Apartments at Trumbull and Michigan are rising, but this is unlike any other apartment construction we’ve seen in Detroit to date. The city’s first-ever stacked modular apartments are fabricated off-site, transported to Trumbull and Michigan, and then stacked on top of each other using a crane. Eric Larson’s Larson Realty Group is bringing more than 100 residential units and a dozen retail units to the famous corner that once held old Tiger Stadium.
The units in Corktown are currently available for reservation for leasing, and the apartment units start at $1,100. Around 20% of the residential spaces and 50% of the retail spaces at “The Corner” will be held for lessees making less than the area median income, which sits around $56,142 for a household in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area.
The $30 million mixed-use development broke ground in May, and the building should be open in February. Larson expects all four residential floors to be installed in a matter of 30 days. The off-site modular fabrication and onsite installation process is utilized in a larger number of cities, especially in Europe, due to its relative speed and ease in construction. Larson stated to The Detroit News, “What would normally be a 16- to 18-month construction window we’re now at 8 to 10 months. It cuts the time in half and allows us to create a quality product but in a short period of time.”
Champion Homes, from Troy, Michigan, fabricates the modular units, which average out to 650 square feet between studios to two-bedroom apartments. The largest unit is 1,200 square feet.
Corktown is an extremely hot market for construction and redevelopment at the moment, with the largest and most exciting project being Ford Motor Company’s redevelopment of the iconic Michigan Central Station. The Elton Park project is still under construction and will bring more than 400 residential units to the area.