Bedrock has eyes on former Brewster project site

Louis Aguilar
The Detroit News

Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Detroit wants to team up with three other developers to build a potential mixed-used development near the former Brewster-Douglass housing projects, as well as housing with retail in the Eastern Market, city of Detroit officials said Monday. Investment could be in the $267 million range.

The proposed development is more concept than reality right now, city officials said. It would rely on $30 million in federal grant financing that the city has yet to pursue for the project. The city must apply for the federal grant by June 28.

The Bedrock joint-venture plan was selected by a committee of various city agencies that allows the proposal to proceed to the City Council for consideration.

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“At this time what can be said for certain is the sites in Brush Park are expected to include both residential, park/open spaces, new streets, commercial as well as a federally qualified health center and other community support services,” said James Arthur Jemison, director of the city’s Housing & Revitalization department.

The targeted property, controlled by the Detroit Housing Commission, is the former Douglass Tower site, which is about 20 acres bordered by Beaubien to the west, Chrysler Service Drive to the east, Wilkins and Alfred to the north and Winder to the south. Brewster-Douglass was the largest residential housing project owned by the city.

The Eastern Market sites will include housing and small retail components, Jemison said. The sites are at 3480 Russell, which is a vacant lot next to Detroit Mercantile Co., and at Shed 4. Both sites are owned by the city.

Bedrock is proposing to team up with two out-of-state developers with extensive low-income housing experience and Novi-based Ginosko Development, city officials said.

The joint venture is called Choice Detroit LLC.