The Checker Cab building was once the parking structure and main office for the iconic Detroit taxi cab company.
Located directly across from the original Tiger Stadium, this intersection served as the heartbeat of Detroit’s Corktown district. After the stadium was relocated, the neighborhood experienced a decline - but that is changing.
Transform a Building, Revitalize a Neighborhood
Once again the historic structure is instrumental in the vitality of the surrounding community. This building has been converted into a combination of commercial spaces on the ground floor with residential units above, and possibly even a future rooftop restaurant.
As part of the burgeoning Elton Park development, the Checker Building is connected via bridge to a new residential structure for purposes of shared parking and residential amenities. The complex provides 103 enclosed parking spaces distributed vertically over three floors.
Checker Cab Building Before Renovation, 2015.
This portion of Corktown is becoming a destination for young professionals working in Metro Detroit, which will add density to the adjoining neighborhoods of single-family residential homes. The living experience is oriented towards a more industrial design vocabulary with exposed concrete structures and brick exterior walls, contrasted with wood floor appearance.
The unit space plan is contemporary, centered around a combined living/ dining/ kitchen experience. There are 52 units; 7 two-bedroom/two-bath units at 1,100 SF; and 45 one-bedroom/one-bath units at 775 SF.