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Senior living campus completes Community House

August 31, 2017
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Beacon Hill Community House Garden Cafe
The Community House at the Beacon Hill senior living campus in southeast Grand Rapids includes the Garden Café. Courtesy Beacon Hill

A local senior living campus is opening its new Community House, which features a 150-seat auditorium and café.

Beacon Hill at Eastgate in Grand Rapids said this month it completed the expansion project, at 1919 Boston St. SE.

The retirement community is hosting a private grand opening for the Community House today. It broke ground on the project in July 2015.

Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction was the project’s contractor, and Bridgette Bohacz + Associates, based in Hanover, Maryland, oversaw the interior design.

Beacon Hill said the Community House will be open to churches, organizations and individuals to use for worship, entertainment, performances or conferences.

The building's auditorium is specifically designed to foster interaction for both Beacon Hill residents and the community.

The Garden Café will also be open to the community and specialize in “farm-to-fork” dining, keeping with part of Beacon Hill’s mission of fostering healthy living in retirement. Beacon Hills’ own half-acre garden will serve as the source for many of the café’s food ingredients.

Tim England will serve as executive chef of the Garden Café. England was named the top chef in Grand Rapids by the American Culinary Federation in 2015.

The Community House is the most recent in a series of expansion projects at Beacon Hill. The community has invested about $80 million in construction projects since 2010.

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The Beacon Hill at Eastgate campus covers about 22 acres.

The senior living community features 170 apartment homes and 44 assisted-living suites, and it has 100 full-time employees.

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