Cass Community Social Services begins rehab of Antisdel Apts

Cass Community Social Services broke ground on a $10 million rehab on the city's near west side last week, breathing new life into a classic art deco apartment building.

The Arthur Antisdel Apartments is the latest addition to Cass Community Social Services' campus, which now covers a roughly four block area just west of the Lodge Freeway and several blocks south of the Davidson.

"We're trying to build on what we have started," says Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services.

The $10 million project will turn the 4-story apartment building at 1584 Elmhurst St. into 41 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless people. The project's goal is to provide homeless men and women with safe, secure, attractive and affordable housing that is within easy walking distance of Cass Community Social Services' headquarters and other services, such as educational and 12-step programs.

The project will thoughly rehab the entire building using a number of sustainable practices, such as finding a new use for an existing structure. The Arthur Antisdel Apartments will also incorporate a geothermal heating and cooling system, which is the gold star of green-building practices. The Arthur Antisdel Apartments will be the first homeless housing project in Michigan to utilize a geothermal system, according to Cass Community Social Services.

Construction is expected to begin in earnest in November.

Source: Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services
Writer: Jon Zemke

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