Emerald Flats Apartments in GR Awarded for Historic Preservation

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Written By: Madalyn Buursma, WOOD TV8


“GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An old school building turned into apartments in Grand Rapids has received an award for its historic preservation.

The building that now houses Emerald Flats Apartments, located on Emerald Avenue near Malta Street, first opened in 1929 as Eastern Elementary School. The school closed in 2008 and was purchased by ICCF Community Homes in 2015.

In 2021, it opened as an apartment building, with 50 housing units, a meeting space and a public park. The housing units are income-based.

The project was recognized with a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. ICCF Community Homes, Concept Design Studio, Inc., Wolverine Building Group, Designsmiths and Oasis Community of West Michigan were all awarded for their role in the project. . .”

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