CRYSTAL LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD
HOPE VI REVITALIZATION MASTER PLAN
PONTIAC, MICHIGAN

Project Data:

Owner
City of Pontiac
Pontiac Housing Commission

Client
Cornerstone Housing, Columbia, MD

Project Team
Wolff Lyon Architects
Winston Associates

Project Size
138 Acres

Master Plan Completion Date
June 2001



Project Description:

Lakeside Homes was originally built in the late 1950’s as a “model community” response to the need for affordable housing. Over time however, Lakeside Homes gradually became a “housing project”, stigmatized by its rigid layout and attached units that differed so dramatically from the surrounding single-family neighborhood.

In 2001, in conjunction with preparations for applying for a second HUD grant through the HOPE VI program, the City of Pontiac and the Pontiac Housing Commission jointly sponsored this Master Plan for the Crystal Lake Neighborhood.

The objective of the Master Plan was to create a unified plan for development that:
- Provides housing for a broad range of incomes and lifestyles;
- Preserves and takes advantage of the scenic and recreational resources of the area;
- Unifies the neighborhood through interconnected streets and compatible architecture;
- Creates a livable, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with sidewalks, greenways and parks; and
- Achieves community vitality by providing a mix of uses that meet the daily needs of residents.