Woodward Gardens Block Development on track to be completed by end of 2013

Construction on phases III and IV of the Woodward Gardens project on the 3900 block of Woodward is humming along nicely. Eric Means, a representative of the Woodward Gardens Block Development, says that the project is on track to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of this year.
The 32,505-square-foot Garden Theatre will be completed first, targeted to open by the end of the third quarter. The theatre will host live performances that "align with the Midtown energy;" more grassroots and indie performers "geared to attract the audience that makes up (the Midtown) demographic." The theatre will have a total occupancy of 1,300, with mostly standing room on the main floor and a VIP balcony for private functions. The front portion of the theatre will have a café.
The five-story Woodward Garden Apartments at the corner of Woodward and Selden will open next, featuring 52 one-bedroom units with an average of 600-700 square feet, seven two-bedroom units with a 1,500-square-foot average, and two studios with a 500-square-foot average. Some of the apartment units' amenities include bamboo floors, granite countertops, and in-unit washer/dryers. Means says they will be "market rate." They have not yet started leasing units but with Midtown already at 95 percent rental capacity, the demand is certainly high and they do not expect to have an issue leasing the units out. The 302-space parking structure at 25 W. Alexandrine, phase I of this four-phase development, will offer secured parking for residents.
The apartment building will also have two ground floor commercial spaces (currently being used as temporary construction offices). Developers are currently in talks with Chase Bank and local cupcakerie chain Just Baked to fill those spaces. "We want them to be aligned with the overall vision of Midtown," Means says. "We want them to be a recognized brand that doesn't conflict with other places in Midtown."
Phases I and II of the project are already complete, and included the renovation of the Blue Moon Building, now home to the Great Lakes Coffee bar, and Midtown Inc.'s new headquarters.
Source: Eric Means, representative of the Woodward Gardens Block Development
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