Andy's Place

Jackson, MI

Groundbreaking housing for holistic recovery

Andy’s Place Apartments offers affordable supportive housing for individuals recovering from opioid addiction and their families in Jackson, Michigan. A first development of its kind in the state, the project's developers partnered with the local drug court to refer individuals who qualify for one of the fifty units in the community. The project received low-income housing tax credits through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, along with additional grants from the state.

The project is comprised of two buildings; Building A is a larger, 3-story building containing thirty-nine one-bedroom units, a manager unit, and common areas such as a fitness room, library/computer room, pantry, and a large community room that can be divided into two seperate rooms if need be. The second, smaller Building B, is two stories and contains eleven two-bedroom units, meant for families, and a smaller community room at the first floor. This building also has an adjacent playscape. Between the two buildings is a circular landscaped seating area, meant to be a focal point both upon entry to the site from the parking lot, as well as a way to tie the two buildings together. This circular theme is echoed in the lobby of Building A. Building A's common area amenities are meant to be shared by residents in both buildings, including a large patio, lawn, and garden plots on the north side of the building.

Both buildings' exterior facades consist of primarily fiber cement siding, with playful color selections, and trim details at the gables. The project has incorporated a number of sustainable design features including energy-efficient Energy Star appliances, furnaces and hot water heaters, LED interior and site lighting, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures.