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Grand Rapids Housing Commission Development News

Updated August 28, 2020

Public Housing Conversion Update

The GRHC continues to work toward converting all units within our Low-Income Public Housing program to Section 8 Project-Based housing. Section 8 provides relatively stable funding that makes it possible to attract private investment in affordable housing; this investment will enable the GRHC to undertake needed renovations at these developments.

Scattered Sites Duplex Units

Scattered Sites duplex

The Housing Commission has completed the conversion of 20 Scattered Sites duplex units through the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

The GRHC is undertaking a total of $526,000 in improvements at these units, with funding through HUD Capital Fund program grants. Planned improvements include...

  • Sewer line and drainage renovations
  • Concrete and driveway repairs
  • Exterior lighting improvements
  • Landscaping improvements
  • Lighting improvements
  • Kitchen improvements, including new flooring, cabinets, counter tops, appliances
  • Energy- and water-saving improvements, including programmable thermostats, "low-flow" toilets, water heaters
  • Exterior and storm door replacement
  • New roofing
  • New smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

As of late August, exterior renovations are nearing completion, with interior improvements getting underway during September. Affected residents will be offered alternate housing while their unit is being renovated.

Adams Park Apartments

Adams Park Apartments

The GRHC plans to convert the 188 units at Adams Park through the Section 18 Streamlined Voluntary Conversion program that is part of HUD’s Asset Repositioning initiative. A required environmental review is scheduled for September 2020 after which an application for conversion will be submitted to HUD.

GRHC staff are currently preparing an application for federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that will be sold to investors to fund $4.6 million in improvements at Adams Park, including...

  • Boiler replacement
  • Trash compactor replacement
  • Exterior lighting improvements
  • Grounds improvements
  • New furniture in the Adams Park gazebo
  • Vinyl flooring replacement
  • Roofing and window replacement/repairs
  • New kitchen and bath cabinets and counter tops

Renovations will get underway when funding is available; no planned improvements will require displacing residents from their homes.

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Antoine Court Construction Underway!

Construction work at Antoine Court Apartments building site
A Triangle Associates crew tackles utility and foundation work, August 2020

Construction on Antoine Court Apartments got underway during spring 2020. Located on Division Avenue between Antoine Street SW and Delaware Street SW, the three-story building will feature fifty 690-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, including five barrier-free units; all units will meet accessibility standards and be designed so that they can be converted to barrier free as needed. The building will also offer a 1,153-square-foot community room. As of late August, crews are working on utilities and foundations.

Supported by the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program, Antoine Court Apartments will be home to veterans who have a HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Voucher or who are referred by the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. The development is also open to adults who have a disability as well as seniors ages 62 and older. Supportive services will be customized to meet the needs of each resident and will be coordinated by GRHC staff in partnership with local VA clinics, health care providers and social services agencies as appropriate.

The GRHC leveraged $1.4 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to fund the $13.5 million development project. The GRHC is the developer for Antoine Court; the project architect is Isaac V. Norris & Associates and Triangle Associates is the construction manager/general contractor. Construction will continue through early fall 2021, with an opening target of mid-September 2021.

Architect's rendering of Antoine Court Apartments
Architect’s rendering of Antoine Court Apartments
Floor plan of a typical Antoine Court apartment
Floor plan of a typical Antoine Court apartment

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