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$9.4M urban affordable housing project begins



Published 11 / 30 / 18

Construction has begun on a 36-unit affordable housing project in a Grand Rapids neighborhood.

The groundbreaking was last week for Garfield Park Lofts, at 100 Burton St. SE.

The new building will be in the place of a church that was demolished last month, after standing vacant in the Garfield Park neighborhood since 2014.

The three-story building will contain 34 two-bedroom units ranging from 885 to 1,100 square feet and two three-bedroom units, each 1,400 square feet.

Each apartment will contain a washer, dryer and dishwasher.

The $9.4-million project will be built to align with LEED Silver standards and include on-site parking and green space.

Sidewalk improvements along Burton Street SE are also planned to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

The rents should be between $330 and $820 per month.

LINC Up, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit, is the majority owner and co-developing the project with Dwelling Place, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit, and Orion Real Estate Solutions, a part of Grand Rapids-based Orion Construction.

Isaac V. Norris & Associates is the architect on the project. Orion Construction is the project's contractor. PNC is providing financing.

The project was awarded $934,988 in low-income housing tax credits from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission is providing eight project-based vouchers for the project.

Orion said a number of subcontractors on the project live or work in Garfield Park, and the firm has hired a strong minority presence for the project.

“In addition to solving an immediate need of providing workforce housing, this project will be a catalyst for continued revitalization between the first and third ward,” said Roger Rehkopf, president, Orion Construction.

“We’re activating a vacant site and breathing life into an area that will inspire the community and engage them in the project. That hopefully creates a sense of inclusion and pride that will set the tone for how Garfield Park Lofts will be perceived.”

This is the first multi-family construction project in more than 30 years in the Garfield Park neighborhood.