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New Midtown development nabs internationally-acclaimed architect Phil Freelon

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Courtesy of the City of Detroit

The city has announced the development team for the new $32 million residential/retail development in the Sugar Hill Arts District. The mixed-use building will have 84 apartments, with 25% designated affordable, plus 7,000 square feet of retail space, a 300-space parking garage, and green alleyways.

Develop Detroit’s Sonya Mays will be leading the development team with Rodger Brown from the Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. The design team is led by Phil Freelon, an appointee to the National Commission of Fine Arts and designer of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Michael Poris, of Detroit-based firm McIntosh Poris Associates, who recently completed the Foundation Hotel, is also on the design team.

An overhead view of the mostly rectangular development site. Across John R street is the John Dingell VA Center. City of Detroit

The site is located on a vacant lot at Garfield and John R Street. The developer will purchase the land from the city for $400,000, pending City Council approval later this year.

The 84 new apartments will be made up of studios and 1-2 bedroom apartments. 25% will be set aside for renters making between 50-80% of the area median income, or between around $26,000 to $40,000 a year.

The project should break ground in September 2018.