First & Main™ at Metro Health Village Groundbreaking a Joyous Celebration

Published August 09, 2014

July 31 was a celebrative evening for Granger Group as we officially broke ground on our new senior living residence, First & Main™ at Metro Health Village. First & Main™ at Metro Health Village, a 102-unit senior living community, is designed with a marketplace atmosphere that mimics a town center.

Dignitaries joined leaders from a spectrum of industries and higher education in celebrating the groundbreaking of First & Main™ at Metro Health Village, a new premier senior living experience from Granger Group. Jason Granger, Senior VP of Corporate Development, and Master of Ceremony for the evening, remarked, “We are a professionally diverse group but we share a common belief: that First & Main™ at Metro Health Village will transform the senior lifestyle experience.” 

A Fun and Memorable Groundbreaking

We were delighted to lead our many guests, parade style, from Granger Village Green to the future site of First & Main™ at Metro Health Village. Once we assembled, Pastor John DeVries, Metro Health Hospital Chaplain, delivered a lovely ceremonial invocation. Our “groundbreakers” then donned either a Granger Group or Granger Construction hard hat and, on the count of three, tossed a shovelful of dirt. The groundbreaking symbolized First & Main™ at Metro Health Village's inauguration and continued development of the world's first 100% LEED-certified health village.

Inspired and Inspiring Presentations

In his inspiring speech, Gary Granger, president and CEO of Granger Group, shared highlights of the First & Main™ senior living design for Metro Health Village, including open spaces that will be flooded with natural light and a courtyard that will add outdoor appeal. In his remarks, Gary paid homage to members of the Greatest and Silent Generations whom served to make America great and are most deserving of our love and care.

State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Senator Arlan Meekhof, Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll, and Metro Health Hospital President Mike Faas, joined Dick Posthumus, Senior Advisor to Rick Snyder, in lauding the new senior living community at Metro Health Village for its innovative design and positive economic impact. A ceremony highlight, Granger Group was awarded a state of Michigan special tribute, presented by Representative Lyons and signed by Governor Rick Snyder. To close the ceremony, Glenn Granger, president and CEO of Granger Construction, presented Gary Granger with an engraved commemorative shovel.

Following the ceremony, guests mixed and mingled, strolling Granger Village Green under an azure sky and nibbling scrumptious appetizers (compliments of Gilmore Catering).

Photo (left to right):  Lou Andriotti, president/CEO of Vista Springs; Mayor Jack Poll, City of Wyoming; Mike Faas, president/CEO of Metro Health Hospital; Glenn Granger, president/CEO of Granger Construction; Jason Granger, Senior VP of Corporate Development for Granger Group; Gary Granger, president & CEO of Granger Group; Dick Posthumus, former Lt. Governor and now Senior Advisor to Governor Rick Snyder; John Barker, Executive VP, Hobbs & Black; Joe Ditonto, Vice President of Design for Granger Group; State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons; Senator Arlan Meekhof, Senate Floor Majority Leader; and Bob O’Callaghan, president of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce.