Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is excited to announce that it has been selected by the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation through a formal request for proposal (RFP) process to acquire the Scott Center for $1, currently located at the southwest corner of S. Washington Avenue and W. Malcolm X Street in REO Town, Lansing.

Under the plan announced, Habitat for Humanity will acquire the Scott Center for $1 from the City of Lansing. The City has pledged to transfer a two-acre parcel of land located on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Lenawee and Hillsdale streets, subject to the master plan being approved. The BWL has pledged $100,000 to help fund the relocation of the structure, while earmarking any unspent balance of the $100,000 for site preparation and to jump-start the project.

Pending the approval of the BWL’s master plan for a new substation, Habitat for Humanity plans to renovate the Scott Center that’s been relocated to the lot on MLK and convert the property into 3-4 condo-style, affordable housing units. This will provide the gateway for the development of 18-20 units in total. Habitat for Humanity will contribute $300,000 toward the renovation and will also seek HOME and CDBG funds through the City of Lansing.

With pubic interest in mind, Habitat will retain as many of the Scott Center’s features as possible such as the winding staircase, subject to current building code. The Scott Center’s English Tudor-style exterior will serve as inspiration for the entire proposed development. Although the exteriors of the properties will celebrate a similar style, the proposed properties will be modern energy efficient homes.


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