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The-New-Tony-Detroit
Apr 28, 2016, 2:14 AM
From Crain's Detroit Business today, re: Old DPD HQ

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160427/BLOG016/160429837/is-the-wrecking-ball-in-former-dpd-hqs-future-with-soccer-stadium

"Look closely at the plans revealed today for a new Major League Soccer stadium and mixed-use development district on the site of the half-built Wayne County Consolidated Jail property.

Something appears to be missing: The 1923 Albert Kahn-designed building that up until a couple years ago was the headquarters of the Detroit Police Department at 1300 Beaubien.

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So does the building's apparent absence mean it's slated for demolition?

Not necessarily.

So says Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures LLC, which along with Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores is spearheading the planned $1 billion project..."

"The building is officially owned by the city of Detroit, although it was one of a handful of pretty prime downtown and downtown-ish properties bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc. snagged as part of its settlement with the city in federal bankruptcy court a year and a half ago.

...

Cullen says that the demolition of the DPD building has not yet "been contemplated."

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Cullen said the building could be redeveloped as a historic preservation project as part of the overall plan"

Docta_Love
Apr 28, 2016, 3:31 AM
Glad to hear there thinking of saving old DPD hq as mentioned its not been kept in great shape but id imagine they would gut it and prolly change the configuration anyways it doesn't seem that its in the way of anything if they are still contemplating its fate otherwise it would be a foregone conclusion they'd tear that shit down so to speak.

There was also an interesting tid bit of information on the brewster-douglass site there is a 30 million dollar grant that's tied to the proposed redevelopment and it seems a foregone conclusion that detroit has it on lock, so hopefully this summer the 500 unit redevelopment will move forward.

detroit_alive
Apr 28, 2016, 1:32 PM
Having jail's right next to the city's premier entertainment district is just silly when the mound rd correctional facility could be easily redone and there is plenty of land to build court facilities that lawyers wont complain about, if that's what it takes.


People keep saying that it is silly to have the jail downtown, yet the reality is that the courts are downtown. The police HQ is downtown. Many law offices are downtown. Many bails bondsman are downtown. All transit infrastructure meets downtown.

Think about the logistics of moving that infrastructure to serve a new site. Think about the people in jail and those visiting them, many of whom may not have cars and rely on transit. I can understand the want to move the undesirable to the periphery, but there are legitimate reasons to have a jail in the city center.

Docta_Love
Apr 28, 2016, 6:26 PM
I agree that its not unusual for a city to have a jail complex downtown and it makes since that the jail would have been built near the police hq and court house but after ford field and co.pa were built it seemed like the area was moving towards being an entertainment center. It doesn't make since imo now that the public safety center is on the other side of downtown to further consolidate jail facilities in such a desirable area when there is an abundance of undesirable land not far from the core city.

Docta_Love
Apr 28, 2016, 8:45 PM
As expected the DDA has greenlit Gilberts plans for the Hudson's site, Edit; Ground breaking April 2017

Detroit greenlights Gilbert plans for Hudson's site
Project is set to break ground in April and finish by spring 2020

By ROBERT SNELL
4-27-16
Crain's Detroit Business

Detroit's Downtown Development Authority on Wednesday approved a deal with Dan Gilbert that could bring a modern, landmark high-rise to the former J.L. Hudson's department store site on Woodward Avenue.

The vote on a development plan amendment was delayed for months as Gilbert negotiated the $15 million purchase of a 900-space parking garage underneath the site. The garage sale also was finalized Wednesday.

The mixed-use high-rise is still being drafted and no renderings were released Wednesday. The project will include 225,000 square feet of mixed-use space — including more than 24 retail shops — 700 parking spaces and 250 residential units.

The plan is to re-create a sense of community along lower Woodward missing since Hudson's closed 33 years ago. The building was demolished in 1998.


http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160427/NEWS/160429858/detroit-greenlights-gilbert-plans-for-hudsons-site

animatedmartian
Apr 28, 2016, 9:06 PM
Think about the logistics of moving that infrastructure to serve a new site. Think about the people in jail and those visiting them, many of whom may not have cars and rely on transit. I can understand the want to move the undesirable to the periphery, but there are legitimate reasons to have a jail in the city center.

New Center would be a pretty ideal location, possibly south of Grand Boulevard and east of Woodward.

Docta_Love
Apr 29, 2016, 4:36 PM
Restoration of the Farwell Building has begun, photo by Joseph Krause for http://HistoricDetroit.org

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ChKEcJgWMAEjkl1.jpg

https://twitter.com/HistoricDET/status/725788109766578176/photo/1

The North One
Apr 29, 2016, 10:04 PM
I'm really excited about the Farwell building! It has to be one of the most opulent buildings in downtown.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/70/ac/f0/70acf059fa119b18cbe93592b2ad1412.jpg
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/391179917606059552/

http://scotthaefner.com/photos/images/fullsize/surface/farwell01.jpg
http://scotthaefner.com/photos/place/Farwell+Building/2825/

I hope they restore the chandeliers.

kcexpress69
Apr 30, 2016, 1:25 PM
I'm really excited about the Farwell building! It has to be one of the most opulent buildings in downtown.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/70/ac/f0/70acf059fa119b18cbe93592b2ad1412.jpg
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/391179917606059552/

http://scotthaefner.com/photos/images/fullsize/surface/farwell01.jpg
http://scotthaefner.com/photos/place/Farwell+Building/2825/

I hope they restore the chandeliers.

Definitely not much to look at from the outside, but quite unique and pretty neat on the inside!! :tup:

Docta_Love
May 3, 2016, 6:53 PM
I was wondering what was going on over at the former Holiday Inn as the new owners say it's in too good of a location to not be a success, i suppose a the same can be said of the metro airport hotel.

Reopening of 2 metro Detroit hotels to offer more meeting space
By SHERRI WELCH
April 30, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/CD/20160430/NEWS/160509998/AR/0/AR-160509998.jpg?MaxW=1400&v=201411210943

Nearly 40,000 square feet of meeting space is set to come back on the metro Detroit market this year with the reopening of two long-shuttered hotels.

Renovations are underway at the former Metropolitan Hotel in Romulus, which operated for a time as a Doubletree. The hotel, on Wick Road near I-94, is expected to reopen this summer as the Radisson Hotel Detroit Metro Airport. It will include about 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

Further to the north and east, the former Holiday Inn of Southfield on Telegraph Road, notable for its round tower, is being converted to three hotels with more than 400 rooms. The tower is visible from nearby I-696 and M-10.

The Best Western Premier flag — the first in Michigan — will fly over the tower when it opens late this year or early next year. It will include about 25,000 square feet of banquet, meeting and event space and be the first of three hotels planned for the property.

There is demand for both hotels about to reopen. Romulus and Southfield are two different markets all together, said Michael O'Callaghan, executive vice president and COO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The first, near the airport, is convenient and targeted for business travelers, while the second is near a large number of automotive and other commercial customers, he said.

"Demand has increased pretty nicely since 2003, yet the ... supply hasn't," O'Callaghan said.

"This is a good way to provide an increase in supply. These are both full-service hotels, and the community needs that product to attract meetings, in particular, and to provide enhanced facilities for social functions."

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160430/NEWS/160509998/reopening-of-2-metro-detroit-hotels-to-offer-more-meeting-space


M-1 Rail's Penske Tech Center opens today
$6.9 million facility will serve as M-1 Rail's maintenance, storage, operations nexus for Woodward Avenue line

By BILL SHEA
May 02, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business

http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/pgmain/img/detroit/photo/2016/03/23/-a7557f6d49d8ee14.JPG

The 19,000-square-foot Penske Technical Center that will be the central nervous system of M-1 Rail's QLine streetcar system in Detroit opened Tuesday.

The $6.9 million facility will serve as the maintenance, storage and operations nexus for the 3.3-mile Woodward Avenue line, which is scheduled to begin passenger service in the first half of 2017.

The facility is at the northern terminus of the line at Woodward Avenue and West Grand Boulevard in the New Center neighborhood between Bethune and Custer streets.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160502/NEWS/160509962/m-1-rails-penske-tech-center-opens-today

Docta_Love
May 6, 2016, 5:06 PM
Here's an update on Lee Plaza closing has been pushed back from December to June 1st, its taken longer than expected to line up various city, state and federal approvals but despite the delays we could see work starting this summer.

Lee Plaza Will Be Redeveloped
We could see 200 market-rate apartments west of New Center in 2018

BY ROBIN RUNYAN
MAY 2, 2016
Detroit Free Press

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An ambitious $51-million plan to turn the ravaged and abandoned Lee Plaza tower on Detroit's west side into an oasis of upscale housing is still moving forward, despite months of project delays, the prospective developer said last week.

"We're going to renovate the building and bring it back to luxury," said Craig Sasser, 63, a Detroit native who recently returned to the city from Los Angeles. "Bring it back to being an iconic landmark, with first-class of everything.”

