Three blighted, abandoned buildings will be torn down on the 500 block of Eastern Avenue SE in Grand Rapids’ Baxter neighborhood to make room for a 65-unit apartment building for low- to moderate-income residents.

The project is being led by the Inner City Christian Federation, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit housing developer, and is designed to provide quality, affordable apartments in a part of the city that has seen “rapid” increases in rent and home prices, said Ryan VerWys, ICCF’s president and CEO.