Renovating River Crest
Reviving Housing and Renewing lives
A home. Comprised of two buildings, each with two wings. Ready to take flight.
To escape from the deterioration that was happening within its walls, its floors, and the lives of its inhabitants. Yet, most didn’t have the means to leave and start anew. So they stayed in this crumbling building they called home. Among the violence. The murder. The drugs. The theft. They held out hope that one day their home would be revived. That one day they would feel safe within its walls.
That day finally came. In 2013, Colony and Fisher Arms Apartments, one of the most problematic buildings in Detroit’s history, embarked on a multi-million dollar rehabilitation and restoration process. A successful and committed partnership between Cinnaire, Chesapeake Community Advisors, Inc., Building Blocks Non-Profit, and the City of Detroit allowed for unique financing, a new and improved management approach, and wide-spread community impact.
Prominently located adjacent to Detroit’s Gold Coast, Indian Village, and East Village historic neighborhoods, Colony and Fisher Arms, now named River Crest Apartments, is a true representation of the revitalization efforts taking place in the city of Detroit. The nearly century-old brick building features 161 affordable units, a mail room, wash room, new appliances, paint, carpets, central air conditioning, security cameras and secure parking. The lobby is elegantly appointed with paneled walls, tile floors and new gas fireplaces.
Now, not only are buildings and communities being revived, but lives are being renewed through these efforts.
Project Details - By the Numbers
Total Development Cost
Projected Residents Served
Home Office - Lansing
1118 South Washington
Lansing MI, 48910
320 North Meridian, Suite 516
Indianapolis IN, 46204
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 502
Wilmington, DE 19801
225 West Washington, Suite 1350
Chicago, IL 60606
10 E. Doty Street, Suite 617
Madison, WI 53703
100 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Suite 202
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
2111 Woodward Avenue, Suite 600
Detroit, MI 48201
231 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 302
Milwaukee, WI 53202