Once abandoned and forgotten, the El Moore apartment building is being restored to its former glory---and then some. When the dust settles next spring, only half the building will contain conventional apartments. The other half will be El Moore Lodge, a hostel offering some of the most unique accommodations imaginable: Rooftop "urban cabins" overlooking Detroit. The renovation is a project of Green Garage, an eco-friendly business incubator headquartered in Midtown. According to spokesman Jason Peet, the 1898 building will be outfitted with a long list of green technologies including high-efficiency insulation and geothermal wells.
Including four rooftop cabins, El Moore Lodge will offer ten hostel rooms, each with a private bathroom. As for conventional apartments, expect thirteen units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Bringing it all together: a large common room for residents and visitors to mingle. According to Peet, the hostel allows guests to be "embedded in the neighborhood."
If all goes smoothly, expect the El Moore Lodge to finish up work by spring 2015. Look for metal siding to appear on the rooftop cabins in the near future.
Fun Fact: Remember when Green Garage salvaged the Dalgleish dealership's old water tower? Its support beams were reused to support El Moore's rear stairways. A use for the main tank is still being decided.
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