Detroit Evening Report: Detroit developer constructing single-family homes in East Village

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Detroit-based developer Greatwater Homes has already constructed three single-family homes along Fischer Street near Kercheval in the East Village.

Detroit-based developer Greatwater Homes has already constructed three single-family homes along Fischer Street near Kercheval in the East Village.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is praising a new development of single-family homes in the city’s East Village neighborhood.

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Detroit-based real estate developer Greatwater Homes — an affiliate of Greatwater Opportunity Capital — is building the detached houses along Fischer Street near Kercheval, with three homes already constructed. 

At a press conference held Thursday with representatives from the developer and the East Village Association, Duggan said the new builds are providing Detroiters with options they previously could only find in the suburbs.  

“You can go to a developer who’s building you new houses. Those options are there. Detroiters when they reach that point had to move out of the city. And I always felt like the day would come we’d see new single-family homes built here,” Duggan said.

Greatwater Homes has 18 lots available for new construction, with homes ranging in size from 900 to 1,800 square feet. Two of the homes already built went under contract in less than a week, according to the developer.

“East Village used to be full of families and businesses, with people on every block,” Delores Orr, a leader of the East Village Association, said in a news release. “It is so wonderful to see new construction and excited homeowners once again.” 

Home prices will range from the high $200,000s to the high $300,000s, and the houses are built with garages, air conditioning and “premium fixtures,” the developer said.

The houses will also qualify for Neighborhood Enterprise Zone tax abatements. 

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  • Bre'Anna Tinsley
    Bre'Anna Tinsley is a reporter for Detroit Public Radio, 101.9 WDET. She covers city government and housing, as well as co-hosting the "Detroit Evening Report" podcast.