First look inside Detroit’s newest upscale apartments

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

The rooftop pool, year-round outdoor spa, private library, lounge and rooftop terrace will all be finished by the time residents move into The Scott at Brush Park in December, the latest high-end apartment building to go up in Detroit.

Rents range from $949 a month for a studio to $2,893 a month for a three-bedroom unit at The Scott at Brush Park.

The massive development at 3150 Woodward Ave. adds nearly 200 units of for-rent housing to Brush Park, a neighborhood favored by major developers of late.

The Scott takes up almost an entire square block bounded by Woodward on the west, John R on the east, Erskine on the north and Watson on the south. Situated along the QLine streetcar route, the apartments are just a couple blocks north of Little Caesars Arena.

Rents range from $949 a month for a studio to $2,893 a month for a three-bedroom unit, general manager Wendy Barnabei said.

More than half of the building’s 199 units have been pre-leased, according to leasing manager Sara Sears. There’s currently a 750-square-foot model unit finished at The Scott, which gives potential tenants an idea of how units at The Scott will look.

The Detroit News got a peek inside the second floor two-bedroom, two-bathroom model unit, which has—along with 20 similar units—access to a balcony that stretches along Woodward. Other balconies front Erskine.

Richard Broder, who is the CEO of Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, the development company behind The Scott, said each unit will have granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and chrome fixtures.

This is the first apartment building Broder’s firm is constructing from the ground up. That allowed his team to be more creative with their use of space than they were at The Albert, the historic building Broder & Sachse renovated downtown in 2014, he said.

The $65 million apartment complex is made up largely of two-bedroom units, answering calls from millenials and empty nesters for spaces that can either be split with a roommate or offer more room than cramped units typical to downtown.

Broder said his team worked to maximize space in the apartments. The bathrooms in the model are huge: the units all have 9-foot ceilings and sliding barn doors to the bedrooms eliminate swing space needed for traditional doors, which adds to the open feeling of the apartment. Every unit has a stacked washer and dryer hidden in a closet.

Groups of units throughout the building have different features. The most expensive one-bedroom unit at The Scott, which rents for around $2,100 a month, has a private terrace overlooking the pool. Another of the pricier one-bedroom units faces Woodward and features floor-to-ceiling windows along one of the walls.

Parking is at a premium in the area, so Broder built a 300-space parking deck below the apartments.

There will be about 15,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the building. An American-style bistro is planned for the northwest corner of the development.

The Scott has one foot in Midtown and the other foot in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood, placing it between two neighborhoods in the greater downtown sprawl that are growing. In Brush Park, Dan Gilbert has a $70-million vision for 8.4-acres of mostly-vacant land in the neighborhood.

Other developers have plans for housing and the revival of the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center a few blocks away from The Scott’s site.

Broder said tenants will start moving into the completed building Dec. 1.

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