Jeffries Projects

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The Jeffries Homes , also called the Jeffries Housing Projects, was a public housing project located in Detroit, Michigan, near the Lodge Freeway. It included two sections: Jeffries West, a high-rise and low-rise complex located west of the freeway, and Jeffries East, a low-rise complex located east of the freeway. The project was named for Edward J. Jeffries, a former Detroit Recorder's Court judge, who was also father of a Detroit mayor.

History[edit]

The Jeffries Projects opened in 1953 as a complex of eight 14-story buildings; five additional towers and low-rise apartment blocks were added in 1955. At first, the complex was popular among many Detroit residents who were eager to move into the new buildings. But by the late 1960s, the buildings had become a haven for drug dealers and an area with a high crime rate.

In April 2001, most of the towers of Jeffries West were imploded, while three were renovated, and converted to senior housing. The tenants of the Jeffries were moved to Freedom Place and Research Park Housing Complexes, approximately 8 city blocks from the Jeffries.[1] A mixed-use housing development, named Woodbridge Estates, was built on the site of the now-imploded towers of Jeffries West.[1]

In March 2008, the low-rise housing project known as Jeffries East, across the Lodge Freeway from the former Jeffries West, began demolition to make way for a new development named Cornerstone. Jeffries East originally included 252 units of public housing; Cornerstone includes 180 units of mixed-income housing. Of the units, 138 are public housing and 42 are marketed as "affordable".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gentrification of Detroit: Will Shiny New Projects Push Out the Old Residents?, by Brandon Q. White / The Michigan Messenger, published 27 December 2007
  2. ^ LONG-AWAITED DEMOLITION BEGINS AT JEFFRIES EAST PUBLIC HOUSING, HUD Press Release, published 20 March 2008

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