Develop Detroit

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Contact Information:

Ben Phillips,

Team Members and Partners:

Develop Detroit: Sonya Mays and Ben Philips

  • Tourmalet Advisors
  • SWA Group
  • Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
  • Fisheye Farms
  • Greening of Detroit
  • Southwest Housing Solutions

Proposal Highlights

  • Goal to retain current Fitzgerald residents through home ownership programs and attract new residents, focusing on students, university faculty and staff, immigrant populations, adult children of current residents, and urban agriculture workers interested in live/work opportunities
  • Create a Home Owner Association to provide common maintenance, resident involvement, opportunities for community ownership
  • Community engagement and development of community services (homebuyer education and counseling, safety and security), opportunity for side lot acquisition for homeowners
  • Initial rental with the goal of selling all homes within years 6-10
  • Acquire approximately 76 additional properties in neighborhood for rehabilitation
  • Home rehabilitation complete by summer 2018

Workforce Opportunities

Local hiring: Propose to use local labor for deconstruction, rehabilitation, landscaping by working with existing programs at EcoWorks, Greening of Detroit and Southwest Solutions to train residents. The Greening of Detroit has ongoing involvement in Fitzgerald already with a crew of eight residents.

Proposed Project Size

  • Number of houses rehabbed: 56 (approx.)
  • Number of houses demolished: 55 (approx.)
  • Total development cost: $7,275,700 (approx.)
  • Proposed funding sources: equity, loan, grants, and public subsidy