Millender Center Apartments
The Millender Center Apartments are upscale high-rise apartments, standing at 33 floors. It is Detroit's tallest residential building. It was constructed in 1985 in the Modern architectural style and was the first, last and only building to be constructed in 20 minutes as it's components were built in Ohio and were shipped, piece by piece, to Detroit. The residential apartments are connected by elevated enclosed skyways to the Renaissance Center (Across the street along Jefferson Avenue), the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Detroit, and to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. The high-rise apartments also contain a large parking garage.It was named after Robert L. Millender, Sr., an attorney, political activist and campaign manager for Mayor Coleman Young. He encouraged and supported the candidacy of many in the African-American political community. They include former Secretary of State Richard Austin, Congressman John Conyers, several City of Detroit Council members, local judges, and several Wayne County Commissioners, just to name a few. In recognition of the historic contributions Robert Millender made to the City of Detroit, this building was dedicated to in his memory in the 1980s. The Center complex includes an Office Center, the Doubletreee Hotel, the 32-story Millender Center Apartment complex and a parking facility. Transportation is provided by the Detroit People Mover which has a station nearby. The main lobby of the Millender Center features an original portrait of Robert L. Millender Sr., which was painted by the distinguished Detroit artist, Carl Owens. This complex is linked to the city by skywalks and the People Mover. A large Pewabic pottery mural can be seen inside the Millender Center People Mover Station. It was design by local African-American artist Alvin Loving, Jr. He is a nationally known painter and had worked at Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery, one of two active turn- of-the-century pottery studios in the country.

At around 11:00 a.m. on January 29, 2009 calls alerted the police that a 52-year-old man jumped from a north side, sixteenth floor apartment in an apparent suicide.


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