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Habitat for Humanity Capital Region to acquire Scott Center

Tuesday, May 31, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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Scott Center to be relocated, will serve as gateway for new affordable housing development

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is excited to announce that it has been selected by the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation through a formal request for proposal (RFP) process to acquire the Scott Center for $1, currently located at the southwest corner of S. Washington Avenue and W. Malcolm X Street in REO Town, Lansing.

The BWL, the City of Lansing and Habitat for Humanity held a press conference today to announce its future plans for the Scott Center pending approval of a master plan to install a new central substation for the BWL by the Planning Board and City Council to be located at the Center’s current location in REO Town.

“Habitat for Humanity had been exploring opportunities to advance multi-family housing units and so we responded to the City of Lansing’s request for proposal to acquire the Scott Center so that we could attempt to save this beautiful building from demolition,” said Vicki Hamilton-Allen, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Capital Region. “We are excited by the news and intend to make the Scott Center the initial project for a larger affordable housing development which will support families in the Lansing community.”

Under the plan announced today, Habitat for Humanity will acquire the Scott Center for $1 from the City of Lansing. The City has pledged to transfer a two-acre parcel of land located on Martin Luther King Blvd. between Lenawee and Hillsdale Streets to Habitat for Humanity for $1 to support the placement of the structure, subject to the master plan being approved. The BWL has pledged $100,000 to help fund the relocation of the structure, while earmarking any unspent balance of the $100,000 for site preparation and to jump-start the project.

Pending the approval of the BWL’s master plan for a new substation, Habitat for Humanity plans to renovate the Scott Center that’s been relocated to the lot on MLK and convert the property into 3-4 condo-style, affordable housing units. This will provide the gateway for the development of 18-20 units in total. Habitat for Humanity will contribute $300,000 toward the renovation and will also seek HOME and CDBG funds through the City of Lansing.

With pubic interest in mind, Habitat will retain as many of the Scott Center's features as possible such as the winding staircase, subject to current building code. The Scott Center's English Tudor-style exterior will serve as inspiration for the entire proposed development. Although the exteriors of the properties will celebrate a similar style, the proposed properties will be modern energy efficient homes.

“This project is an exciting opportunity for Habitat for Humanity to be able to serve more families in our community by providing them a hand up and not a hand out,” added Hamilton-Allen.

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