Developer plans $15M urban housing project
A developer is planning a $15-million project in Grand Rapids with several types of housing and commercial space.
LINC Community Revitalization, a neighborhood revitalization nonprofit in Grand Rapids, said yesterday that it plans to develop the project on Eastern Avenue SE, between Wealthy and Franklin streets. The city block that Eastern Village would occupy also has frontage on Charles Street SE and Thomas Street SE.
The proposed plan would create at least 70 apartment, townhome and row housing units, filling the majority of the city block and creating what LINC is referring to as Eastern Village.
Eastern Village would feature eight housing units within townhomes constructed on Charles Street SE, three row house buildings on Thomas Street SE that include 15 units of housing, two four-story buildings that each have 24 apartments and 6,000 square feet of commercial space on Eastern Avenue SE.
LINC said the properties would be "priced affordably to appeal to working-class individuals and families."
LINC is seeking approval from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. If it receives that approval, LINC plans for construction to begin next spring and the project to be completed in 2017.
LINC’s long-time ally Orion Real Estate Solutions would partner on the project, with Orion Construction in Grand Rapids serving as the contractor and Isaac V. Norris & Associates in Grand Rapids serving as the project’s architect.
“LINC is proud and excited to begin another revitalization project in southeast Grand Rapids and to have the support of our partner, Orion Construction,” said Darel Ross, co-executive director, LINC. “Through our partnership, we will have a tremendous impact on the community.”
The property LINC is planning to develop formerly housed Brother Love Towing, as well as other residential properties and some vacant land.
The land was selected for development by LINC after gathering input from the community during neighborhood discussions held in 2012.
More than 200 residents gave input, which led to the idea for Eastern Village, according to LINC.
“It’s important that residents have a say in what happens in their neighborhoods,” Ross said. “These people have spent their time and energy building strong, vibrant communities and we want to add to that. They deserve to have their voices heard.”