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Singh remodels apartments at MainCentre

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The handsome, four-story brick building at the corner of Main and Center St., has been a Northville landmark since the late 1980s, when Singh Development built it for mixed use: residential, retail, restaurants and professional office suites.

Fast-forward 30-some years to 2016 – now the apartments are undergoing a full remodel from floors to cabinets, with new kitchens, bathrooms, appliances and more open spaces.

Luxury upgrades to the 75 rental units include replacing laminate/Formica countertops with Granite and upgrading the cabinets from a traditional oak-style finish to a dark chocolate, shaker-front cabinet. Light fixtures and hardware now have a brushed nickel finish rather than brass. New flooring ranges from tan carpeting in the bedrooms, to modern ceramic tile in the bathrooms, and a planked wood laminate in the living area and kitchen. White kitchen appliances have been upgraded to stainless steel. Energy-efficient LED lighting now illuminates common areas throughout the residential section.

The apartments range in size from 700 ft2 for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit to 940 to 1,200 ft2 for two-bedroom, two-bath unit. The largest and most deluxe is the Northville, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Center Street. Rent ranges from $1,400 to $3,000 per month. Perks include covered parking, the fitness center, two enclosed courtyards, and a washer and dryer in each unit. Cats are allowed but not dogs.

“Currently, we have a broad resident mix of seniors, empty nesters and millennials who work in Northville and surrounding cities. The residents are drawn to MainCentre because of its excellent location and proximity to shopping, restaurants, freeways, schools and parks,” said Avi Grewal, Development Project Manager.

To help renters feel at home and engage with their neighbors, Singh has remodeled the entire lower level, adding a spacious clubroom with comfortable seating, game tables, Wi-Fi, and a full kitchen. It is paired with a fitness center, visible through large paneled windows.

“We look to host many more resident events and really create a strong community within the building. In addition, the new clubroom space is available for rent, so residents can plan and host events of their own,” said Jessica Howard, project coordinator.

“Downtown Northville has such great character and charm. We are very excited to reintroduce MainCentre once again to the community,” said Grewal.

The commercial portion of the building, totaling 26,800 ft2, is another asset – to owners and the customers they serve. The restaurant Tirami Su Ristorante is an original tenant. Two of the newest businesses are Ageless Medical Spa and Caliber Home Loans, opening Dec. 1. The offices on the lower level under Yogurt Palooza were converted from individual units to one large suite in 2014, which is home to Seiber Keast Engineering. In total, there are nine street-facing retail spaces that rim the first floor of the building.

Grewal’s father Gurmale and two uncles, Lushman and Jeat, started Singh in 1973. The Grewal brothers started by developing subdivisions and building homes, then branched out by building and managing their own apartment buildings. Singh has more than 3,000 units in 14 apartment communities in Metro Detroit. Their company was among the first to build assisted living apartments for seniors under the brand Waltonwood. Now, there are more than 12 Waltonwood communities open or under construction in Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia.



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