Affordable 38-unit townhome development to break ground in Midtown on Sept. 1

The development spreading along E. Ferry from Woodward will soon be anchored by Nailah Commons at its eastern terminus. The eight-building, 38-unit development has been granted city approval, and developer Julio Bateau of Nailah LLC plans to break ground on the first building on September 1.

Bateau had hoped to break ground in the project in spring of 2007 (as reported in Model D), but as anyone with a pulse has probably noticed, the housing market has changed quite a bit. "Affordability and sustainibility mean something different to me today than they did a few years ago," Bateau says.

The project, near Wayne State, College for Creative Studies and the Cultural Center, has accordingly changed to reflect his thinking. Its commitment to affordability has remained -- units range from $105,000 to $135,000 -- but many green elements have now been incorporated, including a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Bateau can build up to five units as a time, so he plans to proceed as buyers materialize. Nailah Commons is located in a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone, so buyers are eligible for twelve years of tax abatements.

The townhome development's boundaries are Ferry Street, Kirby Avenue and the Chrysler Service Drive.

Source: Julio Bateau, Nailah, LLC
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh