New developments planned for Midtown

Nearly eight acres of land in Midtown will soon be transformed into roughly 200 new residential units says the city’s Planning & Development and Housing & Revitalization departments.

The city is currently accepting proposals for new developments at two key city-held locations.

The now closed Wigle Recreation Center boasts seven acres to be developed. The Sugar Hill development located between East Forest, John R., Garfield and Woodward is a much smaller one acre, but proximity to a number of museums and restaurants makes the spot a sought-after location.

The city has stipulated that proposals include affordable housing options. 20 percent of the units must be made available to households making 80 percent of the city's median income or lower.

The Sugar Hill development will also include ground-floor retail and a parking structure.


Arthur Jemison, Director of Housing & Revitalization, said in a news release that there are plans to include the current residents of the areas in a community engagement process.

“No one understands the needs of a community better than its residents,” he said. “We look forward to the exchange of ideas and coming up with developments that bring the greatest value and impact possible to their neighborhoods.”

The deadline for proposals is November 14. Developers are expected to be selected by mid-December.

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