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Little River Band breaks ground on $170M housing development






A tribal drum group participates in the groundbreaking ceremony in Fruitport Township, Michigan, on March 25, 2017. Photo Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians broke ground on a $170 million housing development in Fruitport Township, Michigan.

The first phase of the project features 115 homes. Eventually, up to 300 homes will be built on the 120-acre site.

“Our goal was to work with the local community to develop a unique village that offers homes of different sizes and amenities for first time home buyers, retirees and growing families in the area,” Larry Romanelli, the tribe's ogema, or chief, said at the groundbreaking on March 25.

The development will be named "Odeno," which means "Place of Many Hearts" in the Odawa dialect of the Ojibwe language. It's located near the site of the tribe's proposed off-reservation casino in Fruitport Township.

Read More on the Story:
Tribe's 300-unit housing development kicked off with drum ceremony (MLive 3/25)
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians breaks ground on new family housing (WZZM 3/25)
Tribe & real-estate company break ground in Fruitport Township (Fox 17 News 3/25)