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.
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.Meet Our Board Meet Our Development Team
John Stroh, III
President & CEO,
Senior V.P. of Finance and Business Development
CFO/Treasurer Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
Vice President Business Development/Diversity Leader,
Executive Vice President (Retired),
Barton Malow Company
Jacqueline C. Young
Ex-Officio Board Member
The Kresge Foundation
Managing Director, Investment Office
The problems we are trying to address are complex, but if we had to boil it down into one statement it would be:
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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.
14300 East Jefferson Ave.
(Under Construction - Expected Fall 2020)
14229 East Jefferson Ave.
(Pre-Development - Expected 2022)
1031 & 910 Marlborough Street
(Under Construction - Expected Fall 2020)
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 Alma Kitchen, an Asian Mexican Soul Food fusion restaurant, which has a commitment to hiring 50% or more of its employees from the neighborhood and is expected to provide 15 – 20 new jobs. Alma Kitchen is slated to open in Spring of 2020. In the rear 3,500 square feet, the JEI Neighborhood Resources Hub will occupy the space.
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.
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.
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.
This property is currently a vacant lot. The new development will consist of a mixed use building that will contain retail and office space aswell as 65 mixed income units with units ranging from 50% to 80% AMI.
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. The project is expected to be complete spring 2020.
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 restore the building.
Located at 14522 East Jefferson Avenue, this property is a contributing building to the historic district. The 1,800 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 would allow for the opening of two new businesses and 3 residential units.
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