Douglas Development is proposing to demolish at three-story building at 348 Ellicott Street in order to construct an addition to the Burns Building at 23 E. Huron Street. The 5,670 sq.ft. building is one of the Simon Electric properties Jemal purchased in October 2021 for $5 million.
From the Demolition Application:
Douglas Development proposes demolishing the building at 350 Ellicott Street. This building is not in a historic district and does have historical significance to the city. The removal of this building will make room on the site for a 6 story mixed-use multifamily building.
Jemal plans a three-phase redevelopment effort that includes up to 600 apartments in this section of downtown. 400 residential units and commercial space are planned on the Simon sites and 200 units on the Mohawk Ramp site. Ten percent of the units would be affordable. Development is expected to occur in three phases.
One hundred and fifty units are proposed for the Burns Building and a new structure east of it at the southwest corner Huron and Ellicott streets. The early conceptual plan for the Simon properties showed 348 Ellicott being retained (below).
Phase two of the Simon property reuse plan includes 250 units along the east side of Ellicott Street north of E. Huron Street while preserving existing historic structures.
The Preservation Board will review the demolition request at its Thursday meeting.