Richard Hosey Develops Kirby Lofts

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Richard Hosey Develops Kirby Lofts

Converting an old school into a set of innovative lofts is no easy task, but it was one that Detroit born and bred developer Richard Hosey took on with enthusiasm.

“I grew up in southwest Detroit, over near Livernois and Warren” said Hosey. A graduate of the inaugural class of Bates Academy and Renaissance High School, Richard went on from Detroit Public Schools to earn degrees from both Florida A&M University and Tulane University.

A bright mind, he was recruited by a development company after graduating in New Orleans, and spent time developing his brand in Houston and Baltimore. But Detroit was always home, and after 19 years away he returned in 2008.

“I’m such a fan of Detroit. Even having lived away for 19 years, it always felt like this was the only home.”

Hosey brought his expertise and work back home to Detroit, working to finance the Broderick Tower and David Whitney Building. Now, Richard has turned the former Tushiyah United Hebrew School into a livable space: Kirby Lofts.


The project represents a greater resurgence of development within the city.

“It’s so nice that more and more, this is becoming a city where people want to stay.” Hosey stressed the fact that there was once a time when people were looking to move to a suburb or out of state, but now this is a place where everyone’s children graduating from college wants to come back to.

In reference to the Kirby Lofts, Hosey emphasized he’s “had nothing but support from this neighborhood.”

Richard also stresses the abundance of opportunities available to people in Detroit, particularly people seeking new business ventures. “I think this is a particularly good city for people starting out.”

Richard’s Kirby Lofts are a great victory for the surrounding community and the city; he truly captures the spirit of Detroit.


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