The first phase of infrastructure construction will begin this month, which will involve the installation of lighting, the water and sewerage system, as well as new streets and sidewalks.
"We are focusing on neighborhoods this term," said Mayor Kilpatrick. "Our goal is to improve the quality of life for residents with the implementation of the Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative. The Gardenview Estates will be a great addition to this west side community and it will help revive the Joy Road corridor."
The first phase of housing construction is slated to begin this summer. The overall plan calls for approximately 920 single-family homes, condos, lofts and townhouses. Gardenview Estates will be a mixed income community. Its units will be available for purchase or rent at affordable and market rate prices.
The site plans also include some retail and community green space. In May the 35,000 square foot NFL Youth Education Town Boys and Girls Club is scheduled to open. The projected total investment in the Gardenview Estates development is $227,946,064.
"One of HUD's greatest accomplishments during the past year at the helm of DHC has been the progress made to develop this 139-acre parcel of land formerly known as Herman Gardens," said Assistant Secretary Cabrera. "After 10 years of delay, I'm proud to stand here with the City of Detroit, who has been a partner in this effort, to break ground for the new Gardenview Estates."
The site was first approved for HUD HOPE VI funding in 1996 during Mayor Dennis Archer's first term in office, but beyond the site demolition one year later, development never commenced.
In 2002, recently elected Mayor Kilpatrick learned the City was at risk of losing the HOPE VI funding and immediately scheduled a meeting with HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson to resolve the issue and restore the project's HOPE VI funding.
HUD's HOPE IV mixed-finance program leverages resources necessary to transform the public housing communities of yesteryear into vibrant and sustainable communities. This new direction in public housing emphasizes the importance of integrating residents into the social, economic, and physical fabric of a community.
The 139-acre site, once home to 2,144 apartment units known as Herman Gardens is on the City's northwest side. (Joy Road bounds it to the north, Tireman Ave. to the south, Southfield Freeway to the west and Asbury Park to the east)