The 17-story high-rise, 2240 W. Grand Blvd., is located about a mile west of New Center in a part of the city that is spotted with empty homes and storefronts and has yet experienced the revitalization energy pulsing through areas of greater downtown. Built in an Italianate Art Deco style, the Lee Plaza opened in 1929 as a luxury residential hotel and closed in the 1990s as low-income senior housing.

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Sasser's redevelopment plans call for 200 market-rate apartments and construction of a new 300-space parking garage at the tower's rear, as well as a small side-lot park. He estimates that renovating the tower would cost $34 million and building the parking garage and park would cost $17 million.

Once the redeveloped tower opens — perhaps in 2018 — the new apartments would be about 1,000 square feet and asking rents could be $2 per square foot, or $2,000 a month per unit. Those rates would far surpass current rents in the neighborhood and rival prices in some of the newest and trendiest apartment buildings in downtown.

"I believe three years from now, this area will be able to support $2 a square foot," Sasser said. "If not, I have a little fallback room."

The key to making Sasser's vision reality is a major investor — he declined to say who — who wishes to make Lee Plaza a demonstration project for a large residential building that could generate as much energy from renewable sources as it uses. Potential energy sources could include solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal units, he said.

The project could also utilize various historic and energy tax credit programs. Lee Plaza is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sasser has a background in commercial real estate and, in decades past, assisted his mother, the now-retired developer Loretta Sasser Orme, with market research for some of her projects. He has experience restoring single-family homes in Los Angeles, although has never before tackled a development of Lee Plaza's size and complexity.

He said he has the money to close on the property in June. He acknowledged he is still raising funds to secure the property afterward. His company, Moneta Energy, would be purchasing the land.

Sasser estimates that full redevelopment would take about 18 months to compete, with initial months spent clearing out and cleaning up the building.

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Sasser envisions Lee Plaza as the anchor and the first phase of a two- or three-phase project. The second phase would involve constructing low-to moderate-income senior housing in the neighborhood and veterans housing.

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2016/04/30/detroit-lee-plaza-housing/83669182/

Work on the former Strathmore Hotel looks to be about done and its reopening as high-end apartments is coming soon.

https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JzId0wzG4Mc7pbYSeAExGxpnV44=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6399199/Strathmore-102.0.jpg

animatedmartian
May 8, 2016, 12:54 AM
Gilbert's Bedrock, 3 other companies selected for $267-million development of Brewster-Douglass site, Eastern Market
By KIRK PINHO. May 07, 2016.

Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Management Services LLC and three other companies, including two national real estate developers, are part of a joint venture that has been selected to build a mixed-use development of primarily multifamily housing on about 25 acres of land in Eastern Market and around Brush Park on the site of the former Brewster-Douglass housing projects, the city of Detroit said Saturday.

When all is said and done, the multiple-phase project by Choice Detroit LLC is expected to include 900 to 1,000 units of housing ranging from low-income to market rate and costing approximately $267 million.

In addition to Bedrock, the joint venture includes Columbia, Md.-based Enterprise Communities, a national developer with significant low-income housing experience; as well as KBK Enterprises, which has offices in Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pa. The final company is Novi-based Ginosko Development Co., according to the city.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160507/NEWS/160509863/gilberts-bedrock-3-other-companies-selected-for-267-million

Docta_Love
May 10, 2016, 3:54 AM
Not that Dan Gilbert buying a small to medium sized building downtown is really news anymore but i'm honestly surprised he doesn't already own every building along Woodward between 1001 Woodward the David Whitney - Broderick Tower. But hearing news like this also increases my confidence in the Hudson's Block Redevelopment.

Gilbert buys 2 more Woodward buildings north of Hudson's site

Grinnell, Sanders buildings total 83,000 square feet

By KIRK PINHO
May 09, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/CD/20160509/NEWS/160509840/AR/0/AR-160509840.jpg?MaxW=880&v=201411210943

Dan Gilbert has purchased two more buildings along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Ventures LLC, bought the Grinnell Building and the Sanders Building just north of Clifford Street, a spokeswoman for his Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC confirmed. dBusiness first reported the news Friday.

The seller was Farmington Hills-based Howard Schwartz Commercial Real Estate LLC.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

According to CoStar Group Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based real estate information service, the Grinnell Building has 43,000 square feet. It is currently home to the Henry Ford Health System QuickCare medical clinic, which opened last summer.

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On the 1500 block of Woodward, Gilbert also owns the buildings at 1505 Woodward, 1520 Woodward, 1528 Woodward and 1550 Woodward.

He owns more than 14 million square feet of space spread across 80 properties like buildings and parking decks, largely in and around downtown.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160509/NEWS/160509840/gilbert-buys-2-more-woodward-buildings-north-of-hudsons-site

animatedmartian
May 17, 2016, 4:13 PM
Big Eastern Market expansion plans in the works
John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. May 16, 2016.

http://i577.photobucket.com/albums/ss211/animindigo/B9322143235Z.1_20160516233037_000_G3RED5KL9.2-0_zps5mvpe9tu.jpg

Detroit’s Eastern Market, already a hub of the regional food economy, is mapping plans to expand in ways that could create up to 3,000 new food-related jobs and prompt up to $300 million in new food-related business expansions in coming years.

If carried out in full, the 10-year plan would supercharge Detroit's growing local food movement and help dozens of tiny start-up food businesses grow to maturity.

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http://i577.photobucket.com/albums/ss211/animindigo/B9322143235Z.1_20160516233037_000_GKPED6F6E.1-0_zpst1hywf5s.jpg

The market and the city have four main projects in planning stages. Among those


Conversion of a vacant 104,000-square-foot structure formerly used by the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department into a Detroit Regional Food Accelerator. The space would be leased to start-up food entrepreneurs to develop their businesses. A fully equipped commercial kitchen would be available. This project would cost from $7 million to $12 million. “It’s the next step in our developing of a supportive infrastructure to grow value-added food makers," Carmody said.


The Food Innovation Zone would see multiple new buildings built to the north and northeast of the current market, adding 100 to 150 acres of the market footprint. Food manufacturers currently doing business either in the market or outside the city could build or lease space in this zone. The expansion would be done in accord with sustainable development practices that include open green spaces, walking and bicycle lanes and storm water management practices. The cost would vary depending on what actually gets built.


The market's Shed 4, now an open-air facility, would become an enclosed market hall with up to 60 mixed-income residences built atop it. The project would densify the market core and provide new revenue to support the market. The Shed 4 project could cost $10 million to $15 million.


The Market Garden, a three-acre site operating on Orleans Street between Erskine and Wilkins, was created by the Greening of Detroit with a $1-million grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Urban farmers grow fresh produce, flowers, and herbs there, with products sold to area restaurants and donated to local food banks. Plans call for the activities there to be continued and possibly expanded.


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http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2016/05/16/detroit-entrepreneurs-food/84287234/

The North One
May 18, 2016, 10:29 PM
JPMorgan Chase talks housing, jobs efforts in Detroit

http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/e82d1983f1ad1b0580aab747531bc506967f4e69/c=453-507-3516-2810&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2016/05/18/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/635991699215590674-morgan-chase-85464751.jpg

Financial giant JPMorgan Chase says it’s making new investments as part of its earlier $100 million commitment to Detroit’s economic recovery.

The banking company said Wednesday the initiatives include $4 million for preserving affordable housing in neighborhoods through the nonprofit Develop Detroit; $1.5 million to strengthen job training and summer youth employment; and other efforts to support small business growth.

Develop Detroit will work to preserve existing affordable homes and build new, inclusive mixed-use housing projects, including initial investments in more than 400 housing units.

RELATED STORY: Chase's Jamie Dimon hails Detroit's recovery

JPMorgan Chase also says it’s marking the second anniversary of its Detroit investment by sponsoring Detroit Startup Week, a week of free activities to support area entrepreneurs. And more top managers plan to visit the city in June and October to help nonprofits.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/05/18/jpmorgan-chase-housing-jobs-detroit/84541624/

animatedmartian
May 19, 2016, 3:22 AM
There's a number of different non-profits doing developments like this in various parts of the city, though this is the first time I've seen the 'tiny homes' concept applied to it. I'm sure the images are just general ideas, but that's pretty neat if they actually end up being architecturally interesting homes.

Also, if I remember correctly, this same group renovated the apartment building that's on the corner there. Pretty positive stuff in an overlooked nook of the city.

Tiny home project aims to stabilize neighborhood, house Detroit homeless
By Ian Thibodeau. Mlive. May 18, 2016

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The targeted blocks are just two of many empty swaths of land in Detroit, but Rev. Faith Fowler and Cass Community Social Services are gearing up to build around 20 tiny homes on the city's northwest side.

The homes will house Detroit homeless people.

In a video published Tuesday, Fowler touches on a few key points of the project, which has been planned for some time.

Fowler said in an email that 24 houses are planned for a two block area north of the community center's campus at Woodrow Wilson and Elmhurst Streets in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood.

The homes will be finished by the end of the summer.

Once finished, they will be rented out to people who will "earn the property."

