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New energy efficient condos planned for Brush Park

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Courtesy of McIntosh Poris Associates

This last year has seen a lot of change in Brush Park. Bedrock has started construction on City Modern, which will add a mix of architectural styles in 400+ residential units over the next few years. The Scott at Brush Park has recently opened, adding over 200 apartments to the corner of Woodward and Erskine. Smaller renovations are underway on townhouses in the neighborhood. One new addition could break ground this spring and add more options for those looking for condos in the area.

Michael Kelemen and his wife have been working on this project for about four years. In that time, they’ve gone back and forth over funding, various city commissions, neighborhood groups, and permitting. It’s not easy for smaller developers. But they’re finally nearing the starting point to build four condos in one multi-family building on a double lot on Eliot. These will be a lot different than other condo options in the city, but they’ll run at about the same price.

Photos are provided courtesy of McIntosh Poris Associates.

Basically, the structure will be three stories, with three units that are two stories each, and a fourth that will take up the third floor (Kelemen will live in the penthouse unit). The three condos will be 1,600-1,900 square feet each, with open concept designs. Each will have a patio and terrace outside and garage space in the back.

Kelemen, who’s originally from Germany, wants to incorporate energy efficient elements to the design, which will also help sound-proof each unit. They’ll be built with ICF blocks and windows from Europe to match. The home will also incorporate an energy efficient roof and a rainwater system for irrigation. Kelemen says it might mean more money up front, but in the long run, it will save money and be healthier and better for the environment.

They hope to break ground this spring and anticipate a 15-month build time. It’s been their dream four years in the making to build these homes, and they hope to reach a customer who’s looking for something different in their condo.