New Upscale Retirement Village Coming to Grosse Pointe Woods

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Work on The Rivers of Grosse Pointe Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) could begin in a few weeks on the site that once housed the Children’s Home of Detroit. According to Patch.com, the project, which is being developed by the owners of Riverview Health and Rehab on East Warren, was [...]

Work on The Rivers of Grosse Pointe Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) could begin in a few weeks on the site that once housed the Children’s Home of Detroit. According to Patch.com, the project, which is being developed by the owners of Riverview Health and Rehab on East Warren, was approved by the Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission in June 2011, with a proposed deadline for groundbreaking of 12 months.

The 15-acre parcel has been vacant since 2008, since the Children’s Home of Detroit was shuttered, reports the online edition of C & G Newspapers. Warren-based Lorenzo Cavaliere of the Cavaliere Companies, the director of development for Riverview Health and the project’s architect and general contractor, managed to meet the agreed start date, but made some changes to the original plans, which called for complex renovation of the site’s existing buildings. Under these revised plans, the top ridgeline of the north side of the main building will be 32 feet, 10 inches in height. As a result, the overall square footage was reduced by 36,000 square feet and the number of units was scaled down as follows:

-          independent living units: 77
-          assisted living units: 84
-          skilled nursing units: 90

Also, there has been a decrease in the number of parking spaces (from 252 to 242) and the number of estimated employees dropped from 50 to 40.
Apart from the main redevelopment project, the retirement village will also include The Rivers Residence Club, a housing complex designed for Grosse Pointe’s active seniors. The 40 separate “cottage style” condominiums will range from 1,600 to 2,600 square feet and, according to the developer’s plans, will surround CCRC’s main building. Members of The Rivers Residence Club will have access to various upscale amenities including an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center designed for seniors, a spa center, a gift shop and many outdoor recreational spaces.

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Rendering courtesy of http://www.riverview-health.net