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.
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.