Revitalized plans for a $ 3.6 million housing estate in the abandoned Grand Rapids Church


GRAND RAPIDS – The stalled conversion of an empty church into residential units on the west side of Grand Rapids is back on track.

City officials are preparing to consider tax incentives for The Parish project, which is proposing 12 residential units on the former Centro de la Verdad church at 739 4th St. NW. The city commission will vote tonight to hold public hearings on the incentives on September 28th.

The public hearings would consider an 11-year, outdated, land remediation exemption certificate for development, as well as an amendment to the land’s derelict plan that was approved by the city in April 2019.

Grand Rapids based Metric Structures LLC, active as 739 4th Street LLC, is the project developer. The company bought the property on December 20, 2018 for $ 350,000, according to real estate documents.

Additional unexpected costs during the engineering phase of the originally proposed project caused delays, said Jacey Ehmann, president of Metric Structures MiBiz. The office space originally intended for the development did not match the quarter either, according to Ehmann.

Metric Structures is requesting reimbursement of up to $ 697,910 over 25 years for eligible brownfield work on the site. The total investment in the project is expected to be around $ 3.6 million. Construction work is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021 and be completed by the end of 2022.

The redevelopment plans include the renovation of the 6,900 square meter former church building into six marketable apartments, consisting of one one-bedroom unit and five two-bedroom units. A new two-story, 7,750-square-foot extension is also proposed along McReynolds Avenue that would contain two studio units and four one-bedroom units.

A parking lot with 11 spaces, seven bicycle spaces and a separate entrance for residents are planned.

“The church on the west side has developed a lot over the past decade, and we want to honor the original structure and create something new by giving it a new purpose that is beneficial to the church,” said Ehmann.

The original proposal was drafted by Integrated Architecture LLCwhile the developers were working with Rockford Construction Co. about preliminary construction work.

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