Last month, tenants began moving into the 150-unit Piquette Square that was developed and will be managed by
. The official grand opening of the 106,000-square-foot mixed-use building will be celebrated on July 15. About 90 units are already occupied.
Piquette Square is located in the Milwaukee-Junction area of New Center on the site where the historic Studebaker factory
was destroyed by fire in 2005. The four-story brick building is located at 285 Piquette. It includes 6,000 square feet of common area and 5,000 square feet of commercial space; the housing is targeted to veterans, to whom mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, on-site job training, computer labs and educational programs are offered.
Piquette Square is a $23 million project that is supported by federal, state and local government agencies; Michigan State Housing Development Authority
, Corporation for Supportive Housing
, City of Detroit, Wayne County
, NeighborWorks America
, The Salvation Army
, Focus Hope
, Michigan Veterans Foundation Detroit Center
, American Veterans (AMVETS Detroit)
, the Detroit Housing Commission
and Jewish Vocational Services
, among others.
Homeless advocates estimate that there are more than 4,000 homeless veterans in Detroit. One of every three homeless men in Detroit and nationally is a veteran. Piquette is the second project of its kind in Michigan and is one of the largest in the nation.
Source: Steve Palackdharry, Southwest Solutions
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh