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Grand Rapids' $7M Renatus on the Hill condo development opens NY-style model

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

The developers of Grand Rapids' Renatus on the Hill aim to create a luxurious enclave of residences for urban condo dwellers. The developers recently opened a 1,000-square-foot condo model appointed in a quasi-New York minimalist style to allow prospective residents a first-hand look at some of the high-end finishes available.

The model is the first of a dozen condominiums slated for the former Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 253 Prospect NE, a gothic structure built in 1933. Renatus is Latin for rebirth, a concept developer Kevin Moore, a partner in the development group Renatus LLC, hopes signifies a rebirth of downtown living in Grand Rapids.

"We want this to be a catalytic property for Heritage Hill to keep professional folks living downtown," Moore says. "We're just 300 steps from Spectrum Health's Meijer Heart Center and we want to bring Grand Rapids into that cosmopolitan situation with other cities, like Toronto, for instance, that have dynamic downtowns."

Topping the list of high-end features in the model are split-plank travertine floor-to-ceiling fireplace, enclosed showers with European frameless glass doors and a wall of custom cabinets in the living area that cleverly disguise a pull-down guest bed.

None of the proposed condos will have the same floor plan; some will be one level, some two, some three. Sizes range from 845 square feet to a unit whose 5,000 square feet include the 70-foot-high bell tower.

Parisian balconies will be cut into the building, visible only from back, Moore says. Parking options include underground and above ground on the south side of the building where the entrances will be.

Mary Baumbach of Century FloorSpace designed the model's interior.

Mark Schaafsma Design Build will handle the buildout of the entire project. Schaafsma is a partner in the development.

Source: Kevin Moore, Renatus on the Hill

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at deborah@rapidgrowthmedia.com.

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