Work Continues on Our Future Home in Southwest Detroit

This week we have officially started working with 4545 Architecture and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center on developing plans for the continued renovation of 329 W Grand Blvd!

This is a property that we purchased from the Detroit Land Bank with the hopes of converting it into crisis housing for asylum seekers and space for immigrant business incubation and educational programing. So far, we’ve invested almost fifty thousand dollars in initial work and repairs.

4545 Architecture is working on the building exterior and construction documents. They have a lot of experience with the Detroit Historical Commission and will help shepherd us through that process. We’re looking forward to turning what has been an eyesore for decades back into a beautiful historical property. 

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center is focusing on fleshing out our intended use of the structure and developing interior plans. We are excited to soon be working through their collaborative community-centered process along with our neighbors, clients and other stakeholders. Together we will create a plan that truly fits.

Processes with these two firms will take place over the winter, yielding designs and plans we can use in the spring. We are excited to be soon able to share our vision for 329 W Grand in the form of plans and pictures for how the property will be developed!


The Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center provides free and low-cost legal services to those who need them most in the Detroit area, with a focus on recent immigrants and refugees.

We were founded in 2014 by Kevin Piecuch, our Executive Director and principal attorney, to help meet the great need for quality legal services in underserved communities. We believe that everyone deserves justice regardless of your country of origin, the color of your skin, or your ability to afford an attorney.

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