Development Projects

Midtown is experiencing a tremendous amount of residential, institutional and commercial development with over $2 billion invested in area projects since 2000 and more than 3,800 new housing units.

Milner Arms

This 93-unit apartment building was purchased by Broder & Sachse Real Estate. Development plans are still in the early stages, but renovations are expected to bring studio and 1 bedroom apartments.

Mosaic Midtown Church

This church located on W. Alexandrine, has been purchased by Mosaic Church and is currently being restored to its former glory. $2.5 million has been invested in this project. Mosaic aims to take occupancy by the end of June 2016.

New Center Park

New Center Park is a unique green space located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard across from the Fisher Building. The park has recently renovated to provide a “quality of life” amenity for residents, employees, and visitors of the neighborhood. The park is now a flexible outdoor concert, activity, and concession venue (700 person capacity), complete with stage, sound, professional lighting, movie projection system, outdoor seating, and food and bar services. Total cost for this project was approximately $1.5 million.

Patterson Row Houses

This $1.8 million project will add 9 residential units.

Rainer Court

Construction for Rainer Court finished early 2016. The $6.4 million project renovated 36,000 square feet into 36 rental units and one 1800 square foot retail space. The building is 100% leased with units renting.

Regis Houze

Construction has been completed for the Regis Houze apartments located in the New Center neighborhood. This development contains 58 residential units and over 4,000 square feet of ground level retail. All residential units have been leased.

Scott Mansion

Construction has begun on the Scott Mansion. This one-of-a-kind castle like structure will be restored to its former glory and will feature 27 market rate residential units, and a small commercial space.

Selden Innovation District

The overall goal of the Selden Innovation District is to develop a unique place to attract and support innovative entrepreneurial uses while reactivating underutilized spaces, and providing new opportunities to Detroit residents. As part of the district, MDI is currently working on acquiring the former Jefferson School which will serve the anchor for the Selden Innovation District. The school will provide spaces for a variety of vendors, businesses, and startups. Also part of the Innovation District, a former manufacturing block that was once home to Airgas Welding, the Owosso Casket Company, and Blue Valley Creamery is being redeveloped. The welding building is expected to have a restaurant on the ground floor, with production space on the upper levels. The casket building will be converted to retail and production space, with a third level added for up to 20 residential units. The Creamery Building has been sold to Shinola, and will be used for audio manufacturing. There is also space in between the buildings that will be converted to a courtyard. The courtyard will feature landscaping and moveable furniture made out of organic materials to promote collaboration and innovation.

Shinola and Third Man Records Expansion

Shinola founder, Tom Kartsotis, partnered with musician and Detroit-native Jack White to purchase the commercial building at 441 W. Canfield, which currently houses Shinola's flagship store. Third Man Records made its return to Detroit, and more specifically its return to the Cass Corridor, to open its first retail store and office outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Third Man Records opened its doors in time for Black Friday (November 27, 2015).

Shinola Watches and Bicycles

Fossil Inc.'s founder Tom Kartsotis has chosen Midtown Detroit to make watches and assemble a line of bicycles. Space has been leased at the College for Creative Studies' A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education located in the New Center neighborhood of Midtown. A retail space has opened on West Canfield near the Traffic Jam & Snug. Here you can find Shinola watches, bikes, and so much more.

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