Gilbert plans 913 residences in $300 million-plus development at former Brewster-Douglass site


Article By: KIRK PINHO at Crains Detroit


A more than $300 million mostly residential development by Dan Gilbert is planned for the site of the former Brewster-Douglass housing projects just outside of downtown Detroit.

This is the latest incarnation of plans for the property that have been discussed for the past several years as the greater downtown area has seen dozens of development and redevelopment projects in the works and coming to fruition.

The effort by city officials and the billionaire mortgage and real estate mogul’s team that began more than two years ago is slated to include 913 residential units, comprised of 648 apartments and 265 for-sale units spread across approximately 22 acres and dozens of buildings of varying heights off of I-75 south of Mack Avenue near the Brush Park neighborhood.


Apartments, 551 units

Walk-up apartments, 97 units

Mews flats, 44 units

Duplettes, 66 units

Stacked flats, 46 units

Townhomes, 109 units

It’s also expected to include 3.2 acres of public space, 19,000 square feet of retail, another 60,000 square feet of early childhood education space and a hotel with approximately 80 rooms. In addition, the area’s street grid is expected to be re-established and connections across I-75 are planned.

It’s an ambitious project, the largest in terms of acreage Gilbert has undertaken since his downtown buying and building marathon began more than seven years ago. Nearby, his Bedrock LLC real estate company and others are building the 400-plus-unit City Modern development with others across 8.4 acres; the Brewster-Douglass site is nearly three times as large at 22 acres with 29 parcels.

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