Southwest Housing Developing Historic Michigan Avenue Building into Clinic

November 21st, 2008
Architectural rendering of the community health center that Southwest Housing Solutions, in partnership with Covenant Community Care and Southwest Counseling Solutions, is developing at 5716 Michigan Avenue in southwest Detroit

DETROIT, November 21, 2008 — To celebrate a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF) to develop a significant project in southwest Detroit, state and local officials, community partners and leaders of Southwest Housing Solutions, the developer, will gather at the site for a special ceremony on Monday, December 1 at 2 PM.

The ceremony will take place at 5716 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48210. The site is a historic warehouse that Southwest Housing Solutions (SWHS) will develop into a mixed-use project which will provide office and clinic space for health care providers serving Detroiters. SWHS recently discovered that the building was designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn, the foremost American industrial architect of his time. The building is nearly a century old and was originally a cigar factory.

The event is hosted by SWHS and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). SWHS, recently named the “Community Development Corporation of the Year” by Detroit LISC, is considered a leader and innovator in housing and real estate development. CEDAM is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to rebuilding neighborhoods and revitalizing communities throughout Michigan.

Michigan House Majority Floor Leader Steve Tobocman will be attending the ceremony. The development project is located in the 12th district in southwest Detroit, which Tobocman represents. Other prominent government officials are expected to attend.

“This project is an important step toward revitalizing the Michigan Avenue corridor,” said Tim Thorland, executive director of SWHS. “We believe the project will anchor and promote further economic investment and development in the area.” This site is the second project along Michigan Avenue that SWHS has undertaken. 6442 Michigan Avenue, a 32-unit mixed-use building, was completed this February.

The $300,000 MHCDF grant to SWHS was the largest grant awarded by the recently created fund. MHCDF grants are administered through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and support Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s Vibrant Cities Initiative to improve the quality of life in cities, towns and villages across the state through strategic housing and economic development.

MHCDF is a program designed to transform the Michigan economy by helping communities to compete for, attract and retain good jobs and talented workers. The program concentrates its efforts in downtowns, neighborhoods, affordable housing and supportive housing. In the 2008 budget, the state legislature gave the fund its first allocation – $2.2 million.

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