In late 2019, we reported on the new SoMA (South of Mack Ave.) district in Midtown Detroit. The SoMA district was to be built as a high-end mixed-use development on more than seven acres. There were two existing office buildings included in the renovation plan as part of the project as well as two secured parking structures that together would provide over 1,000 parking spaces. Read more about the SoMA Development here.
The first phase of construction in the SoMA district was a 6-story, mixed-use parking structure. The new parking structure consists of six levels of parking but “visually appears” like a five-story structure. Architecturally, the building aspires to a simple and honest expression of structure and decoration with the exterior being finished in white cement with limestone aggregate. The 213,099 square foot parking structure accommodates 591 spaces with office, retail, and restaurant functions occupying the lower level. Rich & Associates is served as parking consultants and structural engineers to Neumann/Smith Architecture, the project’s lead architect. The parking structure was built by Sachse Construction.