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USDA Funding Helps Convert a Michigan School Building into Quality Senior Housing

Recently, a USDA Rural Development project received one of the 2011 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.  The ceremony was held in the state Capitol rotunda and dozens of citizens and legislators from across the state turned out.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Gary Heidel opened the ceremony by noting the rich historic heritage of Michigan’s towns and cities and how the preservation of these sites is vital to keeping our state a place where people work, live and spend their leisure time.

Once a school, this underutilized building is now home to senior citizens with funding support from USDA Rural Development.

Once a school, this underutilized building is now home to senior citizens with funding support from USDA Rural Development.

A total of six projects received awards, and USDA Rural Development’s contribution was the rehabilitation of the former Durand High School into Sycamore House, a 40-unit senior residential facility and living community.  The Woda Group, LCC and its community partners took extra care to maintain the historic nature of the structure, which was built in 1920 but had been idle since 1965.

USDA Rural Development provided a loan guarantee through the Multi-Family Housing Guarantee Program.  Construction began on August 12, 2008 and was completed in mid-February of last year.

Durand, which is known for its historic railroad station, now has another link to its proud past and a former neighborhood eyesore is once again a bustling center for the community.

To learn more about USDA’s multi-family housing programs and how they can be used to provide safe, affordable housing in your community, click here.

State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway, Associate Principal Heather DeKorte of Cornerstone Architects, PCI Design Group, Inc. Owner Douglas Weatherby, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Woda Group, Inc. David Cooper Jr., Executive Director Gary Heidel, Michigan State Housing Development Authority.  Renovation of an old school building with USDA support resulted in the creation of new apartments for senior citizens in a Michigan community.

State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway, Associate Principal Heather DeKorte of Cornerstone Architects, PCI Design Group, Inc. Owner Douglas Weatherby, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Woda Group, Inc. David Cooper Jr., Executive Director Gary Heidel, Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Renovation of an old school building with USDA support resulted in the creation of new apartments for senior citizens in a Michigan community.

One Response to “USDA Funding Helps Convert a Michigan School Building into Quality Senior Housing”

  1. brent says:

    I would like to know about the school building, how many ft, how many class rooms, how many apartments are you planning on? and how much is this all going to cost? I have seen many bring done like this and costing mils, I have worked construction all of my life, and maybe thinking of doing this; so i’m collating infor

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