$23 million housing development project breaks ground in Southwest Detroit

New housing will replace vacant lot

The Brooke (City of Detroit)

DETROIT – City officials broke ground on a $23 million development project in Southwest Detroit on Tuesday.

The Brooke will be located on 2420 Bagley Street near Honey Bee market and will include 78 apartment units and 2,105 square feet of storefront space.

This new building will be replacing a vacant lot.

According to a press release, 20% of the 78 apartments will be reserved for low-income housing. 38 one-bedroom, three-bedroom, and 37 studio apartments will be available in The Brooke once construction is completed. Some on-site amenities are electric vehicle charging stations, an indoor lounge, a two-tiered outdoor space and an outdoor recreational space.

“As we continue to beautify and strengthen neighborhoods across Detroit, we have made a promise to keep creating opportunity and making Detroit a more equitable city,” Mayor Duggan wrote in a press release.

Gensler Detroit is the architect of The Brooke, and Sachse Construction is the project’s general contractor.

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The mix-income development project is part of Detroit’s strategic neighborhood fund initiative. The city has partnered with Woodborn Partners to break ground on The Brooke and utilize the Ebirara fund. A press release stated that The Brooke is the first project to tap into the $11 million Ebirara fund. The Ebirara fund is a partnership between URGE Imprint and Invest Detroit.

Breaking ground at The Brooke (City of Detroit)

“Ebiara exists to help combat the challenges that minority developers face when trying to grow their business. Cliff Brown and Woodborn Partners have a great track record of success, and we are proud to partner with them to see this project completed and build their business even further,” wrote Roderick Hardamon, CEO and chief strategist for URGE Imprint, which cofounded the Ebiara Fund.

“This is how we are rebuilding our city as a place of beauty where any Detroiter can afford to live in any neighborhood they choose,” said Duggan.

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