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167019079

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/05/tiny_home_project_aims_to_chan.html

The North One
May 20, 2016, 8:33 PM
I'm not sure why but it seems the new Statler city project was never posted here.

http://i.imgur.com/EXf13X5.png
http://www.villagegreen.com/development-construction-renovation

animatedmartian
May 21, 2016, 3:20 AM
I'm not sure why but it seems the new Statler city project was never posted here.

http://i.imgur.com/EXf13X5.png
http://www.villagegreen.com/development-construction-renovation

That is a significantly better redesign over the original announcement design. Still would be nice if it was taller though.

mousquet
May 21, 2016, 6:53 AM
^ That's a complete waste of an obviously significant lot, though. Maybe they should wait for another couple of years before planning anything there, so they can afford to pick something more ambitious. Or perhaps they really have to waste some lots like this to build bigger things later on.

mousquet
May 21, 2016, 9:54 AM
This was posted to SSC.


Duggan sees positive in Detroit population loss

Detroit's long population decline slowed to its lowest pace in decades last year and some experts say next year's numbers could show the first signs of growth since the 1950s.

The Census Bureau's estimate from July 1, 2015, listed the city’s population at 677,116, a 0.5% decrease, or a loss of 3,107 residents from the same date the previous year. The decline between 2013 and 2014 was 1.4% — a loss of 9,727 residents.

Mayor Mike Duggan cheered the news and noted that positive trends have continued but aren't yet included in Census estimates.

"I'm very confident that the city of Detroit is growing now and that will be reflected in the next report," Duggan said. "People aren't moving out at anywhere near the rate they were. They are choosing to stay. We're at a historic tipping point."

Duggan said his goal of reversing population declines by the end of his first term is within reach.

[...]

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/detroit-reborn/2016/05/19/detroit-population-census/84546630/

I'm kind of fed up with the load of bitchy cynical misinformation about some so-called American decline or decadence over here, and all the noise about outrageous inequality and poverty rates over there, things like those. It's been pretty unhealthy to my own place, I think. To be honest, I'm not even sure the US poverty rate would be worse than France's. So it'd be better to see people move back in indeed, to stop misinformation once and for all. :)

The North One
May 21, 2016, 4:45 PM
^ That's a complete waste of an obviously significant lot, though. Maybe they should wait for another couple of years before planning anything there, so they can afford to pick something more ambitious. Or perhaps they really have to waste some lots like this to build bigger things later on.

I'm so sick of hearing people bitch about this Statler site. It's a hole in the urban fabric that desperately needs to be patched, it's become a joke. The design looks great and all the "ambitious" plans in downtown are being focused on the Hudson's site. It's been 10 years since the hotel was demolished, there needs to be something built now.

What is it that you're expecting here? A shiny new skyscraper? there are skyscrapers yet to be renovated not even a block away. It's best to focus on the whole urban area rather than some trophy project.

skyfan
May 21, 2016, 10:05 PM
28 W. Grand River is making progress

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CiwGsLrVEAAfCNE.jpg:large








Owners of Fisher, Kahn buildings look to develop underserved areas of Detroit


It was 4:30 a.m. one Friday, and Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer were feeling just the right kind of crazy.

That day last summer, touring Eastern Market's Wholesale Market well before dawn, the two real estate veterans began the process of forming their new Detroit-based development company, The Platform LLC, which has more than $250 million in primarily mixed-use apartment projects in the pipeline in Midtown, New Center and around TechTown.

First on the list is Third and Grand, a $52 million project at Third Avenue and West Grand Boulevard on a 1.41-acre parking lot purchased from the Henry Ford Health System that is expected to house hundreds of apartments and tens of thousands of square feet of retail space.

Groundbreaking is expected this fall, followed by a steady stream of other projects that would bring about 1,000 units and 100,000 to 150,000 square feet of retail space to the area along Woodward Avenue within a few blocks of QLine rail stations.

Also in the works is the planned redevelopment and new construction for Baltimore Station, the seeds of which were planted by a trio of University of Michigan graduates who came up with the first incarnation of the plan in a class with their professor, real estate developer Peter Allen.

The former students — Clarke Lewis, Dang Duong and Myles Hamby — are all now working on the expanded project as contract employees for The Platform.

As part of a class project, the students originally conceived the development as a $14 million project along the one-block stretch of retail buildings on Woodward Avenue between Baltimore and Milwaukee streets. It would have brought 48-56 new units to the market, along with retail space.

Today, after taking Cummings and Knoer on as development partners, Baltimore Station is expected to cost $40 million and bring between 160 and 170 units at 6402 Woodward Ave. and 6408 Woodward Ave., along with a nearby vacant lot under contract for purchase, Cummings and Knoer said.

There is also the planned redevelopment of an Albert Kahn-designed building at Cass Avenue and York Street that used to be a Cadillac sales and service building and house Wayne State University criminal justice classes. About 80 residential units and other uses are planned for the 147,500-square-foot building.

Cummings also said there is a planned project in Midtown but wouldn't discuss specifics.

Outside of the company's main targeted development area is a 2.3-acre chunk of west riverfront land next to the Riverfront Towers that Cummings owns. He said that while the land is not part of the company's official development lineup, he expects it to be in the equation.

Bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp. received development rights for Joe Louis Arena, which is slated for demolition and to be replaced by a hotel with at least 300 rooms and standing no more than 30 stories; and a mix of office, retail, recreation and residential space, according to bankruptcy court documents. The property sits on about 9 acres.

The Cummings land is next to JLA, and he said he has had conversations with FGIC and the city about the development plans.

"It's going to be part of that story," he said

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160521/NEWS/160529957/owners-of-fisher-kahn-buildings-look-to-develop-underserved-areas-of

mousquet
May 22, 2016, 7:01 AM
It's a hole in the urban fabric that desperately needs to be patched, it's become a joke.

Right, I'm sorry. Your point is the best on this one. The urban continuity at street level is the most important thing. My problem is just that the 7-story building looks like what they would build in a NIMBY European downtown, which is unexpected here, and not exactly a proper example to set to us. But every place undergoes their own peculiar constraints anyway.

EuphoricOctopus
May 22, 2016, 7:08 AM
Right, I'm sorry. Your point is the best on this one. The urban continuity at street level is the most important thing. My problem is just that the 7-story building looks like what they would build in a NIMBY European downtown, which is unexpected here, and not exactly a proper example to set to us. But every place undergoes their own peculiar constraints anyway.

I agree with your original point. They could build a 15-20 story residential building and fill it up since the demand is clearly there.

hammersklavier
May 22, 2016, 1:27 PM
I agree with your original point. They could build a 15-20 story residential building and fill it up since the demand is clearly there.
But maybe not the profit margin.

The North One
May 22, 2016, 2:55 PM
But maybe not the profit margin.

Downtown prices are at a premium, the profit margin is there. The Hudson's site is already planning for a large project thats rumored to be taller than the Ren Cen.

It's just so much more units are coming into the market I don't think they want to oversaturate things and there are buildings just across the street like the united artists that are still vacant.

The North One
May 22, 2016, 2:59 PM
My problem is just that the 7-story building looks like what they would build in a NIMBY European downtown, which is unexpected here, and not exactly a proper example to set to us. But every place undergoes their own peculiar constraints anyway.

You say that like it's a bad thing. :haha:

Sorry for being a little rude, but I just feel like people are being overly cynical about this thing. If there's one thing Detroit has proven to the world it's that buildings aren't permanent. Maybe in the future the city could get a more impressive project but I think this is good for now.

Keep in mind large skyscrapers like Book Tower are in the process of being renovated. These buildings were totally vacant, in a sense it's like building a new skyscraper from the ground up.

99spartan
May 23, 2016, 1:28 AM
Downtown prices are at a premium, the profit margin is there. The Hudson's site is already planning for a large project thats rumored to be taller than the Ren Cen.

Where'd you hear that the Hudson's site is planned to be taller than the Ren Cen? Because that would be so awesome if it actually is true. I'd love to see some more skyscrapers come to Detroit, and this is the perfect site for one.

The North One
May 23, 2016, 1:36 AM
Where'd you hear that the Hudson's site is planned to be taller than the Ren Cen? Because that would be so awesome if it actually is true. I'd love to see some more skyscrapers come to Detroit, and this is the perfect site for one.

It's confirmed to be a skyscraper, that much we know. But as for being the city's next tallest it's kind of a rumor for now. But nobody was expecting this site to be a high-rise in the first place, there are people around on reddit who claim to have "inside information" that the plans for the project are going to be big; that's obviously not a solid source lol, but it's just speculation that gained some more credibility when it was confirmed to be a skyscraper, we just don't know how tall yet. Gilbert obviously isn't the kind of man to shy away from large projects, so who knows.

animatedmartian
May 23, 2016, 3:54 AM
If it's going to be taller than the Ren Cen then that means the tower won't have a very large footprint. Though that's not really unusual compared to Detroit's older high-rises.

Most of Detroit's residential high-rises are kind of longer than they are tall so it's kind of hard to envision a possible equivalent size to what Gilbert might build. At the very least though, it's gonna be a show stopper of a building.

