Detroit-Based Developers Celebrate Grand Opening of Woodward West in Midtown

Detroit-led and Black-developer backed, Midtown’s latest apartment development building has a lot to celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late September with Mayor Duggan and other city officials, including City Council President Mary Sheffield (D-5) and Councilman James Tate (D-1).

“We believe that as Detroit continues its revitalization, Detroit-based businesses should be leading the charge,” said Chris Jackson, co-principal and managing partner of Queen Lillian.

“We are proud to have assembled a Detroit-based project team who delivered an exceptional building that is exceeding expectations.”
Woodward West is joint venture between Detroit-based developers Queen Lillian and The Platform.

Since 2008, Queen Lillian has invested in other local development properties, including DMC Heart Hospital, Ford Field, Comerica Park,

Cobo Hall/TCF Center renovation, Greektown Casino and Hotel, Wayne State Medical Office Building at Tolan Park, and more.
The Platform is a private real estate developer founded in 2016 to drive transformational developments in the city of Detroit that is inclusive and geared toward revitalizing neighborhoods.

“This has been one of the most successful developments I have seen in my 44 years in real estate in Detroit and nationally,” said Peter Cummings, executive chair and CEO of The Platform.

“It’s a real testament to the team that over delivered on every aspect of the project from groundbreaking to resident leasing, and to the growing vibrancy of Midtown and demand for multi-family housing in this neighborhood.”

Woodward West features 204 apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. As per the city’s agreement with housing developers, Woodward West offers twenty percent of their available units as affordable housing at below market rate. Low-income residents can qualify for rooms with 80 percent of the area median income (AMI).

City Council President Mary Sheffield addressed the gathered crowd on the strides of affordable housing.
“This project is not just for Detroiters, but it is built by Detroiters,” said President Sheffield. “It just touches something that is very important to me and that is the inclusion of long-term generational Detroiters should be a part of the development and the rebuilding of the city.”

Currently, 75 percent of the total units are leased, 95 percent of which are affordable units.

General apartment unit styles and pricing options include:
• Full one bedroom at 669 square feet priced at $1,775 per month
• Junior one bedroom at 491 square feet priced between $1,375-$1,450 per month

Affordable housing unit types and pricing:
• Junior and studios starting at $999 per month
• 1 full bedroom unit available for $1,064

Amenities include a pet-friendly environment complete with an outdoor recreational roof deck with expansive views of the Detroit skyline, fire table and grills, a lounge for residents with a pool table and kitchenette, high-end theater, a fitness center with saunas, and offices for working on-site.

To qualify for affordable housing units, residents must provide pay stubs showing less than $51,160 in annual income. Eligibility also includes a credit score check and qualification of 620 or above, otherwise a co-signer is needed.

Retail space is available on the ground floor at 7,000 square feet leased. Several restaurants are slated to open, including a new spot from the owners of midtown favorite Mexican street fare and bar, Bakersfield Tacos. Thunderdome Restaurant Group’s southern style fried chicken and craft beer restaurant, The Eagle Food and Beer Hall.

The second business expected to be announced is Sugaring NYC, an organic waxing and lash studio has leased 2,700 square feet.

One of the standout features of Woodward West is the extensive art collection on display throughout the building.

Izegbe D. N’Namdi, executive director of The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Midtown will curate the exhibition of 41 Detroit-based artists of color to reflect the diversity and spirit of the city.

Hamilton Anderson Associates designed the building, Saches Construction served as the contractor, Beanstalk Real Estate Services run residential management, and O’Connor Real Estate leases retail.

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