April development news round-up

It's been another busy month for development news in the city. Let's catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past four weeks.

The first of the month saw the news that DuCharme Place, a $42 million, 185-apartment unit development across from Lafayette Park, will begin construction June 11. News about the development had been quiet ever since we first reported it in July 2014, but it appears things are back on track after missing an original groundbreaking target date last fall.

McIntosh Poris Associates and long-time developer Walter Cohen have been working on the DuCharme Place development since 2004. That development team is also responsible for the Foundation Hotel, a boutique hotel planned for the old Detroit Fire Department Headquarters downtown. In an article detailing the recent boom in Detroit hotel development, the Free Press reports that the Foundation Hotel could begin construction within 90 days. The possible Wurlitzer Building redevelopment is also mentioned.

In other long-delayed project news, the shipping container housing development has finally begun construction. Leslie Horn of Three Squared, Inc. spoke with the Detroit News earlier this month as she celebrated the three-story building. The apartments at Trumbull and Pine streets in North Corktown will demonstrate the shipping container-style apartment living set for larger developments in Midtown and North Corktown. Financing and land-purchasing woes slowed down the project.

The historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center is, unlike its sister residential towers, being spared the wrecking ball. The city recently announced a $50 million development which would convert the famous rec center into a community center with offices and a restaurant. Joe Louis once trained at the Brewster Wheeler gym. A 100- to 150-unit apartment complex will be built across from Brewster Wheeler.

Jefferson Avenue is set to receive a bit of a "road diet" as it will shrink from seven lanes to four, between Lakewood Street and Alter Road, with the addition of landscaped islands and buffered parking lanes.

Writer: MJ Galbraith

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MJ Galbraith is Model D's development news editor. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.