I just wonder why it's taking so long for Gilbert to reveal anything about the final plans. That is, if it's actually finalized by this point.

hammersklavier
May 23, 2016, 1:11 PM
Downtown prices are at a premium, the profit margin is there. The Hudson's site is already planning for a large project thats rumored to be taller than the Ren Cen.

It's just so much more units are coming into the market I don't think they want to oversaturate things and there are buildings just across the street like the united artists that are still vacant.
The point I was making was about construction costs. When you go from wood to steel framing, the costs get a lot higher and you need a much bigger building to compensate. I'll also point out there have been successful low-rise apartment projects in Detroit recently -- but there hasn't been a successful new-build high-rise residential project yet.

Steely Dan
May 23, 2016, 3:20 PM
It's confirmed to be a skyscraper, that much we know. But as for being the city's next tallest it's kind of a rumor for now.

seriously? this is the first i'm hearing of this.

very interesting if true.......

The North One
May 23, 2016, 5:03 PM
seriously? this is the first i'm hearing of this.

very interesting if true.......

Here's the article confirming "at least 20 stories": http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160426/NEWS/160429865/gilbert-plans-high-rise-on-old-hudsons-site-in-downtown-detroit
I don't know why it's forcing you to register in order to see the full article, if you look up "Hudon's high-rise Detroit" on google it comes up as the first news link.

It's being designed by New York City's coveted architectural firm SHoP. The plans are going to be released to the public within 60 days after the deal was finalized and that was back in April so expect it to be unveiled sooner.

The North One
May 23, 2016, 5:23 PM
I'm horrible at embedding articles but more good news:

Developer to build 1,000 apartments near QLine

Cummings, son-in-law of the late billionaire Max M. Fisher, will announce Monday the formation of a new development company, The Platform, that will invest $250 million to create 1,000 new apartments in Midtown, TechTown and New Center.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/nolan-finley/2016/05/21/finley-qline-transform-detroit/84727840/

Extended-stay hotel to open in Metropolitan building

http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/991f01e3c18dd01517acf03d936e786f3c17f48e/c=0-152-2015-2839&r=537&c=0-0-534-712/local/-/media/2016/05/23/DetroitNews/B99397652Z.1_20160523104847_000_GKSV26MH.1-0.jpg

The 100,000 square-foot building will have 2,000 square feet of meeting space on the second-floor mezzanine level, about 7,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and lower level, and an outdoor patio on the 11th-floor rear rooftop.

“Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building is a highly-anticipated addition to the brand’s rapidly growing portfolio and will present travelers with an appealing, new option for short and long stays,” said Allison Reid, senior vice president of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

The Metropolitan Building was built in 1925 and for many years was home to jewelry businesses, a dress shop and other retailers.

Its highly decorative facade is composed of terra cotta, granite and brick. The building lost its last tenant and became empty around 1977 or 1978. The city foreclosed on the structure shortly afterward, shutting it down, according to the website historicdetroit.org.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/05/23/metropolitan-building/84776238/

Docta_Love
May 23, 2016, 6:53 PM
Sensitive to concerns that Detroit’s neighborhoods are being neglected by investors enamored with the central city, Cummings says a second focus of The Platform is to help revive targeted commercial strips in the community. He’s selected three to start.

The Platform will help rebuild the devastated Brightmoor neighborhood. It will join strong efforts already underway to transform the area around the University of Detroit-Mercy. And it will engage in West English Village and Island View neighborhoods across from Belle Isle.

“We envision a village approach,” Cummings says. “We hope to help create centers around which the neighborhood can grow.”

Here's an interesting bit of info from the first article i read the yesterday on crains that peter cummings has bought up several buildings already at Grand River and Lasher, im really happy to see serious interest and intent in neighborhoods outside the core. A major downtown developer making large investments in the neighborhoods would be yet another turning point in the city's recovery. Although now that the out migration from the city has slowed to a trickle it does seem like now is the logical time for this next step.

animatedmartian
May 23, 2016, 11:30 PM
New York-based Shake Shack plans to open in Downtown Detroit
By Ian Thibodeau. MLive. May 23, 2016

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Downtown Detroit is getting a cheap, quick burger joint -- with alcohol.

Bedrock Detroit announced Monday that Shake Shack will open a restaurant in the First National Building at 600 Woodward Avenue in Campus Martius Park.

The restaurant plans to open in 2017.

Shake Shack, which started in 2001 as a food cart, offers burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard. Prices range on an online menu from $4.29 to $9.64 for burgers.

....

The Detroit location will have a patio, and will serve wine and local beer.

This is the second New York-based chain to announce a move to Detroit. Calexico will open this summer on the other side of Campus Martius Park.

....

http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2016/05/new_york-based_shake_shack_pla.html

EuphoricOctopus
May 23, 2016, 11:49 PM
It's just so much more units are coming into the market I don't think they want to oversaturate things and there are buildings just across the street like the united artists that are still vacant.

Yeah, but the UA is owned by Ilitch and I highly doubt he'll do anything with it anytime soon.

Docta_Love
May 25, 2016, 10:23 PM
I forgot how hard it can be to do the copy and paste for a iPhone post hah, but here's an article about another new facility at the I-94 industrial park.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160525/NEWS/160529881/bill-ford-quarterbacks-initiative-to-bring-flex-n-gate-to-detroit?X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

http://http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/CD/20160525/NEWS/160529881/V2/0/V2-160529881.jpg?MaxW=880&v=201411210943

animatedmartian
May 29, 2016, 3:00 AM
Found a fly through rendering of the proposed Staler Apartments. The render was created by the landscape architects for the project. This actually makes the project look more sizable than the renderings Village Green has been putting out.

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The North One
May 29, 2016, 11:06 PM
Love the courtyard.

skyfan
Jun 2, 2016, 9:50 PM
Can't wait to see what this thing is going to look like...

Dan Gilbert's tower on Hudson's site to set 'high-water mark' for rent

Businessman Dan Gilbert's top aide predicted Thursday that a residential tower planned for the site of the old Hudson's store will set a new "high-water mark" for apartment rents in the city of Detroit.

Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures, Gilbert's umbrella entity for his wide-ranging families of companies, said the planned residential tower would represent just one component of a multi-purpose building on the site on Woodward Avenue just north of the One Campus Martius building, the former Compuware headquarters.

We’re doing a lot of work to understand it," Cullen said. "It’s a complicated site. And we’re trying to make sure we hit the market right relative to the different components of it. There are certain things that we know. It’s going to be mixed use. It going to have some significant retail. It’s going to have a significant civic component to it. And honestly that’s what we’re wrestling with a lot, trying to figure that out, make sure that we hit the mark with it."

Cullen said the "podium" portion of the building will probably measure four to six stories and a residential tower of unspecified height will rise above that. The rental rates for the apartments "will certainly set the high-water mark for rents in the city as well, just given the nature of it," Cullen said.

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2016/06/02/gilbert-detroit-cullen-downtown-detroit-hudsons-residential/85304910/

animatedmartian
Jun 5, 2016, 2:38 PM
New wave of Detroit apartments opens to big demand
JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press. June 4, 2016.

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Demand for market-rate housing in and around downtown Detroit has been outpacing supply for several years, encouraging developers to take a chance on the city's nascent revival and dive headlong into constructing new apartments.

Now a major wave of these residential projects — roughly 700 units from early in the year through this summer — are finally opening their doors. The outcome so far is surpassing many people's already high expectations: multiple new buildings are full or nearly 100% leased, even before tenants are allowed to move in.

The intense demand suggests that greater downtown Detroit's rental market could support additional waves of fresh building supply and remain hot. It is also giving landlords reason to continue raising rents, although the size of the year-to-year jumps could subside as more new apartments hit the market.

....


http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2016/06/04/detroit-apartments-rate-demand/85296384/

In relation to all the new apartments, parking is also becoming a premium (http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2016/06/05/rent-new-detroit-apartment/85343116/). $100 a month is the average for any new apartments with on-site or nearby parking.

animatedmartian
Jun 6, 2016, 4:19 PM
Cool little throwback to when the Penobscot building was announced on the Free Press. Interesting that the planned drawing seems a quite a bit different from what was actually built.

https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13323723_1085428034857284_6137812617278207804_o.jpg

Historic Detroit (https://www.facebook.com/HistoricDetroit/photos/a.386374631429298.85712.163561400377290/1085428034857284/)

The North One
Jun 6, 2016, 5:24 PM
That's interesting to see the old design for the penobscot. I like what was actually built a lot better. :P

Another fun fact is that the "H" shaped setbacks of the Penobscot were the direct influence for the design of the Empire State Building, a lot of workers were involved with the erection of both structures.

It's also great and not so surprising to see the Forest Arms having such success. Residential demand for downtown is at an all time high, a skyscraper on Hudson's could be easily filled. :cheers:

99spartan
Jun 7, 2016, 2:26 PM
So I know that we've been getting a lot of hints about the Hudson's site tower, but what do you guys all think the final design will be like? I'm hoping for something that is very significant looking, tall, and has a lot of national retailers.

animatedmartian
Jun 8, 2016, 10:05 PM
WCCCD to expand facilities at downtown, Downriver campuses
By Blake Froling, Crain's Detroit Business. June 8, 2016.

http://i577.photobucket.com/albums/ss211/animindigo/636009249403749087-Front-View-Rendering-NW-_zpsmpsyqx8y.jpg

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Wayne County Community College District plans to build new facilities at its Downriver and downtown campuses.

