Apartment construction up 23% in metro Detroit

Posted on April 27, 2018

Southeast Michigan is seeing a swell in development, according to a new report by Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, which found that the region issued more than 11,000 building permits in 2017 — a 16% increase from the year prior.

The report, Residential Construction in Southeast Michigan, 2017, found that apartment construction was the most popular of permit types. The region saw a 23% increase in apartment construction from the year prior. Condominium construction increased by 14% and single-family construction increased by 13%.

While Oakland County saw the largest number of permits for units — 3,500 —  the report noted that Detroit actually saw the biggest uptick for a city. Nearly 1,000 — 998 to be exact — new units were permitted in the city last year.

“Apartment construction is a desired housing choice for those wishing to move to urban environments or who cannot find an existing affordable starter home,” the organization said in a press release about the rental permit trend.

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