A Look Inside Elton Park, Corktown's Largest Mixed-Use Development In Decades

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Corktown's largest mixed-use development in decades is nearing completion, and WWJ's Stephanie Davis got an inside look on Tuesday.

Elton Park, located right across from the old Tiger Stadium on the Trumbull Avenue side north of Michigan Avenue, features six buildings, offering 151 apartments and a set of row houses.

The buildings within Elton park include:

  • The Checker Building: the former Checker Cab building will feature 52 open floor-plan units, with first-floor retail and enclosed parking.
  • The Robertson: 45 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with first-floor retail
  • The Crawford: 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with first-floor retail
  • 2100 and 2120 Trumbull: Five flexible live/work spaces, with first-floor retail
  • 8th Street Row: Single-family residential units across three levels

Checker Alley will be an active gathering space with commercial space between the Checker Building and 2120 Trumbull. 

Soave Real Estate has been working on the project, which cost more than $40 million, for four years, and vice president Tyson McCarthy says their vision was to bring an exciting, new place to live and play within Corktown.

"Our goal was to take an area that was either parking lot or grass fields and transform it into a neighborhood that brought our residents into an existing, thriving community and have an existing, thriving community bring activity to our new project," McCarthy said.

The Checker Building was completed in December and the rest are expected to be completed by June. McCarthy says the Checker is a very "loft-type" building, featuring cement, beam ceilings, brick walls inside the units and polished cement floors.

There are several row houses along 8th Street known as "8th Street Row," which McCarthy says are "very traditional designs going all the way back to Cork, Ireland." Each three-story unit is about 1,7000 square ft., with three bedrooms each.

"This isn’t a neighborhood you just pass through. You linger to take it all in and to connect with your surroundings," the development's website boasts.

Leasing prices range from just over $1,000 for a unit in the Checker Building to $3,200 for the row houses. Availability and prices can be found on the Elton Park website, in addition to more information, photos and renderings.