130 East Grand Boulevard
Mixed-Use Residential, Retail
Original Date Built
We are inspired by Belle Isle as an amenity for every person. In that spirit, we believe a little bit of attractive landscape can go a long way to bring the block together.
The Islandview project is a series of four existing buildings located on a block across from the MacArthur Bridge and the entrance to Belle Isle. The plan is to repurpose these vacant structures into residential units with ground floor retail to create a mixed-income development. The land connecting these buildings will be a series of landscaped outdoor courtyards and spaces shared by all residents.
Of the four buildings, two are simple outbuildings, one is a duplex, and the other is a significant historic Victorian mansion built in 1898 by famed Louis Kamper, architect of the Book-Cadillac Hotel, the Book Tower and Broderick Towers downtown. After World War II, it served as a hostel for previously interned Japanese-Americans and, later as a nursing home for over six decades. The annex building attached to the historic structure will be demolished as part of the development plans.
Stage of Development ?At the foundation of mentorship is a transparency of knowledge and practice. We choose to share our projects as they unfold – through all parts of the development process.
A developer sees an opportunity in an existing building or vacant land and tests possible ideas for development to determine if they should commit.
The architect, along with engineers and contractors, collaborate with the developer to create a meaningful plan for construction.
The general contractor physically brings the design of the architect and engineers to life.
Leasing or Sale
The development is promoted to potential tenants who may be interested in leasing or purchasing available units.
A property-management team manages the on-going daily operations of the development and the tenants.
The owner may choose to re-finance or sell the developed property.
On Community Engagement: We connect to trusted anchors, like the Immanuel House of Prayer, and regularly attend City of Detroit eastside planning and neighborhood meetings to remain aware of larger planning efforts and to engage with as many residents and neighborhood leaders as possible.
On Design Excellence: The design approach is to honor the existing exterior facades while opening the building envelope at ground floor retail. The glue of the project will be strong site planning, landscape design, and green infrastructure to create a beautiful and intelligent outdoor space.
In the Neighborhood: Immanuel House of Prayer, Prop Art Studio, Mt. Elliott Makerspace, Beltline Greenway, Gabriel Richard Park, and the Detroit RiverWalk
Transit: Bus #012, 025, 610, 620