Real Estate

Joe Guillen
Sep 26, 2022 - Real Estate

New Midtown development mixes art, veteran housing

Officials celebrate the opening of The Freelon at Sugar Hill
Officials celebrate The Freelon's opening. Photo: Joe Guillen/Axios

An eclectic housing development is now open in Midtown with several furnished units set aside for veterans.

Why it matters: The neighborhood is part of an in-demand section of the Woodward corridor that is looking to add about 4,000 rental units, Midtown Detroit Inc. executive director Susan Mosey tells Axios.

Detroiters want to end Michigan's ban on rent control

Illustration of apartment doorbells with an intercom shaped like a dollar sign.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Local activists are calling on state leaders for solutions to the city's housing crisis, specifically Michigan's ban on rent control.

What's happening: Rent control has been prohibited by state law since 1988.

Samuel Robinson
Aug 15, 2022 - News

Renter advocates call for reforms in Detroit

Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson speaks at Spirit Plaza
Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, associate professor of social edipemiology at Ohio State, speaks about her study to learn more about the housing experiences of Black women in Detroit. Photo: Sam Robinson/Axios

Community organizations supporting the rights of tenants want renters facing housing issues across the city to know they are not alone.

Driving the news: Renters, who make up the majority of households in Detroit, gathered at Spirit Plaza on Sunday to learn how to fight back against predatory landlords.

Joe Guillen
Aug 12, 2022 - News

Digging into the city's 42,000 landlords

Illustration of three rows of identical houses on a blue background, with one of the houses replaced with a lock.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

As more residents struggle to find stable and affordable housing, a new report reveals fascinating details about the city's unique rental landscape.

Why it matters: Detroit is a majority-renter city and is in the midst of a housing crisis, advocates say, with escalating rents, aging properties in disrepair and illegal evictions.

Some Michigan cities have significantly increased taxes

Data: Michigan Department of Treasury via Citizens Research Council of Michigan; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Michigan cities raised taxes an average of 13.9% from 2004 to 2020.

  • The Citizens Research Council of Michigan analyzed the data in a recent report.
Annalise Frank
Jul 27, 2022 - Politics

Hudson's tax break gets green light

City Council members sit at their desks during a meeting.
City Council President Pro Tem James Tate and other members during Tuesday's meeting. Photo: city of Detroit via Flickr

City Council approved a controversial tax break for the downtown Hudson's site yesterday.

Why it matters: The 5-4 "yes" vote for the $60 million tax abatement for Dan Gilbert's $1.4 billion project represents a reversal in majority opinion. Bedrock initially pulled its ask last month due to a lack of support from lawmakers.

Social club to be developed into apartments

3426 Junction St. Photo: Google Maps
3426 Junction St. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

A former social club is slated to become eight apartments after neighbors pushed back against the developer's plan for an event space and bar.

Driving the news: Developer Brendan Brulon of Michen Robert LLC found during neighborhood outreach that "the community had an opposition" to the event hall due to "concerns about noise and traffic in the area," he wrote in a petition to the city.

  • The plan changed because "it was important to us to contribute to the neighborhood and gain support …" as Brulon wrote.
Samuel Robinson
Jun 1, 2022 - News

Evicted tenants protest for housing inside City Hall

Members of Detroit Eviction Defense gather downtown to demand permanent affordable housing.
Members of Detroit Eviction Defense gather downtown to demand permanent affordable housing. Pictured left to right: Jim Dwight, Jai Kiser, Treva Copeland. Photo: Sam Robinson/Axios

Tenants and housing advocates brought their protest inside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Tuesday to demand the City of Detroit help find permanent housing options for evicted renters currently living in hotel rooms.

Why it matters: Facing a June 1 deadline, most tenants using the city's "hoteling" program have been able to extend through the end of the month, but some weren’t notified that aid would continue until June 30.


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