up to $44,960, according to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. It translates to up to $51,360 for a two-person household.

He said the goal of the project is to provide housing to a range of residents, from those who are very low-income to those who are considered part of the “missing middle.”

That group includes residents who make less than the area median income but don’t qualify for housing assistance funds, such