This is a multi-phase study to investigate the renovation and rebuilding of an entire neighborhood in Detroit. Like many parts of the city, this neighborhood is completely blighted, but sits adjacent to a large hospital and university, two major employers in the area. The study envisions the renovation of the existing remaining buildings into lofts and live-work housing, along with the addition of infill housing and retail on the vacant lots. The idea is to build out a critical mass of housing that will create a walkable neighborhood, and be attractive and affordable to the local workforce. Interventions like this could begin to stitch together the city of Detroit and return it to its former grandeur.
I visited the site several times, and put together an analysis of the site at the regional, urban and neighborhood scales. We then worked with the stakeholders to determine what scale of buildings, unit counts, and retail mix would be appropriate with the financing options available, including tax credits. I used both hand sketches and computer models to lay out what the neighborhood could become.