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Welcome!                                     

South West Area Neighbors (or SWAN) Association is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1993 to make the West Side a better place to live. We promote home ownership, crime prevention, and community involvement. For more specific information we hope that this website will be of assistance.   En Español

SWAN's mission is to:

  • Enhance and preserve the quality of life for individuals and families on Grand Rapids' Westside
  • Foster and support a racially, ethnically, economically and socially diverse community
  • Design and enforce standards for the social, economic and physical characteristics of the Westside
  • And build relationships with individuals and other organizations in support of our Mission

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Spring Safety Tips

§ Warm weather is almost here and kids will be out and about.  Be alert.

§   Open doors and windows make easy access for burglars.  When you leave them open, even for a short time, make sure they are properly secured.  When you are gardening or relaxing in your back yard, who is coming to your front door?  Keep front and side doors locked when you are in your yard.

§  Don’t leave items out in the yard to tempt passers-by.  Lock them in the garage.

§  Open garage doors let passers-by and potential criminals “shop around” for lawn mowers, snow blowers, bicycles, and sports equipment.  Don’t advertise!

§  Ladies:  Don’t hang your purse on the back of the kitchen chair or put it on the kitchen counter within easy reach of a door or window.  Keep it in a closet or drawer.  Out of sight-out of mind.

§  When leaving on vacation, always make your home appear occupied.  Use timers on interior lights.  Have someone draw the drapes, move vehicles in the driveway, and collect mail and newspapers.  For longer periods, make sure your lawn is mowed.

§  Unlocked vehicles are often an open invitation for prowlers to enter and take what they find, including such things as coins, clothing, electronics, sunglasses, etc.  Try to remember to remove your valuables from the vehicle each night and keep your vehicle locked.  Always remove the keys! Never leave important papers in the vehicle.

§  Interested in utilizing an engraver to mark your valuables or want to schedule a free home security survey?  Call SWAN at 456-9190 to schedule an appointment for the free services.


Planning Commission April 10 at 2:20 pm – 134, 140, and 144 Lexington Avenue NW; and 601, 615 and 621 Lake Michigan Drive NW (Zone Change) (PC-ZON-2014-0019)

The request of Cherry Street Capital (Chad G. Barton) to rezone the subject properties from TN-LDR Traditional Neighborhood–Low-Density Residential to Special District–Planned Redevelopment District (PRD) to facilitate the construction of a mixed-use commercial and residential development consisting of 63 apartments and ~10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.  This request will be evaluated by the Planning Commission for compliance with the standards of Sections 5.7.06., 5.12.12., and 5.12.14. of the Zoning Ordinance, as well as the purpose and intent of the Master Plan.    

Latest News from SWAN

  • John Ball Area Neighbors/SWAN Dumpster Clean-up SOUTH WEST AREA NEIGHBORS (SWAN) NEIGHBORHOOD DUMPSTER CLEANUP DO NOT PLACE YOUR TRASH AT THE CURB!  IT WILL BE A VIOLATION! ***NORMAL REFUSE PICK IS STILL ON SCHEDULE***   DATE:  SATURDAY ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2014, 6:18 AM by Greg Vandenberg
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    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 8:34 AM by Greg Vandenberg
  • HOME REPAIR SERVICES Fix-It SchoolAll classes are free and open to the public. There are no eligibility requirements. Just walk in and have a seat! http://www.homerepairservices.org/fix-itschool
    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 8:33 AM by Greg Vandenberg
  • Laker Line holding 2nd in a series of public meetings       The Laker Line Project Management Team is conducting a 2nd round of day-long public meetings on Thursday, April 17th
    Posted Apr 1, 2014, 11:04 AM by Greg Vandenberg
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