Historic Apartment Buildings Getting $9.5 Million Rehab

Apr 21

9:00 AM

By Erin Piscopink

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

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Long Empty but Historic Apartment Buildings in Detroit Getting $9.5 Million Rehab

David Muller for
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The Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation and Midtown Detroit, Inc. are developing two gutted but historic structures into 46 affordable housing units.

Patrick Dorn, executive director of CCNDC, said the project will cost about $9.5 million and is being funded in part by grants and historic tax credits.

The two buildings sit in the Cass-Davenport Historic District, which is comprised of a total of four apartment buildings developed in the early 1900s near Cass Avenue, Davenport and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to the Detroit Historical Society.

The two buildings being redeveloped are the Davenport Apartments and the former Naomi Apartments, which is now called the Cass Plaza Apartments. The redevelopment project is being called Cass Plaza. Dorn said the unique façade of the Davenport will be restored to its original grandeur.

According to the Detroit Historical Society, the two buildings in Cass-Davenport, which was named a national historic district in 1997, have been vacant since the 1967 riots.

The timeline for the project's completion is not immediately clear, but more details will be released Thursday at an official groundbreaking ceremony.