South Evans Street development proposal includes loft apartments, restaurant space

By: 
MARY KAY McPARTLIN

Architectural rendering shows The Quarters apartments planned for the city block bordered by Evans, Patterson, Ottawa and Cummins streets.
 

The best catalyst for change is a vision for the future. South Evans Street is currently a field of concrete dotted with weeds, but for The Products on Evans, LLC, the vision of South Evans Street is a bustling addition to the downtown Tecumseh neighborhood as a mixed-use development.

Like the vision Ray Herrick had for transforming a field into a bustling place for production, Gareth Zebley and Megan Stevenson see the potential of transforming the former Tecumseh Products headquarters into modern luxury lofts and a gathering space that pays tribute to the manufacturing history of the area.

Zebley and his wife, Denise, are the owners of Cambrian Senior Living. Stevenson is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Cambrian. Stevenson and her husband, Mark, also own Twin Pines Eatery, Stone Mountain Miniature Putt and a variety of other small businesses.

This site links the city’s downtown to the north, and the proposed Revival Commons immediately to the south. The goal for Zebley and Stevenson is for The Products on Evans, LLC to be a catalyst for a “walkable growth corridor” in the heart of Tecumseh.

“This project is a wonderful realization of the vision for revitalization of this area of the community advanced by city councils, planning commissions, property owners, and residents who have participated in the planning efforts over the years,” said Dan Swallow, Tecumseh city manager. “The recognition of the Tecumseh Products Company and our community’s manufacturing heritage that the owners have incorporated into the branding and design of this project are an amazing tribute to Tecumseh’s history.”

“One of the inspirations for The Quarters came from the privilege of serving our residents at Cambrian,” said Zebley. “They have so many great stories to share, and many of those stories involved Tecumseh Products and the positive impact that company had on so many families. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to revitalize this site in a way that will provide a unique place to live and create a modern city block in the heart of downtown.”

“I’ve always been intrigued by Tecumseh Products and the impact on our community as the stories have been deeply rooted in my family for generations,” Stevenson said. “My grandfather Ronald Maschino, great-grandfather Ernie Maschino and great-uncles raised my family, like many other families did, with the Tecumseh Products dream.”

The plans for the existing two-story office building include expansion and renovation into urban lofts consisting of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments to attract a broad range of residents. The goal is to attract a variety of people interested in a simpler lifestyle – from empty-nesters to young professionals.

The Products on Evans is loft living found in Ann Arbor or Royal Oak at a price affordable for Tecumseh – something for every price point. The vibrant small-town atmosphere is already in place thanks to the beauty of Tecumseh.

The Quarters has lofts that include upscale kitchens, open-floor plans, generous windows, washer and dryer, luxurious bathrooms, and balconies on select units. Common amenities will include a rooftop lounge, a dog-cleaning station, a dog park and on-site covered parking for cars. According to Zebley and Stevenson, the first phase of the project will include approximately 45 lofts, with the flexibility to add additional units in the future.

Just around the corner from The Quarters will be a 10,000 square foot, multi-story building constructed from shipping containers called The Products. The industrial-chic design, similar to Detroit Shipping Company, will pay tribute to the site’s heritage and will feature food, drink, music and games.

“The Products will be an intergenerational meeting space whether it’s taking the family out for dinner, after school hangout or a business professional needing a workspace,” said Stevenson. “The Products is designed with specialized nooks to meet your needs.”

Patrons may enjoy an outdoor courtyard and balconies perfect to highlight local artists and touring bands. A gaming area is designed for children and adults to unplug while playing games like Jenga and cornhole.

Full bar service will be complemented by food prepared by aspiring chefs. Six different shipping containers provide food prep areas for different styles of food, providing a variety of food for different cravings. Multiple bar areas will offer craft beer, creative cocktails, hand selected wine, gourmet coffee, or nostalgic soft drinks.

“We are trying to be a conduit,” Zebley said of the goal to link locally created food and drink with the community. “We provide the venue and marketing.”

The communal style dining tables will create a socially friendly atmosphere. After eating, patrons may admire the art from regional artists, dance to live music or relax in one of many lounge areas.

The Products will offer private locker storage for favorite bottles as well as a VIP balcony and rooftop lounge designed for business or entertainment. With drive-through coffee service, mornings will get a little easier.

“The idea behind The Products is to provide an inspiring and inviting venue where residents and visitors can gather and enjoy what local chefs, artists and musicians are creating,” Zebley said. “The space is intended to be flexible to allow many types of gatherings and events to take place. Repurposing shipping containers into architectural elements has become very popular, Detroit Shipping Company is a local example of that. And when you listen to people around the area, they want to experience these sorts of venues. So, we thought why not make this happen here in Tecumseh? And, what a cool way to pay tribute to the heritage of this site.”

Zebley and Stevenson hope to break ground in the spring on The Products, followed by renovation and construction of The Quarters. There has been support for the project at the local and state level.

“We have been working with Gareth and Megan for months on this project and we are thrilled to see how far they’ve come,” said Jessica Sattler, economic development director for the City of Tecumseh. “The goals of this project are well aligned with our vision for the South Evans Corridor and the team leading the development is incredibly solid. We see this as a strong catalyst development, bringing additional people to our downtown and surrounding areas that will bolster our current businesses and potentially spark additional development opportunities.”  

“The only way you bring this area back to life is with local support,” Zebley said.

To learn more about The Products and The Quarters go to TheProductsonEvans.com or visit Facebook at The Products on Evans.  

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