Brighton City Council OKs 3-Story Assisted Living Facility
March 20, 2015
The Brighton City Council gave approval to the final site plan for a $20 million senior assisted living facility Thursday night.
The approval is contingent on engineer review and approval of the construction plan and schedule of the required water and sewer infrastructure improvements. The Granger Group of Grand Rapids is the developer of the project, which will be located on North Second St., on the Mill Pond. Dan Colella of the Granger Group told council the facility will have 104 housing units – most of them 1-bedroom, but with 5, 2-bedroom units – and the third floor will be devoted entirely to housing units for memory care. Colella says the three-story, 99,000-square-foot building will be constructed of masonry and stone and be of contemporary design, yet in harmony with Brighton’s existing brick-and-mortar commercial buildings. Granger’s partner in the project is “Thrive” of Atlanta, Ga., which will provide day-to-day management of the facility. The company is working on purchase of the property needed for the facility, which is composed of four rental housing units. City Manager Dana Foster says the city will likely bond for the project, which will require $2 million in sewer, water and street improvements. Colella says Granger expects to hire up to 20 full-time employees with another 20 part-time personnel split between two shifts. He says they hope to start construction this fall, with completion in one year. Granger, through its real estate arm – Granger Land Acquisition LLC – had originally eyed the former Lindbom School site for the assisted living facility but came in third in the bidding. Robertson Brothers Homes dropped out, leaving runnerup ACA Brighton Holding Co., which plans to open a classical academy that would be a public charter school – an issue that has resulted in considerable controversy in the Brighton community. (TT)
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