Urbane Apts prepares old Ferndale building for new opening

The newest addition to Urbane Apartments’ impressive lineup of downtown dwellings is about to open in Ferndale.

The first wave of units in the Urbane on Breckenridge building is set to open later this month. The first residents in the rehabilitated structure are expected to move in shortly afterward.

“We’ll have half of the units ready within two weeks and the balance within six weeks,” says Eric Brown, principal of Urbane Apartments.

The Royal Oak-based firm bought the historic Breckenridge Apartments late last year. The 1930s-era building had fallen on hard times before Brown and his crew were able to come in and start rehabbing the building’s 22 units.

Urbane Apartments owns 15 apartment buildings in southeast Oakland County’s vibrant downtowns, such as Royal Oak and Berkley. Its M.O. is to buy undervalued apartment buildings in need of renovation, rehab them, and add unique touches. The end result is a unique product that separates itself from the humdrum Metro Detroit apartment commodity.

Urbane on Breckenridge is one block west of Woodward Avenue and two blocks north of 9 Mile Road. Woodward and 9 Mile is the epicenter of Ferndale’s lively downtown.

Urbane also plans on adding some environmentally friendly features to the structure, too, such as fluorescent lighting, bamboo floors, recycled carpet, motion detector light switches, and energy efficient temperature controls.

Source: Eric Brown, principal owner of Urbane Apartments
Writer: Jon Zemke