Retirement Community Expands in Grand Rapids

Beacon Hill at Eastgate, an assisted living facility nestled within Grand Rapids’ Eastgate neighborhood, embarked on a multi-million expansion of its facilities.

Beacon Hill at Eastgate, an assisted living facility nestled within Grand Rapids’ Eastgate neighborhood, embarked on a multi-million expansion of its facilities.

Beacon Hill at Eastgate - Grand Rapids MI - expansion rendering

Beacon Hill at Eastgate – Grand Rapids MI – expansion rendering

Dallas-based developer Greenbrier Development broke ground last week on a $30 million redevelopment project at Michigan Christian Home Inc.’s continuing care retirement community located at 1919 Boston Street in southeast Grand Rapids. Financed by construction loans from participating banks such as Huntington Bank, Greenbrier Development will add 130,000 square feet of space to the property as well as 56 new independent living apartments in a mix of one and two-bedroom units and a deluxe two-bedroom model.

Beacon Hill operators said that the expansion project came as a necessity to keep up with the growth, as the existing 144 apartments homes were fully leased with a waiting list spanning the next couple of years. As if to highlight that growth even more, the management revealed that 87 percent of the planned residences have already been sold. Additionally, the semi-private suites at the community’s Mary and Martha Health Care Center will be converted into private residences, while 15 new private suites encompassing 15,000 square feet will be used for short-term therapy guests. According to MLive, the expanded community will bring Beacon Hill from 225 beds to 281 beds. This is the second expansion of the community since 2010, when the independent living building was opened.

According to project plans, the existing dining room will be expanded. By fall 2016 residents will have access to a new dining option called the Garden Café, which will have about 40 seats and will feature fresh, organic dishes prepared by a professional culinary team from food grown in a garden on the property.

The north end of the 22.5-acre property will have a 250-seat auditorium for arts, worship and entertainment programs.

The expansion was designed by Paul Ryan Design Group (PRDG), with Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE serving as landscape and planning architect.

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