3 projects worth $102M coming to Detroit's Brush Park

Candice Williams
The Detroit News
Brush + Watson

Detroit — City officials announced Thursday three projects worth $102 million are planned for the Brush Park neighborhood.  

The projects will include 367 residential units, including a third of them being reserved for affordable housing. 

The projects will be called Brush House, Brush 8 and Brush + Watson. The first two will be developed by City Growth Developers. The latter project, Brush + Watson, is owned by American Community Developers.

During a press conference Thursday, Mayor Mike Duggan reflected on the thoughts he had regarding Brush Park's future while he chaired the authority that built nearby Comerica Park in the late 1990s.

"Brush Park is going to be the hottest housing area in all of Michigan," Duggan said. "Who wouldn't want to be in this area that's going to take off. It’s been 20 years, but it’s finally happening. And today 367 units, 34 percent affordable.”

Mayor Mike Duggan talks about the new projects being developed at Brush Park

Duggan was joined by other city officials and project developers Thursday on Erksine at Beaubien, a site central to the three developments. 

The developments are part of a broader plan, Duggan said. Over the next five years, there will be 1,800 new housing units, more than a third permanent, affordable housing. City officials are also touting 100,000-plus square feet of new retail and commercial space and 10 acres of new public green space by 2024.

“We are building one of the largest mixed-income communities anywhere in the United States,” Duggan said. “We’re not having a city where wealthy people live in one area and lower incomes live in another area. We really do believe in one Detroit for all of us. So this neighborhood is going to have first-class housing and have a range of incomes.”

Brush + Watson will feature 180 residential units as part of a $45 million development. It will also offer 8,500 square feet of street-level retail and 170 underground parking spaces. It's expected to break ground in late 2019 and be completed by 2021.

A rendering of Brush House apartments.

Brush House, meanwhile, is a $52 million mixed-use development with 179 units — 36 of them being designated as affordable. It also will include 15,660 square feet of ground floor retail and 127 underground parking spaces.  Construction of Brush House will begin in fall 2019 and work is expected to be done by 2021.

Brush 8, is a $5 million, three-story residential development that also features eight luxury townhomes, according to the city. It will also begin in fall 2019.

“We are honored that the city of Detroit has put their faith in our ability to add to the spirited, forward-thinking redevelopment of Brush Park," said Moddie Turay, founder and principal partner of City Growth Partners, in a statement. "Our team is fully committed and looking forward to delivering two exceptional projects that add to the community and neighborhood.”

The announcement comes a day after Midland-based Chemical Financial Corp. announced that is relocating its headquarters to Detroit and will eventually move into a 20-story building that will be built at the nearby corner of Woodward and Elizabeth. 

“We’re bringing jobs to the neighborhoods, we’re bringing housing to the neighborhood in a central, thoughtful vision,” Duggan said.

Brush 8 is a $5 million, three-story condominium project that also features eight luxury townhomes.

Constance Stewart, who lives in the nearby Brewster Homes, said she plans to share information of the new developments with her neighbors. 

"The fact that the mayor said that the incomes would be mixed, I thought that was a good idea because people with low incomes aren't necessarily bad or anything like that," she said. "They are just as qualified to be in a nice, comfortable home."

Among the rental units on the way to the Brush Park area by 2024, 340 will be designated affordable. The mix of affordable unit rents will range from $500 per month or lower for a third of the units, $700 per month for another third and $900 per month for another third. 

“We are working every day to make sure neighborhood redevelopment is equitable and includes space for people of all incomes and backgrounds,” said Donald Rencher, director of housing and revitalization, in a statement.

"Brush Park is one of Detroit’s fastest growing neighborhoods, and as the development boom continues, the City will continue to support projects that include quality, affordable housing.”