Mayor, Partners Cut Ribbon on The Weber, Adding 44 Affordable Housing Units to Detroit

Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council President Mary Sheffield, Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Detroit office (LISC Detroit), Huntington Bank Chair Gary Torgow, development partners, funders, and community members cut the ribbon on The Weber yesterday. 

The formerly vacant apartment building, located on Hazelwood in the Piety Hill neighborhood, was abandoned for a decade. Now, the building offers 44 units of affordable housing, with rents starting as low as $789 per month. Next spring, another 90 units will be available across the street from the renovated structure. 

The Weber is the first of three vacant apartment buildings on a single block of Hazelwood being redeveloped into a total of 131 units of affordable housing, thanks to the Detroit Housing for the Future Fund, which helps developers bridge financial gaps in their efforts to create and renovate quality affordable housing options in neighborhoods across the city. 

“We know that people who are living in houses and are renting right now are under a lot of pressure because property values in Detroit are growing,” Duggan said at the press conference prior to the ribbon-cutting. “That’s what happens when your city is coming back. But we want to make sure nobody was pushed out of the city. We wanted to make sure there was a place here for everybody. And now, in the middle of this beautiful neighborhood, 130 more families are going to be able to live in building that has been vacant.”  

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