This new 6-story building and campus design is meant to expand and optimize Mariners Inn’s nationally acclaimed programming for alleviating the problems of homelessness and substance abuse. The new 6-story building will include 44 units of permanent supportive housing and 40 units of recovery housing and a vast range of community services.
The design for the ground floor takes advantage of Mariners Inn’s home (since 1955) in the thriving Cass Park neighborhood just north of Detroit’s city center. A number of commercial storefront spaces and a social enterprise cafe line the thoroughfare of Cass Avenue. A 2-story, glazed open lobby at the corner of Cass and Ledyard will connect Mariner Inn’s programming to the larger surrounding community. The program also includes meeting and event spaces, case management, therapy, and peer counseling space, and a number of resident amenities. The resident amenities include multiple lounges, a computer lab, art/making space, an expansive fitness room, and a roof deck. The site design includes expanded parking that will serve residents and employees as well as provide an income stream for the organization when the local stadiums and arenas are in use. The garden space that ties the new building with the existing structures includes athletic/fitness spaces, meditative space, dining space, and play space for visiting families.