By Charles Sercombe
In the next few months, there’s going to be a big change underway in Hamtramck.
We’re talking major.
Especially for the city’s blighted southend.
Thanks to a $15 million grant through the Obama stimulus plan, Hamtramck will be able to demolish dozens of dilapidated houses and fix up many more. There will also be new housing units built.
Perhaps the biggest news is that the grant will cover part of the redevelopment cost to convert the former Shopper’s World building into a combination of commercial space on the ground floor and living units on the top floor.
All of this was announced by Jason Friedmann, the city’s Director of Community & Economic Development, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Oh, and one major milestone will be reached: the new housing units going up in the next several months will once and for all settle the Sarah Garratt housing discrimination lawsuit filed against the city about 40 years ago.
Friedmann said the demolition of rotted out houses in the southend will help eliminate the blight that has plagued that portion of the city for decades.
We’ll have more on this development in the coming weeks.