Multi-million dollar renovations to the Strathmore Apartment building in Detroit’s Midtown district, formerly the historic Strathmore Hotel, are nearing completion with occupancy planned this summer.
Carrie Da Via, architectural designer at Hamilton Anderson, says the 129-unit apartment building, located at 70 West Alexandrine St. between Cass and Woodward avenues, includes a combination of one- and two-bedroom units. She says the Strathmore offers 93 one-bedroom units ranging from 500 to 600 square feet and 36 two-bedroom, two-bath units ranging in size from 800 to 1,000 square feet. Each unit has a washer and dryer, granite countertops, and maple cabinets.
Da Via says renovations included restoring the lobby, exterior façade, and sky-lit community room, while adding in an additional parking lot, a fitness center, and dog grooming services.
“(We) surveyed the building … prepared all the demolition drawings, designed all the units, went through the historic preservation process,” Da Via says.
She says the construction cost of the project is about $18 million, not including demolition or furnishing costs.
The project involved various funding sources including private development, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, low-income housing tax credits, and historic tax credits. Da Via says Hamilton Anderson assisted in the applications and documentation of these sources, as well as providing design and construction documents for the building and site, and assisting the construction manager with establishing a budget and updating costs during the documentation process.
Da Via says Hamilton Anderson also worked with Enterprise Green Communities, a project with assists developers, builders, and policy makers in making a switch to environmentally responsible, affordable housing.