Residents Move into The Platform’s Baltimore Station 1 in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction Neighborhood

Baltimore Station 1, a mixed-use redevelopment of two historic buildings on Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, welcomed its first residents over the weekend.
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Residents have moved in at Baltimore Station 1, a mixed-use development in Detroit. // Photograph by Nadir Ali

Baltimore Station 1, a mixed-use redevelopment of two historic buildings on Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, welcomed its first residents over the weekend.

The development offers 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 23 loft-style apartments, five of which are offered as affordable housing at 80 percent of area median income or below.

Located at 6402 Woodward Ave. on the corner of East Baltimore Avenue, the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, granite countertops, 13-foot ceilings, large windows, on-site parking, and private terraces or balconies in select units.

Residents will also be able to enjoy the amenities of The Boulevard, opening later this summer, and Baltimore Station 2, opening in the spring of 2020. The Platform is the developer for the three properties.

“The first residents in Detroit are now living in a Platform development, and that’s a big moment for our young company,” says Dietrich Knoer, president and CEO of The Platform.

Baltimore Station 1 is located close to Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, Henry Ford Health System, the QLINE, Detroit’s Amtrak station, and the freeways.

A Huntington Bank branch is the first of the development’s retail offerings and will open this spring. Announcements of future retail tenants are forthcoming.

Archive DS in Detroit is the architect for the project. The general contractor is the Monahan Co. of Eastpointe, Mich. The property will be managed by Beztak. TCF Bank, Invest Detroit, the Michigan Economic Growth Corp., and Midtown Detroit Inc. are the financing partners.

A few apartments are still available. More information is available here or by calling (313) 462-2867 or emailinginfo@baltimorestation.city. For commercial leasing, contact Ben Hubert or Benji Rosenzweig of Colliers International at (248) 540-1000.

The development emerged from a graduate class project at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business taught by Peter Allen. Students Dan Doung, Myles Hamby, and Clarke Lewis created a development project that The Platform liked enough to hire the trio to carry out their design.

“It is wonderful to see our idea in graduate school finally become a reality,” says Hamby, senior development manager of The Platform. “I am grateful to Peter Allen, who first believed in us, and The Platform, who joined in the journey to bring the development across the finish line.”

The development is a partnership between The Platform and BE Partners LLC, whose members are the former students, Allen, and Doug Allen.

“We look at the young developers on our team as the future leaders of development in our great city,” says Peter Cummings, executive chairman of The Platform. “We are proud to help take their dream and make it a reality. The story of Baltimore Station shows not only the great potential of these young visionaries but also for the potential of the future of Detroit and its built environment.”

Inside the development is a mural created by students from the Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies and Fisher Building Fourth Floor creative tenants. Titled “Movin,’” the mural depicts activity in Detroit.

Other developments by The Platform in the area include The Boulevard, a mixed-use development that will open this summer on Third Avenue and West Grand Boulevard that will also open this summer; an Albert Kahn-designed building at 6001 Cass Ave. that will become the North American headquarters for Tata Technologies; 7300 Woodward on Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard; and an 860-car parking deck on Baltimore Street between Second and Third avenues that recently underwent a $6.5-million renovation. It is also the developer of the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center on Amsterdam Street, scheduled to open this fall.

The company also has developments in Old Redford, Islandview, Eastern Market, and the Fitz Forward project in Fitzgerald.

The Platform was launched in 2016.

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