Projects

Hamilton Crossing Phase I & II

Hamilton Crossing Phases I and II are the transformation of the former Parkview Apartments, a boarded-up, derelict property in Ypsilanti, Michigan, into 144 units of family housing.  This property sat essentially vacant for several years until the remaining few tenants sued HUD to force a foreclosure. The YHC had engaged Chesapeake Community Advisors (“CCA”) as the development consultant and CCA worked with the YHC from 2004 to 2010 when the foreclosure and sale to the YHC for $1 finally occurred.

The property was redeveloped in two phases, using both 4% and 9% LIHTC from the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority.  As part of the Parkview Tenants Association settlement agreement, HUD provided an Upfront Grant in the amount of $40,000 per unit and 144 new Section 8 vouchers.  The creative financing structures allowed for the properties to be well reserved for the long term.

The property is primarily townhouse units with full basements.  The substantial renovation included new roofs, windows, HVAC systems, drywall, kitchens and baths and extensive site work and landscaping. Each unit offers the original hardwood floors and in-unit washers and dryers.  A community building on site provides a community room, a computer lab and management offices.

The Phase I property also offers the Family Empowerment Program in partnership with Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw County United Way and funding through the Kresge Foundation.  This program allows each family to work with the on-site social worker to formulate and individual plan for self-sufficiency.  It brings programs such as after school tutoring, healthy cooking, Zumba and Yoga classes to the site along with job readiness training, access to dental care and summer camp for kids. 

The project was recently awarded the Charles Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for a HUD Preservation Property.

Specifications

Development Type
21 - 1BR, 78 - 2BR, 45 - 3BR
Number of Units
144
Type of Housing
Rehab
Development Cost
20 Million
Location
Ypsilanti, Michigan, Michigan
Project Complete
January 2019
Development Role
Development Consultant
Unit Mix
21 - 1BR, 78 - 2BR, 45 - 3BR
Architect
Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc.
Contractor
Rhode Construction Company
Developer
Ypsilanti Housing Commission; CCA
Owner
Ypsilanti Housing Commission
Investor
Boston Financial, Cinnaire
Lender
MSHDA, Key Bank, Wahtenaw County, Ypsilanti Housing Commission

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“RPS engaged CCA in 2005 to assist in the disposition of RPS’s affordable housing portfolio, which consisted of over eighty properties, located throughout the country. The successful conclusion to our portfolio disposition is in large part attributable to Ben and David and their team at CCA. Though faced with a multitude of problems, including properties with extensive deferred maintenance, difficult regulatory agencies and severely distressed financial markets, CCA brought resolutions to our issues that were consistently satisfactory to all parties concerned. The depth and scope of CCA’s expertise in the many facets of the affordable housing industry proved invaluable. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a group of professionals.”