Michigan Approves $52.5M for Three Affordable Housing Developments in Detroit

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Board has approved $52.5 million in funding for three affordable housing developments in Detroit, including the rehabilitation of the historic Higginbotham School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The rehabilitation of the historic Higginbotham School is one of three afford able housing developments approved by the MSHDA. // Photo courtesy of city of Detroit

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Board has approved $52.5 million in funding for three affordable housing developments in Detroit, including the rehabilitation of the historic Higginbotham School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Higginbotham School, a $36 million development in a historic Detroit neighborhood at 8730 Chippewa St.in the Eight Mile-Wyoming neighborhood, was approved by the board for funding totaling $25 million.

Detroit Public Schools built the school in 1926-1927 for African American kindergarteners through eighth graders, and expanded in 1944 and 1946. It was closed in 2013 after becoming a charter school in 2006.

After the construction of two new three-story buildings and rehabilitation of the school, the development will have 100 units — 10 units will be designated as Accessible Type A Units (for those requiring a wheelchair), and 37 designated as Visitable Units. All units will be reserved for tenants between 30 percent to 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI).

“The developments approved by the board this month will have a large impact on some of Detroit’s most vulnerable residents,” says Amy Hovey, CEO and executive director at MSHDA. “Projects like these reflect our mission of partnering to provide quality affordable housing.”

The board also approved $14.7 million in funds to rehabilitate and preserve Peterboro Place Apartments in Detroit, located at 8 Peterboro St., just west of Woodward Avenue. Built in 1921, this project has been providing quality affordable housing for homeless residents and other vulnerable individuals since 1999.

Upgrades will provide 70 permanent supportive housing units, including seven accessible units. Residents will benefit from rental assistance categorized for homelessness and additional support services.

A third Detroit development was approved for $12.8 million in loans. The proposed $22 million project will develop Minock Park Place at 19505 Grand River Ave., a four-story, mixed-use complex for seniors on Grand River Avenue.

Thirty-six one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments make up the building’s 42 units – seven of which will be accessible. Twenty-four units will be available to tenants earning 60 percent or less of AMI, while the other 18 units will be for tenants earning 50 percent or less of the AMI.

MSHDA, established in 1966 under Republican Governor George W. Romney, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns, and villages, and address homeless issues.

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