Change is underway in New Center, with new apartment buildings, more retail along Woodward, and the Pistons Training Facility under construction. Development is moving north past Midtown and downtown, and with it comes new properties set to test the market. Led by the Platform, the premier property in Tech Town will be Cass & York. We now have more details on the $30 million condo development, including new renderings. We sat down with Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer from the Platform to talk about what to expect at Cass & York.
When deciding whether turn the residential units into more apartments or condos, Cummings said that after talking to many people about the current market, they knew that there’s currently a short supply of high quality, for sale products. The proximity to the Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University helped the decision, and the Pistons Training Facility was the clincher. “A lot of people underestimate the hunger for better quality in Detroit,” says Cummings.
Cass & York will have that quality that we haven’t seen in condos. The development will be six stories with 53 units, a “manageable amount of residences to test the market,” says Cummings. The units will average about 1,422 square feet, with prices starting at $430 per square foot—higher than current prices in Midtown.
Knoer says that the design of the building is an amenity itself. McIntosh Poris Associates is the Architect of Record, with design by VolumeOne Design Studio. The modern design was inspired by the neighboring Cadillac Building. The facade will have a mix of glazed and regular white brick, with the scale of the windows and building working off the Cadillac Building.
Expect a rooftop deck with a swimming pool and a club house, a common garden, a bike storage room, big windows with skyline views, two-story penthouses, and a 24-hour concierge in the lobby.
The development will also have plenty of retail space, and Knoer says they’d like to continue the pattern they’ve made with the Fisher Building—prioritizing local retail and artisans.
Architect Michael Poris says that Cass & York is different than anything that’s been done yet in Detroit, and that it’s “brave of them to do this.” Most of the new builds have been apartments or town homes, but the designers and developers believe there’s a need for this market.