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First look inside the Coe in West Village

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The first new construction mixed-use development in the neighborhood in decades

Photos by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Just under a year ago, construction started on the Coe, the first newly built mixed-use development in West Village in decades. We toured the $4 million development as crews get ready to finish in time for the November 1 move-in date for new residents.

The development is the first completed project in the $30 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund, which aims to drive inclusive economic growth and add more mixed-use developments into targeted neighborhoods. Located on a long-vacant lot at Coe and Van Dyke, the Coe now has eight townhouses, plus four apartments and retail space right in the heart of West Village.

The development is fully leased, and prices run at $2,100 a month for the townhouses and $936-1,479 for the apartments. The development was led by Clifford Brown and Woodborn Partners, with help from Invest Detroit, Chase, the City of Detroit, Capital Impact Partners, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services. Christian Hurttienne Architects was the project architect and Sachse Construction was the construction manager.

Mayor Mike Duggan noted in a ribbon-cutting ceremony a need to create dense, walkable neighborhoods.

Brown said that within five years, he wanted to transform five more neighborhoods in Detroit, including the East Riverfront.

Brown’s wife and family cut the ribbon.

The townhouses have three floors, with an office/flex space, garage, and powder room on the first floor; kitchen and living space on the second; and two bedrooms and two baths on the third. The apartments vary in layout, but have big windows overlooking Van Dyke. We should be seeing more development coming up in West Village in the near future. Here’s a look around the Coe.

The living space in a townhouse.
An almost-finished apartment.