$250M project calls for 1,000 Detroit apartments

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

The first mixed-use development in a $250 million project that promises to bring 1,000 new apartments along Detroit’s QLine rail system will break ground this fall at Third and West Grand.

Called Third and Grand, the $52 million residential complex will add 231 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space to Detroit’s New Center.

It’s part of a larger project by developer Peter Cummings and others called The Platform, which will ultimately feature five different sites located within blocks of the upcoming rail system. In addition, The Platform will work in the Brightmoor, Islandview and University District neighborhoods.

“The Platform represents an organization with a holistic commitment to Detroit, both as a company with a focus on the city and as individuals with personal commitments to the neighborhoods,” Cummings said in a statement.

The second project to be built along the Woodward corridor is a five-story, $39.1 million development called Baltimore Station. Officials say it will combine historic rehab with new construction at Baltimore and Woodward. No date was given for its ground-breaking.

The real-estate firm said it will release more details about other developments before the end of the year.

“Our individual backgrounds and passions for Detroit give The Platform a global perspective, combining a wide range of knowledge and experiences that assure excellent design and proven community building,” developer Dietrich Knoer said in a statement. “We all have a passion for this city and a deep conviction that we can make a difference through our work in the quality of life for its residents.”

Knoer will run the day-to-day business of The Platform, and will work with Cummings in setting its direction and developing new business. The development duo will be joined by Mike Hammon, the project’s Chief Development Officer.

The company’s work in the neighborhoods stems from Cummings’ Fisher Foundation, which has worked for some time with the Brightmoor community. Knoer has been involved with the Church of the Messiah on Detroit’s east side since 2013.

“There is artistic soul that should be celebrated in the neighborhoods,” Cummings said. “We hope the narrative can shift from focusing on demolition and what is missing in the neighborhoods to the assets these neighborhoods possess — extraordinary greening opportunities and a powerful artistic spirit.”

Cummings is a long-time Detroit developer who oversaw the $225 million Orchestra Place project that included the restoration of Orchestra Hall, new venues at the Max M. Fisher Music Center and the creation of the new Detroit School of the Arts. He also redeveloped Tower 300 at Riverfront Towers apartments into condominiums, built the Ellington project and brought the first Whole Foods to Detroit.


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