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Habitat for Humanity of Kent County’s Wealthy Heights Partnership Project
Grand Rapids, Michigan – In June 2010 Habitat for Humanity of Kent County kicked off one of its most extensive partnership projects to date. Habitat Kent will help continue the revitalization of one of Grand Rapids’ most eclectic & diverse areas – the Wealthy Heights neighborhood of East Hills.
The Partnership Project will include road renovation by the City of Grand Rapids, preservation of existing homes, repairs and even some new home construction.
Owner-occupied homes will also receive attention through “A Brush With Kindness” which paints and repairs homes and weatherization which improves the safety and energy efficiency of an existing home.
Through partnerships with Grand Rapids Community College, students learning green construction techniques will do work on a number of these homes.
When Habitat is done a quarter of Wealthy Heights will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified.
Completed: 306 Donald Place SE – Total gut rehab of an existing home for a new home owner family
Completed: 335 Freyling Place SE – LEED Platinum certified new construction of an accessible, super energy efficient home that produces its own energy for a home owner family of seven
Completed: 353 Visser Place SE – Total gut rehab of an existing two-family home into a single unit
Completed: 302 Donald Place SE – Community Garden created on the site of a deadly fire which took the lives of an entire family
Completed: 309 Donald Place SE – Removed exterior lead paint, painted home, replaced porch post
Completed: 314 Donald Place SE – Removed back patio, replaced fence, installed new landscaping
Completed: 319 Donald Place SE – Removed exterior lead paint, painted home
Completed: 322 Donald Place SE – Replaced porch and post, installed new landscaping
Completed: 337 Donald Place SE – Repaired garage service door, basement access door, glass block windows, fence, removed exterior lead pain and painted window trim, and installed landscaping
Planned: Weatherization and “A Brush With Kindness” activities are planned for up to another 14 homes in the neighborhood which are owner occupied.
349 Visser Place SE Historic Preservation Gut Rehab (This home was slated for deconstruction until Habitat's involvement in the project.)
327 Freyling Place SE Decononstruction / New Construction
336 Robey Place SE Historic Preservation Gut Rehab
307 Robey Place SE New Construction on an empty lot
341 Visser Place SE Historic Preservation Gut Rehab
319 Freyling Place SE Decononstruction / New Construction
352 Visser Place SE Historic Preservation Gut Rehab
Project Partners Include:
Click here for a printable brochure on the project
Click here for a map of the proposed changes
Click here for more on the proposed street construction and improvements