Tribe breaks ground on village
A tribe is building a multi-phase residential development in the region.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians said last week that it has broken ground on Pokégnek Édawat Hartford, northeast of Benton Harbor, which will serve as a tribal village.
The site, which doesn’t have an address yet, sits off Red Arrow Highway, about one mile east of Four Winds casino in Hartford, said Paige Risser, director of communications for the tribe.
The first phase of the project includes the construction of eight residential units across three structures: two duplexes with two units each; and one townhome with four units.
The units will be rented to tribal members. The tribe said half of the units will be “designated specifically for tribal elders.”
The first phase is expected to be completed next spring, Risser said.
Two additional phases are still in the planning stages. They will feature the addition of more units, a park and a community center.
“Pokégnek Édawat Hartford is the latest milestone in our mission to assist elders, youth and families with housing, community and self-sufficiency for a better quality of life," said John Warren, chairman, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
"We have 39 families on the waiting list for homes in Hartford, so the demand is high. We look forward to completing the additional phases to serve our families in need."
The units at Pokégnek Édawat Hartford will be managed by the Pokagon Housing and Facilities Department.
Kalamazoo-based 7GenAE and South Bend, Ind.-based Seven Generations Construction are working on the project, Risser said.