The Piquette Square apartment building is located in the New Center area of Detroit, Michigan. Utilizing the site of the former Studebaker assembly plant, the project shall be a full service facility for homeless veterans. With 150 apartments, a job training facility, computer center, multi-purpose space, and a variety of counseling offices the project will be the second permanent veterans housing complex in the United States and the largest of its kind.
The building plan is intended to provide specific internal zones that separate the use groups that will occupy the facility. Each zone surrounds a public courtyard that shall include landscape and garden elements that will be maintained by the residents. Designed to be highly energy efficient, the project boasts a fully integrated geothermal heating and cooling system, energy efficient light fixtures and recycled finishes and products that are Michigan based.
More than 4,000 homeless veterans are in the Detroit area, and one out of three homeless men in Detroit and across the country is a veteran. The $20-million project is to be financed by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, grants, bonds and tax credits. The apartments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to veterans of all conflicts. It is anticipated that the project shall open to the public in early 2010.