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Firm completes $2.6M apartment project

October 10, 2019
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The old Saint James Lutheran Church at Cardinal Point Apartments on Knapp
A side view of the former church. Courtesy a.j. Veneklasen

A developer has finished an apartment project in the city that features a former church.

The $2.6-million Cardinal Point Apartments on Knapp in Grand Rapids' Creston neighborhood, at 445 Knapp St. NE, includes the old Saint James Lutheran Church and a new building on the church’s former parking lot.

The redeveloped church has five units, consisting of one- and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 1,000 to 1,400 square feet, and the adjacent building has nine units.

Prices range from $1,395 to $1,725.

“We’ve already had a lot of organic interest in Cardinal Point Apartments,” said Rasa Lofley, owner of 111 Halo, LLC, which owns the development. “We hope that whoever chooses to live here loves each and every detail that went into preserving the artistry of the church.”

Amenities in the church units include modern fixtures, in-unit laundry, fireplaces and storage space, in addition to the church’s original exposed beams, reclaimed hardwood floors and brick accents reflecting its 1930s heritage. Each unit also offers a private entryway, including the original doors.

The challenge of redeveloping a church into apartments has resulted in unique floor plans, some of which include the sanctuary’s original archways and molding. The majority of the building’s stained-glass windows have also remained in place. In some of the units, the stained glass was replaced by clear glass windows that can open for ventilation.

Grand Rapids based Integrated Architecture designed the renovation, and a.j. Veneklasen was the general contractor.

Leasing is through Colliers International West Michigan.

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