Goals for the project were to provide a range of high quality, well-managed spaces, build infrastructure that promotes a cross-pollination of people and develop a tenant mix that promotes job training, education and connection to resources.
Milwaukee Junction is a Detroit neighborhood with a strong history of making. Over time, it has served as a global laboratory to the automotive, rail, music, and film industries. Chroma pays homage to a community of makers by serving the unique needs of creatives, makers, designers, freelancers, and growing businesses. Chroma is a center dedicated to advancing design, craft, and manufacturing while creating a shared community of neighborhood residents, entrepreneurs, and local businesses. The project is the redevelopment of a storage building featuring a production space anchored by food incubation, craft advocacy, design production, and coworking. It also provides events, programming, mentorship, music lab, coffee shop, and a retail opportunity for local makers to showcase their work. This center is a manifestation of Detroit’s distinction as the sole US city named a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO City of Design).