Housing Center Has New House

January 12, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan has moved into a new home at the corner of

Division Avenue
and
Hall Street
, a former Chase (Bank One) branch office.

The facility, which was donated by the bank, has 4,000 square feet of "green" space, three times more room than the center's former

Wealthy Street
office offered.

Fair Housing Center Executive Director Nancy Haynes said the renovation allows her agency to add two staff members, provides more space to store historical records, and gives the organization a state-of-the-art training room that can seat up to 45 people. But most of all, Haynes said the new space lets the center expand its services to 10 counties and work with more than 1,000 housing personnel each year.

The FairHousingCenter's $1.25 million capital campaign is two-thirds of the way to its goal. Many of the area's foundations have contributed to the campaign, which has been directed by a lengthy list of well-known community leaders.

"They have devoted countless hours to this campaign. We are grateful for their vision, leadership and practical advice," said Haynes.

Former Grand Rapids Mayor John Logie is the campaign's honorary chairman. For more information on the campaign, go online to fhcwm.org.

Isaac V. Norris & Associates designed the renovation, while DVK Construction served as the general contractor.    

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