A transformation is underway to adapt a vacant warehouse and lumberyard south of downtown Royal Oak into a luxury apartment and townhouse complex with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private patios. Called The Harrison Residences, the development is scheduled to open in the spring.
“I saw this building that is enormous and was (part of) an old lumberyard,” says Bob Wolfson, developer of The Harrison Residences. “It’s four lots long and it’s got high ceilings. We decided it would be great to do something inside the building and turn it into something that’s more of a boutique hotel that you might see in Miami or New York.”
Wolfson says The Harrison Residences, to be located at 1210 Morse Ave., east of Main Street, will offer one- and two-story units including 11 bungalows; 24 one-story, one-bedroom units; 15 one-story townhouses; and 25 two-story townhouses.
“We have garden bungalows and they are not connected to the rest of the units,” Wolfson says. “There’s one long building and another (shorter) building. In between, we’re doing garden bungalows in which everybody has their own private courtyard, you won’t be able to see your neighbor, and they’ll have circular stairways.”
He says the units, which will range in size from 800 to 1,800 square feet. “The rooms are very spacious, and the amenities that we’re using are Italian cabinets inside,” Wolfson says. “The bathrooms are going to be much larger than usual. The shower doors are European style, which is basically all glass.”
Residents will have 24-hour on-call service, garage parking, and concierge services that includes dog walking, dry cleaning, grocery delivery, and housekeeping. He says all residents will have access to an exercise facility and a rooftop lounge with chaise lounges and fire pits. He says the units will rent between $1,595 and $2,700 per month.
Wolfson also developed Center Street Lofts, Troy Street Lofts, and Main Street Lofts in Royal Oak, along with Lofts on 9 in Ferndale.â€‹