Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Mack-Ashland II
President & CEO Sherry McRill of Northeast Guidance Center and President & CEO John Van Camp of Southwest Solutions hosted the Grand Opening of Mack-Ashland Phase II at 3783 Ashland Street with board members, stakeholders, funders, staff and neighborhood residents on September 27, 2017, celebrating the addition of twenty-eight low-income, affordable townhomes, a community center and playground on Detroit’s eastside. Remarks were made by City of Detroit Councilmember Andre Spivey, Deputy Director Burney Johnson of MSHDA and Mack-Ashland resident Patrice Giles, followed by a resolution presented to John Van Camp and read by Beverly Kindle-Walker of Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen’s office. Sherry McRill and John Van Camp ceremoniously cut the ribbon for the new John Van Camp Community Center. Supporters & Partners: Bank of America Foundation, Councilmember Scott Benson, Cinnaire Title Services, City of Detroit, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Chief of Police James E. Craig, Detroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Raymond J. Donnelly & Associates, Mayor Mike Duggan, Dykema Gossett, Enterprise Community Partners, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Humble Design, The Huttenlocher Group, Jefferson East, Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, KaBOOM! & Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Wayne County Commissioner Timothy Killeen, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, National Development Council, Northeast Guidance Center Board of Directors, PM Environmental, Southwest Solutions Board of Directors, Councilmember Andre Spivey, TDG Architects, U-SNAP-BAC and West Construction Services
MACK-ASHLAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mack-Ashland II Limited Dividend Housing Association Limited Partnership (LDHA LP) owns all properties in the Mack-Ashland Supportive Housing Community include Phase I (39 apartments 2013), Phase II (28 townhomes 2017) and Phase III (32 future townhomes). Southwest Housing Solutions is the general partner on the real estate development. Northeast Guidance Center is the lead agency providing innovative, community-based services that promote total wellness with an emphasis on behavioral health not only for children, but also for adults and families. Humble Design, a non-profit that designs humble, happy homes using donations of furniture and home furnishings, fully furnished the apartments in 2013 and partnered to furnish six supportive housing units in Phase II. A community center for all residents in the neighborhood, along with a playground, has been constructed. Mack-Ashland is an Enterprise Green Community and its construction meets specific criteria to provide significant health, economic and environmental benefits to low-income families. All the appliances in the units and the laundry room are energy-efficient and ADA compliant. Mack-Ashland residents take advantage of the Mack-Alter Square community shopping center across the street. There is easy access to grocery and retail stores, banks, medical services, bus lines, and much more. At the same time, 6,000 square footage of commercial space inside on the ground floor of the apartment complex further integrates the building. For Northeast Guidance Center’s Supportive Housing staff, call 313-308-1400 x 461.
KaBOOM! Playground: Volunteers built a community playground in two days in May at the John Van Camp Community Center in the Mack-Ashland neighborhood. The community project is a partnership between NEGC and Southwest Solutions and is made possible with funding from KaBOOM! Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.