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.


Shipping containers will be used to create a very unique restaurant experience near the promising intersection of Cass and Peterboro. Five small food vendors will occupy the shipping container spaces to create a food truck type vibe. This development will also include a 4000 square foot outdoor space with stage for live entertainment.

Shoppes of Woodward

Recognizing the push to New Center area, MDI purchased 14 properties at the very key intersection of Woodward Ave. and W. Grand Blvd. Over 70,000 square feet of retail, office, and residential space will be carefully curated to ensure that block will be in a position to thrive for years to come.


In its early days, the Strathmore served as a hotel. More recently, however, it has served as a Midtown eyesore. All that changed in May of 2016 as construction finished up and residents started moving into the building for the first time in 12 years. This $28 million project features 129 units, 40% of which are affordable, and 2000 square feet of commercial space.

Tech Town

Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System, GM and other partners are jointly developing a Tech Park between Woodward, Third, CN railroad tracks and Antoinette. The project is anchored by the 140,000 sq. ft. Tech One building, at 440 Burroughs. Located on the first floor of the Tech One building is Junction 440, which is a co-working space for local entrepreneurs. Across the street is the 35,000 sq. ft. Next Energy Center building. The center consists of laboratory, business incubator, collaborative meeting space and other features to support the alternative energy industry.

The Auburn

Located at 4240 Cass Ave. near Canfield, the Auburn is designed to cater to students and young professionals. The mixed-use project has 58 one-bedrooms and 4 studios. Each unit comes with it's own stackable washer & dryer and patio doors that give the feel of being on a veranda, in your living. Common areas include two large decks on the second floor and 9,000 square feet of independent retail below. This mixed-use property was developed by the Roxbury Group with partners Invest Detroit and Midtown Detroit, Inc.

The Century & The Billinghurst

Construction is estimated to begin in the spring of 2017. 60 – 70 rental units are estimated to come online.

The El Moore

The first phase of the El Moore project, which added 12 new sustainable apartments, finished in 2015. The building is 100% leased, and has a full waiting list of new interested applicants. The second phase added 11 lodging spaces, including rooftop “urban cabins” that offer a rustic feel in an urban setting. The lodges are now open and accepting reservations. The next phase of the El Moore project will focus on the space at the corner of Second and Alexandrine. This space will be converted to a garden park for events and will include a small retail space.

The Iconic Building

The Iconic Building is located on Cass Avenue in the South Cass neighborhood. This commercial development consists of 10,000 square feet and is home to Iconic Tattoo, 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company, the Detroit Bike co. and the Peterboro restaurant.

The Mondrian

This development planned for Woodward and Stimson was originally planned as a commercial office building. New plans now call for 104 residential units and 15,000 square feet of retail space. Financing hopes to be secured by the fall with construction beginning soon after.

The Plaza

Known as the “hammer and nail” building, this former medical office, located on Woodward Ave, will be converted to 72 residential units and 2500 square feet of retail space. Construction on this 12-story building is estimated to be completed early 2017.