Multifamily Construction Builder of the Year

Michael A. Chirco – MJC Companies

Michael A. ChircoWhen Michael A. Chirco founded MJC Companies in 1972 and broke ground on his first subdivision in Shelby Township he never could have imagined that nearly 50 years later his company would have built over 9,000 homes for southeast Michigan families. The company that Mike and his team built is ranked as one of the state’s largest privately-owned and operated builders and has made Builder Magazine’s list of the top 200 builders in the nation. Mike received the HBA’s Bert L. Smokler Builder of the Year award in 2016. While they have a reputation for quality single-family and condominium home construction, MJC Companies is also one of the area’s premier luxury multifamily home builders.

In 2012, MJC Companies took their home building expertise and set a new standard in multifamily living with the debut of Ashford Apartments in Shelby Township. Its 180 units feature open, light-filled kitchens and living spaces, cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, private attached garages, tiled bathrooms, and full-sized laundry rooms, among other amenities you would expect in a luxury home.

Following the success of Ashford Apartments, MJC Companies continued to expand the offerings of subsequent projects. MJC Companies completed the 168-unit Harvard Place in Rochester Hills in 2016, the 203-unit ShearWater Apartment Homes in Commerce Township in 2017, and the 203-unit Huntley Manor in Novi this past year. These projects each feature multiple distinct floor plans with two or three bedrooms, two or three full baths and attached two-car garages. Among these projects you’ll also find magnificent clubhouses, fitness centers, private gated entries, swimming pools, distinctive crown moldings, wood-style plank flooring, stone countertops, and premium appliances.

MJC Companies’ newest project, Barrington Apartment Homes, with nearly 300 units in Commerce Township, is set to begin leasing before the end of the year. Featuring single-story apartment homes and stacked ranch apartment homes, Barrington provides a variety of housing types at the highest level of luxury living.

Mike and his wife, Mary, recently celebrated their golden 50-year anniversary. The couple has six children and 12 grandchildren, and are highly regarded for their generous contributions to many philanthropic causes. The St. Louis Center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has honored Mike with their Citizenship Award for raising over $1 million. From the Alzheimer’s Association, to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Karmanos Cancer Institute and a host of other worthy organizations, the Chircos have lived the motto from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”