Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh
Friday, July 09, 2010
Last month, tenants began moving into the 150-unit Piquette Square that was developed and will be managed by Southwest Solutions. The official grand opening of the 106,000-square-foot mixed-use building will be celebrated on July 15. About 90 units are already occupied.
Piquette Square is located in the Milwaukee-Junction area of New Center on the site where the historic Studebaker factory was destroyed by fire in 2005. The four-story brick building is located at 285 Piquette. It includes 6,000 square feet of common area and 5,000 square feet of commercial space; the housing is targeted to veterans, to whom mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, on-site job training, computer labs and educational programs are offered.
Piquette Square is a $23 million project that is supported by federal, state and local government agencies; Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Corporation for Supportive Housing, City of Detroit, Wayne County, NeighborWorks America, The Salvation Army, Focus Hope, Michigan Veterans Foundation Detroit Center, American Veterans (AMVETS Detroit), the Detroit Housing Commission and Jewish Vocational Services, among others.
Homeless advocates estimate that there are more than 4,000 homeless veterans in Detroit. One of every three homeless men in Detroit and nationally is a veteran. Piquette is the second project of its kind in Michigan and is one of the largest in the nation.