Townhouses Coming to Historic James E. Scripps Site in Detroit’s Woodbridge Neighborhood

A grand opening preview will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the Scripps District, a development in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood on land once owned by The Detroit News founder James E. Scripps.
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Located on Trumbull between Selden and Brainard streets, the Scripps District integrates with the Woodbridge neighborhood and its Victorian architecture. // Rendering courtesy of Scripps District

A grand opening preview will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the Scripps District, a development in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood on land once owned by The Detroit News founder James E. Scripps.

Scripps District is a 64-unit townhome community development designed to connect the growth of Woodbridge Historic District with the nearby neighborhood. It is being developed in a partnership between Robertson Brothers Homes in Bloomfield Township and Civic Cos. and Tekton Development, both in Detroit.

The new community is designed to honor the site’s past through the renovation of the original Scripps mansion powerhouse into a private home, originally designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn, while introducing modern luxuries.

Friday’s preview event will feature tours of two new furnished models, which have starting prices from the mid-$300,000s, the renovated powerhouse, music, and food trucks.

Located on Trumbull between Selden and Brainard streets, the Scripps District integrates with the Woodbridge neighborhood and its Victorian architecture. The project features 48 one-car garage townhomes and 16 two-car garage townhomes designed with spacious interiors and contemporary amenities.

Taking center stage, the powerhouse overlooks the new community park, which offers multiple outdoor gathering spaces and includes the preservation of historic columns while serving as an extension of the renovated Scripps Park and adjacent Rose Dog Park across on Trumbull.

The townhomes promise comfortable and stylish urban living experiences, along with an opportunity for homeowners to invest in a new home offering maintenance-free living. With the consumer demand for new housing in this area, Scripps District is expected to bring new development to an already established neighborhood, while providing new homeowners with attainable pricing option.

Homeowners of Scripps District are expected to be able to enjoy pedestrian-friendly streets, abundant green spaces, including a new community park, and easy access to local parks — Scripps Park, the former site of the home of George and Ellen Booth, James E. Scripps’ daughter, and Rose Dog Park.

The area is being bolstered by Ford Motor Co.’s renovation of the Michigan Central Station, the $4.2 billion dollar initiatives by Henry Ford Health System, and the University of Michigan’s new 200,000-square-foot Center for Innovation building.

The Scripps District location offers easy access to downtown Detroit, sports venues, a variety of restaurant cuisines, unique shops, and various entertainment options. Also nearby are Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center.