growth of battery park continues with new apartments, townhomes and pizza kitchen

Neighbors in the Edgewater Hill community of Detroit Shoreway recently held a grand opening party for a colorful new 70 foot mural in the Edgewater Hill Victory Garden. The event attracted a large crowd that stuck around to enjoy clams, beer and family-friendly activities.

Yet while the harvest has now all but faded, the activity in the surrounding neighborhood is in full bloom. Start with The Shoreway, which boasts 45 luxury lofts and welcomed its first residents in August.
 
"We are currently 100 percent leased," says Dylan McBride, Shoreway property manager and resident. There are approximately 50 on the waiting list.
 
Managed by IRG Realty Advisors, the building features one-and two-bedroom suites, ranging from 950- to 1570-square feet with rents from $975 to $2,200. High speed Internet and access to the fitness center and 5,000-square-foot rooftop patio is included.
 
McBride was mum on plans for the vacant south end of the building, except to say that IRG is courting retail options. That area will be open to the public.
 
The building has another unique feature.
 
"We are a pet friendly building," says McBride, adding that there is no size maximum for pets—with some pachyderms notwithstanding.
 
"Obviously, someone can't have an elephant."
 
In neighboring Battery Park, the much-anticipated Cha Spirits and Pizza opened in the Powerhouse over the weekend and will no doubt be a boon for current and future residents. But there is more to come.
 
New construction sales manager Danielle Szabo of Keller Williams Real Estate reports that the company is on the lookout for another entertainment venue in the historic structure, but would not disclose details.
 
"They're waiting for the right entity," says Szabo, adding that a brewery/restaurant might be a good fit.
 
The development opened in 2006 with 13 acres. It has since expanded to include more than 150 townhomes and condominiums ranging from 1,100 square-feet to nearly 3,000. They've sold for between $199,000 and $550,000. Six new townhomes are under construction, three of which are already sold.
 
"Aside from the brand new construction in Battery Park," says Szabo. "There are no opportunities. It is completely full."
 
There is, however, future hope for those wanting to settle in the complex. Keller Williams will soon release new construction plans for Battery Park.
 
"It's going to be the most premier phase," says Szabo, citing the fact that it will offer permanent lake views.
 
Both McBride and Szabo tout the West 65th and West 76th Street pedestrian tunnels as major improvement to the area.
 
"It's just been tremendous to be able to have direct access right from Battery Park out to Edgewater Beach and Edgewater Park," says Szabo, adding that the West 73rd Street Extension project completion (scheduled for 2015) will provide even more accessibility.
 
Residents also contribute to the area's success in no small part.
 
"You can feel the pride when they talk to you," says Szabo. "That really impacts the growth and regeneration of the area."
 

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Erin O'Brien's eclectic features and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and others. The sixth generation northeast Ohioan is also author of The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts. Visit erinobrien.us for complete profile information.
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