DBusiness Daily Report: Milwaukee Junction Condo Openings, Rocket Mortgage Classic Launch through July 25-31, 2022, and More



Milwaukee Junction Apartments include 25 housing units, 20 of which are affordable.  // Courtesy of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance
Milwaukee Junction Apartments include 25 housing units, 20 of which are affordable. // Courtesy of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance

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Milwaukee Junction Apartments Open New Affordable Housing Center

The Detroit City Department of Housing and Reconstruction announced on Monday that a new affordable housing project in the Milwaukee Junction area has opened and residents are moving into it.

The four-story 22,845-square-foot complex at 258 E. Milwaukee St. cost about $ 8 million. At the moment, 12 residents have moved into it. The project is part of the New Downtown Detroit Community Rehabilitation Project and serves as a benchmark for mixed-income housing in an area of ​​the city that is experiencing rising rents and demand.

Milwaukee Junction Apartments was developed by the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance (DCPA) and MHT Housing, based in Bingham Farms, and offers 25 housing units, 20 of which are offered at affordable prices, ranging from 40 to 80 percent of the Average Area Income (AMI) … This ranges from $ 454 to $ 945 per month including water. The affordability of these housing units is made possible by the Michigan Housing Authority’s Housing Tax Credit and support from the Detroit Department of Housing and Reconstruction and the Detroit Housing Commission.

“We know that those who make the least money sometimes need more help,” says Cleophus Bradley, chief operating officer of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Union. “We also believe that affordable housing, done right, is most beneficial in creating housing options that match the quality of the unaffordable. Just because they can’t afford to pay more doesn’t mean they deserve less. ”

For this reason, there is no difference between the apartments designated as affordable and the apartments at the market rate, which helps to provide quality housing for Detroit residents, regardless of their income. DCPA aims to improve the quality of life of residents through community activism and social programs, as well as spiritual support.

“This is a truly blended complex representing the community as a whole,” says Julie Schneider, director of Housing, Planning and Development. “It is very important that we create housing estates and neighborhoods together with Detroiters from all walks of life instead of dividing people according to their income. It also creates opportunities for affordable housing in the area with higher rents. A successful city is an inclusive city and therefore it is one of our key missions as a department. ”

Milwaukee Junction Apartments have a large common room, private parking and bicycle storage. The units themselves offer amenities such as central air conditioning, washers and dryers, and energy-efficient LED lighting.

The building also has bus and QLINE stops within walking distance, making it convenient for residents and provides access to all amenities along the Woodward and New Center corridor, as well as medical care at the nearby Henry Ford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center. and access to cultural sites such as the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The complex also includes approximately 1,800 square feet of ground floor retail space to serve both residents and community neighbors.

The project is one four-story building with one block located on the ground floor, along with common amenities including a lobby and a large public meeting room for residents and events, a post office, a bicycle storage room and a mechanical room. The remaining 24 residential buildings are located on the second, third and fourth floors. The project uses a transport theme: the building is located along Milwaukee with minimal losses.

The Milwaukee Junction project, similar to the one DCPA / MHT opened in 2019, is a $ 9.5 million 36-unit affordable mixed-use housing complex at 9100 Gratiot, near East Market. Much of the DCPA’s focus has been on the east side of the city, but after seeing rents rise in the larger New Center area, “we decided to help increase the amount of affordable housing available to residents in that area,” Bradley says.

Milwaukee Junction Apartments are managed by Continental Construction and Management, a subsidiary of MHT Housing.

Rocket Mortgage Classic Coming to July 25-31, 2022

The fourth edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic will take place July 25-31, 2022 at Detroit Golf Club, according to the PGA Tour 2022 schedule released today.

“We are excited to have another amazing golf week next summer when the Rocket Mortgage Classic returns to Detroit Golf Club,” said Jason Langwell, tournament executive director. “This event, now in its fourth year in a row, has quickly become a summer tradition with many of the world’s best golfers competing to support a very important cause – bridging the digital divide in Detroit.”

This is the third summer weekend the event has been scheduled for. The first to win Nate Lashley in 2019 took place on June 27-30. The 2020 and 2021 events (won by Bryson DeShambeau and Cam Davis respectively) were played on the 4th of July weekend.

