A nonprofit focused on affordable housing will break ground next week on two adjacent four-story affordable apartment buildings in town.

The Grand Rapids-based Inner City Christian Federation, or ICCF, said yesterday it will begin construction on Nov. 15 on the $18-million 501 Eastern Apartments, with the north building at 501 Eastern Ave. SE. and the south building at 525 Eastern Ave. SE.

ICCF anticipates the apartments will be ready for leasing at the end of 2019.

Totaling 70,792 square feet, the north building will be 37,246 square feet, and the south building will be 33,546, both aiming for a LEED Silver certification.