Construction is underway on a new housing development in northwest Detroit. Close to the Redford Theatre, Orchard Village Apartments will bring 48 new affordable housing units to the Old Redford neighborhood.
The project is led by CHN Housing Partners and Detroit Blight Busters. The units will be for those making between 30 and 60 percent Area Median Income, which will come out to about $492 and $915 per month.
The development will have community space and business center, plus financial and work readiness programs from Southwest Economic Solutions. Units will have in-unit laundry, air conditioning, and dishwashers.
Funding for the $15.7 million development was helped by a 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits award from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. City HOME and American Rescue Plan Act funding from the City of Detroit, as well as various loans from banks, are all contributing to the project.
“We are proud to support the development of Orchard Village Apartments, which will reactivate nine long-vacant lots to directly meet the neighborhood’s expressed need for more high-quality affordable housing,” said Julie Schneider, director of the City of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department. “We are especially happy to partner with nonprofit organizations like Detroit Blight Busters and CHN Housing Partners in furthering our collective mission to ensure Detroit remains home to all households regardless of income.”
The development was designed by LOHA Architects and construction led by JGJ Construction. It's expected to be completed and ready for move in by fall of next year.