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July 18, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods — The welcome mat is out at The Rivers.

With construction moving at a near-record pace, the continuing care retirement community on Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods will be welcoming its first residents in less than a month.

“We anticipate the first residents of the condominiums will be moving in by August,” said developer Richard Levin.

“And we expect to be opening our independent living section in January 2014.”

With those completion dates in mind, the partners and executive involved in The Rivers project invited Woods city officials to the traditional beam raising ceremony Thursday, July 11, marking the placement of the last beam in a construction project. All those involved in the project as well as city officials were invited to sign the beam before it was raised in place as part of the entryway portico.

“I think this beam recognizes the strength of our relationship,” Levin said. “This building and our partnership will be here for a very long time.”

Levin also noted the tree was attached to the beam prior to raising, saying the tree was a traditional symbol of good luck.

It is traditionally raised on a project that has been accident-free and no workers were injured. It will eventually be planted near the front entrance.

Mayor Robert Novitke praised the cooperation between the city and developers, and thanked Woods building official Gene Tutag and his staff for their work on the project.

“I’m excited to see how fast this project came together,” Novitke said. “We welcome you to the community.”

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