Udate: They're now at full occupancy
After a fire caused extensive damage to Forest Arms Apartments years ago, the historic building is getting ready to welcome its first residents on May 1.
The building suffered a massive fire in 2008. Owner Scott Lowell bought the building, which seemed to be destined for demo. But after funding came through, the restoration process began.
One of the largest obstacles was dealing with that fire damage. The top floor was exposed to elements for years, causing damage to the floors beneath it.
During renovation, they dropped the basement floor to make the basement units more spacious. Other improvements include solar panels for hot water, Geo-thermal heating, underground rain water collection tank for toilet flushing, laundry on every floor, on site dry cleaning, on-call maid service, and a 24-hour concierge.
The building has 70 units total, ranging in price $800 to $1300. They have studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and penthouse apartments available.
There are also commercial spaces available. A bar/restaurant could be a few years away. One room is for band practice (for a tenant or anyone who wants to practice), and the other space will be utilized by Third Wave Music.
To get an idea of the renovation, here's a before/after comparison.
We have more excellent before photos here.
Here's your look inside the new Forest Arms Apartments.
- Forest Arms Apartments
- Forest Arms Renovation To Begin In The Next Few Months [Curbed Detroit]
- The Forest Arms Renovation Is Really Happening Now [Curbed Detroit]
- Innovative Restoration of the Forest Arms Starts Up Today [Curbed Detroit]
- Third Wave Music