Brewster-Douglass

Brush Park

Quick Facts


  • 784,080 Square Feet
  • More than 900 mixed income units
  • 3.2 acres of public open space
  • Proposed Plan: Retail, Hotel, Early Childhood Center

Steeped in history, the former Brewster-Douglass Homes were built between 1935 and 1955 as the nation’s first federally funded public housing development. The 18-acre property once held low-rise apartment blocks, six 14-story high rises, and row apartments, stretching five city blocks long and three city blocks wide. At its peak, nearly 10,000 Detroiters lived in the Brewster-Douglass Homes. The site has been vacant since the structures were demolished in 2014. Bedrock will develop more than 900 mixed-income housing units on the site, complementing the new City Modern development and essentially creating a bridge between the Brush Park and Eastern Market neighborhoods. Proposed plans include more than 3.2 acres of public open space, courtyards, and other spaces, 18,000 square feet of retail space, more than 1,100 parking spaces, an early childhood education center and a small hotel.

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