$12 million mixed-use development aims to fit in southwest Detroit

ANALYSE FRANK | February 28, 2019

A $12 million planned housing and commercial development led by Invest Detroit and two nonprofits is using a tiered approach to fit in with its architectural surroundings in southwest Detroit.

The city of Detroit targeted a mixed-use project on a 0.81-acre vacant lot on West Vernor Highway in its southwest Detroit and West Vernor corridor strategic plan that’s part of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort under the Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

Three organizations signed onto the potential project: the Southwest Detroit Business Association; Cinnaire, a Lansing-based nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution; and Invest Detroit, another Community Development Financial Institution. Invest Detroit acts as an investor, partner and lender on business and real estate projects in the city.

The three development partners have jumped several city hurdles and aim to build 53 units on top of retail and community space.