Christian Hurttienne Architects has been selected alongside several other local and national design firms for a new city initiative investing $1.6 million into revitalizing four Detroit neighborhoods. CHA will focus on the Islandview/Greater Villages area. The overall planning and design efforts will work towards Mayor Duggan's "20 minute neighborhoods" strategy with the development of affordable housing, improved landscapes and storm water management, infrastructure upgrades, and increased focus on economic development. The project is set to kick off in January 2017.
The City of Detroit's Planning Department has selected three design firm partners to help the city create a vision for revitalizing its vacant commercial strips, and reducing the bureaucratic hurdles that can stand in the way of redevelopment. CHA, Smithgroup JJR and LAAVU / Farr Associates / PlaceMakers were selected from among 38 high-quality submissions received from across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Pink Zoning Detroit is a research project that targets three commercial corridors in the city, for which the selected firms will create a vision for redevelopment. Then, those ideas will be tested against the City's existing approval processes to identify how City codes or regulations may be changed to make redevelopment simpler. Upon completion, the project's findings will be forwarded to the City Planning Commission and to City Council for their consideration.
Our idea is to design and build new homes with interested people / families on vacant land parcels owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA). We want to assist interested folks to design and draw their home, provide an accurate construction cost and schedule for the home/property/project, and to assist them in qualifying for traditional bank financing. With the proposed new homeowner, we would verify the lot location (the shaded lots on the map below), within the area bounded by Trumbull Ave. on the East, Perry St. on the South, Rosa Parks Blvd. on the West, and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on the North. The area has many scattered sites of vacant properties owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority, and the DLBA is willing to sell these parcels within the parameters noted above directly to homeowners. The goals of the project are to provide density in the single-family housing area of North Corktown, confirm the affordability and market appraisals for new homes, provide jobs for Detroit residents, and execute the planning initiatives of the City of Detroit.
We currently have two families committed to do this and we need more! We are searching for other people/families to build upon the lots currently owned by the DLBA. If you know of anyone interested in our idea to own a new home in the neighborhood, please e-mail Brian at email@example.com. All pertinent questions are welcome!
MLive Press Release
MAP OF NORTH CORKTOWN
The Coe at West Village is a new construction project on the Southeast corner of Van Dyke Avenue and Coe Street in Detroit's historic West Village neighborhood. The development will have eight rowhouses adjoining a commercial building with ground floor retail space and apartments above. The single-family rowhouses will feature a one-car garage, an open kitchen/living/dining area, three bathrooms, two full baths, and one half bath. The corner commercial building will have 1500 sq.ft. of retail space with four apartments above. Aesthetically, the building balances elements of traditional and modern design. Projecting bays and an implied cornice reflect the historic quality of the surrounding architecture; while multiple facade planes, strong block massings, and playful window patterns reflect a modern sensibility.
The Bagley/Trumbull project will see two new mixed-use buildings surrounding two historic buildings at the corner of Bagley and Trumbull Avenues in historic Corktown. The Trumbull Building will be a two-story mixed-use building with three retail units on the ground floor, a full basement, and one apartment with roof garden and conservatory. The Bagley Building will also be a mixed-use building with one commercial space on the ground floor, and one apartment on the second floor. The new buildings will bookend the existing historic buildings currently being renovated with walkways through the site for access to the commercial spaces and access to the parking off the alley to create an interconnected block campus. Construction on the new buildings is set to begin in the Winter of 2016 with a tentative completion of late 2017.
The Bagley Five Development is a new construction condominium project in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood of Corktown, immediately west of downtown Detroit. CHA has designed each unit, and is proposing to build these for families.The building structure is to be constructed of burnished concrete block, metal components of windows, a large glass curtain wall, operable awning windows, railings with mesh, wood components of siding, and custom doors. The contemporary style of the building features a strong block-like massing, large expanses of glass, and delineated horizontal elements. The building is intended to provide a progressive direction for the architectural landscape of Corktown, and Detroit in general.
The Brush Park Development project is set to drastically transform the historic neighborhood between Downtown and Midtown in Detroit. What was once an anchor of industrial wealth and opulent Victorian architecture will be transformed into a vibrant, eclectic, modern neighborhood to set a new standard of architectural precedent in the city. Within this development, CHA is tasked with the design and renovation of the three remaining Victorian mansions that will link Brush Park's storied past with its progressive future.