Our Story

The El Moore project is an ongoing exploration of the nature of sustainable urban living.  We are trying to find a new and meaningful harmony between nature and the urban environment. On this site, we’re sharing some of the stories that are coming from this journey.

The relationship between nature and the harshness of urban environments has been an area of exploration by mankind throughout history.  Park systems, the planting of trees, and even the spread of the suburbs have all been past solutions to the problem of how to live closely together while maintaining connectedness to nature.  Detroit, with its vacant land and buildings and the extraordinary resilience of its people, offers a unique opportunity to re-imagine ways to harmonize nature and the city.

The El Moore is one of these such opportunities . Finding new patterns of this harmony is its mission.

The El Moore entered our lives as an abandoned 1898 apartment building surrounded by six vacant parcels of land in 2010.  With the incredible support from the local community and City of Detroit leadership, the Green Garage has developed the El Moore as a sister project to our co-working community.

The Green Garage is a living demonstration of a sustainable way to work, while the El Moore is a living demonstration of  a sustainable way to live.  These two special places are only three blocks from each other and we expect their activities harmonize and support each other and well as the community around them.

The El Moore includes:

  • El Moore Lodge … offering short-term stays in a Detroit neighborhood.
  • El Moore Residences … providing a long-term resident community committed to a sustainable future.
  • El Moore Seasons … a 4 season retail store offering education and products on healthy, small footprint urban living.
  • El Moore Garden …  extension of the retail offering a garden setting for hosting outdoor events.
  • El Moore Green Alley … transforming the alley to the north of the property into a green alley with environmentally and community sensitive design.

We are developers of sustainable communities…not just buildings.   Detroit’s sustainable  future needs to be accessible to all.  We continue to have dialogues with the community on how our work can enhance the lives of those who already live in our neighborhood.  We need to move forward together into a more sustainable future.

And maybe, in finding a harmony with nature, we’ll find a greater harmony within ourselves and with one another.  Our hope is this great work can play a small but important role in defining a sustainable way forward for Detroit….and perhaps it might be helpful to others on this great earth.