The Platform real estate development firm started in 2016 by Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer with the acquisition of the Fisher Building. The firm works mainly in the Woodward Corridor in Midtown and New Center, but projects extend to all parts of the city, including Old Redford, Fitzgerald, and Islandview. We’re going to take a look at The Platform’s current developments still in the planning, design, or construction phases. Part 3 of this series will highlight projects in the Eastern Market, Old Redford, Fitzgerald, and Islandview neighborhoods.
Gratiot 1029-1040 Gratiot Avenue 188,205 square feet
The 4.3 acre site on Gratiot Avenue is still in the design stage but will include some sort of mixed-use residential & retail space. There is no completion date as of now, but the project hopes to bridge a number of neighborhoods.
Obama Building 22000 West Grand River Avenue 12,855 square feet
Local artist Chazz Miller’s painting of President Obama covers the front of this building, built in 1917, but will become 9,835 square feet of ground floor retail space and three second floor apartments. Phase 2 of the project will include an arts center in the Sunflower Building.
Sunflower Building 21728 Grand River Avenue 20,476 SF total
Another building on Grand River with a Chazz Miller painting, the Sunflower Building will contain artist studios, classrooms, and a performance theater. The project is still in the pre-development stage.
Fitz Forward Fitzgerald Neighborhood
Fitz Forward is a quarter square mile revitalization including 100 new residential houses on over 200 vacant parcels of land. Construction is underway, and The Platform is aiming for a December 2019 completion.
Islandview 130 East Grand Boulevard 12,800 square feet
The Islandview project will rehab four buildings, including a Victorian mansion built in 1898 by Louis Kamper. Across from the bridge to Belle Isle, the project will create residential units atop ground floor retail space. The project is still in the design stage.
Grand Jefferson 7045 East Jefferson Avenue 40,000 square feet
The Big Boy restaurant that stands here will be demolished later this year, and a new building will rise in its place by 2020. The 240 residential unit high rise overlooking the Detroit River will include 11,000 square feet and 280 parking spaces.