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Downtown mansion gets new life

August 14, 2017
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Grand Rapids-based Sanford House will open Sanford House at John Street at the former Hazeltine mansion, 221 John St. NE, in the coming weeks. Courtesy Sanford House

A local addiction treatment center is opening a new location in a restored mansion downtown.

Grand Rapids-based Sanford House will open Sanford House at John Street at the former Hazeltine mansion, 221 John St. NE, in the coming weeks.

The new facility will serve as a residential and nonresidential drug and alcohol addiction treatment center for men and can accommodate 20 residents at a time. The home has nine bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and several large rooms to be used for group therapy and family sessions.

Following the success of Sanford Houseʼs womenʼs facility on Cherry Street, founders Rae and David Green hope to realize the same success for another gender-specific treatment center.

“Our goal is to create the same level of excellence in treatment for men, that has worked so well for women, at Sanford House,” Rae Green said.

The process of renovating the mansion, built in 1890, began last year, with David and Rae Greenʼs son, Alec, serving as project manager. The restoration process included recasting 88 windows, removing and rebuilding Tiffany-era leaded glass, re-staining molding and wood floors and complete redesign of the propertyʼs gardens to maximize privacy.

“Our facilities themselves are a source of inspiration,” David Green said. “Sanford House at John Street is another iconic architectural marvel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have restored this beautiful building so that our clients can do the hard work of treatment in a motivational space.”

Sanford House has planned a grand opening for the new facility for Aug. 21.

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