Cordia Building 50 Project Completed at Grand Traverse Commons

“I will be very relieved. I was relieved when I made the decision to come here,” said Cordia resident Sandy Lockwood.

People began moving there things into this building Friday — a place that holds a lot of history in Traverse City. Restoring the old state hospital has been in the works for about 12 years.

The south side of Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons is finished with restaurants, businesses and condos. Now, construction of the Cordia Senior Living on the north side of the building is done.

9&10’s Brittany Wright caught up with one a woman looking forward to calling Cordia her new home.

People are gathering to celebrate the completion of this massive project. It is not only an accomplishment for Cordia employees and their members — but the entire community.

“It’s an honor to be the group that got to finish the restoration of the historic Building 50,” says Cordia CEO Karen Anderson. 

These are photos of what the north side of Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons looked like before construction of the Cordia began. After 13 months – this is what is looks like today.

“It’s a thrill for us to bring in a group of seniors to be connected to the village.”

The senior center offers a dining area, a 50-seat theatre, a library and a variety of activities.

Sandy Lockwood was one of the first people to move in.

“I just love that it wasn’t tore down and it took the insight of someone to come in and realize what is held for the community.” Sandy says.

She says after living by herself in a house for more than 30 years, she was ready for a change— and convenience is a plus.

“I can drive out whenever I want to and drive back when I want to, it’s right next to the hospital, its near downtown.”

The Cordia will be hosting open houses this weekend for people who want to check it out. They will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to four.