Method Development completed the FD Lofts conversion in 2015. It was an adaptive reuse of a historic Fire Department originally constructed in 1888. The project included the acquisition, predevelopment, permitting and construction management of 31-unit condominium. It was one of the first condominium projects to be completed after the City of Detroit emerged from bankruptcy and all units have sold.
Method retained ownership of a 15,000 SF commercial building attached to the FD Lofts. Method saw a void in the market for creative retail and leased 100% of the space to an art gallery and event company. The redevelopment included installation of a new roof, new mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems, new doors and windows and exterior upgrades, as well as site improvements and landscaping.
Today, The Eastern is a top corporate and private event venue in the City of Detroit which has hosted Quicken Loans, Shinola, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Adobe and BC/BS of Michigan, among others.
Location: Eastern Market, Detroit, MI