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Grace Ridge Begins $15 Million Renovations

MORGANTON, NC – Morganton, NC-based retirement community Grace Ridge begins a $15 million master renovation plan to better connect the community’s lodge feel with the breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains offered just outside its doors.

Grace Ridge is working in collaboration with GMK Associates to enhance community spaces on the third, fourth and fifth floors to create more user-friendly areas for art, meetings and sports viewing.

“The most significant upgrade will be the transformation of the first floor from a blank hallway to a welcoming and vibrant café and lounge,” says Chris Romick, executive director, Grace Ridge. “The focal point will be an outdoor seating area with a retractable awning for sunshade, propane fire circle and unobstructed mountain views.”

Along with the new “heart” of the community, the interconnected game room will be converted to a lounge with a club-like environment where residents can socialize in the Grace Ridge version of a college commons area.

Other campus-wide improvements include the addition of a medical clinic, spa and beauty salon and remodel of the health care wing and commercial kitchen, which will include an outdoor grill and seating area.

Fifth-floor updates include a new mountain terrain-inspired look for Table Rock Lounge, a popular gathering and meeting space for residents. Several independent living cottages are being renovated to provide a new modern look and feel. All renovations will include more open and connected spaces, new lighting, built-in catering bar and new heating and cooling systems.

Construction has begun and all projects are set to be completed in late 2019. The enhancements are aimed to appeal to multiple generations and embrace upscale concepts that will help attract well-traveled, affluent baby boomers to Burke County and the Morganton area.

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grace Ridge is a Life Plan Community spanning 52 acres in Morganton, NC, owned and operated by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.