Grand Traverse Band Readies New Housing for Members

A new housing development from the Grand Traverse Band is getting ready to open its doors to residents.

The project near Traverse City is open to members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Tuesday they held a ceremony on the site on Herkner Road, celebrating the completion of four new apartment buildings. The 16 units will be home to roughly 50 residents.

It’s part of a larger neighborhood development that will ultimately house more than 170 people once it’s finished. The Tribal Chairman says it’s a big day for the tribe.

Tribal Chairman Thurlow “Sam” McClellan says, “This is a promise that we have made to our people and to our tribal members of housing development here in the Traverse City area, because we have them in Charlevoix, we have them in Benzie, but we don’t have one here in Traverse City.”

The one and two-bedroom units in this apartment project have been in the works for more than five years. Future housing already planned in the same area include town homes, single family units, and senior living housing.