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Lafayette West development starts with demo of Shapero Hall

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The development is expected to be completed in late 2020

Courtesy of the City of Detroit

A ceremonial groundbreaking/demo today kicked off construction of Lafayette West, a new development expected to bring 374 residential units to Lafayette Park.

The construction will start with the demo of Shapero Hall, which was recently sold from Dennis Kefallinos to Ginosko Development Co. for $16 million, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Shapero Hall
Photo by Robin Runyan

Developer Amin Irving of Ginosko Development says that some environmental work still needs to be done before demolition can commence, but we can start to see it come down possibly starting in February 2019.

Demo of a bordering wall signaled the start of construction. Barton Marlow, LIFTbuild, Tober Building Company, and Adamo Group are all contracting on this project.

Photo by Robin Runyan
Photo by Robin Runyan

Wayne State’s pharmacy program was once housed in the building. WSU sold Shapero Hall to Kefallinos in 2007. Kefallinos had floated plans for the building before, including micro-apartments. But the building has remained vacant for years.

Lafayette West will bring a 12-story high rise to the site of Shapero Hall, along with 60 for-sale townhouses, and 200 lofts for rent. Market-rate, luxury, and affordable housing are expected to be a part of Lafayette West. The development will also include significant enclosed parking and green space. Some retail is expected, but we don’t have clear details at this point.

Many at the press conference discussed how smoothly the Community Benefits Oridnance process ran, as the developer and Neighborhood Advisory Council worked toward agreements in the development earlier this year.

The 5.2-acre development will go up between 375 and Rivard Street. The developers are expecting the project to be completed in late 2020.