Rendering of Gratiot Central Commons which will have 36 affordable units | Catholic Pastoral Alliance
Rendering of Gratiot Central Commons which will have 36 affordable units | Catholic Pastoral Alliance

Construction has resumed on the projects which will house hundreds of Detroit residents.

DETROIT — Affordable housing is coming to Detroit’s East side and it’s actually got the community’s current residents in mind.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Friday that construction will resume on six projects across Detroit. Altogether, the finished project will add more than 170 affordable units, supportive housing and shelter beds.

“With the Governor lifting the restrictions on construction today, we are prepared to start work on some of our highest priority projects to bring more affordable housing to the city,” Mayor Duggan said at a Friday press conference. “At the same time, we will be exercising caution while ensuring the health and safety of the workers as they continue this important work.”

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Work on the project had been delayed because of the COVID-19 crisis. Contractors will now be required to follow the City’s COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards for Construction Sites. The new guidelines call for testing, workplace distancing, mandatory facemasks and thorough sanitization of both worksites and vehicles. 

The workers at the site will also receive free testing, and along with it, peace of mind.

Donald Rencher is director of the City’s Housing & Revitalization Department. He notes that the project’s ultimate community housing goals will also get some Michiganders back to work immediately.

“These six developments not only bring much-needed affordable housing to the city and get construction workers earning a paycheck,” Rencher said. “But they also demonstrate the wide range of ways that the city creates affordable housing.”

Building For The Community

The project is led by The Roxbury Group and is part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund. These are the multimillion dollar projects in development:

8003 Kercheval — The Parker Durand

This $22 million development located at the corner of Kercheval and Van Dyke will have 46 affordable units among its 92 total. The site is in the heart of Detroit’s popular West Village.

119 Garfield — Sugar Hill

This is planned as a mixed-income development at the corner of John R and Garfield. Develop Detroit is leading the 68-units project that will have 14 reserved as affordable housing for veterans. $36.3 million will go into the midtown homes.

26 Peterboro — COTS Peterboro

The Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) has planned a $15 million rehabilitation of Detroit’s historic Imperial Hotel in Midtown. The location is west of Woodward and will have 56 permanent supportive housing units. 

3300 Mack — The Sanctuary, , near Gratiot

Forty-two permanent supportive housing units and 63 shelter beds are planned for the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood. MHT Housing of Bingham Farms is leading the project.

910-1031 Marlborough — The Marlborough 

 is rehabbing the historic The Marlborough Apartments are getting a $5.4 million facelift courtesy of Jefferson East Inc. The project is planned as mixed-income in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. It will have 23 units with 12 reserved as affordable. 

Fourth and Selden — Midtown West

Procida Development of New York is overseeing the $9 million development. It will have 26 mixed-income units with affordable housing in a second phase of the  project that has an overall $22.5 million budget. 

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