LINC began redevelopment efforts throughout the City of Kentwood in 2009. Quality housing of choice plays a key role in the sustainability and strength of families and neighborhoods. As the housing market took a downward turn with the foreclosure crisis, LINC partnered with local, state and federal to restore the quality and accessibility of housing throughout Kent County with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
In November 2010, LINC led a charrette process in Kentwood for the 52nd corridor between Eastern and Kalamazoo Ave. Over 100 community residents participated and the Area Specific Plan was successfully incorporated into the City of Kentwood’s master plan (See Appendix B & C). The early traces of redevelopment are currently taking place.
LINC redeveloped 8 units on the corner of 52nd & Kalamazoo Ave and before the paint dried there was a waiting list of residents eager to move in. The 8 units are completely occupied and the revitalization continues.
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has just funded the redevelopment of three additional units within Kentwood.Stay tuned for details!