Brush Park Developers Name Visionary Architectural Consortium to Design Detroit’s Largest Residential Development in Decades

DETROIT, December 2, 2015—Historic and contemporary architecture will blend in dynamic fashion in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood as five accomplished architecture firms, recruited from across the country, will design nearly 400 new contemporary residential units including townhomes, duplexes, carriage homes and apartments. The architects will also design the renovation of four historic mansions. Brush Park Development Company (BPDC) was named the developer of the historic 8.4-acre Brush Park neighborhood earlier this year. The architectural firms selected for this project include:

*Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), Detroit, Michigan
-Master planning, landscape architecture, apartments, townhomes

*Christian Hurttienne Architects, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
-Historic preservation/renovation adaptive reuse of four historic mansions

*Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), Los Angeles, California
-Four apartment buildings

*Merge Architects, Boston, Massachusetts
-Carriage homes and duplexes

*Studio Dwell, Chicago, Illinois

“It’s rewarding to have such a talented and diverse group of architects working on this important development in Detroit for Detroiters,” said Bedrock Director of Architecture and Urban Design Melissa Dittmer. “The new and historic building designs celebrate the past, as well as look toward the future to create a 21st century narrative for Brush Park and Detroit.”

“The firms were chosen for their innovative work in urban neighborhoods across the country. Each has thoughtfully designed contemporary architecture within historic contexts,” added Samuel Thomas Jr., Partner, Brush Park Development Company, and longtime Detroit real estate developer.

The initial Brush Park development will consist of a four-block area designed to be a catalytic neighborhood for Detroit – a contemporary neighborhood that celebrates history, sustainability, community, and social inclusion.

The walkable, high-density community is only a few blocks from the M-1 RAIL line, which will link Detroit’s Central Business District, Midtown Detroit and the entertainment district.

The Brush Park development will have a diversity of housing types, architectural aesthetics, historic preservation strategies and unit costs. The project is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of current and future Brush Park residents. The mixed-use project vision includes the following elements:

*Pedestrian Mews; a string of parks
*Neighborhood retail
*Alleys as sustainable infrastructure
*Green roofs
*Shared transportation systems

Community engagement has also been an integral part of this development. From working with Hamilton Anderson Associates, the longtime master planning firm for Brush Park, to the Brush Park Community Development Corporation (CDC) and neighborhood residents, a variety of organizations and individuals have weighed in on the project. Additional stakeholders consulted by BPDC include the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS), Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, numerous city government agencies and other local developers.

BPDC’s internal project team includes development, finance, architectural and real estate professionals from Bedrock and is also working with Giffels Webster, Henry Ford Health System and The Skillman Foundation.

The BPDC is a broad and diverse partnership including: Marvin Beatty, Darrell Burks, Freman Hendrix, Pamela Rodgers and Sam Thomas. This well-respected group of Detroit investors and developers has been highly-involved in the community for decades and brings important experience to the Brush Park development.

Work on the construction of the new homes is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. The renovation of the Ransom Gillis House at 205 Alfred is complete, while work on the three additional historic homes is scheduled to continue throughout this winter. For more information, visit


Carolyn Artman
Rock Ventures