On the heels of last month’s announcement about the development of the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced today that Brush Park, one of Detroit’s historic neighborhoods, is also getting some love.
Under a new development agreement between the City of Detroit and Brush Park Development Partners, LLC, the land bounded by Edmund, John R, Brush and Alfred, will be reimagined, with a combination of restored houses, new construction, retail and green public space.
The four-block area will see hundreds of new residential units (at least 20% will be affordable housing units), incorporated into the existing design of the area, with a mix of apartments, townhomes, and multi-family options for sale and for rent.
While the new development is exciting, it’s also great news for preservationists, as four historic mansions will be restored on Alfred Street:
Ransom Gillis Home
Mansard Twin I
Chandler House (Mansard Twin II)
This is a critical component to the redevelopment of the neighborhood, because Brush Park is historically known for its Victorian mansions, having contained more than 70 of them at its peak.
“Each of these homes has its own incredible story and plays an important role in our city’s history,” said Mayor Duggan. “As we rebuild our city, we are going to continue to preserve as much of our history as possible.”
Of the nine development proposals the city received, the one submitted by Brush Park Development Partners, LLC, which includes Marvin Beatty, Darrell Burks, Freman Hendrix, Pamela Rodgers, Sam Thomas and Bedrock Development, was selected for design quality and commitment to hiring Detroit residents for the construction of the neighborhood. The team is also working with Hamilton Anderson Associates, Giffels Webster, Henry Ford Health System and The Skillman Foundation.
Restoration on the historic homes is expected to begin this summer and completion of the project is expected to be in 2017.
Check out some of the renderings and start imagining what a new Brush Park will look like in just a couple of years.