21728 Grand River Avenue
Mixed-Use Artist Space
Original Date Built
In a neighborhood like Old Redford, the arts bring people of all ages together, whether you are six or sixty. That’s what we want to celebrate in our development.
The Sunflower Building, named for a façade painting by local artist Chazz Miller, will be a physical center for community engagement and artist expression. It will feature a variety of spaces from artist studios and classrooms to a performance theater. The building to the north will be demolished to create an alley connection between Grand River and the existing Artists Village.
This is the second phase of our incremental development in Old Redford. Phase one is The Obama, a renovated mixed-use retail and residential development at the corner of Grand River and Lahser. Together, these properties honor existing residents and businesses while catalyzing larger neighborhood revitalization.
Stage of Development
The Sunflower building along Grand River Ave. near Lahser Rd. will be redeveloped as a mixed-use artist space.
Alley construction will create new connections between properties.
Existing murals and sidewalk paintings will influence the building’s design.
History: The 1928 building was originally a neighborhood SS Kresge Company department store It later became the Upstage Theater, where the Rosedale Community Players performed for 30 years. The players group moved in 2007 and The Platform acquired the property in 2016.
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 rely on trusted community arts anchors like Artists Village and Sidewalk Detroit to identify arts programming that is relevant to the neighborhood. We intend to marry our development capabilities with local programming knowledge and vision. We also work closely with the Fisher Family Foundation, Brightmoor Alliance, and Motor City Blight Busters.
Design Excellence: Because neighborhood development is cost sensitive, the design approach at the Sunflower Building is focused on finding beauty in everyday construction and materials. We plan to celebrate this simple building’s existing clear floor plan and height while opening up the facade to the sidewalk, alley, and side lot.
Neighborhood: Old Redford is a neighborhood in Northwest Detroit with a historic downtown surrounded by early 1900s single-family homes. Part of the Northwest Grand River Corridor, Old Redford is being targeted by the City of Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund to improve things like streetscapes, business development and affordable housing. Old Redford’s hub is Grand River Avenue and Lahser Road.
Notable community anchors include the Redford Theatre, Sweet Potato Sensations, Motor City Java House, Artists Village, Motor City Blight Busters, Sidewalk Detroit, Old Redford Kitchen + Café, Maty’s Cuisine, Detroit Public Library-Redford Branch, PharMor Pharmacy, Dollar Tree, Meijer Grocery + Gas, Old Redford Food Center, Flagstar Bank, Huntington Bank and Detroit Police Department-8th Precinct.
Transit: Bus #021, 045