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Riverfront Towers Apartments getting a second chance to make a first impression

Renovations on the common areas, walkways and entryways of the Riverfront Towers Apartments are set to begin in the next month.
Farmington Hills-based design firm Davis & Davis Interior Design is overseeing the much-touted renovation work at this prime riverfront property comprised of three towers (two are all apartment units; the third is all condominiums).
The $5 million project will be a complete aesthetic overhaul of the dated Tower 100 and 200 apartment buildings dating back to 1992 and 1983, respectively.
Each one of the 555 spacious and affordable luxury residences feature waterfront views but, as the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression -- which is precisely why the Hayman Company, the management company that took over control of the Riverfront Towers Community last November, has hired Davis & Davis to focus on the public and common areas.
"They wanted to create something elegant to appeal to a younger demographic," says Howard Davis, partner of Davis & Davis. "They were looking to make an investment in the property to attract young talent."
His design for the tower lobbies will include dark, rich woods contrasted with lighter stone, patterned carpeting reminiscent of flowing water, and fireplaces to add warmth in the evenings and winter months. He says the biggest improvements will be in the walkways and entryways, both the outdoor and indoor spaces that have the most visibility. Davis has also completed drawings for a sales and leasing office and the common area hallways.
"Right now they're tired, they're old, they're dated," he says. "These are all original finishes that were nice in their day."
Davis will add other finishing touches to modernize the spaces like contemporary club seating, planters along the side of the wall that blur the distinction between the indoors and outdoors, and a variety of pendant and recessed lighting to make the space more interesting. "We want to create a buzz about the lobbies," Davis says, reiterating that these lobbies are one of the first things people see when they visit the property and important in creating an overall impression.
Other improvements announced for the property include interior upgrades to all apartment units (new appliances, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, countertops, and flooring), updated elevators, new roofing and a new security system.
Source: Howard Davis, partner of Davis & Davis Interior Design
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg

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