City Growth Partners Announces Project in Detroit

Brush House, Detroit-Michigan - United States, Morris Adjmi Architects

City Growth Partners Launches as a New Real Estate Development Firm in Detroit, Michigan.

Announces plans for $55 million investment in two ground-up housing developments in historic Brush Park Neighborhood Detroit, MI

The newly established real estate development company City Growth Partners, in cooperation with the City of Detroit, announced today that it will construct two new residential developments, Brush House and The Brush 8, in the historic Brush Park neighborhood.

Founded in late 2017 by real estate veteran Moddie Turay, City Growth Partners (CGP) will focus on commercial development projects that make positive economic, design and social impact in the communities and neighborhoods where they build.

Prior to founding CGP, Turay was responsible for overseeing all commercial, industrial and retail development citywide at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). Turay has brought on David Howell, his former deputy director while at DEGC, as a Principal Partner at CGP. The two have collaborated on numerous economic development initiatives throughout the city while at DEGC.

In response to a RFP issued by the City of Detroit in November 2017, City Growth Partners was selected to transform a 1.1-acre parcel of vacant land into a two-building rental development with shared retail and outdoor space and 127 spaces of underground parking. The roughly $51.3 million development will be designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, a New York City-based architecture and design firm awarded for its contextual, contemporary reinterpretation of historic buildings and neighborhoods. Adjmi’s design, his first in the city of Detroit, will create an active indoor-outdoor environment for local residents that integrates green infrastructure, while infusing the site with a unique energy and urban vibe that attracts visitors from around the US and world. Of the 178 units being planned, 20% will be set aside for affordable housing.

Located at 3119 Brush Street, directly across from Brush House, City Growth Partners will also develop a 9,760-square-foot empty lot into eight luxury townhouses at an anticipated cost of $4.7 million. Led by DEP Design from Washington, DC, the design approach is to create a massing scale and rhythm that reflects the look of Brush Park during the mid 20th century. Incorporating aspects of both single and semidetached homes, each 4-story townhouse will feature a 1- car garage, a penthouse setback off the street and a private rooftop terrace.

“We are honored that the city of Detroit has put their faith in our ability to add to the spirited, forwardthinking redevelopment of Brush Park. Our team is fully committed and looking forward to delivering two exceptional projects that add to the community and neighborhood,” said Moddie Turay Founder and Principal Partner of City Growth Partners. “An essential element of City Growth Partner’s design process will be community engagement across all phases of both projects.”

David Laurence Howell, Principal Partner of City Growth Partners added, “We want to ensure that the voices and stories of Brush Park are not only embraced but also reflected in these landmark developments. We look forward to finding unique opportunities for integrating the ideas and stories of the Brush Park community into the final construction.”

Both developments are set to proceed through the design, approvals and permitting process between August 2018 and August 2019, with an anticipated groundbreaking in March 2019 for The Brush 8 and September 2019 for Brush House. The projects’ openings are set for January 2020 and September 2021 respectively.

Brush House Project Stats
Developer: City Growth Partners
Design Team: Morris Adjmi Architects (Design Architect)
Location: 117-acre neighborhood Brush Park in Detroit, MI, USA
Site: U-shaped parcel bounded by Brush Street to the west, Watson Street to the north, Beaubien Street to
the east and Wilkins Street to the south
Program: 178-units of new housing (20% affordable, 80% AMI), 15,660-square-feet of ground-level retail,
outdoor space

The Brush 8 Project Stats
Developer: City Growth Partners
Design Team: DEP Designs (Design Architect)
Location: 117-acre neighborhood Brush Park in Detroit, MI, USA
Site: 3119 Brush Street, 9,760-square-foot empty lot
Program: 8 luxury townhouses

About City Growth Partners

City Growth Partners is a real estate development firm located in Downtown Detroit. Combining over 42 years of national and local experience, City Growth Partners’ principals Moddie Turay and David Laurence Howell have played a key role in facilitating over $2 billion of district investment strategies in the City of Detroit, including the Little Caesars Arena, Hudson’s Block and Paradise Valley.

Driven by the principles to generate economic opportunity and prosperity, integrate contemporary design into communities and neighborhoods, and produce positive social and environmental impact at all scales, City Growth Partners’ mission is to develop catalytic mixed-use projects founded on inclusive growth strategies that benefit the entire city.

Living and working in Detroit since 2015, Moddie Turay has held leadership positions in the public and private sector, most recently serving as the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Finance. He has served in development roles at Western Development Corp in Washington, DC. and the U.S. General Services Administration in the Public Buildings Service department. Moddie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St Augustine’s University. A lifelong Detroiter, David Laurence Howell has a record of success overseeing all phases of multilayered financed, complex development projects that include Federal, State, and Local public incentives and tax credits. His experience includes more than 25 years managing the acquisition, disposition, operation, management, asset management, financing, underwriting, development and redevelopment of commercial and residential real estate assets in various parts of the United States totaling more than $1.13 billion. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Wayne State University and resides with his family in the City of Detroit.

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