Detroit to Add, Preserve 300 Affordable Housing Units in Brush Park, North End, and More


The Brush Watson project will offer 310 units, 163 of which will be affordable. // Courtesy of the City of Detroit

Nearly 400 affordable housing units are being built or maintained in the city of Detroit after receiving a low-income housing tax credit from the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority.

Together, the five projects will create or maintain 396 residential units for residents who earn only $ 16,000 per year up to $ 42,000 per year. Three of the projects will be new builds with 271 units, while two will renovate an additional 125 units in existing buildings.

“We have made serious commitments to our long-term residents that the renovation of our city will not evict them from their homes and that there will be housing options for people of all income levels, even in some of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. Says Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “I am deeply grateful to our partners as well as HUD and MSHDA for their trust in our housing strategy and their support for these important projects.”

The largest of the projects is Brush Watson in the historic Brush Park district just north of City Modern. It’s one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city, and 163 of the building’s 310 units will be affordable. The mixed-use project will include three buildings spanning a city block and approximately 8,000 square feet of commercial space along Brush Street. There will also be an underground car park for residents. The project is a $ 65 million investment.

Of the units in the building, 90 are reserved for residents earning an income of $ 16,000 to $ 28,000 per year. Rent for the units starts at around $ 400 per month. Another 70 units are reserved for residents earning approximately $ 42,000 per year, with rent being approximately $ 1,000 per month. Rental support is available for some units.

Detroit’s American Community Developers Inc. is developing the project with partner Irvin Reid, former President of Wayne State University.

“We’re proud to create higher quality homes in Detroiters in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city,” said Jerry Krueger, president of American Community Developers. “Our goal is to build high quality and affordable apartments. We would like to thank the city and our partners for their trust in this project, which we believe will make all Detroiters proud. “

Another new build, Jim Holley Residences, will offer 60 units, all of which will be affordable. The building will have 5,000 square feet of commercial space and will be located at 9001 Woodward Ave. Work on the $ 17.8 million project is expected to begin in the spring and last 14 to 15 months. The city is supporting the project with a HOME Award worth 2 million US dollars. The developer is MHT Housing of Bingham Farms.

“Rev. Jim Holley’s senior residences are an expression of our commitment to the North End and the city of Detroit,” said Rev. Holley, longtime community leader and namesake of the building. “The North End has become a place to live because Little Rock led the vision and enabled others to believe again that the city can be a place to grow up and grow old.”

The definitive new build project will create housing on the former Tiger Stadium field in Corktown, located on Fisher Freeway Service Drive and Cochrane Street. The Left Field development will include a mix of off-the-shelf and affordable housing in a total of 120 units. American Community Developers developed the project. The first phase comprises 60 residential units, 48 ​​of which are intended as affordable housing, with rent support available for some residential units. Work is expected to begin next summer and the total investment will be $ 15 million.

Midtown Square, a historic home at 93 Seward in the New Center, was built in the late 1920s. The redevelopment is being completed by John Stanley and Develop Detroit. All 73 units remain affordable and the total investment is $ 18.5 million.

Friendship Meadows II is a senior housing complex located at 1003 Leland St. in the Forest Park neighborhood of Detroit. It was built in the early 2000s and is being redeveloped by Robert Beale. The 52 units remain affordable. The total investment is $ 6.6 million.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit is a federal program administered in Michigan by the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority that funds the construction and renovation of affordable rental housing for households between 30 and 80 percent of the median income set by the U.S. Department of Department Housing and urban development.

The City Housing and Revitalization Department subsidized all new construction projects and worked on permits and applications. The department has contributed to the creation or maintenance of 785 units this year and has begun work on an additional 80.

“I would like to thank MSHDA and our development partners for their dedication to creating and maintaining affordable housing in Detroit,” said Donald Rencher, director of housing and revitalization. “Our department is committed to ensuring that development in our city creates justice and opportunities and that the city districts are inviting, integrative places for everyone.”


Dusty Kennedy