Metro Detroit


May 17, 2019


We never thought we would see the day, but the ground has actually been broken at The Downs in Northville, so onward we go!

Since our original post back in 2019, some details have changed, so let’s bring you up to speed.

The 48-acre development will now be split among several builders; Toll Brothers Homes will build the roughly 200 condos, and single-family homes, while the original builder/developer Hunter Pasteur Homes will team with The Forbes Co. and Soave Enterprises to build 250 apartments.

10.5 acres of The Downs will be dedicated to green space, which still includes daylighting the section of the Rouge River that was buried under the former racetrack for decades.

All in all, the residential component was slimmed down to appease existing residents, which is what it took to make this project happen. Kudos to the development team for hanging in there and making the necessary (albeit costly) concessions, and good for the forward thinkers with the City of Northville.

As we noted below, this development will remove an eyesore and complete Northville’s Downtown, confirming its status as the true jewel of the Western Suburbs.

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The Downs Northville; apartment rendering.

The Downs Northville Rouge River.


Progress! The City Council has approved 5 agenda items related to The Downs development in Downtown Northville, and they will be heading back to the planning commission for final approval. If said approval is received, construction (or destruction) could begin in early 2024. To read more, click here.


(original post from 2019)

The Downs Northville site plan.

Bah, development bad! That is our (brief) summary of a recent Northville planning commission meeting, where a 9-0 vote pushed The Downs development forward, despite disapproving residents who, as expected, made it clear that they are NOT HAPPY AND WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH A MANAGER OR WHOMEVER IS IN CHARGE HERE.

Listen disapproving residents, no one is seeking to expose your precious little hamlet on the fringe of Metro Detroit, because it’s already been exposed; Northville is now in the heart of the western ‘burbs, surrounded by an exploding population and hundreds of new/newish neighborhoods. The secret is out; people are aware that Northville is officially a thing.

Also, let’s not pretend this is virgin soil unseen by the human eye that is set to be transformed into McMansions and corporate logos (though there will probably be some McMansions and corporate logos). The developer, Hunter Pasteur Homes, will be removing a horse track. Animal rights activism aside, it’s an eyesore – a rundown facility, in the middle of a broken-concrete & mud parking lot, that is totally detached from the gorgeous downtown it sits next to. Not only are they going to remove it and replace it with something that will create a dramatically improved aesthetic, they are going to uncover a branch of the Middle Rouge River that has been BURIED UNDER THE HORSE TRACK FOR OVER A HALF CENTURY and restore it.

Ultimately, this development is necessary for finally fulfilling the promise of Downtown Northville, by providing the added amenities it now needs to accommodate the growth that has already happened and this has been our TED Talk thank you for attending… (you can read more about the meeting via Hometown Life here).

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