In addition to restoration and upgrades to the building’s facade and exterior, the team collaborated to gut the interior and refinish all spaces from the first floor common areas to corridors and residential units while overcoming the typical yet unique challenges faced when restoring a historic property. The 76,300 SF, $18.8 million project features 97 micro-, one-and two-bedroom units ranging from 224 to 810 SF and serves as a visual representation of the commitment to maintaining Detroit’s history in a revitalized community by breathing life back into a destination with strong roots in the city.
The program was specific to catering to the amenity needs of tenants. HAA accomplished this by activating previously underutilized areas to provide resources such as a fitness/wellness room and a laundry room/lounge, and the former tenant laundry room was transformed into the leasing/manager’s office and concierge. Additional amenities for residents include a pet grooming center and secure bike storage. The original ornate dining room on the ground floor, which had been insensitively altered and divided for a manager’s apartment, was restored and re-dedicated to provide a community room to foster connectivity, ultimately creating a dynamic space designed to cater to large events while providing an area for intimate, smaller groups. Ultimately, the design of the eclectic space truly influences the lifestyle of tenants. Smaller units combined with large gathering spaces and numerous amenities encourages tenants to gather and network, creating a community in a restored historical Detroit destination.
As AOR, the HAA team took the project from concept through construction, and phases included the development of existing building dimensions in Revit, concept planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, documentation and construction administration.
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- Interior Design
- Historic / Reuse
- Construction Contract Administration
- Construction Documents
- Historic Preservation
- Interior Design
- Richard Broder / Todd Sachse
- Detroit, MI