WCCCD said it will build a two-story, 80,000-square-foot health and wellness center affixed to the downtown campus to provide training for students pursuing careers in related fields. The center, at West Fort Street and Trumbull Avenue in Detroit, will cost $25 million as part of WCCCD's capital reinvestment plan. Construction is set to be completed by fall 2018.

"We're very excited to provide a state-of-the-art center to expand our students' learning, as well as the opportunity to improve overall health and wellness to community residents," WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery said in a statement. "Our mission has always been to provide pathways to better lives through higher education. Healthy minds and bodies are an integral part to living a great life, and this center will provide numerous outlets to achieving that."

The center will provide certificate and associate degree programs for fields such as fitness training, sports management, sports medicine, kinesiology, physical therapy and sports conditioning. Students in WCCCD's Health Sciences department as well as members of the community will also be able to use the new facilities.

Hannah-Neumann/Smith in Detroit is the architect for the center. Construction is projected to begin spring 2017.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160608/NEWS/160609632/wcccd-to-expand-facilities-at-downtown-downriver-campuses

skyfan
Jun 9, 2016, 12:35 AM
So I know that we've been getting a lot of hints about the Hudson's site tower, but what do you guys all think the final design will be like? I'm hoping for something that is very significant looking, tall, and has a lot of national retailers.

SHoP the architectural firm designing the building is known for doing bold and modern designs. It's safe to say it's not going to look anything like that's ever been built here. 20-40

http://www.shoparc.com/

Docta_Love
Jun 11, 2016, 9:42 PM
Work on the Cass Plaza Building is beginning to near completion, pic thanks to detroit yes.

http://www.detroityes.com/webisodes/2016/cass-plaza-7.jpg

animatedmartian
Jun 12, 2016, 4:56 AM
Gilbert's Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit
John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. June 12, 2016.

Not since the Lafayette Park project a half-century ago has Detroit seen a residential development as ambitious as Dan Gilbert’s Brush Park project that breaks ground in a few weeks.

For one thing, the project — about 100 for-sale units and about 300 rental apartments on 8.4 acres just north of downtown — will come in at the top end of the price range for any rental or for-sale projects in the greater downtown when it opens in a year or so.

But more significantly, Gilbert’s people are breaking new ground architecturally. Gone are the faux historical styles that marked so many of Detroit’s recent projects. Instead of duplicating the peaked roofs, gables, chimney stacks and bay windows that pass for authenticity, Gilbert’s team opted for a bold modernist look.

This will be unlike any recent residential project in Detroit. The clearest analogy may be Lafayette Park. Built in the 1950s and led by modernist master Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it introduced sleek glass and steel buildings with flat roofs and great expanses of glass married to a thoughtful park-like plan. It created something new in Detroit and remains among the city’s most successful districts.


Gilbert’s team told me that the Brush Park project aims to do much the same — to usher Detroit into a new era of residential design that will set a standard for the quality of materials and urban planning. And it will do so by integrating the new modernist buildings with four of Brush Park's historic Victorian mansions that are being preserved and renovated.

“We didn’t play it safe,” said Steve Ogden, director of development for Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services. “It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile.”

The project cost was initially estimated at $70 million but will go higher, Gilbert's team said, although the final cost is not yet estimated.

.....

Five Cool Facts in Brush Park Project

1. Multiple rooftop terraces create the urban equivalent of backyards and community gardens.

2. Projects allows residents to "age in place," moving from rental apartments to family-style condos to senior living

3. A park-like greenway traverses the project as a recreational amenity.

4. Modernist architecture creates bold new look for Detroit's revival.

5. Lots of retail and commercial space built into the ground floors of some buildings.



http://www.freep.com/story/money/real-estate/2016/06/11/gilbert-bedrock-detroit-architecture-duggan/85640230/

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dc_denizen
Jun 12, 2016, 10:31 AM
What a cool project!

mousquet
Jun 12, 2016, 12:49 PM
Looks like some contemporary Euro masterplan. No skyscraper, but some fair low or mid-rise fabric over, in a dense urban manner.

Glad they're not going post-modern pastiche style at all, unlike many things I see over my kind of conservative suburb. They're trying to mimic historic architecture and materials, but in the end it only looks awkward and cheesy like some wannabe affluent-looking stuff from the 19th century. That's no sophisticated taste.

Here, things appear contemporary and properly planned however. Besides, as any US state, Michigan is wealthy and most likely creative enough. They could probably cover the entire ruined neighborhoods with this kind of redevelopments, which would be some very solid foundation.

The-New-Tony-Detroit
Jun 12, 2016, 6:53 PM
I love the designs!

The North One
Jun 12, 2016, 7:00 PM
The new renders look great, I was actually worried about this project going dark but it seems to be in full force. I'm glad they went all out with the modern design because a faux traditional look would be horrendous, it's incredibly hard to replicate traditional elements and if architects get the slightest proportion wrong the entire building ends up looking like a cheap disneyland knock-off.

It seems like there is some mid-century influence (in a good way). It also looks like they took some design ideas from the high-line in New York. The only building I'm not really feeling is the red corner mid rise, maybe they could go with something else before construction is finished.

Docta_Love
Jun 12, 2016, 8:50 PM
I especially like the Lafayette Park analogy. But yea definitely a big step forward from what we've seen, its a very encouraging sign especially considering that it is seen as the eastern link on a greater Brush Park redevelopment that eventually connects in with Eastern Market.

dc_denizen
Jun 12, 2016, 9:19 PM
Now build 50 more of these!

subterranean
Jun 13, 2016, 3:14 PM
It also looks like they took some design ideas from the high-line in New York.

I was thinking the same thing the moment I saw it. I hope it translates well to reality.

This also makes me extremely curious about what's in store for the former Hudson's block.

subterranean
Jun 13, 2016, 3:18 PM
http://i577.photobucket.com/albums/ss211/animindigo/636012709657237154-brush-park-gallagher-13_zpsb1fue10d.jpg

This woman should get off her phone and get a handle on her child as we learned from the Cincinnati Zoo that 4-year-old kids like to jump from high places.

Teakwood
Jun 13, 2016, 3:27 PM
This woman should get off her phone and get a handle on her child as we learned from the Cincinnati Zoo that 4-year-old kids like to jump from high places.

It would appear that the child is the next door neighbor. Either way, Detroit could probably save some money on their fireworks display, as only around 2 out of 20 people in that rendering are even facing them as they go off, including said child.

subterranean
Jun 13, 2016, 8:18 PM
It would appear that the child is the next door neighbor. Either way, Detroit could probably save some money on their fireworks display, as only around 2 out of 20 people in that rendering are even facing them as they go off, including said child.

You know the Star-Spangled Banner, right? That cool part where it goes: "...and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air?", for which fireworks are supposed to represent? This is what they were talking about. This rendering was made on March 7th, just a random Monday. The gentrifiers are coming, the gentrifiers are coming!

Docta_Love
Jun 14, 2016, 12:49 PM
Good progress over at DuCharme place in Lafayette Park seems to be nearly completed, photo by of Lowell of Detroityes.

http://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=30559&d=1464624951

Docta_Love
Jun 14, 2016, 4:51 PM
We have our first look at the Valpey Building which was one of the last vacant buildings on Lower Woodward after its $10 million dollar renovation as part of the Lofts at Merchants Row.


A First Look Inside The Renovated Valpey Building
Jun 8, 2016
By Daily Detroit Staff
Daily Detroit

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The Lofts of Merchants Row just finished their renovation project of the Valpey building, blending it into their existing development and adding 42 residential units as well as some retail space to downtown Detroit.

The retail space isn’t grabbed up yet, but all 42 loft-style apartments are all pre-leased with people already moving in. Wednesday evening we stopped through to take a look at what insides of a beautiful building on the outside that built approximately in 1896 and what it looks like now.

In the project are 630-square-foot studios; 780- to 950-square-foot one-bedroom units; and 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath units.

The project ran about a $10 million. The prices on these are on the higher end – the only loft in the complex currently available is not in the Valpey and it’s $1,360 for 864 square feet. But that includes amenities like 24-7 valet parking and they also have a shuttle service.

The first round of Lofts of Merchants Row places opened back in 2004.


http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/06/08/first-look-inside-renovated-valpey-building/


We also have an update on a another recently renovated building on Lower Woodward, International Bancard is moving into and has bought the naming rights.


International Bancard Moving To Downtown Detroit, Gets Naming Rights To Building
Jun 14, 2016
By Daily Detroit Staff
Daily Detroit


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In what seems like a regular thing now, another business has picked up and moved into the city of Detroit.

This time, International Bancard, a 15 year old credit card processing company, is moving from Clawson to a historic building on Woodward Avenue, with the move to be complete in October of this year.

