Get a glimpse of new downtown housing developments

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published July 27, 2016

 DuCharme Place is located in Lafayette Park.

DuCharme Place is located in Lafayette Park.

Photo by Linda Shepard

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METRO DETROIT — The best views in the city will be center stage during the first Downtown Living Tour, which will showcase six new housing and apartment developments.  

“It is a great time to show the growth of downtown Detroit,” said Lauren Mohon, marketing and events director for tour organizer Hour Media. 

The tour properties are located in various sites and include The Scott at Brush Park, City Modern, DuCharme Place, the Fort Shelby Residences, The Griswold and Capitol Park Lofts, along with the Bedrock Residential Pop-up in Capitol Park. 

“You’ll get to see the amenities and the rooftop spaces. The views are breathtaking on many of them,” Mohon said. “They are all works in progress. It will be exciting for people to see a first glimpse and get a unique view before they are completely finished.” 

David Di Rita, one of the developers of The Griswold and an owner of The Roxbury Group, said construction of the 80 apartments sited next door to the Book Cadillac Hotel on Michigan Avenue will be completed in December. 

“Without question, they will have the best views in the city,” Di Rita said. 

Apartments feature 9-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows and skyline views of Grand Circus Park, Comerica Park, the Detroit River, Campus Martius and more, depending upon location. The building’s “primary amenity is the city around it,” Di Rita said. 

Roxbury Group projects include the redeveloped David Whitney Building and the Auburn apartment building in midtown. Rent at The Griswold will range from $1,500 to $3,500 a month.

The Scott at Brush Park, a five-story, mixed-use development on Woodward Avenue, is located within walking distance of the city’s new arena district. Spanning three-and-a-half blocks in Brush Park, City Modern boasts original historic homes alongside modern townhomes, carriage homes, two-story “duplettes” that share rooftop green space, and flats. DuCharme Place, in Lafayette Park, offers direct access to the Dequindre Cut, Detroit’s biking and walking trail. 

The Fort Shelby Residences, in the central business district, deliver renovated luxury residences and penthouses with views from the top 12 floors of an historic tower. The Capitol Park Lofts building, built in 1912, now features 63 high-end housing units and a high-rise rooftop deck. 

Each Downtown Living Tour development has a variety of size and price options. 

“From studios to three bedrooms to penthouses,” Mohon said. “They all range in price. People can speak with the leasing contractors.”

Tour participants can choose from a public Downtown Living Tour or a VIP preview. The self-guided public tour is open to people of all ages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6, with access to all locations. No transportation is provided, with self-parking at each location.

The VIP preview is available to those ages 21 and older from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5. The preview includes a kickoff with cocktails and appetizers at Shed 3 in Eastern Market and a bus-guided tour of all developments led by Detroit Experience Factory tour guides. Parking is available at Eastern Market. Tour shuttles will launch from Shed 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the public tour cost $10 each. The VIP preview tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.hourdetroit.com.

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