GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - It's a response to the growing housing crisis on the city's west side.

Crews will break ground on the Harrison Park Apartments Thursday, Sept. 6. Local nonprofit Dwelling Place and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will be on hand for the ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

The new apartments will be located at 1400 Alpine Ave NW. The building will have 45, two and three bedroom apartments for families making at or below 60% of the Area Median Income.

There will also be three commercial work spaces on the ground floor, as well as community space and a community garden.

The project costs $13 million.

According to the Dwelling Place, the housing crisis is also harming the success of Challenge Scholars. The program prepares students on the west side to be college-ready and provides scholarships for students who graduate with good standing from Union High School, in the Grand Rapids Public School district.

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