Detroit-based ROSSETTI is the architect on the project and Detroit-based Sachse Construction is the general contractor. They will be taking the top two floors as well as acquiring the naming rights to the building.

They’re moving into 1505 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, and will be in the same building as the new high-speed internet service, Rocket Fiber.


http://www.dailydetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/streetview-ibc.jpg


http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/06/14/international-bancard-downtown-detroit/

The 2nd to last pic shows just how rapid the pace of development has become there are like half a dozen vacant buildings in this recent pic (2014?) that work has begun on or has already finished including the building in focus.

subterranean
Jun 14, 2016, 6:49 PM
The Valpey is stunning.

99spartan
Jun 16, 2016, 8:26 PM
Aren't the Hudson Site plans supposed the be revealed later this month?

animatedmartian
Jun 16, 2016, 11:52 PM
Aren't the Hudson Site plans supposed the be revealed later this month?

I thought they were supposed to be released back in April. Gilbert officially has until December 31 of this year to actually submit the plans to the DDA so really he could drop them out of the blue anytime between now and then. :shrug:

99spartan
Jun 17, 2016, 1:02 AM
I thought they were supposed to be released back in April. Gilbert officially has until December 31 of this year to actually submit the plans to the DDA so really he could drop them out of the blue anytime between now and then. :shrug:

I can't wait to see the final plans...I'm hoping for something tall but idk if that'll happen :shrug:

animatedmartian
Jun 17, 2016, 2:46 AM
I can't wait to see the final plans...I'm hoping for something tall but idk if that'll happen :shrug:

It's rumored to be taller than the Ren Cen. Either way, I'm sure Gilbert never had any plans for something short in such a prominent location.

Docta_Love
Jun 17, 2016, 4:26 AM
I'm honestly a lil bit more encouraged that we may end up being surprised with a taller than expected building because of how long it's taking to put out the renderings. Who knows tho, it could be the exact opposite we'll just have to wait n see. The last thing i had heard was that we were to expect renderings in late June but i also remember hearing that the finalization would be expected in the 4th quarter of this year so if the design is still pretty fluid than they may put it off till the last min.

I'm only expecting something of the 30-40 story range at best but i've heard the taller than ren cen rumor too and i don't think that would have been put out there if they didn't think there was a somewhat realistic chance that it could be accomplished (rumor came thru official channels if i recall correctly). Although i don't want tall for the sake of tall the ren cen hurt the CBD market and led to further decline not to mention the effect on the skyline...

But regardless i would be extactic to hear a 70+ story building was in the cards.

99spartan
Jun 17, 2016, 3:03 PM
That would be awesome if it actually is taller than the Ren Cen. I think it would be cool if they made the base of the tower something like the Water Tower Place mall in Chicago. The site of Hudson's would be a great place for lots of stores considering one of the biggest stores in the world once stood there.

The North One
Jun 18, 2016, 9:02 PM
This article offers more photos and detailed information about the Brush Park development: http://archpaper.com/2016/06/brush-park-detroit-loha/#gallery-0-slide-6

animatedmartian
Jun 19, 2016, 5:41 PM
Progress on the DMC Children's hospital tower.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160619/NEWS/160619797/dmcs-promised-350m-capital-project-goal-nearly-met-issues-remain

99spartan
Jun 21, 2016, 2:25 AM
Are the Hudson's site plans supposed to be released this week?

Docta_Love
Jun 21, 2016, 10:35 PM
Are the Hudson's site plans supposed to be released this week?

That's a big MAYBE or that was the plan back in April, lol. We'll see though the design seems to have been somewhat fluid when he made that announcement, it may be that Gilbert wants to make it taller and he's still working out how tall he can make it and have the project work financially. Or another possibility is the design was changed after the garage was bought back in December and the ability to go taller came up and design issues came up with blending the "podium" and tower portions. This is just my speculation though i'm no expert just making guesses based on the info that's been released so far, he has until the end of the year to figure it all out so it may be that we will get another preview rendering and then a true one the the 4th quarter of this year.

animatedmartian
Jun 22, 2016, 10:50 AM
Little Ceasers has the dumped the original retro design instead opting for a more modern design for the HQ building.

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New Little Caesars headquarters' unique glass design unveiled; construction to start this summer
By BILL SHEA and KIRK PINHO, Crain's Detroit Business. June 22, 2016.

The planned Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. headquarters along Woodward Avenue is expected to feature a unique formed-glass exterior that should make it a signature building in Detroit's downtown core.

The facade of the 234,000-square-foot Little Caesars Global Resource Center will be made out of glass shaped in 14-foot-tall triangles that look like pizza slices, an homage to the third-largest pizza chain in the country that helped produce the Ilitch family fortune.

Planned for the corner of Woodward and Columbia Street, construction on the nine-story building, which would be the first major new corporate headquarters built in Detroit since the Compuware Building (now One Campus Martius) was built for Compuware Corp. in 2002, is expected to begin this summer pending city permit approvals, Steve Marquardt, vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan, the Ilitch family's real estate company developing the project, said Tuesday during a media briefing.

One Kennedy Square, which is the newest addition to Detroit's skyline, was built in 2006. It was developed by Southfield-based Redico LLC.

Construction costs were not disclosed, but David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars, said it's expected to cost more than the general rate of about $300 per square foot of downtown Class A office space, which would put the new building's price tag over $70 million.

It's expected to be 100 percent privately funded with no use of tax abatements.

Speaking Tuesday, Scrivano called the building "sleek, fresh and modern." It is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2018.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160622/NEWS/160629918/new-little-caesars-headquarters-unique-glass-design-unveiled

The North One
Jun 22, 2016, 2:00 PM
Even though I despise Little Caesars Pizza and Mike Ilitch I'm happy to see a Michigan/Detroit company grow at such a rapid pace and have a large headquarters downtown. The design change looks surprisingly good. This is much needed infill on Woodward connecting the Fox with Grand Circus park.

Steely Dan
Jun 22, 2016, 2:10 PM
does anyone have the old design of the little ceasars HQ handy so that we compare it against the new design?

99spartan
Jun 22, 2016, 3:07 PM
I definitely like the new design way more than the old.
http://media2.wxyz.com/photo/2014/12/10/littlecaesars_1418233573627_10801422_ver1.0_640_480.jpg

2014 conceptual rendering of Little Caesars World Headquarters Campus in The District Detroit (PRNewsFoto/Little Caesars)
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2014 conceptual rendering of the Columbia Street neighborhood in The District Detroit (PRNewsFoto/Little Caesars)

DecoJim
Jun 22, 2016, 6:18 PM
I generally dislike attempts to recreate older styles unless they are done
using the same materials and same attention to detail.

I therefore, like the new design much better; I suppose the triangular glass shapes are there to remind one of pizza slices.

rlw777
Jun 22, 2016, 7:00 PM
Wow who is the architect on the new design? They knocked it out of the park. All those old Detroit buildings have such great detail and texture and it would have been easy for an architect to do something modern that ignores that. This design however does a great job of doing texture and detail in a modern way. This is a fantastic project for Detroit I'm glad they reworked the design.

animatedmartian
Jun 22, 2016, 8:13 PM
Wow who is the architect on the new design? They knocked it out of the park. All those old Detroit buildings have such great detail and texture and it would have been easy for an architect to do something modern that ignores that. This design however does a great job of doing texture and detail in a modern way. This is a fantastic project for Detroit I'm glad they reworked the design.

The architect of record is SmithGroup JJR which is a Detroit based firm. Their projects are very good if only understated, and they've already done a number of projects around town and nationally as well. IMO, their designs seem to follow common sense principles and seem to fit in wherever they're built.

Here's a few notable local projects they've done:

http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/bae-systems-sterling-heights-facility#.V2rshbgrLcs
http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/mgm-grand-detroit-hotel-casino-complex#.V2rsQrgrLcs
http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/city-of-detroit-public-safety-headquarters#.V2rq4rgrLcs
http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/john-d-dingell-transit-center#1
http://www.smithgroupjjr.com/projects/human-health-building#1

mousquet
Jun 23, 2016, 11:31 AM
Even though I despise Little Caesars Pizza and Mike Ilitch ...
:shrug::haha: Why is that? Switch your mindset to positive mood! It's still a good thing to own regional champions, whether in pizza or in any other business, isn't it?

Anyway, only the architectural object matters here, and this is a proper choice. These glass boxes work very well combined with older buildings and textures, as is the case here. Especially when the basic structure is made of steel. I believe it allows some fancy quality glass façades more easily than concrete whose properties are quite different from those of steel.

animatedmartian
Jun 28, 2016, 5:51 PM
Some dirt getting moved around today.

Detroit PAL begins tearing up Tiger Stadium site grass
Ian Thibodeau, The Detroit News. June 27, 2016.

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Construction crews on Monday began tearing up the outfield and other grass at the old Tiger Stadium site to make way for a Detroit Police Athletic League youth sports stadium.

