Notice is hereby given that the Traverse City Housing Commission will receive sealed bids at their main office, 150 Pine Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, April 4, 2017 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following project:

Orchardview Townhomes
HUD Project No. MI 80-1
Traverse City Housing Commission
Traverse City, Michigan

Bids are desired for total construction of the work as described in the Specifications and Drawings on file and available to contractors during regular working hours starting at 12:00 noon on March 17, 2017, at the offices of Alliance Architects, 929 Lincolnway East, Suite 200, South Bend, Indiana 46601, phone 574-288-2052. Electronic copies of the Plans and Specifications may be obtained by contacting the Architect at Hard copies may be obtained by providing a refundable deposit of sixty dollars ($60.00) for every set of documents, up to three (3) sets, made payable to the Traverse City Housing Commission and will be refunded if the Project Manual and Drawings are returned in good, reusable condition within twenty-one (21) days after the date of receiving bids. Failure to observe this condition shall result in the forfeiture of the full amount of bidder’s deposit.

Note: Subcontractors submitting bids to General Contractors who, in turn, submit a bonafide bid do not meet the requirements stated above and, as such, do not qualify for deposit refunds.

Instructions to bidders and plans and specifications are on file in the Offices of the Architect, the Owner and as follows:

Traverse City Housing Commission         
150 Pine Street                          
Traverse City, Michigan 49684            

Alliance Architects
929 Lincolnway East, Suite 200
South Bend, Indiana 46601

Construction News Service                
7261 Engle Rd. Suite 304                 
Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130           

Construction Association of Michigan
43636 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302

McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge          
3315 Central Avenue                     
Hot Springs, AR 71913 

Reed Construction Data
Document Processing Center 30
Technology Parkway South, Suite 100
Norcross, Georgia 30092-2912

Builders Exchange
4461 Cascade Road, S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501


In order to facilitate site examinations, the Architect will be available to accompany bidders starting at 11:30 a.m., local time, on March 22, 2017. The tour will begin at 10200 E. Carter Road, Traverse City, Michigan. Contractors shall make appointments to attend this meeting by calling the Architect at (574) 288-2052 within five (5) days of the site visit date.

Bids must be on the bid form provided in the project manual accompanied by a non-collusion affidavit and bid security in the amount of not less than 5% of the bid.

All contractors and subcontractors must be in compliance with: Equal Opportunity Employment, Executive Order 11246 and Davis-Bacon wage rates as determined by HUD and as set form in the Project Manual. Submission of U.S. Dept. of Labor payroll forms is required on a weekly basis. Contractors and subcontractors will commit themselves to making a good faith effort to meet the goal of employing minorities and women as set forth in the contract documents. This federally funded project is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The contractor shall appoint a company executive to assume the responsibility for the implementation at all requirements, terms and conditions

The Housing Commission reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to award the contract to the lowest, responsible and most responsive bidder and to waive any formalities or irregularities in the bids received. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days subsequent to the opening of the bids without the consent of the Housing Commission.

Furthermore, the Owner encourages Minority Business Enterprises and Women-Owned Businesses to submit proposal for this project. Contractors are encouraged to contact: to obtain Michigan MBE businesses.

The Housing Commission reserves the right to award a contract in the best interest to the Housing Commission

Request for Proposals



The Traverse City Housing Commission (TCHC) will accept proposals for “Professional Architectural and Engineering Services” in connection with TCHC’s public housing development operations for a period not to exceed three (3) years. Interested parties may obtain an RFP Packet at the Traverse City Housing Commission (TCHC) Offices located at 150 Pine Street, Traverse City, MI. Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM or from the Traverse City Housing Commission website at

A pre-proposal conference call will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM Details are found within the RFP packet

Sealed proposals shall be accepted at the TCHC office until 4:00 PM Thursday, December 29, 2016.

Link to HUD form 5369 C: hud5369c

Link to RFP: rfp


Spotlight: Orchardview Townhomes

The Traverse City Housing Commission is currently seeking applicants for our 3 & 4 bedroom townhome community wait list. All applicants will need to meet “minimum occupancy requirements” to initially quality for wait list (having enough family members to fill the unit size). Other requirements listed below….

Orchardview is a twenty (21) unit apartment community, consisting of 15 Three Bedroom, 5 Four Bedroom, and 2 Accessible units (3 & 2 br).  Orchardview is located off Carter Road in Leelanau County but is also within the city limits of Traverse City.

Residents at Orchardview are responsible for their natural gas, water and electricity.  All the townhouses are equipped with washer and dryer (both natural gas and electric) connections, a storage shed and a minimum of 1 ½ bathrooms.

If your family qualifies for housing at Orchardview, you will pay approximately 30% of your adjusted gross income for rent and utilities.  Families are eligible for consideration for residency at Orchardview if their income does not exceed:

3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People 7 People
   $ 49,200   $ 54,650   $ 59,050  $ 63,400   $ 67,600

Orchardview Application: Orchardview Application 4-08

Chainsaw Artist to Create Riverfront Sculpture at Riverview Terrace- Press Release

Press Release: Riverview Terrace Stump Carving Annoucement

Chainsaw Artist to Create Riverfront Sculpture at Riverview Terrace

Traverse City, Michigan – August 11, 2016

The Traverse City Housing Commission has invited Scott Kuefler to carve a riverfront sculpture on its Riverview Terrace property in downtown Traverse City.  He will begin work around noon on Saturday, August 13 and expects to finish on the evening of August 14 – weather permitting.

The artist, Scott Kuefler, is a well-known chainsaw artist, woodcarver, chainsaw sculptor, or tree carver (depending on how you want to describe the activity) from Chesterfield, Michigan who has been professionally active since 2001.  He is an award-winning national and international competitor having competed across the United States (from Michigan to Florida) and as far away as Japan.  Some of his work can be viewed on his website:

The tree was removed to make room for the Uptown Riverfront condos in 2014 but TCHC immediately searched for an artist with the ability to deliver an ornate riverfront sculpture.  After a long search and interview process, Scott Kuefler was selected to create a yet to be revealed sculpture of an animal, bird, or fish along the Boardman River.


Housing Choice Voucher Applications


The Traverse City Housing Commission will NOT accept e-mailed applications.

All HCV applications MUST be submitted one of three ways to be added to wait list: 

  • Mail (prior to August 31, 2016 deadline)
  • Fax (231-922-2893)
  • Drop off (between 9am – 4pm/Monday though Thursday only)

If there are any questions or concerns you may contact our office during normal business hours @ 231-922-4915.

Application: TCHC HCV Application_20160620072533