This year’s tournament will take place between the 3M Open in Minnesota and the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Canadian firm acquires Novo construction products

Novo Building Products in Zealand (southwest of Grand Rapids) was acquired by Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada with Blue Wolf Capital Partners in New York. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Novo Building Products is a manufacturer and distributor of stair parts, curtain rods, doors and special joinery, as well as a variety of panel products. She manages decorative joinery, LJ Smith stair systems, Empire foundry and joinery, Southwest molding and joinery, and Novo Direct.

HDI is one of North America’s largest wholesale distributors of architectural construction products for residential and commercial construction. He operates a network of 70 retail outlets.

“We are thrilled to be joining the impressive family of HDI distributors,” said Jeff Leys, president and chief operating officer of Novo Building Products. “This is a time of growth for Novo Building Products and this recent acquisition is helping to strengthen us in the marketplace.”

Cleary University Improves Howell Campus

Cleary University, with its main campus in Howell and an office in Detroit, will welcome students to its main campus this fall with an improved campus with expanded sports, services and learning opportunities and new security features.

In addition to the golf simulators and chiropractic clinic added in 2020 to its wellness center, Cleary University has built an esports arena, expanded Clancy’s cafeteria, and built a liquor store in Cleary Commons. The Business University has also moved its ice hockey team to Ice Den 140 as a home site and partnered with MIPS (Michigan International Prep School) to build an on-campus Fab Lab, an innovation hub where hands-on learning will foster digital media and artificial intelligence. , 3-D Prototyping and Other STEM Oriented Subjects for Cleary Students.

“Everything we do is aimed at enhancing the student experience and making them successful while at Cleary,” said Matthew Bennett, senior vice president of educational development. “These improvements demonstrate our perseverance and tenacity to move forward and deliver higher education unparalleled in the region despite the pandemic.”

On campus, sidewalks now have improved accessibility, improved Wi-Fi throughout the campus, CCTV cameras, and blue phones provide increased student safety with the support of an expanded security team.

“It’s all about helping students achieve their career goals,” Bennett says. “There is an intersection of theory and practice on our campus, and we are constantly striving to improve and expand opportunities, which is why Cleary’s education is comprehensive and infinitely extensive. These extensions demonstrate our commitment not only to students, but to the community at large and throughout the region. ”

Running / Walking 5 km “Families Against Drugs” will take place on Saturday

This Saturday, Aug. 7, Families Against Drugs (FAN) High School in Clinton is hosting the 13th annual Run 5 Km Out of Town fundraiser.

Registration and exit check-in begins at 8:00 am and the opening ceremony begins at 9:00 am. Running / walking will start shortly thereafter.

Because of the pandemic, Drug Escape was conducted virtually. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event this year to help raise awareness of addiction and raise money to fund the many programs that FAN provides to individuals and families affected by the disease.

“We are grateful and thrilled to be able to personally host our Run Out of Town program again this year,” said Linda Davis, FAN CEO. “Last year, the pandemic forced us to switch to a virtual platform and we missed the crowd, the holidays and the positive energy. We look forward to seeing everyone at Fraser High School on August 7th. ”

To register for the Run Drugs Out of Town program, visit here

Kalamazoo will be featured on a new TV show

Crews for a new half-hour weekly TV show called High Streets of John McGyvern were recently in Kalamazoo collecting content for the upcoming episode.

Kalamazoo was one of two Michigan locations chosen to host the show.

The show, scheduled to debut in January 2022, is chaired by five-time Emmy-winning actor, comedian and TV host John McGyvern. The program will include 13 major streets throughout the upper Midwest, from Wisconsin to Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

“When the producers of Main Streets approached us, we were thrilled that they chose Kalamazoo as one of their locations,” says Jane Ghosh, President and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo. “We are so fortunate to have so many great people and places that they have been able to highlight and are very proud of the community that we represent.”

The production team interviewed several local business owners and local executives, toured major attractions, and took part in hands-on and behind-the-scenes activities.

High Streets of John McGyvern is produced by Plum Media in Milwaukee.