Cheri DeVos restoring historic suburban building


A rendering of the relocated Little Red Schoolhouse in Ada Village, which opened in 1859.

The plans for a historic building in a Grand Rapids suburb have been unveiled.

The Little Red Schoolhouse in Ada Village will be relocated during reconstruction of the village and returned to the riverfront park area and restored as a candy and ice cream shop.

The building was purchased by Ada resident Cheri DeVos, who will oversee the project.

The timeline of the project is expected to be finalized in the next month.

“I was excited to have the opportunity to help the village preserve some of the important quaint character we all know and love about Ada,” DeVos said.

The schoolhouse was built in 1859 and served as the Carl School on the corner of the roads now known as Carl and Grand River drives. It was relocated in 1964 to Ada Village.

The restoration of the 900-square-foot building is meant to foster a family experience and connect the riverfront park along the Thornapple River.

“We are very excited to keep the Little Red Schoolhouse as one more destination in Ada that will ultimately help bring people down to the Thornapple River area,” said Ashley Jolman, executive director, Ada Business Association.

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