Cooley Reuse Project's Two Office Suite Conversion of Historic Classroom in Cooley High School

3D Rendering by Michael Ford

Thanks to Metro Times: Cooley Reuse Project Article Has 10,000+ Likes

University of Michigan's Student Documentary Award Winner, 2014:

Video by Jennifer Larson, Larson Lens

American Black Journal Hosts Cooley Reuse Project, January 17, 2016

About the Cooley Reuse Project


With 320,00 square feet on 17.6 acres, Cooley High School is the third largest Detroit Public School built and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Featuring a unique mix of performance, fitness and academic spaces, Cooley High School was designed by Donaldson and Meier (founded in 1880), the same architects that designed the cayenne colored Downtown Detroit gem, the David Stott Building.


As a community center and residential housing development located within one mile of the Six Mile Corridor -- an area slated for intense development and financial investment in the Detroit Future City plan -- the Cooley site is well positioned to take advantage of the immense growth projected for the area.

Cooley Reuse Project Objective:

Community and economic development for the Belmont Community in which Cooley High School is located.

Cooley's Programs and Services


Cooley's Future Offerings:



  • 1,000-Seat Fox-Like Theatre
  • Pool features Pewabic Tile
  • Two-Level Oak Paneled Library


  • Mentor and Internship Programs
  • K-12 Tutoring, All Subjects
  • College Counseling



  • Transportation
  • Quality Day Care
  • Mental Health




  • Job Readiness Training
  • Business and Personal Mentorships
  • Internships
  • College and Academic Counseling
  • Home Ownership Counseling
  • Legal Counseling
  • Support Groups (including AA and Foster Parenting)
  • Special Interest Groups and Clubs
  • Physical Fitness


  • Martial Arts
  • Non-violent Conflict Resolution
  • Self Defense
  •  Active-Shooter Workplace Training


Our Projected 2017 Partners



  • 1 on 1 Professional Counseling Services
  • 4 Brothers Deli, The Gourmet Mobile Sandwich Shop
  • Artspace, nonprofit midwest developer
  • Athletes Unlimited, Inc.
  • Brookins Construction Trade School
  • Derek Brown, Quorum Commercial
  • C.A.R.E. Chiropractic
  • Capital Impact Partners
  • Centric Design Studio
  • Coast II Coast All-Stars, ABA; Owner is Howard Hayes, Cooley Alumni
  • Creative Historic Resource Solutions, Historical Preservation Consultant
  • Cresit Energy, Inc.
  • David Winans, II
  • Detroit Diehards, 2013 & 2014 National Wheelchair Basket Ball Champions
  • Detroit Flyhouse Circus School
  • Detroit Police Department, Second Precinct
  • Detroit Kitchen Connect
  • HUG Detroit
  • Cecil Grant, Owner, Happy Mary Furniture Refinishing
  • Paul Green, of counsel at Clark Hill
  • Greening Detroit
  • Joel Landy, Owner, Burton Theatre
  • J-W Sports Officiating Academy
  • LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
  • Motown Wireless, LLC
  • Michigan Historic Preservation Network
  • Le Petit Zinc
  • Renaissance Environmental
  • Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers
  • Superhero Training Academy
  • Threat Management Center
  • Volunteer Beauticians and Barbers
  • YWCA