Parkridge Homes were originally built in 1943 to supply temporary barracks-style housing to African-American workers who arrived in Ypsilanti to work at the Willow Run Bomber Assembly Plant during WWII. Despite the intended temporary nature of the 80-unit development, Partridge Homes were converted to public housing in the early 1950’s and remained in use until demolition began in July 2016 to make way for a new 86-unit apartment development.
The new low-income development, Parkridge Apartments, is comprised of townhomes that incorporate a “new urbanism” concept, along with a street grid that reconnects to the surrounding community. The street-facing townhomes include porches, sidewalks, driveways, yards and open spaces with a playground, grilling area and urban gardens.
In 2013, NFE provided an ALTA/ACSM Land Title survey of the property, and in 2016, provided topographic, boundary and tree surveys, as well as engineering plans for demolition, site, paving and grading, utility design, drainage, soil erosion and storm calculations. Next, we supplied construction documents, and was retained by the general contractor to provide construction staking services.
The result was new and improved low-income housing for Ypsilanti residents that is safer and integrates better into the surrounding community.