Multifamily Housing Planned for 25 Acres of Land in Detroit
The Brewster-Douglass housing projects at one point were the largest residential housing units in owned by the City of Detroit. Originally composed of six high rises that were fourteen stories in height, today they sit as unoccupied remains of what used to be a bustling community of local working class citizens. Since 2001, The City of Detroit has spent over thirty-nine million dollars on the property in efforts to ready it for redevelopment, but it has been the last couple of years that have seen the most progress.
Choice Detroit LLC is set to head a project to rebuild on the land, financed by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Management Services LLC, Enterprise Communities Partners, KBK Enterprises, and Ginosko Development Co. When completed, the project is expected to house 900-1000 different families. Also in the plans are 30,000 square feet of commercial and retail space along with community health and educational attractions.
The housing development is to be built in phases over 5 years, and will provide opportunities for low-income families, who will be paying no more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent. The Brewster-Douglass were initially established as the first federal-government funded public housing project offered to African Americans, and are now contracted to two leading African American developers in hopes to recognize and respect the history of the site.