Norwayne Subdivision

Norwayne Subdivision (HM1I6C)

Location: Westland, MI 48186 Wayne County
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N 42° 17.552', W 83° 21.371'

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In 1942, the National Housing Agency designed and built the Norwayne Subdivision to provide rental housing for nearby WWII defense factory workers. It cost $12 million dollars and was then the largest public housing project in the Detroit area. Norwayne was home to employees of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, Bendix Aviation Corporation, Stinson Aircraft Corporation, and the Wayne County Asylum. It included two elementary schools, a shopping plaza, a fire station and a church. The schools offered daycare facilities for children whose mothers worked at the defense factories. Twenty-three bus routes provided large scale public transportation in the face of wartime gas rationing.

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The Norwayne Subdivision's curving streets followed Federal Housing Administration standards and were named for Michigan counties and towns. Each single and multi-family home was set back the same distance from the street. Due to war-time restrictions on labor and building materials, houses had no basements, minimal interior spaces and limited exterior decoration. In 1948, Nankin Township assumed control of the subdivision from the federal government, and houses were sold to private homeowners. A 1956 tax assessment paid for the concrete streets with curbs and gutters. Norwayne Historic District, which covers 325 acres, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
HM NumberHM1I6C
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberS730
Year Placed2013
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission-Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 5:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 305757 N 4684945
Decimal Degrees42.29253333, -83.35618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 17.552', W 83° 21.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 17' 33.12" N, 83° 21' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)734, 313, 248
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31783-32299 Dorsey St, Westland MI 48186, US
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