Dan Gilbert Is At It Again!

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Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Service is teaming up with the City of Detroit and other leaders to revitalize 8.4 acres of Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood. Bedrock officials said at a Wednesday, May 6th, press conference that along with the seventy million dollar redevelopment, four Victorian houses will also be saved in the process.

The map depicting Brush Park in the City of Detroit

The map depicting Brush Park in the City of Detroit

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday that Bedrock, which has focused much of its money and efforts on downtown Detroit in the last few years, was one of nine companies to bid on the project. The project further extends big development into Detroit neighborhoods. Although Brush Park is considered a part of Detroit’s jam-packed Midtown neighborhood, it’s sat largely vacant and neglected in recent years. Duggan said he’d had his eye on Brush Park well before he became Mayor.

“I came down these streets every single day, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out…why this area didn’t go next,” he said.

Duggan used to work at the nearby Detroit Medical Center, which could be seen from the podium he spoke at Wednesday.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s about time,” he said.

Duggan said Wednesday’s press conference marks the beginning of the project, and that all renderings are subject to change — in fact, they probably will. The plans still have to be approved by Detroit City Council, which should see the initial proposals by June. Initial plans are vague. The “mixed-income” development will bring almost every residential option to the slice of Detroit between John R. Street and I-75. According to Duggan and Rosenthal, there will be apartments, townhomes, condos and flats.

Rosenthal said the four historic houses will either be up for sale or rent, and could be multi-family homes, or single family. One of the houses, 205 Alfred Street, will be redeveloped by “Rehab Addicts” Nicole Curtis.

The Brush Park neighborhood development plan includes affordable mixed housing.

The Brush Park neighborhood development plan includes affordable mixed housing.

Initial renderings of the site show a fairly modern design scheme with the exception of the four historic homes. Rosenthal said Wednesday that the artist’s conceptions of the Bedrock’s plans aren’t set in stone. They’ll be taking the history of Brush Park into account when they plan the look of the development.

In its prime, Brush Park was made up of over 400 buildings, which included 70 Victorian mansion where big Detroit names lived. There’ve been a few attempts the get Brush Park back up on its feet, but until now everything else has fallen flat.

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The Ransom Gillis House as it stands today

Perhaps this is the massive financial and developmental push that Detroit needs to finally redevelop Brush Park. Or will this simply be another territory for the Gilbert Empire? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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