A woman walks through the Midtown neighborhood of DetroitAs demand for living in Detroit continues to increase, the City’s Planning & Development and Housing & Revitalization departments are seeking proposals to redevelop two key city-owned parcels in the Midtown area to add more than 200 new residential units.  Consistent with the city’s approach to residential projects that include city land or financial participation, 20 percent of the units will be made available to households making 80 percent of area median income or lower.


“As the city rebuilds its population density, we are going to do everything we can to make sure Detroiters of all income levels have the ability to live in these new developments,” said the city’s Director of Housing & Revitalization director, Arthur Jemison.  “That includes some of the best new developments in downtown, midtown and along the east riverfront.”

The site of the former Wigle recreation center is the largest publicly-held, contiguous development site in Midtown. The seven-acre site is located at 901 Selden Street, just three blocks west of Woodward Avenue and the new Q-Line streetcar.  Competitive bids will include a well-designed, walkable, environmentally sustainable, mixed-income neighborhood of between 150-200 units, with open space that connects seamlessly to the Midtown neighborhood.

Project proposals also should include a mix of residential unit types and sizes, with at least 50% of the units made available to renters, with 20% of the rental units reserved for affordable housing.  More detailed program requirements can be found in the project RFP.  Questions about the RFP and submissions can be sent electronically to wigle@detroitmi.gov. To be considered, all proposals must be received by 5:00pm EST on Monday, November 14, 2016.

The City also is seeking proposals to develop a vacant site in Midtown’s Sugar Hill Arts District (the “District”).  According to the RFP, proposals must create a walkable, mixed-use, mixed-income community that includes at least 60 units of multifamily rental housing in addition to ground-floor retail and structured parking.

The site is approximately 1 acre and generally bounded by East Forest, John R, Garfield, and Woodward Avenue. The District is designated a national and local historic district, with cultural anchors such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art.

Submissions should include at least 60 multifamily residential units (20% of the residential units should be affordable to households making 80% of area median income (AMI) or lower), ground-floor retail, and a parking structure.  Questions about the RFP and submissions can be sent electronically to sugar-hill@detroitmi.gov. To be considered, all proposals must be received by 5:00pm EST on Monday, November 14, 2016.

The City expects to select developers based on the strength of their proposals by mid-December.    Jemison said there will be a community engagement process that will allow residents of these areas to have a voice in the selection of the developers.

“Another core value of ours is community participation in projects like these,” Jemison said. “No one understands the needs of a community better than its residents.  We look forward to the exchange of ideas and coming up with developments that bring the greatest value and impact possible to their neighborhoods.”

Both RFPs can be accessed at http://www.detroitmi.gov/how-do-i/housing-and-revitalization-rfps.

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