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A New Beginning For The Broderick Tower

November 14 2012 | no comments

Moving vans have been busy in downtown Detroit for the past week. They’re moving people into a building that for years didn’t seem to have a future.

It’s a redevelopment project that is now the talk of the town.

It’s another move-in day at Broderick Tower.

This landmark downtown building has come back to life after sitting vacant at the corner of Woodward and Witherell for some 30 years.

Formerly office space, the building’s $53 million renovation is designed to meet the growing demand for downtown living. Daniel Jahn now calls one of Broderick Tower’s 125 apartments…home.

“I’ve always wanted to live in a skyscraper, so this is, or a high rise, this is the first time I’ve been able to do that,” Jahn said. “There’s a lot of momentum and things are picking up and I saw this building was opening and it was just a natural fit.”

Jahn works downtown as a contract employee for General Motors. It just so happens he can see the Renaissance Center from his 30th floor apartment. And that’s not all. He also has a great view of Comerica Park.

“Next year I’m going to have season tickets for the Tigers, so I’ll be going to about half the games and the other half that I don’t go to, I’ll just sit at my kitchen window with binoculars and look out at the game for free,” Jahn said.

Daniel was among the very first to sign on. And he’s got plenty of company.

“We already have 90 occupants moved. That’s 72 percent of the building and 100 percent is leased,” said property manager Eric Novack.

“We’re setting the standard in Detroit as far as what renovation should look like. The quality of the construction and the materials used, the layout, the design, you’re going to see this ongoing in Detroit from this point on,” Novack told Detroit 2020.

Jahn previously lived in Royal Oak. He’s part of the young professional class of “New Detroiters.”

“I would say, 70 to 80 percent of our residents haven’t lived in Detroit. This is the first time and I’m hoping their experience has been incredible, coming down here with the services we offer, the amenities, our overall attitude,” Novack said.

The apartments go from $650 a month for a studio to $5,100 a month for a three-floor penthouse apartment.

Click here to go to the David Broderick Tower website.

 

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