Work underway at Center Line Park Tower

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 26, 2021

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CENTER LINE — More than $13 million in upgrades is underway at the Center Line Park Tower complex in the heart of the city.

“They’re making great progress,” Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said Oct. 20. “They did a tour of the building and showed us before and after. It looks good and they’re doing a nice job.”

Planned upgrades, announced last year, include cosmetic interior and exterior enhancements, updates to the elevators and other mechanical systems, and improvements to the common areas.

T. Van Fox of MHT Housing, which owns the senior apartment tower on the northeast corner of the intersection at 10 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, previously said the initial investment was part of a $30 million redevelopment package put in place to improve and maintain the property over the next 20 years.

Planned “green” efficiencies include energy saving appliances, windows, the heating and cooling system and the addition of rooftop wind and solar power.

Upgrades at the property include about $250,000 for new signage at the intersection, with LED screens facing both 10 Mile and Van Dyke. The sign would be constructed with materials similar to what was used at the city’s gateway entries.

“This is a great redevelopment project for our community, and we hope this will be a catalyst for further development along the corridor,” Center Line Economic Development Director Brandon Jonas said. “I know the DDA has plans going forward of really making the Van Dyke corridor more pedestrian-friendly. We hope that this is just the start of it.”

Jonas said the outside of the building was about halfway repainted when he toured the property. New windows and balcony improvements are also planned.

Officials said the initial upgrades were expected to be completed in fall 2022.