Two former school building were approved for redevelopment as apartment complexes by the Grand Rapids City Planning Commission.

Commissioners approved the request by the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) to convert the former Eastern Avenue Elementary School at 815 Malta Avenue NE into 50 apartment units for low and medium income families.

The commission also approved a request by Cherry Street Capital to convert the former United Methodist Conference Center, 11 Fuller Avenue SE, into a 14-unit apartment building. The three-story brick building was originally built as a parochial school.

Ryan Schmidt, vice president of ICCF, said the non-profit housing developer still needs to complete financing for the project before it can begin converting the building into apartments for low-income and middle-income tenants.