Mayor Duggan Helps Kick Off Construction of $45 Million Residential Project

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New $45 million luxury apartment community to be ready for Mid-2016 Move-In

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Today, dignitaries from around the area gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony in historic Lafayette Park with long-time Detroit developer Walter Cohen, business leaders, and elected officials. The ceremony marked the start of construction on DuCharme Place, a 185-unit apartment community that will be the area’s first new lifestyle community in 40 years. DuCharme’s floor plans, renderings and blueprints were revealed at the event.

Located at 1544 E. Lafayette in Lafayette Park, DuCharme Place is just east of the iconic 1300 East Lafayette tower and the Mies van der Rohe residential district. DuCharme Place is within walking distance of many employment, dining and entertainment attractions including Detroit’s central business district, Ford Field, Comerica Park, and the Dequindre Cut bicycle/walking path which links Detroit’s beautiful riverfront park and the Detroit River Walk, to the city’s vibrant Eastern Market.

DuCharme Place will offer the amenities and conveniences of a contemporary lifestyle including a one-of-a-kind, private sky terrace where residents can relax amid plush landscaping and a Zen garden. The $45-million upscale residential community, will offer a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 500 to 1,100 square feet with competitive pricing ranging from $900 to $1,900 per month, along with secured, enclosed parking, gourmet kitchen appliances, a large state-of-the-art fitness center and a swimming pool.

Attendees heard remarks from local leaders including: Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit; Councilman Gabe Leland, Detroit City Council; Harvey Hollins, Governor’s Office of Urban Initiatives; Stacey Esbrook, MEDC; Jeanette Pierce, Detroit Experience Factory and the DuCharme Place development team Walter Cohen, Al Morrison and David Cohen.

“We saw this as an ideal opportunity to develop a lifestyle-focused residential community,” says Walter Cohen, developer of DuCharme Place along with his son David Cohen. “DuCharme Place offers indoor parking and other top-quality amenities with a convenient, central location.”

With over 30 years of development experience in Detroit that includes developing Stroh River Place and the Park Shelton, Cohen and his companies have professionally managed, developed and built more than 3,000 multi-family units in the Detroit area.

The DuCharme partners and collaborators include: Sachse Construction, McIntosh Poris Associates, the City of Detroit and the Michigan Strategic Fund.

Members of the media who wish to do on-site visits or speak to the development team, contact Tatiana Grant at (248) 514-9620 or email tgrant(at)

Photos and renderings from today’s groundbreaking are available at:; scroll to the Media section, to download the files.
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