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Nonprofit plans affordable housing at ex-school

April 26, 2018
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ICCF Eastern Elementary School building
Courtesy ICCF

A local nonprofit is planning to redevelop an old school into affordable housing and offices.

The Grand Rapids City Planning Commission approved last month a request by the Inner City Christian Federation, or ICCF, to redevelop the former Eastern Elementary School, at 815 Malta St. NE, for affordable housing apartments and social services offices.

The residential aspect will total 50 apartments.

Twenty-five units will be for households making under 60 percent of the area median income, or AMI. Nine units will be for households making under 80 percent AMI. Sixteen units will be for households making under 120 percent AMI.

Sixty-one parking spaces will be available for residents and ICCF employees.

“The important thing is we’re really trying to address the issue of affordable housing,” said Ryan VerWys, CEO, ICCF. “I think this provides a variety of opportunities for people of different incomes.”

About 2,000 square feet on the main floor will be used for ICCF office space.

The existing gym on the ground floor will be renovated for use by residents.

Each floor will have laundry facilities.

ICCF has been working closely with residents in the vicinity of the project to hear their concerns and hopes for the building, according to documents submitted to the Planning Commission.

VerWys said the next steps for the project are to find sources for financing.

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