Piquette Square Breaks Ground

June 2nd, 2008
At the ceremonial Piquette Square groundbreaking: (from left to right, holding shovels) Sally Harrison, Mark McDaniel, Carl Levin, John Van Camp, Erby Norris, Robert Ficano, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Anthony Adams

The Piquette Square groundbreaking ceremony on June 2 was a great success, attracting more than 150 attendees, numerous dignitaries, partners, veterans groups, and intensive media attention.

Piquette Square is a $20 million, 150-unit apartment project that will provide long term supportive housing for homeless veterans in Detroit. The program featured remarks by Sen. Carl Levin; Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano; Detroit Deputy Mayor Anthony Adams; Mark McDaniel, President of Great Lakes Capital Fund; Sally Harrison, Director of Supportive Housing and Homeless Initiatives, Michigan State Housing Development Authority; John Van Camp, President of Southwest Solutions; and Erby Norris, Peer Counselor for Southwest Counseling Solutions’ Supportive Housing Program. The Detroit Veterans Center provided the color guard for the event.

“The tremendous interest in Piquette Square indicates the importance of this project to addressing the growing problem of homeless veterans,” said Tim Thorland, Executive Director of Southwest Housing Solutions, who emceed the ceremony. “It is also a tribute to our proven reputation as a trusted development partner.”

Southwest Housing Solutions developed the Piquette project and will own and manage it. Piquette Square is situated on the same ground where the historic Studebaker factory near New Center was destroyed by fire in 2005. The project is expected to be completed and operational in the summer of 2010.

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