No one could blame architect Thomas Roberts of Thomas Roberts Architect for being excited about the resurgence of the city of Detroit. He is personally and professionally involved in its rebirth.

A lifelong resident of the Downriver area, Thomas Roberts sees evidence of a real rebirth in downtown Detroit.
by B. David Warner

The renovation of the 14-story Fyfe Building at the corner of Woodward and Adams is one of his projects. “We are restoring the storefront façade of the building and creating a master plan of the interior which will modernize its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems,” Roberts says. Original-

ly built as a shoe department store in 1917, the Fyfe Building will live again as a high-end apartment complex.

The four-story Sheridan Court Building on Second Ave. in Midtown Detroit is another of Roberts’ interests. “We are creating a master plan that will update the building’s interior systems,” he explains.

Roberts is also involved in reviving the Holden Block in the New Center area. An old industrial site, it is being reborn as modern, low-cost rental space for manufacturers, retailers and restaurateurs.

A lifelong resident of the Downriver area, Roberts sees evidence of a real rebirth in downtown Detroit. “The contrast of the dynamic city of today and the virtual ghost town it was when I attended college there in the early 90s is remarkable,” he says. “It is truly exciting to take part in this renaissance.”

For further information on Thomas Roberts Architect and their services, call 734-250-4032 or visit thomasrobertsarchitect.com

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