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Denby Center in northwest Detroit hits market again, this time for $2.95M

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The over 90,000-square-foot campus has been vacant since a Salvation Army facility closed in 2016

A long Tudor mansion with different sections of brick, stone, and stucco. A large yard with to straight cement paths intersect in front.
The Denby Center at 20775 Pembroke Avenue totals seven buildings.
Photos by Stylish Detroit

The Denby Center has had trouble finding a permanent owner and use. The mansion and grounds have changed hands multiple times since the Salvation Army Denby Center for Children & Family Services, a facility for at-risk youth and teens, left in 2016.

The nearly four-acre, 92,875-square-foot campus sold to Southfield-based IDG Holdings LLC for $515,000 in 2017. This year, it sold to ARI Management LLC—also registered in Southfield—for $1.8 million after sitting on the market for over a year and first listing for $3 million.

Once again, it’s back on the market for $2.95 million.

At the time of the last sale, Crain’s Detroit Business reported that new owner Ieshula Ishakis was looking to build a facility to house and serve homeless veterans. Many of the windows are still boarded up and it’s unclear how much if any work has been done. IDG told Crain’s it spent around $250,000 on maintenance and upkeep.

The Denby Center was at one point just a Tudor Revival mansion designed by Jameson & Graves and built in 1931. The gorgeous building has a stucco and brick facade with some stone accents, bay windows, half-timbering, and a turret. It contains classrooms, sleeping quarters, a chapel, and offices. A cafeteria and gymnasium were added later.

Today, it takes up a whole city block with paved paths between seven buildings and a surface parking lot. Three, one-story cottages were built between 1980 and 2010. They’re between 6,000 and 8,000 square feet and all contain office space, laundry rooms, common rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Want to own an entire campus? 20775 Pembroke Avenue near 8 Mile Road is listed with Kim Page of Front Page Properties for $2.95 million.

The brick front entrance and second-story wood deck.
Front entrance to the original Tudor mansion.
A long building with different facade types. The closest is a brick wall with a boarded up window.
Another view of the mansion.
A low gate and fence across a big cement driveway is in front of a large brick building with boarded up windows.
A gate to the surface parking lot and one of the mansion’s additions.
A long one-story brick building. The front yard is covered in fallen leaves.
One of three “cottages” at the Denby Center.
High view of a mansion and several separate buildings across the street from a row of single-family homes. There’s paved paths connecting the larger buildings.
Aerial view of the campus.