City of Detroit receives $30M HUD grant to realize affordable housing in Greater Corktown

Jun 18, 2021

As a direct outcome of the Greater Corktown Neighborhood Framework Plan, the City of Detroit received a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for “mixed-income housing to hedge against gentrification in Greater Corktown,” according to The Detroit News. The funding comes through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant program for 2020.

SCAPE worked alongside team lead Perkins + Will on the plan for Detroit’s oldest neighborhood last year, focusing on open space design that prioritizes connectivity and access; green infrastructure; community-informed urban design; preservation of historic community amenities and the expansion of new, mixed-use spaces with an explicit focus on anti-displacement measures and economic prosperity within the growing neighborhood.

“Due to urban renewal in the 1950s-1970s, 75 acres of homes within Greater Corktown were cleared for industrial development, and the neighborhood was interrupted by multiple highways,” followed by decades of disinvestment, according to HUD. The Greater Corktown Neighborhood Framework Plan advances a community-driven vision for reinvestment in public assets, affordable housing, safer circulation, more accessible green spaces and a Community Empowerment Center to house critical supportive services for the neighborhood.

The plan’s housing strategy is led by two development partners, The Community Builders and American Community Developers.

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Project partners on the Greater Corktown Neighborhood Planning Framework include Perkins + Will (Prime); HR&A Advisors, Inc.; Nelson Nygaard; WSP; Projects and People; and Ideas and Action.

Client: The City of Detroit; Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.