Senior living community plans $3M makeover


Pilgrim Manor is a senior living community on 10 acres in northeast Grand Rapids. Photo via

A local senior living community is preparing for a $3-million facelift.

Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids, at 2000 Leonard St. NE, said last week Marion, Ohio-based United Church Homes, or UCH, plans to invest between $3 million and $3.5 million into upgrades at the facility.

Pilgrim Manor integrated into UCH last November.

Pilgrim Manor has provided senior care services for middle- and low-income elderly since 1963, but few updates have been made since its founding, said Karen Messick, executive director, Pilgrim Manor. 

The current studio-type rooms include a half bath, and residents share a communal shower area.

“It’s still 1963,” Messick said. “It’s like a college dorm. That’s not what our market wants.

"Everyone else is remodeling, but it’s a big deal for us."

The project

Pilgrim Manor has four buildings, including two assisted living buildings on the lower portion of the property with 48 rooms. The lower buildings are the targets for renovation, including one of the buildings, which has not been used since 2009.

Grandville-based The Architectural Group is the architect on the project, and a call for contractor bids has been released, according to Messick.

The project is expected to start in March and finish by the end of 2017.

Pilgrim Manor

Following its integration into UCH, Pilgrim Manor’s leadership and 170 employees were all retained.

Pilgrim Manor has 55 certified nursing beds and 110 assisted living units on its 10-acre campus.


United Church Homes has 69 communities in 14 states and two Native American reservations.

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