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Breaking Ground for The Auburn

Project partners Invest Detroit, Midtown Detroit, Inc. and David DiRita of The Roxbury Group announced today the start of construction for the Auburn, a $12 million, 56,000 square foot residential and retail project in Midtown, Detroit. The 3-story Auburn will be located at the southeast corner of Cass Avenue and Canfield Street and span nearly an entire city block. The project will include 58 residential units and 11 retail spaces.

“We are extremely excited to be moving into the active development phase on the Auburn,” said David Blaszkiewicz, Invest Detroit president. “This project has been a true case-study in creative collaboration and a model for how government, foundations and private developers can work together to achieve community development goals in an extremely challenging finance environment.”

The Auburn comprises 54 one-bedroom and four studio apartments that are an average of 615 square feet each and start at $675 per month. The retail spaces at the Auburn total 9,100 square feet and are being supported by a loan from the Ford Foundation. The loan will serve to make the retail spaces tenant-ready and are priced to attract local, independent retailers.

Additionally, a 97-space parking lot will be built behind the building. One parking space is allotted for each apartment and will be included in the monthly rental fee. The remaining spaces will be available for lease.

Sue Mosey, Midtown Detroit, Inc. president, believes that the timing couldn’t be better to add new residential product to the district. “We are at 95 percent occupancy across the entire Midtown neighborhood and don’t see demand letting up any time soon,” said Mosey. “The Auburn represents a great fit for the influx of new residents and is a good start toward the nearly 300 additional units we plan to bring on line in the next couple of years.”

Detroit-based Kramer Design Group is the architect for the Auburn, which was designed with unique features and an attention to layout that optimizes use of the space. One of the signature features of each apartment is a French balcony, allowing for an open-air quality in the units. The Auburn also has two common spaces for its residents - a small outdoor terrace on the second floor facing the corner of Cass and Canfield, and an indoor/outdoor space on the south side of the building. This space is 2,300 square feet with glass garage doors, separating the interior and exterior, and a built-in outdoor fireplace.