ARCHouse Rehab Updates

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ABOUT THE ARCHOUSE

The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) bought a house in Detroit! After years as a virtual organization, we are taking steps to own our own brick and mortar space.

We took this big step while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Uprising, joining efforts with local organization Dream of Detroit to help revitalize a Detroit neighborhood. For $1,000, we purchased a 100 year old abandoned building and we are currently in the process of rehabbing it to restore the house to its original beauty and strength. 

The ARChouse will be a space where we can effectively address institutional racism and the marginalization of communities of color. MuslimARC’s neighbors include working class families, the Muslim Center, the Dream of Detroit office, the renowned Detroit Repertory Theatrethe Huda Clinic and Huda Community Garden, an artist's residence, as well as open lots and abandoned properties. 

THE PROJECT

The 1900 square feet house is a duplex with two units (one on the ground floor and one on the second floor), and has a full basement and attic that we will be able to use.

We are working to outfit the house for the following:

  • Operational office space: we plan on using at least 2 of the 4 bedrooms as office space 
  • Training and workshop space: we’ll be using main rooms to conduct trainings and workshops for small groups
  • Event space: we plan to host events like our ARCircles (anti-racism discussion circles) and other large group gatherings in the basement and yard of the house
  • Overnight space: we hope to use some space for lodging for overnight retreat guests, out of town speakers or trainees, and others

REHAB PROGRESS

Property at purchase time--

After tree removal--

And new front porch steps--

New roof--

Interview and pictures with Model D Media (photography: Nick Hagen)--

New back door--

Basement asbestos/lead removal and partial demo--

Before interior demo begins on 2nd floor --

Demo in progress on 2nd floor--

Demo completion for 2nd floor--

SUPPORT THE REHAB

Every donation goes to lawn maintenance, paying contractors, hiring experts as needed, and other activities to complete the rehab. Your support means everything!

To view our ARCHouse 50 Tiles Campaign brochure, click here.

To donate $1688 and have a tile with your name engraved on it added to the ARCHouse, click here.

To donate to the ARCHouse with any amount, click here (Eid 2019).

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Do you have a business or a community-based org? Would you like to engrave a tile on behalf of a loved one? We want to see you represented in the ARCHouse. This is a wonderful opportunity to give to a meaningful location-based project. To discuss making a contribution to the ARCHouse, email Community Engagement Director Namira Islam at namira@muslimarc.org.

 

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