Senior living community begins $30M expansion


A partial rendering of the expansion at the senior living community Beacon Hill at Eastgate in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy Beacon Hill at Eastgate

A local senior living community has broken ground on a $30-million expansion.

Beacon Hill at Eastgate said it hosted a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday in Grand Rapids, at 1919 Boston St. SE.

The expansion will create 130,000 square feet of space for 56 independent living apartments, which will be one- and two-bedroom units and a deluxe two-bedroom model.

About 49 of the planned residences have been sold.

The community will convert its Mary and Martha Health Care Center semi-private suites into private residences and another 15,000 square feet will be devoted for 15 new private suites that can be used for short-term therapy guests.

The expansion will also feature about 10,000 square feet of expanded space for the enlargement of Beacon Hill at Eastgate’s dining room and a new dining option, the Garden Café.

The café will seat about 40 and offer “garden-fresh dishes” from Timothy England, the community’s award-winning executive chef.

“God has blessed us with forward-thinking leadership, outstanding staff, great facilities and a great community of residents to help us fulfill our mission,” said Carl Dufendach, board chair, Beacon Hill.

Dufendach added that residents’ apartment leases provide a financial base to help cover the costs of future levels of care if it becomes necessary. 

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