A 50,000 square foot development led by Prince Concepts (the same firm behind Corktown restaurant Takoi) is set for the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Warren Avenue in the Core City/Woodbridge neighborhoods. The first phase of construction will be at 4884 Grand River Avenue, a former Jeep seat upholstery factory. Named “The Sawtooth”, the first floor will hold four commercial spaces including an Astro Coffee Roasting Facility, Underdog Boxing, and a commissary kitchen.
The second building, nicknamed “5K”, is a former grocery store covering 12,000 square feet. According to Prince Concepts, “The only sections of roof which will remain sit above the units which have been thoughtfully placed within the building to create beautiful, lush, landscaped courtyards and winter gardens. The project will house: four 1,000 SF units with 16′ high ceilings, and eight 500 SF units with 9′ high ceilings.”
“Magnet”, a former radiator shop on Warren Avenue, will house a bar and restaurant. This is a significant development for the area as it’s the first commercial development in the corridor in six decades. The “vegetable-centric” restaurant led by chef Brad Greenhill is set to open in December and will be designed by Undecorated, the lead designer of Takoi.
The developers are also planning to convert the parking lot between the buildings into a 6,000 square foot public park. Prince Concepts hopes the entire project will bring energy to an under-the-radar neighborhood on the verge of experiencing relatively rapid growth and development. “We want energy. We want the neighborhood to respect the past, but also look to the future. We’re excited about the interesting neighborhood we’re a part of, and look forward to developing more of it.”
By Jared Hoffman
Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group