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Historic former Detroit Country Day School building sold to become private residence

A former Detroit Country Day School building in Bloomfield Township has sold to an entity tied to A.F. Jonna Development LLC.

The sale of the 38,500-square-foot building at 3600 Bradway Blvd. to JCJ Development LLC at the development company’s office was recorded in the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds office May 25 with no known price, although the property had previously been listed by Southfield-based Signature Associates Inc. for $3.5 million, or $90.91 per square foot. JCJ Development is registered to Jordan Jonna.

Messages were left with A.F. Jonna Development and Detroit Country Day School seeking comment.

Paul Hoge, senior vice president and principal of Signature Associates who worked on the transaction, said in an email Friday morning that JCJ Development “will convert the original school building from 1926 into a residence and possibly split off a couple of lots to the north.”

Downtown Newsmagazine reported in May 2019 that the building, which sits off Lahser Road just north of the Maple Road Kroger Co. store, received a $2.9 million purchase offer by Troy-based Kensington Church but the church withdrew its offer following protest from the community.

That report quoted former Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie as saying that property can be turned into single family homes if it sits vacant for two years, per its deed restrictions.

Detroit Country Day School system announced a $30 million campus expansion in 2017 that prompted the 3600 Bradway building to be vacated.

The plans included combining the junior and lower schools into a campus on Maple Road in Bloomfield Hills, renovating and expanding the middle school in Beverly Hills and building a film studio in the upper school in Beverly Hills, Crain’s reported at the time.


Posted By: Crain’s Detroit Business on June 4, 2021.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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