Student Housing Community Wraps Up in Detroit

Developer Corvias and Wayne State University have finished the second phase of the 841-bed project.
Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. Image via Google Maps

Developer Corvias, in partnership with Wayne State University, have completed Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments, an 841-bed student housing community in Detroit. Construction on the project started in 2017 as part of a $307.5 million partnership between Corvias and the public research university.

The new apartment building will also include more than 17,000 square feet of retail space, as well as the recently opened 9,000-square-foot Campus Health Center. Helen L. DeRoy Apartments, a 1972-vintage building with a leaking and deteriorating façade, was demolished to make way for a green space. 

The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the completion of phase two of the new apartment community at 5235 Anthony Wayne Drive, after phase one wrapped up in the fall of last year with the opening of the project’s 11-story tower. Phase three is slated to conclude in the fall of 2020 with the opening of the renovated Chatsworth Tower, bringing an additional 370 beds.

Corvias, which builds housing for the military and higher education institutions, expanded a public-private partnership with Howard University earlier this year to renovate Howard Center, a former hotel and restaurant venue with ground-floor retail space in Washington, D.C. The redeveloped building will offer 176 units and the announcement brings the total scope of the partnership to 3,009 beds.