The five-story, 81,686 SF development features a total of 54 one- and two-bedroom units and below-grade parking. Additionally, 18 percent of the units are Type A Accessible, which exceeds standards set by the International Code Council. The building is designed to meet Enterprise Green Community’s sustainability criteria and meets EnergyStar performance standards.
Using the City of Detroit’s industrial heritage and nearby historic homes as inspiration, the HAA team designed a contextually responsive building which employs playful massing that mediates the larger scale along John R and single-family scale along Alfred Street. The exterior features textured primary skin with metal red and a brick base at retail and walk-up level, which compliments Brush Park’s predominantly red palette. Custom metal screens for cost-saving heating units were created by the design team, adding an additional facade element.
The interior of the units were intentionally designed with a muted palette to absorb the colors and desires of tenants. Units feature floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light and provide tenants with superior views of the neighborhood. Most units also feature a walk-out balcony.
There are numerous in-unit and shared amenities for tenants, including a ground floor bike room; an outdoor terrace on the fifth (top) floor offering a view of Downtown Detroit; a meeting room; community kitchen; and exercise room.
HAA also provided the master plan for City Modern — a $100 million, 8.4-acre project in the Brush Park neighborhood which consists of 24 buildings and is projected to open 410 new units in total. The development also includes townhomes, carriage homes, duplettes and historic homes.
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