Construction has broken ground on a new mixed-use project in Southwest Detroit named La Joya Gardens. The City of Detroit, a non-profit organization with a location in Lansing, Michigan, and corporate benefactors are working together on the project.
42 of the 47 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units in the US$24 million complex will be priced to be affordable for persons making 30% to 80% of the area’s typical income. It corresponds to one-bedroom rent starting at just $500 per month.
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The property will also include around 6,000 square feet of retail space when it debuts next summer. Furthermore, 1,500 square feet of adaptable community space with indoor and outdoor seats for social gatherings and special events.
A 500-square-foot café and a landscaped plaza will also be part of the construction in the Hubbard Farms Historic District of the city. Both of these will be available for lease to entrepreneurs and businesses in Southwest Detroit.
The mixed-use development was created by SITIO Architecture + Urbanism. It will breathe new life into a city block along West Vernor Highway. The space had been unoccupied for more than ten years.
Commentary on the La Joya development in Detroit
“The Strategic Neighborhood Fund is assisting us in developing new, affordable housing in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Additionally, it will revitalize our venerable business corridors, such as West Vernor. At the recent ground-breaking event, Mayor Duggan said.
“For years, this important corner has been an empty lot, but due to SDBA, Cinnaire Solutions, and the SNF, it will once again be vibrant and a beautiful site for Detroiters and small businesses to call home. Housing and equitable development are two of my six policy goals, so I’m happy to be here today to mark the launching of La Joya Gardens.
Our neighborhoods are transformed by initiatives like these, said Councilwoman Gabriela Santiago-Romero at the ceremony.