DETROIT, July 19, 2013 — The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mack-Ashland mixed-used project attracted about 150 people to celebrate this new development on the east side of Detroit that provides supportive housing and commercial space.
The ceremony took place on Friday afternoon, July 19, 2013. The formal program featured the partner organizations who worked together to build Mack-Ashland, as well as donors and dignitaries. Mack-Ashland was created through a unique collaboration of Southwest Solutions, Northeast Guidance Center, LAND Inc., Warren/Conner Development Coalition, and U-SNAP-BAC Community Development Corporation.
The $8M project provides 39 units of quality supportive housing and 6,000 feet of commercial space, and is another important piece in the revitalization of this area. Southwest Solutions served as the developer of the project, and secured the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and other funding to construct the building.
The speakers at the event were:
- Robert Ficano, County Executive of Wayne County
- Edwin Harlin, director of Southeast Michigan Division of Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
- Andre’ Spivey, President Pro Tem of Detroit City Council
- Jack Bernhard, vice president of Community Development Group at JPMorgan Chase
- Tahirih Ziegler, executive director of Detroit LISC
- Stacie Nekus, senior vice president of Alliant Capital
- Tim Thorland, executive director of Southwest Housing Solutions
- Cheryl Coleman, president of Northeast Guidance Center
- Linda Smith, executive director of U-SNAP-BAC Community Development Corporation
- Corey Leon, board chair of Eastside LAND, inc.
- Leigh Ann Lanaux, director of A Good Night Sleep Foundation
- Lindsay Krempa, COO of Humble Design
In addition, Regis Roscoe, who will be living in one of the Mack-Ashland units, spoke at the event. Regis is a consumer at Northeast Guidance Center and also works there.
“I can’t wait to move in,” Regis said. “I drive by the building almost everyday on my way to work, excited to have my own apartment. I see Mack-Ashland as a stepping stone to a brighter future. It’s a beautiful building in a dynamic area of town.”
All 39 apartment units have already been assigned to qualified applicants, and all units will be occupied before the end of August. There is now a waiting list. The units are fully furnished, thanks to furniture and other donations by A Good Night Sleep Foundation and Humble Design.
Mack-Ashland is an Enterprise Green Community, meaning that its construction meets specific criteria to provide significant health, economic and environmental benefits to low-income families. All the appliances in the units and the laundry room are energy-efficient and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.
Mack-Ashland residents will be able to take advantage of the Mack-Alter Square community shopping center across the street. There is easy access to grocery and retail stores, banks, medical services, bus lines, and much more. At the same time, the ample commercial space inside the project further integrates the building and its residents into the community.
“Mack-Ashland is a building where people can rebuild their lives,” said Tim Thorland, executive director of Southwest Housing Solutions. “This is a place that connects people to each other, to services, to the neighborhood, and to opportunity. It’s a place that respects the dignity of the individual and empowers its residents to achieve self-sufficiency and success.”
Southwest Solutions thanks all of the speakers for participating in the formal program to mark the opening of Mack-Ashland.