Russ Russell, Detroit PAL chief advancement officer, said the grass on the lot at the corner of Michigan and Cochrane will all be torn up by the end of the week. Crews on bulldozers and an excavator had a large strip of the field torn out Monday afternoon after a few hours of work.

The Willie Horton Field of Dreams will be an artificial turf field when the site reopens. Grass would have gotten torn up too easily and been too hard to maintain with the number of events PAL hopes to schedule at the stadium, officials have said.

PAL aims to open the $20 million, 2,500-seat stadium by next June, Russell said Monday. He stopped by the site to check on the excavation.

Detroit PAL broke ground at the site in April. Though bulldozers were supposed to be on the site in early June, Russell said pushing back the excavation slightly won’t hurt their schedule.

By July, he expects to have about 150 construction workers on the site laying the foundation for the field and stadium. “You’ll see some pretty dramatic changes,” he said.

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The project coincides with a $33 million mixed-use development on the same block at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, which hasn’t been started.

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http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/06/27/detroit-pal-tiger-stadium-grass/86441324/


Renderings released for DTE Energy's restaurant, park project in Downtown Detroit
By Greg Wickliffe. Mlive Detroit. June 28, 2016.

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DTE Energy held a groundbreaking ceremony on a park and restaurant project near its downtown headquarters Tuesday.

The utility's CEO Gerry Anderson said he's long dreamt of developing a portion of land along Grand River Avenue that he looked down upon for years from DTE's adjacent tower.

"For many years, what I looked down on was a small industrial operation, with a sea of gravel parking lots beyond it," Anderson said. "And yet, for many years, I looked at that little parcel and the sea lots around it and always felt that it held great promise."

He said it was Detroit's nearby theaters, sports stadiums and casinos that made him feel the land had potential.

DTE Energy eventually purchased those parcels, and plans for a new Red Wings arena and surrounding entertainment district being developed by the Ilitch family -- founders of Little Caesars Pizza -- convinced Anderson to pull the trigger.

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A tree and garden area, a field for activities and a restaurant with an outdoor patio and rooftop seating are planned for the 1.5-acre park, which will sit between Grand River Avenue, 1st Street and Plaza Drive.

The development is scheduled to be completed in 2017, and DTE plans to gather feedback from the community to name the park.

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/06/renderings_released_for_dte_en.html

The North One
Jun 28, 2016, 7:28 PM
The new renders of the park look absolutely gorgeous, hopefully it spurs some midsize development.

Wasn't district Detroit supposed to redevelop that entire area as part of the deal?

bobjgumby
Jun 28, 2016, 8:19 PM
The new renders of the park look absolutely gorgeous, hopefully it spurs some midsize development.

Wasn't district Detroit supposed to redevelop that entire area as part of the deal?

I too love the look of the park. I think the District Detroit stuff put out there is just what it could potentially look like. Ilitch always over promises and underperforms when it comes to development.

animatedmartian
Jun 28, 2016, 8:40 PM
The new renders of the park look absolutely gorgeous, hopefully it spurs some midsize development.

Wasn't district Detroit supposed to redevelop that entire area as part of the deal?

Just the part north of Grand River (and mostly north of Adams). I don't recall Ilitch & Co ever making moves/have anything planned south of Grand River.

Docta_Love
Jun 29, 2016, 1:02 AM
Originally Posted by The North One View Post
The new renders of the park look absolutely gorgeous, hopefully it spurs some midsize development.

Wasn't district Detroit supposed to redevelop that entire area as part of the deal?

Originally Posted by animatedmartian
Just the part north of Grand River (and mostly north of Adams). I don't recall Ilitch & Co ever making moves/have anything planned south of Grand River.


If i remember correctly Illitch & Co. are teaming up with DTE to redevelop the area i guess u could say that the project more coincides with The District Detroit or was an after thought with DTE wanting to have a vibrant neighborhood campus.

Docta_Love
Jun 29, 2016, 8:30 PM
It's starting to look like all the work to de-motorize the motor city a bit is beginning to bear fruit.

Metro Detroit Ranks Third In Nation For Walkability Development, Says Study

By Ardelia Lee
Jun 20, 2016
Daily Detroit

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Detroit’s urban landscape is changing, and it’s becoming more walkable as a result. Foot Traffic Ahead, a study published by the George Washington University School of Business, ranked metro Detroit third out of 30 of the largest U.S. cities for walkability development momentum.

The study notes that the potential walkable development in the Detroit region is promising.

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“[Detroit] has also experienced some of the fastest GDP and job growth of all 30 metros. Much of this growth has occurred in revived WalkUPs like downtown and Midtown Detroit, as well as in urbanizing suburbs like Ann Arbor, Birmingham, and Royal Oak.”
The area’s choice to encourage a more walkable environment is beneficial in more ways than one. The study found that cities with the highest levels of walkable urban development also rank highest on measures of social equality. They’re also more likely to have higher GDPs and more educated residents.

Metro Detroit could do better to improve its education statistics. Right now, only 30 percent of people 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree. That statistic puts the region in 20th place, tied with several other cities like Houston, Sacramento, and Orlando.

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While the area ranks highly in terms of walkability development – meaning where the region is headed – it doesn’t do so well when it comes to current walkable urbanism. Metro Detroit ranks 21st overall for walkable urbanism, but its development momentum will likely help it move up the list in the future. The region is grouped with others like Cleveland, Kansas City, and Baltimore, all of which are in the lower-middle walkable urban section.

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http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/06/20/detroit-ranks-third-nation-walkability-development/


Here's an article on the aforementioned Inner Circle Greenway Route which was touted recently at the Mackinaw Policy confernace by Mayor Duggan and seems to be gaining momentum.

http://wdet.org/posts/2016/06/20/83325-motorless-in-the-motor-city-the-inner-circle-greenway-route/


I've been looking for info on plans for the area and so far i've come across a statement by Olympia that the United Artists Building will be renovated with 75 units in total planned, the theater space is still up in the air as to what will be done there. However here are some thoughts about the area where its been and where its hopefully going to be headed in the next 5 years. "The DTE park could be a development catalyst for an area that Robert Gregory, senior vice president of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, called a "sea of gray parking lots."

The park would sit in the shadow of the Olympia Development's new hockey arena for the Red Wings, which is now under construction, and five planned distinct neighborhoods surrounding the $535 million arena. There is also expected to be at least $200 million in ancillary development as part of the arena district project, first announced in July.

"We want to do this in a way where, with the stadium and entertainment district, that there's a connection there," Meador said.

This was from a crain's article from last June i'm still hoping to find something more recent about the collaboration between DTE and Olympia.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150614/NEWS/306149983/dte-to-create-public-park-downtown

animatedmartian
Jun 29, 2016, 8:32 PM
$52.4 million Paradise Valley plan includes hotel, restaurants, office, retail and apartments
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. June 29th, 2016.

Five groups have been named to spend $52.4 million in a series of projects to redevelop and build new buildings on parking lots in the Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District in downtown Detroit.

Included in the plans, conditional property purchase agreements for which were approved Wednesday morning by the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, are a new 1920s-style boutique hotel and residential and retail space in the small downtown enclave where the DDA has been buying buildings and making infrastructure improvements totaling more than $14 million since 2004.

The DDA approved four of the five agreements under consideration; the fifth was postponed for seven days because one of the board members, Jim Jenkins through his co-ownership of Queen Lillian Development LLC, has a "personal and pecuniary" interest in one of the developments.

"A decade ago, this area was 20 percent occupied and becoming run-down," Mayor Mike Duggan said at a Wednesday morning event in the neighborhood's Beatrice Buck Park following the DDA meeting. "It's going to be a great thing for the community.

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-Hasting's Place: 60 loft apartments (17 percent of which would qualify as affordable housing); 12,620 square feet of first-floor retail space; 17,800 square feet of Class A office space; and a new five-floor parking deck with 150 spaces.

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-16,000-square-foot expansion of the Hamilton Anderson Associates office and opening of a Paradise Valley Jazz Club (Randolph Center).

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-Harmonie Point redevelopment is expected to redevelop about 27,000 square feet between two buildings and feature six tenants, including a restaurant.

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-Harmonie Club Hotel, which is expected to be designed in 1920s boutique style and include 25-30 rooms.

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All projects are expected to be completed by 2018.

Also part of the plan is to create a nonprofit Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment Center conservancy, which would be made up of the developers and others who would coordinate things such as educational programming and other events in Beatrice Buck Park, which sits in the heart of Paradise Valley.

Duggan said that's "so you don't have five businesses running five different strategic plans in the same area."

"The five will be working together through the conservancy so that we get something that honors the Paradise Valley tradition," he said.

Paradise Valley's boundaries generally follow those of Beatrice Buck Park: Centre and Randolph streets and Grand River Avenue.

In the fall, the DDA issued a request for proposals to redevelop seven properties: five buildings and two surface parking lots.

