Captial Park - Farwell & Malcomson Building
The reuse plan for the Farwell Building was promoted by the Greater Downtown strategy for the redevelopment of the central business district. The plan called for the redevelopment of the
existing buildings into loft housing in the newly designated "Necklace" district of the city. The Necklace included the Capitol Park area. Also, the Greater Downtown Partnership plan
called for increased site improvements through landscaping and lighting.
The proposed rehabilitation of the Farwell building entailed the reuse of the structure into approximately (68) loft housing/office units on the upper floors and supportive retail and commercial on the ground floor. Appropriate ground floor uses would include restaurant, miscellaneous retail and the offices.
Floors two, three, and four would contain spaces well-suited to office or live/work lofts. These units are larger in size, but, more importantly, have large windows facing the corridor ehich offer the opportunity to create entryway/display areas for businesses in these units.
Additionally, it was the intent of the development group to rehabilitate the Malcomson Building at the same time. The rehabilitation of the Malcomson building anticipates the conversion of the structure into (22) loft units and ground floor retail.
Finally, the developer intended to implement an area lighting and improvement plan in conjunction with the City of Detroit.
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