Thursday, December 13, 2007

Studio One Apartments going up in Midtown

Finally -- Detroit is getting some new apartments.

One hundred and twenty-four new ones, to be exact.

Don't get me wrong; I'm thrilled with all the condo developments in the Motor City recently. But it's nice to have some diversity. And that's exactly what
Studio One Apartments - the first market-rate, new construction apartment building in Detroit in 30 years - brings to the city.

Recently, Girl in the D spent some time with Marcel D. P. Burgler of Grand Rapids-based Prime Development, to discuss Studio One, which is currently under construction on Woodward Avenue between Canfield and Forest. Here's the low-down on the building going up at the site of the former Vernors bottling plant:

- Five-story building: Ground-floor retail and four stories of apartments;
- Apartments range from 650 to 1008 square feet;
- Rental prices from $870 to $1,395 per month;
- Units include individual furnace, air condititioner and washer and dryer;
- Six floor plans to choose from;
- All units include one or two balconies and 10-foot living room ceilings;
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in every unit;
- Kitchens with granite countertops;

Cool extras available to Studio One-dwellers include access to an on-site fitness center for $15 per month, preferred cable and high-speed Internet for $49 per month, and a $65 parking spot per car per month in the Wayne State University (WSU) parking structure that will connect to Studio One Apartments via a third-floor crosswalk.

Burgler points out that along with the amenities of the units and building, Studio One is in a prime Midtown location.

And he's right.

The building, which has already locked-in tenant Fifth/Third Bank, is across the street from MOCAD, a few blocks from the Detroit Artists Market, and within walking distance of Midtown's cultural heavy-hitters, which include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library-Main Branch, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit Historical Museum, Children's Museum, Detroit Science Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Scarab Club, and WSU's Bonstelle Theatre. The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is also nearby.

It's really city living," says Burgler, who notes that the building's commercial space will be completed in April 2008, while the apartments are slated for June 1, 2008.

Though Studio One is just steps from WSU's campus, Burgler wants prospective renters to know that Studio One is not student housing. What kind of people is Studio One attracting?

"So far, interest has come from a mix of young professionals, age 22 to 29, and empty-nesters," Burgler says. "Grad students, medical professionals from the DMC (Detroit Medical Center) and others."

Interested in finding out more about this $21 million apartment building? Stop into Studio One's sales center on Cass and Canfield between 10 am and 5 pm from Monday - Friday, or contact leasing manager-Billie Mason-Smith by email or at (313) 316-0824 to schedule a Saturday or Sunday appointment.

Studio One Apartments is part of WSU's $35 million South University Village. Phase One of the project includes the construction of Studio One Apartments and Wayne State’s 950-space parking deck. Phase Two could result in more apartments, or new condominiums, depending on the market conditions.

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