GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ground will be broken on Harrison Park Apartments Thursday as a response to the growing housing crisis on Grand Rapids’ West Side.
According to school leaders, the housing crisis is harming the success of the Challenge Scholars program offered at Grand Rapids Public Schools. The program prepares students on the west side of Grand Rapids for college. Also, it provides scholarships for students who graduate in good standing from Union High School.
Displacement and rising rates has jeopardized the effect of breaking the cycle of poverty through post-secondary education.
An organization called Dwelling Place is helping to create the affordable housing option. Harrison Park Apartments will be located at 1400 Alpine Avenue near Richmond Street on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.
The $13 million development will consist of a four-story complex with 45 new affordable units for families. The building will include three commercial work spaces on the ground floor, 900-square feet of community space and a new community garden.
Two- and three-bedroom apartments will be available for families who make at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income.
The groundbreaking will happen at 1:30 p.m. at the empty apartment lot. Dwelling Place, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and several other community partners will be at the ground breaking at the Harrison Apartments.