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Vista Springs: senior living facility breaks ground on addition

In about six months, a 11,000-square-foot addition to Vista Springs Holland Meadows, a memory care and assisted living facility, will be complete.| Leaders in the addition at Vista Springs Holland Meadows, 445 104th Ave. in Holland Township, get together at the facility for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 3. Pictured: Pam Wicks, executive director and Holland Meadows; Nancy DeBoer, city of Holland mayor; and Lou Andriotti, CEO of Vista Springs. Justine McGuire/Holland SentinelBy Justine. McGuire @hollandsentinel.com, (616) 546-4290Posted May. 3, 2016 at 5:39 PM Holland, Mich.In about six months, a 11,000-square-foot addition to Vista Springs Holland Meadows, a memory care and assisted living facility, will be complete.A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 3, at the facility, 445 104th Ave. in Holland Township.Vista Springs, which opened in October 2015, is housed in the former Holland Hospice building, which closed in July 2014 due to funding cuts.“The word ‘repurpose’ has come up several times already this morning,” said Terry Nienhuis, Holland Township supervisor, during the event. “Back in ‘07 and ‘08, we had a lot of empty buildings in this community. This is all part of a renewal that we’re seeing in the last couple of years. To take an empty facility like this and refurbish it the way that Vista Springs has is just a beautiful thing and very significant for the community.”Vista Springs is at capacity with 24 residents, said Pam Wicks, executive director. The addition will allow another 16 residents for a total of 40. There’s already a waiting list.The facility is a “full-of-life community” and a “wonderful, engaging retirement community,” said Lou Andriotti, CEO of Vista Springs LLC, during the event.“Everyone has come together to make something so positive out of what kind of felt like a little bit of broken dream there for a while,” said city of Holland Mayor Nancy DeBoer, during the event.Right now, there are 25 employees, and that number will double with the addition, she added.The addition, which will match the existing building, will create an interior courtyard. It will allow memory care residents to go outside without danger of wandering or being lost. The courtyard will include a detached greenhouse, an indoor-outdoor fireplace and dining, and a sand area.“Health care has to move ahead to the future,” said Richard Postma, the architect on the project. “Not just providing good buildings that are fire safe and that are efficient for staff, but buildings that become home for residents, that really enrich the experience of living when you reach the point where you need that level of care.”Along with the addition, there will be updates and renovations made in the existing building to ensure continuity, according to a release from Orion Construction, which is managing the project.The project price tag is upward of $2 million, according to the release. After the addition, the facility will be nearly 36,000 square feet.