22000 Grand River
Residential & Retail
Original Date Built
Our goal is to create a development approach in neighborhoods that honors exsiting residents and businesses while creating new and exciting services and amenties.
This is the first phase of an incremental development at the intersection of Grand River and Lahser in Old Redford. Phase two is an arts center at the Sunflower Building. Together, the projects aim to catalyze larger neighborhood revitalization.
The historic corner building was originally home to the former Peoples State Bank of Redford. It was affectionately dubbed “the Obama Building” because of a painting above the entrance by local artist, Chazz Miller. Plans include the rehab of existing ground floor retail spaces facing Grand River Ave and four second floor apartments. Retail and residential units will be available at affordable lease rates. The project will support neighborhood retail and local entrepreneurs, contributing to the existing small business community around it.
The Obama Building offers 8,800 SF of retail and four residential units with affordable and market-rates.
Stage of Development
On Community Engagement: We rely on trusted community anchors, like Brightmoor Alliance, to collaboratively engage with residents. This helps us understand what existing residents and the neighboring small business community want. To fill those needs, we reach out to the business support community to help match entrepreneurs to opportunity. We also work closely with the Fisher Family Foundation and Detroit Blight Busters.
On Design Excellence: Because neighborhood development is cost-sensitive, the design approach at the Obama Building is focused on finding beauty in everyday construction and materials. We are inspired to be clever with a small budget. Rehab includes manipulating a traditional storefront system, installing a durable rain-screen façade, and simplifying floor plans while inviting natural light and establishing clear visuals to the space.
In the Neighborhood: Sweet Potato Sensations, Old Redford Theatre, Motor City Java & Tea House, Artist Village, Detroit Blight Busters, Sidewalk Detroit
Transit: Bus #021, 045