Detroit’s abandoned Fisher Body Plant No. 21 to become housing

A long-empty Detroit auto parts factory, Fisher Body Plant No. 21, would be transformed into more than 400 apartments plus retail space under a redevelopment plan unveiled Monday by the developers and city officials.

The $134 million project, called Fisher 21 Lofts, is to go for site approvals later this spring and could get underway late next year for a 2025 completion date.

It represents one of the most ambitious recent redevelopments of an abandoned Detroit building, especially because of its switch from industrial to residential use.

The project also is notable for its Black-led development team of Gregory Jackson of Jackson Asset Management and Richard Hosey of Hosey Development, who will work in partnership with Lewand Development.

Developer Gregory Jackson, center, with developer Richard Hosey, right, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at a March 7, 2022, news conference announcing the redevelopment of Fisher Body Plant No. 21 into housing.

The six-story, 600,000-square-foot former factory at 6051 Hastings St., near Interstate 75 and Interstate 94, has been empty since 1993 and owned by the city since 2000.

“It’s basically been abandoned for 30 years,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference Monday inside Detroit police headquarters. “People in the city know it as the place where when you go to the 94 and 75 interchange, it’s the big white building with the graffiti all over it.”

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