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In recent history, no other neighborhood in Detroit has had as much residential development as Brush Park. The neighborhood between downtown and Midtown was once all but forgotten, with historic Victorian homes crumbling and tall weeds growing in vacant lots as a backdrop for media coverage.

In just a few years time, the neighborhood looks completely different.

Smaller condo projects are nearing completion, while the first residents of City Modern have moved in. Long-vacant and nearly-demoed homes are being restored.

We’ve included some finished projects, plus many that are underway. Some remain question marks as the projects work their way through pre-development.

Did we miss something or do you have an update on a project? Let us know in the comments section.

Note: Projects ordered by timeline of completion.

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Ransom Gillis House

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The restoration of the Ransom Gillis House in 2015 brought a lot of attention to the neighborhood. Nicole Curtis documented the transformation on her show Rehab Addict, and the restoration was funded by Quicken Loans. This house was like many in others in the neighborhood before—a shell of what it once was.

A large house with a red brick facade. The roof is black and the entryway has a black awning. Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Scott at Brush Park

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The first major new construction in the neighborhood was the Scott at Brush Park, a $65 million development with 199 apartments, plus restaurants and retail space. It opened in late 2016, put up for sale in July 2018, then ultimately refinanced for $50.1 million in January this year.

A large apartment building on a city block in Detroit. The facade is tan and there are multiple windows.
The Scott opened in late 2016
Michelle & Chris Gerard

Rainbow Child Care Center of Detroit

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Standing at the corner of Mack Avenue and Brush Street, the Rainbow Child Care Center added a new handsome brick structure and important service to the neighborhood.

A large red brick building on the corner of a city block in Detroit. There is a large brown wooden door. There is a lawn outside of the building. Photo by Robin Runyan

James Place Lofts

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Facing Mack Avenue just east of John R Street, the nine-unit James Place Lofts finished in July this year. has two kinds of floor plans. The condos come with two bedrooms, 10-foot high ceilings, and a private balcony. They went for between $400,000 and $500,000 most of the sold by the time the building was finished.

A row of attached apartment buildings with red brick and grey metal facades. Michal Catari of Wolf Virtual Reality

64 Watson

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Construction wrapped on this six luxury condo development in August this year. The Devon Building on Watson Street, built in 1905, was torn down and a new one rebuilt in its place that faithfully recreated the original’s facade.

The units themselves range in size from a 734-square-foot one bedroom for $384,900 to a two-story, 2,450-square-foot penthouse with a private elevator that costs $1.57 million.

A three-story, cream-colored building. There’s parked on the street outside. Photo by NextDoor

City Modern

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The largest development currently underway in Brush Park, when completed, Bedrock’s City Modern will bring over 400 new residential units to the neighborhood.

It’s well underway. A number of condo and apartment buildings have been completed, including The Flats, which offers affordable housing for seniors.

Eliot Street Condos

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Work is finishing up on new condos along Eliot Street. Readers have had some opinions about the exterior, paired with a lot of enthusiasm for the interior and building materials. The brick three-story will fill a formerly vacant lot on the residential street.

Courtesy Michael Kelemen

Henry Glover House

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The Henry Glover House could have been demoed. Instead, in early 2017, the crumbling building went up for sale for $315,000. The new owners have been tracking their progress on a facebook page. It will result in five apartments or condos, with a new garage in the back.

A large red brick building with construction scaffolding on it and windows with wooden boards. Photo by Robin Runyan

Erskine Mansion

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Method Development will be redeveloping the 8,000-square-foot mansion at 304 Erskine Street into eight apartment units. The total cost of the project is an estimated $1.8 million. Construction has already begun and is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

It’s remarkable this building is getting saved. The Erskine mansion was abandoned sometime in the late 1970s, eventually caught fire, and was itself slated for demolition according to the Brush Park Preservation Society.

A living room and kitchen in an open floor plan. There’s a white-cushioned couch, small wood coffee table, and long wood table against a wall with a painting above it. There’s some exposed brick above the couch. studiozONE, LLC / Integrity Building Group

Patterson Terrace

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We don’t know the exact details for this renovation, but people have been working on it. If you have intel, drop us a note in the comments section.

An abandoned brown brick building in Detroit. Photo by Robin Runyan

Brush + Watson

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Announced in 2018 and set to break ground in this year, Brush + Watson will be a mixed-income, mixed-use development. Three buildings will have 180 units. 90 will be designated affordable, with 45 units at 80 percent area median income ($42,000) and another 45 at 30 to 60 percent area median income ($16-28,000 per year). The development, led by American Community Developers, will also have 170 underground parking spaces and 8,500 square feet of commercial space.

It was recently awarded $1.5 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the state of Michigan and is expected to be completed in 2021.

