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Stalled DuCharme Place Project in Lafayette Park to Reemerge as 185-Unit Residential Community

24 Jul 2014, 2:18 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

DuCharme Place - Lafayette Park

DuCharme Place – Lafayette Park

Ten years since architects came up with design plans for a town home community in Lafayette Park, the DuCharme Place residential project is ready to take off—this time with a scaled-down design and backed by a $5 million tax increment awarded by the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

The vacant parcel located at 1544 E. Lafayette between Rivard and Orleans streets, directly across from the Lafateyye Foods grocery store, will be replaced by a three-building apartment complex that will be built by local developer Walter Cohen through his development company DuCharme Place LLC, under plans designed by McIntosh Poris Associates. Model D reports that construction at the long-stalled DuCharme Place will start this fall.

Scheduled for completion in late 2015, DuCharme Place will have 185 market-rate apartments in a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The contemporary amenities

DuCharme Place - Lafayette Park

DuCharme Place – Lafayette Park

include a common courtyard and pool, green roof and ground level parking with nearly 270 spaces. According to the news source, the parking spaces will be incorporated underneath three platforms that will raise one story above the ground to support the residential buildings.

According to MLive.com, the cost per unit hasn’t been determined yet, but the development team estimates that it will be slightly less than other residential units located in the Downtown and Midtown areas. Estimated to cost around $30 million, the DuCharme Place project is partly financed under the HUD 221 (d) program that allows up to 40-year mortgage loans to encourage the new construction or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily rental or co-op housing for moderate-income families, elderly and the handicapped. Earlier this month the residential project received $5 million in tax incentives from the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Model D reported.


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Renderings via McIntosh Poris Associates



Holland Home Announces $6.5 Million Expansion at Grand Rapids Senior Living and Rehab Centre

16 Jul 2014, 6:38 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Holland Home - Breton Woods expansion project

Holland Home – Breton Woods expansion project

Holland Home’s Rehabilitation and Living Centre in Grand Rapids will expand this year with a memory-care assisted living unit and a new rehabilitation center.

Next month the non-profit senior care organization is set to break ground on a privately funded development on its Breton Woods campus located at 2772 Pfeiffer Woods Drive. Designed to quadruple the size and capacity of the existing campus, the project will include a new 4,560-square-foot rehabilitation center, and a single-story, 13,400-square-foot memory care assisted living unit with 15 beds for residents with dementia.

According to Holland Home, the new rehabilitation center will feature a therapy gym, as well as rooms for physical therapy and occupational therapy, while the assisted living space will also include a den, residential style kitchen, spa, nurses station and office space.

Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015, the $6.5 million expansion project will be built by Ada Township-based Erhardt Construction under plans designed by Post Associates Architects of Grand Rapids. Once the rehab center and assisted living unit are completed, Holland Home will hire up to 15 universal workers, nurses and social workers to accommodate the multi-million dollar expansion.

Listed among the top 20 percent senior care and nursing homes in Michigan, the Breton Rehabilitation and Living Centre (the former Breton Manor) was acquired by Holland Home in 1990. According to the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the rehab center began offering residential hospice care in 1997. Two years later the campus expanded with a combination of duplex, triplex and fourplex residences called Breton Homes. A few years later the campus expanded with the 400,000-square-foot Breton Terrace that was built in three phases between June 2000 and May 2005 by Erhardt Construction. In 2008 Holland Home celebrated the opening of Breton Ridge, another independent living building that brings under the same roof residential units and recreational space.

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Rendering courtesy of Holland Home

Old Fire Station in Downtown Detroit to Become The Foundation Hotel

9 Jul 2014, 9:24 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Former Detroit Fire Department HQ building

Former Detroit Fire Department HQ building

The former Detroit Fire Department headquarters building located across from Cobo Center will no longer be an eyesore for the city thanks to a Chicago-based hotel group who wants to revive the historic fire station.

Aparium Hotel Group recently announced plans to renovate and convert the old fire station located at 250 W. Larned into an upscale independent hotel that will be integrated with the immediately adjacent building that housed the famous Pontchartrain Wine Cellars restaurant that closed in 1991. Aparium has partnered with local developer Walter Cohen of Arco Construction to embark on the extensive $28 million renovation project.

Built in 1929 and designed by Hans Gehrke—who also created the architectural plans for several fire stations in Detroit during the booming 1920s and 1930s—the five-story facility served as the administrative headquarters of the Detroit Fire Department until 2013, when it was sold to the co-developers for $1.25 million, Crain’s Detroit Business reported at the time.

