Ann Arbor senior living complex receives $200,000 federal grant for Wi-Fi and other upgrades

ANN ARBOR, MI – Some more quality of life improvements are coming to an Ann Arbor Housing Commission property with the help of state grants.

Residents of the eight-story Lurie Terrace senior living complex at 600 W. Huron St. have voted to use $200,000 in state grants for their top-priority building improvements: installing emergency call systems in individual apartments, converting bathtubs to accessible ones showers and providing building-wide Wi-Fi internet access.

Vintage photos provide a throwback to Ann Arbor’s Lurie Terrace origins in the 1960s

The Housing Commission, which acquired Lurie Terrace last year to maintain its 132 affordable senior housing, announced it was awarded a Michigan Enhancement Grant at the request of State Assemblyman Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor.

“I am so glad to have secured funds in this year’s state budget that will transform the daily lives of seniors on Lurie Terrace,” Rabhi said in a statement.

“Affordable housing is one of the biggest unmet needs in the Ann Arbor area, making it a key theme for me at Michigan House. Success stories like Lurie Terrace give me hope for the future of our community.”

The improvements will significantly increase tenants’ life satisfaction and well-being, said Alison Diver, President of the Board of Lurie Terrace Residents’ Council, expressing her gratitude for the funds and the opportunity for residents to decide which projects are most needed will.

“We’ve wanted building-wide Wi-Fi for so long. This will be a real game changer for us,” added resident Bennett Stark.

The Housing Commission provided $150,000 to Lurie Terrace to ensure the building improvements could go ahead.

“The building, with its unusual double hexagonal floor plan, was constructed in 1964 and needs renovation to adapt it to the modern needs of its occupants,” the commission said in a press release, noting that one occupant said the bathtubs were “so high”. . , it is difficult, if not impossible, for us to get over it. We are seniors. Remodeling those bathtubs to be more accessible makes a lot more sense for our senior community.”

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