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­Historical Elements

Located in Downtown Detroit, this 11-story building was constructed in 1912. Originally the Capital Park Building, which was home to the grocery chain of Peter Smith & Sons Company. The capital park name comes from the nearby capital park that once was home to Michigan’s first State Capital building. Over the years the building housed a variety of companies and did a good job at staying full or near occupancy for most of the early part of the century. By 2009, the liquor store on the first floor was the only remaining tenant and then eventually the last to vacate leaving the building abandoned. The building remained vacant and boarded up until 2016 when work crews started the demo process.

BBS Role/Products Used

  • Traco 9700 Single-Hung Replica Window with custom exterior panning and sill trim.
  • Insulated Glass with Low-e/argon.
  • BBS worked with Lansing Based Developers Kevin Prater and Richard Karp, the owners of BuildTech Ltd.
  • BBS worked with Kramer Design Group to maintain the historical integrity of windows.
  • Federal Historic Tax Credit Project requiring Local Historic District and National Park Service approval.

Current Use

This historic building has truly been brought back to life; now the Capital Park Lofts. 63 luxury high-end apartments, ranging from studios to 2-bedroom units with a blend of modern and historic design elements. Capital Park Lofts is providing housing to the large, ever growing number of professionals moving downtown. Offering retail and restaurant space on the first floor and features the only high-rise rooftop deck with gas grills in the Capital Park area. Federal Historic Tax Credit Project requiring local historic district approval as well as National Park Service approval.