The Flats at 124 Alfred
The Flats at 124 Alfred is the first of six apartment buildings to open at the City Modern development in Detroit's historic Brush Park neighborhood. The development is energizing the downtown/medical area with new residents. Tenants have easy access to state-of-the-art healthcare facilities at The Detroit Medical Center's main campus, and adjacency to Wayne State University's campus and District Detroit offer opportunities for entertainment.
Designed for residents aged 55 and older, The Flats at 124 Alfred is an innovative affordable housing project that provides the senior community of Detroit an opportunity to live in the heart of the City in an affordable yet first-rate fashion. It features numerous amenities for its tenants, including below-grade parking, an outdoor terrace on the top floor offering a view of downtown Detroit, accessible green space, a bike/storage room, community room with kitchen, exercise center, and on-site services for dry cleaning and large package delivery. Additionally, the development meets both Enterprise Green Community's sustainability criteria, and EnergyStar performance standards, aligning affordable housing investment strategies with environmentally responsible building practices. It met these through a variety of sustainable elements, including highly efficient heating and cooling, plumbing systems that minimize hot water waste, and low wattage LED lighting. The ultimate goal of Enterprise Green Communities such as this one is to ensure that residents are healthier, spend less money on utilities, and have more opportunities through connections to transportation, quality food, and healthcare systems.
The building's 54 units are heated and cooled utilizing window-mounted PTAK units. The appearance of these units would have created a hotel-like aesthetic, which was not desirable for the owner nor the tenants. In order to solve this challenge, SES worked with the rest of the design team to develop a perforated metal panel that could be securely installed at the window locations, and would enhance the window design while still allowing proper air circulation.
The Flats at 124 Alfred brings a new population to a previously vacant area near Detroit's rapidly evolving downtown, and is helping to establish a more active residential real estate marketplace in the area. The entire City Modern development is providing a diverse and lively community to the Brush Park neighborhood. It marks the beginning of the increased engagement in the historic residential community, and will continue to drive development of commercial and retail space in the community to support the new residences.