By Ian Thibodeau |

DETROIT – Steel crews have wrapped adding five additional floors to a 10-story downtown Detroit parking garage.

The $24-million project, called The Griswold, will add 80 apartments to downtown Detroit, and another building top to the skyline.

Representatives from Kraemer Design Group, the Detroit-based firm leading the design on the project, said the last piece of steel marks the “topping out” for the project.

A Christmas tree sits atop the structure for now.

Brian Rebain, architectural director at Kraemer, said the structural work would move fast, as the apartments were part of a long-term plan for the parking garage on the corner of Griswold Street and Michigan Avenue, steps away from Campus Martius Park, from the beginning.

This project comes from The Roxbury Group, the same company that redeveloped the historic David Whitney Building in Grand Circus Park in 2014.

According to a release, the residential units will have “unobstructed views of downtown Detroit.”

There will be one-, two-, and three-bedroom units ranging from 750- to 1,600-square-feet. Several units will have balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows.

At “market-rate” pricing, that will put rent in the biggest units well past $2,000 a month, though it’s hard to say, as “market-rate prices” sometimes carries a note of ambiguity.

This will be the first new apartment construction project in the city’s central business district since 1992.

“It is gratifying to be able to revive the Griswold nearly a decade after our initial plans for this location were put on hold,” said Roxbury Principal David Di Rita in a release. “We see the renewed project as a natural evolution of our original vision for the site which also builds on the current momentum in Capitol Park.”

About Kraemer Design Group

Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group, PLC (KDG) is a leading, high-end architecture, interior design, and creative firm celebrating 20 years of experience in historic renovation and comprehensive architectural consulting. Serving the commercial, multi-family residential, hospitality and retail industries, KDG is the industry leader in outovation; combining highly technical industry experience with unparalleled creativity to create exclusive design solutions. For more information visit

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