Jeffries Projects

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The Jeffries Homes, also called the Jeffries Housing Projects or "Jeffries West", was a public housing project located in Detroit, Michigan, near the Lodge Freeway. It included ten high-rises and was named for Edward J. Jeffries, a former Detroit Recorder's Court judge, who was also father of a Detroit mayor.


The Jeffries Projects opened in 1953 as a complex of eight 14-story towers; 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.[1]


In April 2001, ten of the towers of Jeffries West were imploded to make way for the redevelopment of the housing project. The remaining tenants of the Jeffries were moved to Freedom Place and Research Park housing complexes, approximately 8 city blocks from the Jeffries, while the redevelopment took place.[2] A development by Scripps Park Associates was built on the site of Jeffries West and named "Woodbridge Estates".[2] Woodbridge Estates includes 281 mixed-income housing rental units, 101 owner-occupancy attached and detached single-family homes, a 100-unit senior housing apartment building, plus 297 units of senior housing in the three remaining towers of the former Jeffries West.[3]

Located east of the main project stood the low-rise Jeffries East Projects consisting of 252 public housing units in rowhomes, which were demolished in 2008.[4] The project was replaced by a development named Cornerstone completed in late 2012 developed in three phases. It included the development of 180 mixed-income rental units in 30 buildings of townhomes and duplexes, consisting of 138 public housing units and 142 affordable housing rental units. Former residents of Jeffries East in good standing with the Detroit Housing Commission were permitted to return to the next complex.[5]


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  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ "Experience, Woodbridge Estates". Rosenberg Housing Group. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Jeffries East Housing Project Slated for Demolition". Frequency 13 - Detroit. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Cornerstone". Detroit Housing Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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