A large white residential building on a block in Detroit. There are trees outside of the building. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

112 Edmund Place

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News of this potentially broke in May last year, with residents at the Carlton Lofts across the street have worried about the height of the building. In April this year, Crain’s Detroit Business reported that the project has been scaled back slightly, from 82,000 to 50,000 square feet and only 32 apartment units. That at least points to forward progress on the project.

A large tan building with an angled roof and a glass atrium in the entryway. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

The Brush 8

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Also announced last summer, the Brush 8 is a $4.7 million development that will bring eight for-sale luxury condos to a vacant lot. Each townhouse will be four stories, with a one-car garage, a penthouse setback, and a rooftop terrace. We haven’t heard an update since the announcement.

A rendering of a group of residential buildings in Detroit. Front and Side Elevations courtesy of DEP Designs

Brush House

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City Growth Partners—who is also building the Brush 8—will also lead this mixed-use development with 178 residential units (20 percent affordable) and 127 underground parking spots, plus green infrastructure, retail, and public space. 

A rendering of a red brick building with multiple windows. Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects

2827 John R St/Carriage House

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Next to 112 Edmund will be the adaptive reuse of this carriage house, with new construction on top. It will have four stories with five luxury condos, a restaurant/lounge, and outdoor dining.

The exterior of a building in Detroit. The facade is light grey and there are multiple windows. There is a courtyard with trees in front of the building. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

Brewster-Douglass site

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The largest development in the neighborhood, when it breaks ground next year, will be Dan Gilbert’s residential redevelopment of the Brewster-Douglass site. It will cover 22 acres and bring over 900 new residences—for sale and rent—to the historic site. 25 percent of the residences will be designated “affordable.” It’s still very early in the development process, so expect public space, a possible hotel, and early childhood space.

In June this year, HUD approved sale of the site for $23 million, which was expected to go through in the fall.

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105 Alfred St/Townhomes

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This will be part of the 2827 John R development, with two townhouses facing Alfred and parking for the development.

The exterior of a group of townhomes in Detroit. The building facade consists of multiple geometric shapes with grey brick. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

The Bonstelle Theatre/West Elm Hotel

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In 2018, the Roxbury Group said it would develop a 12-floor West Elm-branded hotel on Woodward Avenue next to the Bonstelle Theater for about $50 million. It was hoping to begin construction in 2020.

But West Elm has recently run into legal troubles, which has delayed the project. Roxbury still says that it plans to open a hotel at the site and is hoping for a 2021 opening.

In the foreground is a street. Along the street are buildings. The building in the foreground has a white facade. The building next to it has a red brick facade with a white lower level. Courtesy of the Roxbury Group

SOMA, or South of Mack Avenue, is still a big question mark. We’re expecting office buildings in a larger development, but we’re not sure of the timeline. The latest renderings call for around 183,000 square feet of office space with ground-floor retail in a multi-level glass building.

An empty lot with trees on both sides of it and a street in front. Google Street View of the current site

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Ransom Gillis House

A large house with a red brick facade. The roof is black and the entryway has a black awning. Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The restoration of the Ransom Gillis House in 2015 brought a lot of attention to the neighborhood. Nicole Curtis documented the transformation on her show Rehab Addict, and the restoration was funded by Quicken Loans. This house was like many in others in the neighborhood before—a shell of what it once was.

A large house with a red brick facade. The roof is black and the entryway has a black awning. Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Scott at Brush Park

A large apartment building on a city block in Detroit. The facade is tan and there are multiple windows.
The Scott opened in late 2016
Michelle & Chris Gerard

The first major new construction in the neighborhood was the Scott at Brush Park, a $65 million development with 199 apartments, plus restaurants and retail space. It opened in late 2016, put up for sale in July 2018, then ultimately refinanced for $50.1 million in January this year.

A large apartment building on a city block in Detroit. The facade is tan and there are multiple windows.
The Scott opened in late 2016
Michelle & Chris Gerard

Rainbow Child Care Center of Detroit

A large red brick building on the corner of a city block in Detroit. There is a large brown wooden door. There is a lawn outside of the building. Photo by Robin Runyan

Standing at the corner of Mack Avenue and Brush Street, the Rainbow Child Care Center added a new handsome brick structure and important service to the neighborhood.

A large red brick building on the corner of a city block in Detroit. There is a large brown wooden door. There is a lawn outside of the building. Photo by Robin Runyan

James Place Lofts

A row of attached apartment buildings with red brick and grey metal facades. Michal Catari of Wolf Virtual Reality

Facing Mack Avenue just east of John R Street, the nine-unit James Place Lofts finished in July this year. has two kinds of floor plans. The condos come with two bedrooms, 10-foot high ceilings, and a private balcony. They went for between $400,000 and $500,000 most of the sold by the time the building was finished.

