GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The end of Project Rehab, well-known Grand Rapids drug treatment program, has left four buildings up for sale.
Project Rehab was finishing the clean out of its last building Friday, which is another big change in a neighborhood already busy with new development.
The four building on the corner of Cherry Street and Eastern Avenue went up for sale all at once when Project Rehab merged with Cherry Street Health Services. Buyers were eager to purchase the property in the East Hills neighborhood.
“We have the two story brick structure over here that they would like to renovate into condos,” said Rachel Lee of the East Hills Neighborhood Association.
There are plans to renovate the historic yellow house and surround it with a new apartment building. Construction has already started on a three story building to turn it into apartments. New office space and apartments are being worked into the building on Cherry Street.
“People are really attracted to East Hills for many reasons. A lot of that is we’re a walkable neighborhood,” said Lee. “It’s an historic district neighborhood as well. It’s got unique character.”
Twenty years ago, drug dealers ran the streets. Slow, steady steps by neighbors and businesses have brought new prosperity to Cherry and Wealthy Streets. They’ve become a red hot restaurant and shopping district.
“They want to be able to walk to the restaurant, walk to the brewery. Walk to work. It’s a mile away from downtown,” Lee said.
So when the four project rehab buildings hit the market, there were developers eager to grab them and turn them into housing.