According to a news release from Aparium, the roughly 62,000-square-foot hotel will be called The Foundation Hotel and will offer 100 guest rooms. When fully operational in late 2015, the hotel will employ mostly Detroit-based personnel. The former fire engine hall on the ground floor of the building will be replaced by a Detroit-themed restaurant that will be operated by the hotel. Aparium’s plans also include street-level retail space that “will showcase Detroit through the collaboration with Detroit- and Michigan-based manufacturers and designers.”

The conversion of the old fire station in downtown Detroit marks Aparium’s fourth hotel project. The hospitality development group has already developed three similar rehab projects in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (The Iron Horse Hotel), Covington, Kentucky (The Hotel Covington) and La Crosse, Wisconsin (The Charmant Hotel).

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Image via Wikimedia Commons (author Andrew Jameson)

Meijer Officially Breaks Ground on Second Store in Detroit

2 Jul 2014, 8:18 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

The site of the former Redford High School located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and McNichols Road is being redeveloped into a “supercenter” grocery store by Meijer Inc.

The Grand Rapids-based retailer celebrated the official start of construction at its second store in the city of Detroit exactly one year after the grand opening of the first Meijer location at the historical Michigan State Fairgrounds on 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Opened in 1921, Redford High School served the sub-communities of Old Redford, Grandmont, Rosedale Park and Brightmoor, which has become one of the most distressed neighborhoods in Detroit. Due to a decline in enrollment, Redford High School was shut down in 2007 along with 51 other public schools in the Detroit area. The school complex included six separate buildings, but each structure was built at unusual angles, isolating parts of the school. However, according to Detroiturbex.com, the 25-acre property was considered prime real estate thanks to the high median income and the densely populated area. The property was sold in fall 2011 for around $2 million to Lormax Stern Detroit Development LLC which committed to develop the site for Meijer.

Shortly after the deal was closed, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) approved brownfield tax credits worth $3.3 million that allowed Meijer to start cleaning up the property and prepare the site for construction. The abandoned high school at 21431 W Grand River was demolished one year later.

Meijer’s new, 190,000-square-foot store will cost around $30 million to build. When completed in fall 2015, the big-format “supercenter” will include a retail store, grocery space with locally sourced produce, a garden center,  a full-service pharmacy and a gas station. Meijer is expected to employ up to 500 positions at the new location in northwest Detroit, but the hiring process will begin in spring 2015.


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Developers Break Ground on 65,000 Sq. Ft. Retail and Restaurant Component at Northville Park Place

26 Jun 2014, 2:07 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

A groundbreaking ceremony held on June 25 at the corner of Haggerty and Seven Mile roads in Northville Township marked the beginning of construction of the second phase of a large retail, restaurant and mixed-use complex that’s taking shape on the site of the former State of Michigan Regional Psychiatric Hospital.

Northville Park Place 7 Mile rendering

Northville Park Place 7 Mile rendering

As previously reported by Detroit Free Press, the hospital closed in May 2003 and its 400-acre campus was sold by the state three years later. In 2009 Northville Township acquired part of a 350-acre parcel that included the hospital’s remaining 15 structures. After completing a brownfield cleanup at the site, in 2012 the township announced plans to redevelop the former hospital site into a large recreational park with trails, walking paths, ponds and gardens.

REIS-Northville, a joint venture between Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Company and REI Investment Group, Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, are moving forward with the 82-acre development called Northville Park Place that will comprise 500,000 square feet of commercial space. According to the development team, in the following weeks the University of Michigan Northville Health Center is set to move in a $39 million, 100,000-square-foot facility built at the site during Phase I by contractor George W. Auch Company.

The second phase of the Northville Park Place project encompasses 22 acres and will be built by Sachse Construction, a commercial construction company based in Detroit. It will include 65,000 square feet of retail and restaurants scheduled for completion in mid-January 2015, with interior tenant build-outs occurring through the first quarter of 2015. The developers have also announced the names of the businesses that have already leased space at the site: Granite City Food & Brewery, Rusty Bucket, Sherwin Williams, Chipotle Mexican Grill, BurgerFi (which opened its first Michigan location in Ann Arbor last year), and Jimmy John’s. The list of retail and restaurant tenants is expected to be complete by mid-2015.

Designed by Wah Yee Associates of Farmington Hills, Northville Park Place promises to be a standout from an aesthetic and experiential standpoint. The complex will include three individual ponds, each of them having its own floating fountain, and a unique elevated waterfall feature in the pond closest to the 7 Mile and Haggerty corner. Close to the ponds area, the complex will feature a paved plaza that will offer visitors an abundance of benches, outdoor seating and comfortable places to relax and socialize.

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Rendering via Schostak Brothers & Company

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