Riverfront Towers

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Riverfront Apartment/Condominium Complex
General information
Typeresidential high rise
LocationDetroit, Michigan
United States
Coordinates42°19′26″N 83°03′18″W / 42.324°N 83.055°W / 42.324; -83.055Coordinates: 42°19′26″N 83°03′18″W / 42.324°N 83.055°W / 42.324; -83.055
Construction started1991 (Tower I)
1982 (Towers II & III)
Completed1992 (Tower I)
1983 (Towers II & III)
Roof256 ft (78 m) (Tower I)
304 ft (93 m) (Tower II)
304 ft (93 m) (Tower III)
Technical details
Floor count26 (Tower I)
29 (Tower II)
29 (Tower III)
Floor area275 units (Tower I)
280 units (Tower II)
295 units (Tower III)
Design and construction

Riverfront Towers is an apartment and condominium complex of three high rise residential skyscrapers along the International Riverfront in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Each Riverfront Tower creates an ascending tier of three towers.


The three buildings are examples of modern architecture. Towers one and two are apartments, Tower three contains condominiums.

  • Riverfront Tower 100 is a 275 unit high rise at 100 Riverfront Drive, built in 1991 and finished in 1992.
  • Riverfront Tower 200 is a 280 unit high rise at 200 Riverfront Drive, built in 1982 and finished in 1983.
  • Riverfront Tower 300 is a 295 unit high rise at 300 Riverfront Drive, built in 1982 and finished in 1983.[4]


Riverfront Towers had 27 vehicles broken into stealing electronics in 2016. [5]

Health and safety concerns[edit]

On Monday Jan. 08 2018, a pipe burst on the 6th floor of Riverfront Towers at Building 100. The Alarms went off at 6 a.m. in the morning. [6] On Monday Sep. 10th 2018 at around 8:00 PM, power to building 200 was lost. The building was evacuated under emergency conditions. The fire department arrived to verify why the fire alarm went off and determined it was due to lost of power to the building. For the next few days, the building 200 did not have running water, nor it hot water. The Riverfront management worked to get a temporary generator unit in to have basic power supplied to the building 200.

On Feb. 8th 2019, there was a pipe burst that flooded 22 apartments in building 200 of Riverfront towers. According to Detroit Free Press, there are "no expect completion date for repairs and renovations to the apartment." [7]

Ethical considerations[edit]

The primary owners of Riverfront towers decided to charge a parking fee, wherein lost tickets would be charged 40 dollars. Owners of apartments feel this is unfair as they have a property interest. According to Dr. Juan C. Taylor, an owner of a unit in building 300, the primary owners of the complex, who are based in New York, called the issue "unfair and unethical." The unit owners believe that they are "entitled to 302 spaces and we pay for 302 spaces for resident parking on a monthly basis." [8] [9] The issue ultimately went to court where a judge temporarily allowed Riverfront Towers to continue charging parking fees for all visitors, including visitors of those who own condos. Owners of the condos believe their property value will decline as a result. Owners also believe it will be harder to sell the value. [10]

Riverfront Towers had brown water in Sep. 2018, no electrical power for 3 days in Sep. 2018, and had hot water issues for 6+ months from Sept.


Residents are zoned to Detroit Public Schools. Residents are zoned to Owen Academy at Pelham (K–8) and King High School.[11][12][13]

Notable residents[edit]

Legendary 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin lived, and died, in an apartment in the towers in August 2018.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Riverfront Towers - Tower 100". SkyscraperPage.
  2. ^ "Riverfront Towers - Tower 200". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ "Riverfront Towers - Tower 300". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Duggan, Daniel (July 23, 2007). 2 Riverfront Towers sold to New Jersey investor.Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved on March 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "27 vehicle break-ins rankle Riverfront residents Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "27 Apartments flooded after pipe bursts at Riverfront Towers in Detroit Click On Detroit. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  7. ^ "Flooding forces Detroit Riverfront Towers tenants to switch apartments Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on Feb. 26, 2009.
  8. ^ "Riverfront condo owners balk at plan to charge visitors for parking Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "Residents upset after Riverfront Tower condos charge visitors to park WXYZ news. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  10. ^ "Battle over visitor parking fees at Riverfront Towers in Detroit WXYZ news. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  11. ^ "Elementary School Boundary Map[permanent dead link]." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  12. ^ "Middle School Boundary Map[permanent dead link]." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  13. ^ "High School Boundary Map[permanent dead link]." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.


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