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Midtown's Sherbrooke Manor Redevelopment

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This post was authored by Curbed contributor MJ Galbraith.


Images courtesy of Elisabeth Knibbe. What was once old promises to be new again in Midtown. Beginning January 2013, you can move into one of the historic Sherbrooke Manor's 14 apartment units. Built in the 1920s, the Sherbrooke has seen many configurations. It was originally built as a 6 unit luxury apartment building and later remodeled for 25 units in the 1950s as student housing for Wayne State University. Wayne State shuttered the Sherbrooke in 2008, changing hands once before Elisabeth Knibbe's recent purchase of the building. Knibbe tells us that the units will serve as apartments for at least the first five years and then be offered for sale as condos.

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The building was originally built with six large units and a care taker's unit. In the 1950s it was subdivided to create 25 units. We are reworking the plans to create 6 one bedroom and 8 two bedroom units. The units are designed so that a one bedroom and a two bedroom can be combined to create three bedroom units with formal living and dining rooms and a great room with kitchen, dining area and living area. Knibbe, manager of the development company Sherbrooke Land Company LLC, has quite the Detroit redevelopment pedigree. She's served as the Project Architect for the Inn on Ferry Street, the Garfield Lofts, Newberry Hall, and 71 East Garfield, to name a few. She's also provided historic preservation services to a number of notable Detroit buildings, including the Guardian Building, Merchant's Row Lofts, and the Fox Theater and office building. The Sherbrooke is in good hands. The building doesn't have an elevator, but at three floors, we have a feeling residents won't mind hauling their boxes up that fully-restored terrazzo-floored central stair.

· Elisabeth Knibbe Bio [Quinn Evans Architects]
· Midtown Incentives [Live Midtown]
· Newberry Hall Shows Off Finished Apartments, Hosts Party [Curbed Detroit]