New $77M Detroit Midtown development includes 335 residential units

Includes 8,000 square feet of retail space

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DETROIT - A new development plan for a space in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood was unveiled Thursday at an event with Mayor Mike Duggan.

The development will sit near Third and Selden in Midtown.

Here's a rundown of what is planned from the city:

The development, known as Midtown West, will include 335 new residential units, 175 of them rental units and 160 for sale units. Thirty-five of the rental units will be affordable housing for residents making a maximum of 80 percent of the area’s median income.

“Demand for living in Detroit continues to grow and the Midtown West development will help us to meet the demand while putting seven acres of vacant city owned land back on the tax rolls,” said Mayor Duggan. “As with any residential project that receives city support, the developers have agreed to reserving 20 percent of the rental units for low-income residents.”

The $77 million development also will be subject to the City’s Community Benefits Agreement, which will require a community engagement process as the development moves forward. The project is the first residential development to go through the CBA process and the first in District Six.

The project is also subject to Executive Order 2016-1, which requires that 51 percent of the hours worked on the project must be worked by Detroit residents. Two hundred temporary jobs related to construction will be created, with over 100 jobs expected to go to Detroiters. Eleven permanent jobs will also be created.

The project, which is expected to break ground by fall 2018, will be completed in two phases.

  • Phase I will include 167 of the 335 proposed new residential units. Phase I also includes the construction of 8000 square feet of new rental space, the one acre public open space, and a new street grid. The new grid will see the reopening of 4th Street from Selden to Brainard and the rebuilding of Tuscola from 3rd Street to the Lodge access road.
  • Phase II will see the completion of the residential units and some commercial space.

Midtown West, which will fill the largest city-owned vacant parcel in Midtown, will have a significant impact on the surrounding community. Not only will it bring hundreds of new residential units to the neighborhood, it will also create permanent and temporary jobs.

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