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Herman Gardens was a public housing project located in the northwest area of Detroit, Michigan.


Built in 1943, Herman Gardens, known locally as "the Gardens", had 2,144 units primarily within two-story multi-family buildings. The 129-unit Gardenview Senior building was on the Herman Gardens site.

The Gardens was located on the west side of Detroit at the southeast corner of the Joy Road and Southfield Freeway intersection close to what was then termed "some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the City of Detroit." The Gardens were home to some notable individuals. Automobile giant John De Lorean, TV judge Greg Mathis, and classic Motown group The Spinners all called Herman Gardens home.

After problems had occurred in the buildings from the illegal drug trade in the early 1980s, the Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) applied for HOPE VI funds under the 1996 NOFA, it intended to reduce the number of public housing units from 1,573 to 672. By August 1996, HUD had approved the demolition of 685 units using other (non-HOPE VI) funds, and the HOPE VI application proposed demolishing another 538 units. The application proposed renovating 274 of those existing units and building 222 new houses, along with 92 single-family houses and 84 duplexes, for a total of 672 units at the revitalized site.

The cover letter for the 1996 application declared, "The Plan presented in this application does far more than demolish and rehabilitate old apartments, it rebuilds lives on a foundation of entrepreneurship, jobs, and training." That plan subsequently failed to come to fruition.

Gardenview Estates[edit]

After over a decade of planning, the first phase of the 607-unit, mixed-income development named Gardenview Estates was opened on the former site of Herman Gardens on September 2, 2009.[1][2] 541 units were built as multi-family rentals, of which 278 of those are reserved for low-income residents.[3] The remaining 66 units were built as single-family homes on 45 and 65-foot lots. Also included in the redevelopment of the site was the construction of the Detroit/NFL Boys and Girls Club Youth Education Town, an educational and recreation center for children, which was opened in May 2007.[3]


  1. ^ Herman G. Ardens (2009-09-02nd). "Gardenview Estates to bring 833 new housing opportunities, marks neighborhood transformation". HUD.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Donna M. White (September 2, 2009). "HUD AND MAYOR BING WELCOME FIRST FAMILY TO NEW HOMES AT OLD HERMAN GARDENS SITE". U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Press Release. 
  3. ^ a b "Gardenview Estates". http://www.dhcmi.org/DevelopmentSiteDetails.aspx?siteid=13. Detroit Housing Commission. 

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The Detroit News

The Detroit News
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:52:18 -0700

Herman Gardens is now a memory instead of our present and our future.” Some of the first steps taken by the new DHC included hiring an executive director to oversee day-to-day operations, reduce staffing levels and increase the occupancy rate of ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:10:43 -0700

DETROIT (WWJ) – Keeping the money circulating in the community . . . that's part of a goal at one new development property in Detroit. At the Gardenview Estates, formerly the Herman Gardens site, a senior citizen resident is getting a hair cut from ...

Deadline Detroit

Deadline Detroit
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:50:33 -0700

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Deadline Detroit
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:38:15 -0700

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Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 29 Oct 2011 23:00:40 -0700

Laura Wilson, a shy teenager from the Herman Gardens housing project on Detroit's west side, walked to a nearby convenience store to buy a carton of Oleo and two bottles of Pepsi for her mother. She had pleaded to go alone. Nine days later, her body ...


Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:25:38 -0800

United Community Housing Coalition director Ted Phillips said the delay in receipt of regular Section 8 vouchers has jeopardized placements at the Gardenview Estates (on the site of the former Herman Gardens public housing complex at Joy Road and ...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 23:04:43 -0700

The change slashed spending on renovation and reconstruction of single-family homes from $16 million to zero and added $8 million toward the development of Gardenview Estates, 830 affordable-housing units at the Herman Gardens site, city officials said.

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:17:33 -0700

DETROIT (AP) — In a city scarred by broken promises, the Moore brothers, James and Robert, and fellow student Chelsea Inyard are among the lucky ones. The teenagers attend one of Detroit's most promising new public schools. Set in the medical district ...

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