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
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
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 [email protected].