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East Jefferson Development Corp.

A Voice for
East Jefferson

Who We Are

Inclusion +

We are EJDevCo, a for-profit developer with a radically different approach to real estate development. We are the voice and force behind inclusive development and growth for East Jefferson neighborhoods.

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We are here to ensure that development benefits all residents and business owners. EJDevCo’s profits go back into the East Jefferson neighborhoods instead of the pockets of an outside investor or third party. EJDevCo directly contributes to JEI’s mission and the services it provides to East Jefferson neighborhoods.

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Our Team

Community Focused,
Development Experts

With enthusiasm surpassed only by experience, the EJDevCo team are experts in real estate, finance and development, and oversee approximately $120 million in redevelopment projects.

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Board of Directors
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Board Chairman

John Stroh, III

President & CEO,
Stroh Companies

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Brian Carnaghi

Senior V.P. of Finance and Business Development

CFO/Treasurer Presbyterian Villages of Michigan

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Erlich Crain

Vice President Business Development/Diversity Leader,
Roncelli, Inc.

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Vice Treasurer

Blair Osborn

Executive Vice President (Retired),
Comerica Bank

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Dannis Mitchell

Diversity Manager,
Barton Malow Company

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Board Member

Jacqueline C. Young

Development Manager,
DTE Energy

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Ex-Officio Board Member

Elizabeth Goldsberry

The Kresge Foundation
Managing Director, Investment Office

Development Team
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Joshua Elling

Interim CEO

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Torri Smith

Economic Development and Design Manager

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What We Do


The problems we are trying to address are complex, but if we had to boil it down into one statement it would be:

EJDevCo does
real estate sustainable inclusive economic
social economic physical intellectual psychological

Our Values

We Stand For...

  • Doing development without displacement
  • Doing the right thing for everyone.
  • Acting on purpose with conviction and taking a stand for what we believe in.
  • Investing in long-term solutions over short-term gains
  • Purpose over profit.

Our Values

We Stand Against...

  • Policies that defy, ignore or mute inclusive development
  • Development without direction
  • Displacement

Our Developments

We Create Inclusive

Together, EJDevCo and JEI, are able to drive development projects in the neighborhood that benefit the residents and business owners.

Guiding our work — and what makes us different — are our Inclusive Neighborhood Development Principles that we require with our commercial tenants and for-profit developers to embrace and implement.


Commercial Property

Kresge Building

14300 East Jefferson Ave

The 6,200 square foot building was constructed in 1926 for S.S. Kresge’s Five and Dime Department Store. The 2,275 square foot space in the front of the building will house Detroit Soul, a soul food fusion restaurant, which has a commitment to hiring 50% or more of its employees from the neighborhood. Detroit Soul is slated to open in Summer of 2021. The JEI Neighborhood Resources Hub Opened in the rear 3,500 SF in January 2022.

Commercial Property

Vanity Ballroom

1024 Newport Street

On the National Register for Historic Places, the Vanity Ballroom is one of the last standing great ballrooms from Detroit’s jazz era and a major anchor building in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. EJDevCo and the City of Detroit are working jointly to secure funds to mothball this property and pioneer a “tactical preservation” strategy to activate the ground floor retail space. In 2017, EJDevCo continued necessary predevelopment work, including the completion of phase I & II environmental assessments, financial modelling and storefront design.

Commercial Property

Old Schwinn Bike Shop

14229 East Jefferson Ave.

Located at 14229 East Jefferson, the Schwinn Bike Shop was most recently used as bicycle retail and repair shop. EJDevCo intends to redevelop the building resulting in second floor office space for the JEI/EJDevCo Headquarters and first floor retail/restaurant space.

Commercial Property

Norma G's

14628 East Jefferson Ave.

The 2,850 Square foot building is located at 14628 East Jefferson Avenue and is now occupied by Norma G’s, a Caribbean-themed restaurant and the first full-service sit down restaurant in Jefferson-Chalmers in 30 years. Norma G’s was completed in September 2018. The restaurant provides 15 local jobs to the community at higher wages than typical for a local restaurant.

Residential Property

Manistique Infill

14701 East Jefferson Ave.

This property is currently a vacant lot. The new development will consist of a mixed use building that will contain retail and office space as well as 65 mixed income units with units ranging from 50% to 80% AMI.

Residential Property

Marlborough Apartments

1031 & 910 Marlborough Street

The renovation of the historic Marlboro apartment buildings located at 1031 & 910 Marlborough will introduce new affordable and market rate housing to the district. The two buildings were constructed in 1927 and were originally used as residences. Vacant for more than three decades, this project will offer 23 multi-family housing units for residents with 12 of the units being affordable at 50% and 60% AMI. 910 Marlborough is expected to be complete spring 2022, and 1031 Marlborough is expected to be complete summer of 2022. For more information please visit marlboroughdetroit.com

Commercial Property

14326 East Jefferson Ave.

This 2,926 SF building was constructed in 1943 and its 1926 facade contributes to the historic district. The building was utilized by a beauty supply company. It has been vacant and unused since the early 2000s. The architecture of the upper portion of the storefront was clad with porcelain enamel steel panels in 1957 when it was converted into a single storefront. EJDevCo intends to convert this building into a food hall and ghost kitchen.

Commercial Property

14522 East Jefferson Ave.

Located at 14522 East Jefferson Avenue, this property is a contributing building to the historic district. The 3,700 square foot building was constructed in 1924 as a two-story, one-bay brick commercial building; it was altered in 1958. EJDevCo owns the subject property and intends to restore the building's historic exterior envelope. The building will be home to a first floor restaurant tenant and three second-story residential units.


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