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Senior living community plans $9M expansion

May 4, 2016
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St. Ann's Grand Rapids
St. Ann's in northwest Grand Rapids is owned by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus and provides assisted living, nursing, rehab and Alzheimer's care. Photo via

A local senior living community is planning a $9.9-million expansion project.

St. Ann’s in Grand Rapids, at 2161 Leonard St. NW, said this week that it received approval from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission last week to move forward with the project, which will feature enhancements to its rehabilitation space and the addition of independent living apartments.

The expansion will allow the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, which owns and operates St. Ann’s, to offer a “full continuum of options to better meet customer needs.”

The 150-bed St. Ann’s provides assisted living, nursing, rehab and Alzheimer's care.

The community's expansion project will be split into two phases.

The $3.9-million phase to expand rehabilitation therapy will begin this year and feature several elements: 16 new private rooms and client amenities offering relaxing and modern healing options; a 4,000-square-foot gym that includes a mock apartment, allowing clients and therapists to focus on activities that directly support a return to home; support space; common space; and a linked remodeling of some adjoining nursing care rooms.

The $6-million independent living phase is slated to begin in mid to late 2017 and will feature 21 apartments with 21st-century living amenities and common space.

Phase two — nicknamed The Homestead at St. Ann’s — will feature several elements: apartments with “modest” yet “attractive” floor plans and amenities; private and secluded parking, offering residents full privacy and convenience; and independent living options supported by the Carmelite Sisters and the ancillary departments within St. Ann’s, including housekeeping, food service and more.

“The rehabilitation expansion will provide fully separate and focused rehabilitation space and resources. And the addition of independent living will add the one component on a continuum of care we lack,” said Robert Schmidt, executive director, St. Ann’s.

The expansion announcement comes on the heels of another announcement by St. Ann’s: that it has entered into a partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital of Grand Rapids for rehabilitation services, which will begin on June 1.

The partnership, which was announced last week, will help St. Ann’s meet a projected increase in therapy patients in the coming years.

“We are proud to continue our tradition of support as an anchor on Grand Rapids’ west side, where we have many partners and friends,” Schmidt said.

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