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Renovation to begin at Forest Arms Apartments in Midtown

November 14 2013 | no comments

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A historic midtown apartment building that has stood for more than 100 years has a new lease on life.

Renovation will be getting underway on the Forest Arms, located at the corner of Second and West Forest Avenues.

It will have 70 apartments, including five penthouses and two retail spaces.

Back in 2008, the building was severely damaged in a fire. The structure was almost torn down to put up a parking lot or a drive-thru restaurant.

But developer Scott Lowell saw a building worth saving. “I saw a history worth preserving, and felt that we were the right people to do it,” Lowell told Detroit 2020.

The Forest Arms will also have a soundproof band practice room for residents. The renovation is scheduled to be completed in about 18 months.

Sue Mosey, the President of Midtown Detroit, Inc., was on hand for the announcement. She tells Detroit 2020 there will be more groundbreakings in the next couple of months in the area. “This is where a lot of the energy is going on, where a lot of the new retail is opening,” Mosey said. “A lot of the young professionals are moving to this neighborhood…so clearly we’re going to see lots of good things,” she added.

The current occupancy rate for housing in Midtown in 97 percent.

Scott Lowell, the owner of the Traffic Jam & Snug restaurant just down the street from the Forest Arms, was recognized as a Detroit 2020 Person of the Week back in December of 2011.  Click here to watch the story.


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