‘Multiple’ thefts from cars at Riverfront Towers probed

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit’s Riverfront Towers, a symbol of the city’s resurgence built during Coleman Young’s mayoral tenure, experienced a rash of larcenies from vehicles in its parking garage over the weekend, police said.

Jonathan Merkle, regional property manager for the Apartment Management Professionals, in a July 19 letter to residents said that 27 vehicles had been “targeted for vandalism and theft” — mostly Chryslers, Dodges and Jeeps — and another vehicle was stolen.

Detroit Police Officer Nicole Kirkwood said the department had responded to “multiple” larcenies from vehicles over the weekend.

While Merkley’s letter said the vandalism took place on July 18, Kirkwood said Detroit police were dispatched for calls on July 16 and 17 — Saturday and Sunday.

“No one was injured or harmed during this event, and for that we are thankful,” Merkle’s letter said. “Riverfront Towers Management is researching options to improve our presence around the community.”

Merkle could not immediately be reached for comment.

Riverfront Towers management says it is working “to prevent future events” and asks residents who notice anything suspicious to not only call 911, but to report the incident to security at (313) 393-5020.

Last month, The Detroit News reported that two of the three Riverfront Towers buildings, those that served apartment renters, had been sold to a New York firm, Image Capital LLC for just shy of $80 million. The third tower, serving condominium owners, was not sold.

Riverfront Tower 200 was built in 1983 by Max Fisher and A. Alfred Taubman. Tower 300, which houses condominiums, was also built in 1983 by Fisher and Taubman, Tower 100 was erected in 1992.

In 2011, the former owners New Jersey-based companies Empirian at Riverfront LLC and Aintsar Riverfront LLC defaulted on a $55 million mortgage.