22000 West Grand River Avenue
Original Date Built
Success is creating a development approach in neighborhoods that can be replicated. Our goal is to prove that it can be done with care, on budget, on time, and for neighborhood residents.
This is the first phase of an incremental development at the intersection of Grand River and Lasher in Old Redford/Brightmoor. Phase two is an arts center. Together, the projects aim to catalyze larger neighborhood revitalization.
The historic corner building was originally home to the former Peoples State Bank of Redford. It is now affectionately dubbed “the Obama Building” because of a painting above the entrance by local artist, Chazz Miller. Plans include the rehab of existing ground floor retail spaces facing Grand River Ave and three second floor apartments. Retail and residential units will be available at affordable lease rates. The project will support neighborhood retail and local entrepreneurs, contributing to the existing small business community around it.
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 rely on trusted community anchors, like Brightmoor Alliance, to collaboratively engage with residents. This helps us understand what existing residents and the neighboring small business community want. To fill those needs, we reach out to the business support community to help match entrepreneurs to opportunity. We also work closely with the Fisher Family Foundation and Detroit Blight Busters.
On Design Excellence: Because neighborhood development is cost-sensitive, the design approach at the Obama Building is focused on finding beauty in everyday construction and materials. We are inspired to be clever with a small budget. Rehab includes manipulating a traditional storefront system, installing a durable rain-screen façade, and simplifying floor plans while inviting natural light and establishing clear visuals to the space.
In the Neighborhood: Sweet Potato Sensations, Old Redford Theatre, Motor City Java & Tea House, Artist Village, Detroit Blight Busters, Sidewalk Detroit
Transit: Bus #021, 045