411 Piquette Avenue
Original Date Built
The redevelopment of 411 Piquette into Piquette Flats presents an opportunity to preserve the property’s history, expand its legacy, and be an engine of growth in Milwaukee Junction.
Next to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and part of a National Historic District, the site is considered one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world. After sitting largely vacant for a number of years, the 108,000-square-foot property is being transformed into 161 affordable loft-style studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Piquette Flats offers authentic loft living in a fully renovated historic building just blocks from a growing number of restaurants and shops along Woodward and Grand Boulevard.
Stage of Development
The development sits at the corner of Piquette Ave. and Beaubien St. in Milwaukee Junction.
History: The Studebaker Detroit Service Building was built in 1920 to support operations at the sprawling Studebaker factory to its west. Studebaker also owned the adjacent Piquette Avenue Plant which it acquired from Ford in 1911. The complex manufactured vehicles until 1933. Other owners of 411 Piquette have included Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M), The Cadillac Overall Company, The Heritage Investment Company, and General Linen & Uniform Service. The Platform acquired the property in March 2017.
Community Engagement: The Platform is committed to developing in a way that honors and contributes to Detroit’s social and physical fabric, creating places and spaces that bring people together. We seek to engage all stakeholders – local community and economic development organizations, civic and community leaders, and neighboring businesses and residents. We listen to the needs of communities to plan thoughtful and relevant developments that make Detroit a great place to live.
Design Excellence: The rehabilitation celebrates the building's industrial architecture through uncovering the original red brick facade and installing new historically accurate factory windows. The building's open-column structure, high ceilings and exposed brick create a one-of-a-kind living experience.
In the Neighborhood: Ford Piquette Avenue Museum, Chroma, Milwaukee Caffé, Kiesling, Oak & Reel, Freya, Dragonfly, Vault of Midnight, The Gathering Coffee Co., Nextspace, By Popular Demand, Howrani Studios, Submerge Record Distribution, Bucharest Grill, Time Will Tell, Supino Pizzeria, Joe Louis Southern Kitchen, Yumvillage, Baobab Fare, Ferne Detroit, Urbanum, Jam Handy, Tangent Gallery, Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
Transit: Bus #042; Q-line Station: Amsterdam; MoGo Station: E Bethune St & Brush St