JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) — The Jackson Housing Commission and the City of Jackson have received a $450,000 grant for the Downtown Jackson neighborhood. HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, part of the Choice Neighborhoods initiative, was awarded to only eight communities nationwide in 2021.
“The Downtown Jackson neighborhood was selected for its tremendous opportunity and strategic location as the heart of the region,” said Laurie Ingram, executive director of the Jackson Housing Commission. “The downtown district of Jackson represents the true spirit and energy of the city of Jackson.”
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The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) focuses on three main goals:
- Housing: Transform struggling public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income, physically and financially viable long-term housing.
- People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the targeted developments and surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to education, health and recreation, safety, employment and mobility of residents; and
- Neighborhood: Help transform target neighborhoods into viable mixed-income communities with access to well-functioning services, high-quality public schools and education programs, high-quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transport and better access to jobs.
“Downtown boasts historic structures, a rich arts culture, award-winning restaurants and a thriving business community,” Ingram said. “Despite these unique strengths, Downtown Jackson continues to face challenges related to affordable housing, business development, traffic, and safety and security. This plan will help create a roadmap on how to address these challenges through creative and innovative approaches. »
The plan centers on the redevelopment of the Reed Manor property, including its 292 low-income housing units. Officials say they will use the grant to replace 100% of such housing in the neighborhood.
In a press release, the Jackson Housing Commission said the plan ensures that current residents “will be able to benefit from this transformation by preserving affordable housing or [be provided] with the choice of moving into affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity.
The process of creating the Downtown Jackson Choice Neighborhood Plan will take approximately two years and will be completed in November 2023.
“As we envision, design and seek to implement the investments and physical changes needed to revitalize the community, local residents will be involved from day one, so they can help take a leadership role in the process. “, wrote officials. “JHC and the City of Jackson will work with Reed Manor residents, the Jackson Housing Board of Commissioners, public and private agencies, community and philanthropic organizations, local neighbors and other identified individuals and stakeholder groups to bring together and leverage the resources needed to support the Plan’s strategic and financial viability.
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