Chris Allen was the project architect and designer for this project while he was employed at Kadushin Associates Architects Planners.
Woodbridge Estates was a public/private partnership between a local development team and the Detroit Housing Commission.
Formerly known as the Jeffries Projects, most of the dilapidated public housing towers and low-rise structures on the site were demolished. The old street grid (in place prior to the previous construction of The Jeffries Projects) was restored and connected to the surrounding neighborhood.
The new buildings primarily consist of low-rise 2 and 3-unit structures, with their appearance of single family homes and condos. There was also a for-sale component of the project, consisting of single-family homes.
Funding for this project included $25.4 million in HOPE VI funds and consists of a mixed-income, mixed-use, mixed-ownership development employing mixed-finance techniques predicated on market forces. It is the most economically integrated HOPE VI project, with rental housing ranging from public housing to fair market, and home ownership ranging from affordable to fair market condos and single family dwellings.
The project resulted in $50 million development of housing, as well as community and retail facilities.
The first five phases of the project are closed, with tax credits awarded for each rental component. Most of the new units are now occupied, consisting of:
a.) 281 rental units, ranging from ACC, LIHTC to market rate.
b.) 101 on-site home ownership units, of which 37 are affordable.