$31 million Midtown Detroit development gets brownfield tax break

June 18, 2021

Developer Julio Bateau's Nailah LLC plans to build a 92-unit development in Midtown Detroit and estimates completion in 2023. The block-long project is on Frederick Avenue between St. Antoine and Beaubien streets.

A nearly $31 million mixed-use development in Detroit's Midtown is getting a boost from the state. Read more

New Live/Work Lofts Coming to Midtown, East of DIA and College for Creative Studies

May 20, 2021

Nailah, a historic and new residential and commercial developer, has gained approval by the City of Detroit for a new commercial/residential project called Petit Bateau, located in the Midtown Art Center District of Detroit.

By R.J. King in dbusiness

Nailah, a historic and new residential and commercial developer, has gained approval by the City of Detroit for a new commercial/residential project called Petit Bateau, located in the Midtown Art Center District of Detroit.

One of the last developable parcels in the Midtown Cultural Center Art District, the Petit Bateau project will be comprised of six buildings and 92 residential units including townhomes, apartments, work/live units, and loft/office spaces. The main level retail can be configured to a tenant’s specific needs. Read more...

East Ferry home comes with history, style, and $379K price tag

October 29, 2019

This Queen Anne was once owned by J.L. Hudson

By Aaron Mondry in Detroit Curbed

The East Ferry Historic District is filled with stunning, 19th century homes in a variety of styles. This one, with its own impressive history, just hit the market for $379,000.

The Queen Anne–style home was designed by William Scott & Company for Herbert Bassett around the turn of the century. It was briefly owned by J.L. Hudson, founder of the Hudson’s department store, in the early 1900s.

The exterior has some great-looking eaves and upper-story windows, a wraparound porch, and beautiful blue embossed siding.

For the past 15 years, the 1,963-square-foot home has served as the office of developer Julio Bateau and his company Nailah LLC, which has been building condominiums in the area. Soon after it was purchased in 2004, it got a gut rehab, as well as new windows, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. Read more...

Meet the man behind a $10M Midtown affordable housing development

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Before it was trendy, Detroit builder Julio Bateau has spent decades adding to the Midtown construction boom, with history – and people – at the top of mind.

 by JASMINE GRAHAM in Blac.media

Almost 40 years ago, Haitian-born, New York-educated and, now, Detroit-based developer Julio Bateau made a commitment to Midtown to “rebuild history.” That wasn’t the original plan, though. Graduating with a master’s degree in structural engineering, he moved to Detroit in 1978 aiming to work with the Detroit Three.

But he arrived during the city’s first major efforts to rebuild itself. The late 1970s were changing times, with storylines almost parallel to what’s going on today. Downtown was seeing a resurgence – the Renaissance Center opened a year earlier – while other areas needed help. Bateau says he realized the city was in need of some TLC right away. Read more...

THE POWER OF A DREAM

February 05, 2007

All it took to rebuild one street in the heart of Detroit was dedication, resolve, and 20 long years.

By Lynne Schreiber

Beyond empty billboards, lonely highway overpasses, and overgrown vacant lots is Ferry Street, a block of renovated historic brick Victorians in the heart of Detroit. Well-kept lawns and shade trees adorn this neighborhood two miles north of the Detroit River, mostly because of the work and dedication of one builder.

Born in Haiti and educated in New York, Julio Bateau came to Detroit in 1978 after grad school. He intended to earn corporate experience but instead turned his attention to transforming part of the broken-down inner city into a dreamscape of gorgeous homes and soaring property values. Read more.