West Bloomfield in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Westacres, a greenbelt development of 150 homes, was created by Oakland Housing, Inc. in 1936. The idea of this self-sufficient neighborhood was conceived and financed by United States Senator James Couzens who contributed $550,000 and secured a grant of $300,000 from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. ALthough this project was an outgrowth of the depression years and prospective settlers were restricted to low-income workingmen and their families, it was not a relief effort. Originally leased, the houses sold for $4,400 to successful applicants. Each 1,144 square foot home was built on an acre and families were encouraged to grow fruits and vegetables for personal use.
A clubhouse, recreational commons, natural wooded areas and a beach with picnic facilities were provided for the community. Significant in Westacres' past history were the Westacres Volunteer Fire Department, a grocery co-op and a commuter bus. Other established organizations are the Westacres Community Association, the Westacres Credit Union, The Westacres Weekly, the Westacres Women's Club and the Westacres Library.
Barton P. Jenks, Jr., Architect/Project Manager
E. G. von Storch & R. O. Cuppy, Site Architecture
R. C. Perkins & R. J. Hill, Engineers
E. Genevieve Gillette, Landscape Architect
Erected 1995 by Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
Location. 42° 35.511′ N, 83° 25.664′ W. Marker is in West Bloomfield, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Road and Elder Road North, on the right when traveling east on Commerce Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7321 Commerce Road, West Bloomfield MI 48324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westacres Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Sharing the Ride (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter Flanders / Flanders Garage (approx. 0.9 miles away); Four Towns Methodist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Orchard Lake Chapel (approx. 2.1 miles away); An Advocate for Parks (approx. 2.4 miles away); Settling the Dust (approx. 2.4 miles away); WB Parks Kiosk (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bloomfield.
Also see . . .
1. History Matters: West Acres Subdivision and Federal Stimulus Programs(Submitted on June 22, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Westacres celebrates 75 years: Subdivision originally of coworkers founded on volunteer efforts. Article in the West Bloomfield Beacon (August 9, 2011). (Submitted on June 22, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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