7045 East Jefferson Ave.
We plan to honor our position at the entrance to Belle Isle with a building that strives to be as graceful as one of the city’s most cherished parks.
Grand Jefferson is a residential development located across East Jefferson from the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle – one of Detroit's most prominent recreational amenities that attracts over three million visitors annually. Our vision is for a high-rise multi-family residential development that is transformational while sensitive to its context. Future residents will enjoy clear views of Belle Isle and the Detroit River as well as access to the Detroit Riverfront from their front door. The project encourages accessibility, walkability, and biking.
Grand Jefferson was the site of a Big Boy restaurant for 50-years before its retirement. It now hosts the Islandview Village Marketplace, a temporary open-air market every Friday that features farm stands, food, art, and music. Demolition of the vacated structure is scheduled for later this year.
Stage of Development
On Community Engagement: We connect to trusted anchors, like the Immanuel House of Prayer and GenesisHOPE, and regularly attend City of Detroit eastside planning and neighborhood meetings to remain aware of larger planning efforts and to engage with as many residents and neighborhood leaders as possible.
On Design Excellence: This project is both a symbolic and literal entrance to Belle Isle. The ambition is to pull the beauty of the park into the project and connect the project across East Jefferson to the park. In a city unaccustomed to building up in several decades, a high-rise project will be approached with efficient urban space planning, passive and active design strategies, and innovative construction systems in mind.
In the Neighborhood: Belle Isle, Gabriel Richard Park, Mount Elliot Park, Detroit RiverWalk, Beltline Greenway, Immanuel House of Prayer, Prop Art Studio, Mt. Elliott Makerspace, Gleaner’s Food Bank, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and Earthworks Urban Farming Project
Transit: Bus #012, 025, 610, 620