A former historic horse track venue will now be the home of a large mixed-use development. This morning, officials broke ground on The Downs, which will bring over 400 residential units, retail, and green space to Northville.

This won't be just another big apartment building. The Downs will have many different types of living spaces, including 178 apartments, 42 condos, 15 row houses, 48 single-family attached homes, 38 single-family homes, 28 carriage homes, 43 2.5-story townhomes, and 51 3-story townhomes, along with 18,500 square feet of retail space. 

The Downs

Green space is another key component of the development. 15 acres will be dedicated to green space, including a smaller 1.25 acre park within the development, and a larger 10.44 acre park along the Rouge River - river access that has been covered for decades. This allows the city to extend the river walk and connect to Hines Park.

The riverwalk in Northville will connect with new green spaceThe Downs

“We are thrilled to see construction begin on The Downs.” Said Northville Mayor Brian Turnbull. “Deciding the future of the racetrack site is one of the biggest planning decisions Northville has faced in a century. The developers took the time to listen to Northville residents about what they wanted. After dozens of meetings, we are proud to break ground on a development that truly considered Northville’s unique history, charm, culture, and architectural heritage.”

The development is led by Hunter Pasteur, Soave Real Estate Group, The Forbes Company, Oboran, and Toll Brothers.

Demolition work on the 80-year-old racetrack started earlier this year to make way for the new development.