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Posted on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 : 8 a.m.

Ann Arbor's Glacier Hills Senior Living Community celebrates the launch of $25 million expansion project

By Lizzy Alfs

The Glacier Hills Senior Living Community broke ground last night as residents, volunteers, board members and other guests celebrated the launch of a $25 million expansion project.


Glacier Hills Senior Living Community chair Ed Hood, campaign chair Steve Dobson, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and Brian Keeler turn soil to celebrate the beginning of the Glacier Hills expansion and renovation project.

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The expansion and improvements will include a new 60,000 square-foot care and rehabilitation center, renovations to the main Manor building and the development of a memory care residence.

The Glacier Hills compound, situated on 34 acres off Earhart Road in Ann Arbor, is a continuing care senior living community that offers a range of living environments, including short and long-term.

The center spent more than two years formulating plans to expand and renovate. Glacier Hills submitted the project to the city for consideration in December 2009.


The Glacier Hills Manor building was constructed in 1973 and offers independent and assisted living services.

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Glacier Hills Executive Director of Residential and Home Care Services Julia Gordon-Lennox said now that the city has approved the project, construction is set to begin in late July and will last between two and three years.

Mayor John Hieftje attended the launch party and said the Glacier Hills project is important to the Ann Arbor community.

“Glacier Hills is held in great esteem by Ann Arbor residents and so many people have passed through these doors,” Hieftje said. “You hear so many great things about it.”

According to the project brochure, funding for the $25 million expansion and improvements will include “borrowing from commercial lenders, issuing of bonds and private donations.”

Glacier Hills resident June Bennett has lived at the community for seven years, and said she and her husband are excited about the project.

“We consider this our home,” Bennett said. “So now, we are going to happily watch as our home improvement takes place.”

Lizzy Alfs is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in English. She is also a news reporter for the Michigan Daily. Email her with events and news relating to Ann Arbor’s North Side.


Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Jun 29, 2010 : 8:40 a.m.

@Betsy thanks for your question. I found what you're looking for and here is the building information: The project was designed by architects Edmund London Associates, with Century Interiors doing the interior design. Spence Brothers is doing the construction of the entire project. Bond financing for the project was arranged by Bank of Ann Arbor and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Betsy Hill

Mon, Jun 28, 2010 : 10:58 a.m.

So with the huge Glacier Hills construction - who is the architect and what company is doing the construction? It would be nice to know.