Monday, March 05, 2007

Ground broken on massive Gardenview Estates project in Northwest Detroit

If you live near the former Herman Gardens site in Northwest Detroit, take a good long look at it the next time you pass by - the barren 139 acres you're used to seeing is about to get a major makeover.

Last month, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Assistant HUD Secretary-Orlando Cabrera and the Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) broke ground on the area, which is being developed into a 920-residence community called Gardenview Estates.

The development, which is set to include single-family homes, lofts, condominiums and townhouses, will include market-rate housing (a mix of rentals and residential sales).

The new community will also be home to Detroit's new NFL Youth Education Town - a 35,000 square foot facility scheduled to open in May 2007. New retail and green spaces are also likely in the future Gardenview Estates neighborhood.

Infrastructure installation - new lighting, roads, sidewalks, water and sewer systems - is currently underway. Construction on the first phase of the housing of Gardenview Estates is set to begin this summer. Overall, the projected investment of the project tops $227 million.

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