Housing

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The site of the former Studio 28 in Wyoming will soon be transformed into more than 200 apartments.

The Studio 28 movie theater located on Wyoming’s 28th Street has been dormant since 2008. Soon, the 7-acre site will be transformed with the construction of six buildings including 97one-bedroom and 129 two-bedroom apartments.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is facing a housing shortage for its temporary employees this summer.

The lakeshore's deputy superintendent, Tom Ulrich, says the attraction along Lake Michigan's eastern coastline is in need of housing for up to 25 seasonal workers. Those workers include park rangers, guides and maintenance workers.

Urlich tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the lakeshore usually has plenty of government-owned housing. He blames the shortage on frozen pipes, employee retirements and the 35-day government shutdown.

If you've ever dreamed of staying in a Great Lakes lighthouse, here's your opportunity. The application period is open for the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program. Those selected can spend two weeks in the keepers' quarters of the historic Lake Huron structure in Tawas Point State Park between May 16 and Oct. 16. In exchange for free lodging, participants perform about 35 hours of services each week. 

Rep. Winnie Brinks hosts Affordable Housing Town Hall

Nov 21, 2017

In an effort to address the affordable housing crisis in Grand Rapids Michigan House Representative Winnie Brinks hosted a Town Hall yesterday evening at the Inner City Christian Federation.

“I think that this is a conversation that is really ripe to be had. Quite unintentionally we have been a victim of our success here in Grand Rapids," Rep. Brinks said. "We have a thriving city, we have nearly full employment, however there are people who have not benefited from that growth, and those are the folks that are being priced out of the housing market.”

Home Ownership

Jun 26, 2017
MSHDA

We discuss the topic of home ownership with guests on behalf of Michigan State Housing Development Authority.  Mary Townley and ICCF's Elzie Honeycutt join us.

ICCF

Feb 3, 2017
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ICCF

ICCF announces Stockbridge Apartments on Grand Rapids’ Westside. This new construction development  is bringing much needed affordable housing opportunities. We talk to Ryan VerWys, CEO of ICCF.

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  Investors are looking for Grand Rapids housing deals, upsetting longtime residents, and a proposed $100 million public-private partnership would seed new Michigan venture capital funds.    

Detroit
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A two-story, wood-frame house on Detroit's northwest side became the 10,000th vacant structure torn down as part of Mayor Mike Duggan's massive plan to eliminate blight.

An excavator was used to quickly tear down the house Tuesday on Marlowe Street.

It was another win in a yearslong battle to improve Detroit neighborhoods.

Duggan's blight program started 2 1/2 years ago.

He said Tuesday that Detroit's demolition program is "moving much more efficiently" than others around the country.

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A pilot project has transformed several demolished Detroit homes into gardens designed to capture and soak up stormwater and the idea could extend to other parts of the city as part of efforts to curb pollution in waterways, officials said.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the University of Michigan Water Center and the Detroit Land Bank Authority are among those that worked on the project to build four "bioretention gardens" on the city's west side.

Good news out of Kent County for residents in need of home repairs who may not be able to afford them. The Board of Commissioners recently approved additional funds for repairs on homes owned by low to moderate income families.

“The funding has been increased so that we could provide more services and expand opportunities.”

Darrell Singleton II is the manager of the Housing Commission and Community Development for Kent County.

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