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Developer eyes school for $6M residential project

June 30, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids has proposed a $6 million residential development at the site of a vacant school. Rendering and map via city of Grand Rapids

A former school on Grand Rapids’ West Side could be demolished for a $6-million residential development.

The Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids will go in front of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on July 14 with a proposed $6-million affordable residential development with 26 units on the site of a vacant elementary school at 1138 Pine Ave. NW.

The proposal has 26 units, but the final project might have 23 units to better fit community plans and provide green space for neighborhood children, said Chris Bennett, director of housing and community development.

Bennett said Dwelling Place looked at utilizing former Pine Academy school, but decided to demolish it due to issues with the layout and potential hazardous materials. Bennett said the demolition costs will push the total price of the project closer to $10 million.

A multi-family residential building will be built utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the state, which restricts occupancy to families making 60 percent or less of the area median income, or approximately $44,000 for a family of four.

The proposal includes three-bedroom flats and townhomes on the 1.1-acre site.

The flats would be split into buildings with two stories each. Each floor consists of an approximately 1,000-square-foot flat.

The townhomes will each be two stories with a 1,000-square-foot first floor and a 650-square-foot second floor.

Progressive AE is the architect on the project.

Bennett said the expected residents of the development will likely already be West Side families looking for “quality, affordable housing to keep their students in Harrison Park Elementary.”

Dwelling Place Pine map

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