Mayor Duggan announces plan to restart $120M in construction projects bringing 170 new affordable housing units to city

Mayor Mike Duggan announced today that the City’s commitment to affordable housing resumes today, as construction will pick back up on six projects across Detroit that will add more than 170 affordable units, plus shelter beds and supportive housing.

Work on the combined $120 million in development, consisting of a total of 370 new units, had been delayed because of the COVID-19 crisis.

“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,” said Mayor Duggan. “At the same time, we will be exercising caution while ensuring the health and safety of the workers as they continue this important work.”

Contractors will be required to follow the City’s COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards for Construction Sites, including testing, workplace distancing, mandatory use of facemasks and thorough sanitization of worksites and vehicles. The workers will receive free testing.

These projects already had funding secured before the COVID-19 crisis struck, meaning that they will continue, regardless of economic conditions caused by the virus outbreak.

“These six developments not only bring much-needed affordable housing to the city and get construction workers earning a paycheck, but they also demonstrate the wide range of ways that the City creates affordable housing,” said Donald Rencher, director of the City’s Housing & Revitalization Department. “From mixed-income to new construction to shelters and historic rehabs, our department is committed to exploring every possible avenue to provide affordable housing for our fellow Detroiters.” The six projects to resume construction are:

Parker Durand, 8003 Kercheval, at the corner of Van Dyke
Construction resumes today on the $22 million development, which will bring 92 new units to West Village, 46 of which are affordable. The project is led by The Roxbury Group and is part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

Sugar Hill, 119 Garfield, at the corner of John R
This mixed-income development in the heart of Midtown is led by Develop Detroit. It will bring 68 new units, with 14 reserved as affordable housing for veterans. The $36.3 million project will resume construction May 11.

COTS Peterboro, 26 Peterboro, just west of Woodward
The Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) will conduct a $15 million rehab of the historic Imperial Hotel in Midtown. It will offer 56 permanent supportive housing units. Work resumes May 11.

The Sanctuary, 3300 Mack, near Gratiot
MHT Housing of Bingham Farms is bringing 42 permanent supportive housing units and 63 shelter beds to the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood. Construction is slated to continue May 11.

The Marlborough, 910-1031 Marlborough
Jefferson East Inc. is rehabbing the historic Marlborough Apartments in Jefferson Chalmers as a mixed-income project with 23 units, including 12 reserved as affordable. The $5.4 million project will resume work May 11.

Midtown West, Fourth and Selden
The first phase of this $22.5 million development will see 26 mixed-income units come to Midtown, with affordable housing in the second phase of the overall project. The effort is the work of Procida Development of New York and will see construction resume May 11.

Six new affordable housing units


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