Old school becoming senior living facility

A rendering of the Vista Springs Living facility to be built in Grand Rapids' Creston neighborhood. (Sketch courtesy: Wolverine Building Group)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A vacant, former Grand Rapids elementary school will soon reopen as a new place for senior citizens to live.

Vista Springs Living officials announced Thursday the former the Riverside Elementary School, which has been closed since 2010, will be converted into a new senior housing and care community, according to a release.

The vacant building is located in the city’s Creston neighborhood and operated as an elementary school for nearly six decades.

Vista Springs plans to remodel the existing building, which is over 36,000 square feet, and plans to construct a new 15,000 square-foot addition, the release said.

The new facility will include 40 apartments and a wellness center offering rehabilitation programs. The project will also include all-inclusive services, such as concierge services, transportation, entertainment and dining, according to Vista Springs.

The development will also include a community theater, conference center and private meeting rooms which will all be available to people who live in the Creston neighborhood.

The project will relocate the existing playground to make it more accessible to the public. After construction has finished, Vista Springs will donate the land to the city, the release said.

Construction is expected to begin in June. The renovation is expected to be completed April 2015.



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