The neighbors of Roosevelt Park Neighborhood have the wisdom, experience, and determination necessary to create a thriving neighborhood. We believe in empowering residents to develop solutions and drive revitalization. Together, we will realize the possibilities to strengthen the economic, educational, physical, service, healthcare, and social environments of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.
The project began in 2013 when Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (Habitat Kent) began acquiring what would eventually add up to more than 5 acres of land along Grandville Avenue with the vision that it would be a catalyst for neighborhood-driven revitalization. Between 2013 and 2015, Habitat Kent initiated a series of neighborhood design charrettes, resident focus groups, and door-to-door surveys within the neighborhood in order to incorporate neighborhood input into the vision for the development. Neighborhood residents and stakeholders shared their desire for greater access to a variety of housing and businesses and a need for more programming for youth living in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood. As a result of the energy and excitement generated by the neighborhood engagement process, other local organizations expressed interest in becoming part of a collaborative development of the site to provide the much-needed and wanted programming.
The partners have expressed an interest in bringing the following to the 5.5 acre site:
- Affordable homeownership and rental housing opportunities.
- Increased health services through Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Clinica Santa Mari
- Expanded educational opportunities with up to four new Great Start Readiness Program preschool classes and the construction of a new high school facility to accommodate the expansion of Southwest Community Campus (SWCC), a Spanish/English dual immersion theme school, from a PK-8 to PK-12. Grand Rapids Public Schools has dedicated $20 million of the 2015 voter-approved bond for these projects.
- Shared community spaces and out of school time programming for teens.
See the full site plan below.