A new apartment building is now under construction, adding more residential close to Michigan Central. The Brooke at Bagley, a project from Woodborn Partners and part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, broke ground this week in Southwest Detroit.

The $23 million project will sit on a vacant lot at Bagley & 16th Streets, near Honey Bee Market and the new Southwest Greenway. It will bring 78 apartments to the neighborhood, with 16 set aside as "affordable," at 80 percent Area Median Income. It will have 38 one-bedroom apartments, three two-bedrooms, and 37 studios, along with retail space.

The Brooke is named after developer Clifford Brown's 14-year-old daughter. “I am so excited to become a part of such a welcoming and vibrant community. We love the city of Detroit, its residents and we feel the same for Hubbard Richard and the Mexicantown business district,” Brown said. “I can’t imagine a better location for The Brooke.” 

Sachse Construction is the general contractor, and the architect is Gensler Detroit. Woodborn Partners has worked on developments across the city including the Coe in West Village and the Scott in Brush Park. 

The project is also the first to use the Ebiara Fund, announced this summer to support Black developers in Detroit.

 “The Brooke on Bagley is the first project that Ebiara has partnered with” said Roderick Hardamon, CEO and chief strategist for URGE Imprint, which cofounded the Ebiara Fund. “Ebiara exists to help combat the challenges that minority developers face when trying to grow their business. Cliff Brown and Woodborn Partners have a great track record of success, and we are proud to partner with them to see this project completed and build their business even further.”   

The Brooke is part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, which helps to improve neighborhoods across the city. Southwest Detroit has seen a streetscape project on Bagley, improvements to Clark Park, and the rehab of the Murray rowhomes.