Former Fremont High School to Have New Life as Apartments

Posted on March 3, 2014KCichon

Grand Rapids, MI – (March 3, 2014) The historic former home of Fremont High School is about to undergo a major renovation and begin a new life as “The Gateway” apartments for senior citizens.

Owner Home Renewal Systems, of Farmington Hills, MI, pursued the acquisition of historic building after the Fremont public school system constructed a new high school in 2012.  Home Renewal Systems, along with Quinn Evans Architects and general contractor Wolverine Building Group, are planning to break ground on the project in Spring 2014.  The $7.8 Million renovation will consist of the conversion of the former school building into 38 affordable apartments for seniors.

The Arts-and-Crafts style facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally built in 1926, with additions constructed in 1946 and 1955, and many other renovations completed over the years.  Many of the school’s historic features, including the mid-century modern style cabinets and hardware, will be preserved during the renovation.  One major change from the building’s current condition will be the demolition of an interior portion of the building to restore the original courtyard.  Other changes include measures to improve energy efficiency, such as the incorporation of geothermal heating system.

Wolverine’s project manager, Marcus Ringnalda, says, “I’m excited undertake this project and bring a new purpose to this building so it can continue to be an important part of the Fremont community.”

Wolverine Building Group is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.  For more information about Wolverine Building Group, please visit  For more information on Home Renewal Systems, please visit