Grosse Pointe Park Architecture Firm Launches North Corktown Housing Project


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A rendering of a possible exterior for a new home in North Corktown.

Courtesy: Christian Hurttienne Architects

Christian Hurttienne Architects, a Grosse Pointe Park-based architecture firm, is kicking off a project that will result in the construction of new single-family residential housing, using traditional financing, in Detroit’s North Corktown neighborhood.

The first two homes, which will begin construction next spring, will be built on lots on Ash Street and Sycamore Street. They will be between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet, and will be valued at $200,000 each.

The lots were approved to be purchased by the homeowners from the Detroit Land Bank Authority and will be the first homes for both families.

Brian Hurttienne, principal at Christian Hurttienne Architects, says the firm will work with homeowners to come up with design plans, cost the house, and them help the homeowners find traditional bank financing. The Detroit Land Bank Authority will then review the request to purchase the lot from its inventory.

“North Corktown is a transitional neighborhood that is perfect for this kind of development,” he says. “Our goal is to find a small group of homeowners who want to build at the same time so we can be efficient with our building process.”

Apart from the two homes scheduled to begin construction next spring, there are no other homes planned for the project at this time. However, officials with the firm say a minimum of five homes will be constructed and there are a number of lots in the area that can be built on.   

Martin Luther King Boulevard, the Lodge (US-10), I-96, and I-75 border the North Corktown neighborhood.

Founded in January 2015, some of Christian Hurttienne Architects’ Detroit projects include the Bagley 10 Condominiums and the Bagley / Trumbull Buildings in Corktown, the Ransom Gillis house in Brush Park, and the Coe at West Village. The firm is led by architects / builders Christopher Christian and Brian Hurttienne. 

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