Catholic community, Habitat Kent rebuild apartment complex destroyed in fire

Catholic community rebuilds apartment

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - More than 600 people from local Catholic parishes, schools and organizations helped to rebuild an apartment complex on the City's Westside after it was destroyed in a fire in 2014.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County worked with the local religious organizations and schools to rebuild the new townhome complex at 648th 4th Street. Habitat for Kent purchased the property after the former landlord decided to sell it. 

"Several years ago, there was an 8-unit apartment building that, unfortunately, burned down on this site," Habitat for Kent's Executive Director Brianne McKee said. "We have been working in neighborhood on this side of town for the last several years -- and we really took a look at this and we said, 'you know, affordable housing is of such need in this community and in this neighborhood.

We wanted to really speak for the need for affordable housing by building as many units as we possibly could."

Groups at the work site took a break on Saturday morning to allow Monsignor Stasker, pastor of the Basilica of St. Adalbert, bless the project. 

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and the work they do, click here.

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