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Nonprofit plans West Side affordable housing project

July 6, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Dwelling Place partial rendering affordable housing Alpine Avenue NW Grand Rapids
A partial rendering of affordable housing units planned for Grand Rapids' West Side, near Harrison Park on Alpine Avenue NW. Courtesy Dwelling Place

A collection of homes and commercial buildings on the West Side could be transformed into multi-family affordable housing.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Dwelling Place will go in front of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on July 14 for the re-zoning of property at 1420, 1424 and 1430 Alpine Ave. NW.

Dwelling Place estimates the project could include up to 41 housing units, according to documents filed with the city.

The project would include 12 two-bedroom apartments and 23 three-bedroom apartments on Alpine Avenue, as well as three two-bedroom townhouses and three three-bedroom townhouses on Muskegon Avenue.

The owner of the property at 1424 Alpine Ave. NW, Richard Clark, submitted a letter of approval for Dwelling Place to submit an application seeking re-zoning.

Concurrent West Side projects

Dwelling Place also will be at the Planning Commission for a proposed affordable housing project with up to 26 units at 1138 Pine Ave. NW, which would require demolition of the former Pine Academy.

The two projects are related and were a suggestion from the West Grand Neighborhood Organization, Dwelling Place Director of Housing and Community Development Chris Bennett told the Business Journal last week.

The projects are meant to help provide affordable housing to residents already in the neighborhood, largely families with children enrolled in the Challenge Scholars program at the nearby Harrison Park Elementary School.

Together, the housing developments would likely cost $10 million.

Dwelling Place expects to finance the projects with the help of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, or LIHTC, philanthropic support and government grants. The LIHTC application likely would be submitted by Oct. 1, according to city files.

Progressive AE is the architect on the projects.

If all approvals are met, construction on the projects is expected to start next April.

Dwelling Place

Dwelling Place manages affordable housing communities in eight neighborhoods in Grand Rapids and in eight other communities across West Michigan.

It also manages housing for Genesis Nonprofit Housing Corporation in Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Kentwood.

Dwelling Place, founded in 1980, provides support services to more than 400 residents to make sure they maintain permanent housing. 

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