A row of attached apartment buildings with red brick and grey metal facades. Michal Catari of Wolf Virtual Reality

64 Watson

A three-story, cream-colored building. There’s parked on the street outside. Photo by NextDoor

Construction wrapped on this six luxury condo development in August this year. The Devon Building on Watson Street, built in 1905, was torn down and a new one rebuilt in its place that faithfully recreated the original’s facade.

The units themselves range in size from a 734-square-foot one bedroom for $384,900 to a two-story, 2,450-square-foot penthouse with a private elevator that costs $1.57 million.

A three-story, cream-colored building. There’s parked on the street outside. Photo by NextDoor

City Modern

The largest development currently underway in Brush Park, when completed, Bedrock’s City Modern will bring over 400 new residential units to the neighborhood.

It’s well underway. A number of condo and apartment buildings have been completed, including The Flats, which offers affordable housing for seniors.

Eliot Street Condos

Courtesy Michael Kelemen

Work is finishing up on new condos along Eliot Street. Readers have had some opinions about the exterior, paired with a lot of enthusiasm for the interior and building materials. The brick three-story will fill a formerly vacant lot on the residential street.

Courtesy Michael Kelemen

Henry Glover House

A large red brick building with construction scaffolding on it and windows with wooden boards. Photo by Robin Runyan

The Henry Glover House could have been demoed. Instead, in early 2017, the crumbling building went up for sale for $315,000. The new owners have been tracking their progress on a facebook page. It will result in five apartments or condos, with a new garage in the back.

A large red brick building with construction scaffolding on it and windows with wooden boards. Photo by Robin Runyan

Erskine Mansion

A living room and kitchen in an open floor plan. There’s a white-cushioned couch, small wood coffee table, and long wood table against a wall with a painting above it. There’s some exposed brick above the couch. studiozONE, LLC / Integrity Building Group

Method Development will be redeveloping the 8,000-square-foot mansion at 304 Erskine Street into eight apartment units. The total cost of the project is an estimated $1.8 million. Construction has already begun and is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

It’s remarkable this building is getting saved. The Erskine mansion was abandoned sometime in the late 1970s, eventually caught fire, and was itself slated for demolition according to the Brush Park Preservation Society.

A living room and kitchen in an open floor plan. There’s a white-cushioned couch, small wood coffee table, and long wood table against a wall with a painting above it. There’s some exposed brick above the couch. studiozONE, LLC / Integrity Building Group

Patterson Terrace

An abandoned brown brick building in Detroit. Photo by Robin Runyan

We don’t know the exact details for this renovation, but people have been working on it. If you have intel, drop us a note in the comments section.

An abandoned brown brick building in Detroit. Photo by Robin Runyan

Brush + Watson

A large white residential building on a block in Detroit. There are trees outside of the building. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

Announced in 2018 and set to break ground in this year, Brush + Watson will be a mixed-income, mixed-use development. Three buildings will have 180 units. 90 will be designated affordable, with 45 units at 80 percent area median income ($42,000) and another 45 at 30 to 60 percent area median income ($16-28,000 per year). The development, led by American Community Developers, will also have 170 underground parking spaces and 8,500 square feet of commercial space.

It was recently awarded $1.5 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the state of Michigan and is expected to be completed in 2021.

A large white residential building on a block in Detroit. There are trees outside of the building. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

112 Edmund Place

A large tan building with an angled roof and a glass atrium in the entryway. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

News of this potentially broke in May last year, with residents at the Carlton Lofts across the street have worried about the height of the building. In April this year, Crain’s Detroit Business reported that the project has been scaled back slightly, from 82,000 to 50,000 square feet and only 32 apartment units. That at least points to forward progress on the project.

A large tan building with an angled roof and a glass atrium in the entryway. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

The Brush 8

A rendering of a group of residential buildings in Detroit. Front and Side Elevations courtesy of DEP Designs

Also announced last summer, the Brush 8 is a $4.7 million development that will bring eight for-sale luxury condos to a vacant lot. Each townhouse will be four stories, with a one-car garage, a penthouse setback, and a rooftop terrace. We haven’t heard an update since the announcement.

A rendering of a group of residential buildings in Detroit. Front and Side Elevations courtesy of DEP Designs

Brush House

A rendering of a red brick building with multiple windows. Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects

City Growth Partners—who is also building the Brush 8—will also lead this mixed-use development with 178 residential units (20 percent affordable) and 127 underground parking spots, plus green infrastructure, retail, and public space. 

A rendering of a red brick building with multiple windows. Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects

2827 John R St/Carriage House

The exterior of a building in Detroit. The facade is light grey and there are multiple windows. There is a courtyard with trees in front of the building. Courtesy of Oombra Architects

Next to 112 Edmund will be the adaptive reuse of this carriage house, with new construction on top. It will have four stories with five luxury condos, a restaurant/lounge, and outdoor dining.