Five architecture firms, two from Metro Detroit and three from out of state, were named as the designers of a major Brush Park development that will create nearly 400 new residential units and restore four historic mansions.

The $70 million development was announced in May and the plan covers 8.4-acres in the neighborhood north of downtown that has struggled for decades. The project got off to highly publicized start this summer when a popular home renovation show, “Rehab Addict” with Nicole Curtis, transformed the Ransom Gillis mansion. That was the first part of the development.

The five architecture firms announced Wednesday will take on different portions of the rest of the project, which includes new townhomes, duplexes, carriage homes and apartments. The architects will also oversee the renovation of four historic mansions.

The firms selected:

■ Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), Detroit.

■ Christian Hurttienne Architects, Grosse Pointe Park.

■ Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), Los Angeles.

■ Merge Architects, Boston .

■ Studio Dwell, Chicago, Illinois

The Brush Park Development Co. is the main driver of the project. Entrepreneur/developer Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services is a partner in the Brush Park group. Other partners include Marvin Beatty, Darrell Burks, Freman Hendrix, Pamela Rodgers and Sam Thomas.

The development spans about four blocks, generally bounded by Edmund to the north; John R to the west; Brush to the east; and Alfred to the south. The four historic mansions to be restored are on the 200 block of Alfred.

Construction of the new residences is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016, according to the developers. The renovation of the Ransom Gillis House at 205 Alfred is complete, while work on the three additional historic homes is scheduled to continue throughout this winter. For more information, visit

Some of the residential units will be sold and others will be rentals, officials said in May. About 20 percent will be reserved at affordable housing rates, which generally it's for residents who make about 80 percent of the median income of the area.

Brush Park traces its roots to the 1860s. At its height, the neighborhood had more than 400 buildings, including 70 Victorian mansions. Detroit luminaries David Whitney, J.L. Hudson and Albert Kahn had homes in the neighborhood that comprises 24 blocks just north of downtown. It is bounded by Mack on the north,Woodward on the west, Beaubien on the east and the Fisher Freeway on the south.

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