In addition to its thriving jazz scene, the historic 66-square-block former Paradise Valley neighborhood — which was roughly bounded by Adams, Brush, Alexandrine and Hastings streets — was known as a mecca of African-American business ownership and had businesses ranging from drugstores to beauty salons, bowling alleys to theaters, nightclubs and miniature golf courses.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160629/NEWS/160629705/-52-4-million-paradise-valley-plan-includes-hotel-restaurants-office?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Docta_Love
Jun 29, 2016, 9:04 PM
Very happy to see this kind of infill development/redevelopment taking place, Harmonie Park always had a certain charm to it a being small leafy park in the middle of downtown surrounded with low-midrise buildings. The relaunch of the neighborhood as Paradise Valley over a decade ago by then mayor Kilpatrick was a failure despite the millions spent to upgrade the infrastructure, its great to see the neighborhood in a position to succeed and the history and legacy of Paradise Valley renewed.

The North One
Jun 29, 2016, 11:42 PM
Yeah, it's strange to me why they would call it paradise valley since that's not the area paradise valley used to exist, unfortunately it's nothing but an interchange and part of Lafayette park these days.

Incredible proposals! in as little as a year or two downtown is going to look completely different in addition to the immense progress that was already made, increasing walkability is the way to go!

Docta_Love
Jun 30, 2016, 2:10 AM
Yeah, it's strange to me why they would call it paradise valley since that's not the area paradise valley used to exist, unfortunately it's nothing but an interchange and part of Lafayette park these days.

The whole thing was embarrassing at best, although not nearly as african town. Since they decided to give the neighborhood a name with such historical significance i'm glad there's a plan to do it right this time.

EuphoricOctopus
Jul 1, 2016, 11:25 AM
Now they just need to rename Midtown to Poletown and then I think we'd be good.

animatedmartian
Jul 3, 2016, 4:27 PM
Brewster plan splits; parking an issue
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. July 3rd, 2016.

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Parking economics and planning have split off the initial residential portion of the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center site redevelopment, moving one developer's plans for apartments to a nearby location and delaying the construction timelines of two unrelated projects.

The developers couldn't find an economically viable way to accommodate a parking deck, or expand surface parking, to meet the needs of the 6.2-acre redevelopment with about 200 new apartments, a new restaurant and meeting space, among other uses.

So this week, a Detroit City Council standing committee is expected to consider the sale of about 4 acres of nearby Brush Park land a couple of blocks southwest of the Brewster Wheeler site off I-75 south of Wilkins Street to developer John Rhea for his planned Brush Park South multifamily project. The residential project is expected to cost about $50 million and add about 200 apartments in the area of Brush and Winder streets.

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If the land sale is approved by Planning and Economic Development this week, it goes to the full council for its consideration July 12.

Construction on the restaurant and event space, meanwhile, was expected to begin last year, with the building opening this year. A groundbreaking ceremony was expected this year for the multifamily project, with construction wrapping up in 2017.

Rhea declined to provide an updated timeline for his project, although he did say that he anticipates applying for the October round of tax-credit financing and other incentives.

Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates is the architect on Brush Park South and was the architect for the project previously planned for the Brewster Wheeler site. Detroit-based Jenkins Construction Inc. is the general contractor.

In addition to the restaurant, the Brewster Wheeler redevelopment plans include a kitchen incubator, culinary arts studio, catering space, community and meeting space, and outdoor event space.

The restaurant is expected to be built on the center's 1950s basketball court, and a boxing ring and gym also will be incorporated into the design.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160703/NEWS/160709957/brewster-plan-splits-parking-an-issue

It seems like the new parcel that the apartments are being moved to is the corner with 291 Winder St.

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And while I was at it, I highlighted all the parcels nearby that currently have new construction going up or planned construction in the coming year (or soonish).

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animatedmartian
Jul 3, 2016, 8:14 PM
Surprisingly, even as the pace of new projects increases in Detroit, developers are still seeing delays because of how depressed property values are.

Bankers loosen up, but financing still hinders Detroit deals
John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. July 2, 2016.

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So many new projects are sprouting in greater downtown Detroit one might think the challenges developers face in bringing new deals to the market have been resolved.

Unfortunately that's not the case. And the biggest challenge of all — the so-called "gap" financing problem — has persisted. That's the gap between what a project costs and what bankers are willing to lend for developers to build it in greater downtown Detroit.

But the good news is that gap has been shrinking as the city's revitalization picks up speed. Moddie Turay, executive vice president for real estate at the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., the development arm of the city, said the typical gap has shrunk from about 50% of total project costs just a few years ago to 23% more recently.

And as the Detroit market, especially for rental apartments, continues to improve, Turay said he can foresee a day when the city won't have to pump tax breaks and other help into redevelopment projects.

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Even so, the gap that remains can be daunting and cause projects to be delayed

Because of the need for creative financing, projects like the Orleans Landing mixed-use project under construction on the east riverfront and The Corner mixed-use project at Michigan and Trumbull that will remake part of the old Tiger Stadium take much longer to put together than developers hoped.

Just last week, the city's Economic Development Corp., a quasi-public body that nurtures development deals, agreed to give developer Eric Larson more time to arranging financing for The Corner because the federal government has delayed announcing which projects will qualify for so-called New Market Tax Credits, a financial incentive that Larson hopes to use as part of his deal.

The feds were expected to announce the allocations around mid-year, but now it appears they won't announce them until November or December. As a result, Larson's project, through no fault of his, faces about a six-month delay to groundbreaking.

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The resulting delays drive developers and city officials crazy. It helps explain why some Detroit redevelopment projects seem to take forever before finally getting to groundbreaking.

But bankers lend money to projects based on appraisals of what projects are worth, and appraisals tend to lag actual progress in a market. So even if that financing gap is shrinking as real estate values rise, the gap remains to some degree.

“I’m unaware of any deal, other than something like Dan Gilbert might do here in Detroit, that has been done in the last couple of years that doesn’t have multiple layers of financing in the capital structure to make it work," John Carter, president of JPMorgan Chase's Michigan operations, said last week. "Our view is that type of situation will remain for awhile until more of Detroit is redeveloped and some of the things like rent rates change.”

Still, everyone involved in redeveloping Detroit remains optimistic. The market is improving so fast that traditional bankers and investors should be lending money more easily in the immediate years to come.



http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/columnists/2016/07/02/detroit-development-downtown-eric-larson/86599830/

animatedmartian
Jul 6, 2016, 10:45 PM
Had some time to drive past some projects today:

Book Tower. Nothing looks majorly different as of yet except for a section of it looking cleaner.
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28 W. Grand River Ave, aka Dan Gilbert's new micro apartments.
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The Griswold
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Capitol Park Lofts (http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/02/13/capitol-park-building-money-state/23386771/) is the building on the corner in the foreground.
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The Scott at Brush Park
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The James Scott Mansion
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Part of the Little Ceasers Arena.
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Water's Edge at Harbortown. Looked like it was near full occupancy already which wouldn't be surprising.
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cityguy
Jul 6, 2016, 11:54 PM
Great updates.looking forward to my trip to Detroit next month.

Docta_Love
Jul 11, 2016, 8:55 PM
Thanks for the update animatedmartian, i'll be downtown this evening ill see if i have time to check out the progress at Orleans Landing. But there has been a lot of news regarding development in the neighborhoods recently, here's some of them. I have a few more articles i'll get around to post later the big news is that Wayne County has hired a consultant to look into moving forward with the fail jail, there's a couple ideas that come to mind on that topic but i feel like it needs to be left for later when i have the proper time for it.


RFPs for northwest Detroit neighborhood include 100 houses, 257 vacant lots
Lots targeted for 'ecological, agricultural, energy, crop' uses

By KIRK PINHO
July 05, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business

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The city of Detroit is targeting a quarter-square-mile of northwest Detroit for large-scale improvements with the release Tuesday of a pair of requests for proposals for 100 vacant houses and 257 vacant lots between Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy.

The city announced that the Housing and Revitalization Department, the Planning and Development Department and the Detroit Land Bank Authority are accepting proposals for the properties, which include 100 Fitzgerald neighborhood houses, the scope of the first RFP.

Some are expected to be rehabilitated. The houses that are beyond repair could be demolished.

The other RFP is for the 257 vacant lots to turn them "into produce landscapes that can include innovative ecological, agricultural, energy, crop and other uses within a neighborhood context," a news release says.

"We are excited about the prospects of using landscape design and preservation of existing homes to support neighborhood redevelopment and eliminate blight," Maurice Cox, director of the city's Planning and Development Department, said in a release. "This has the power to transform and contribute to the neighborhood revitalization of Fitzgerald.

"We expect that Fitzgerald will lead the way in improving quality of life in some of our other neighborhoods."

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The overall Fitzgerald neighborhood is generally bounded by West McNichols Road, Livernois Avenue, Fenkell Avenue and Wyoming Road.


http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160705/NEWS/160709932/rfps-for-northwest-detroit-neighborhood-include-100-houses-257


Mexicantown to benefit from reactivation of Main Street program
New marketing materials, activities planned to boost Southwest Detroit district

By MARTI BENEDETTI
July 08, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business

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Visitors to Detroit's Mexicantown will be able to navigate its main street businesses and restaurants more easily with a printed and digital marketing brochure available starting in September.

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The boundaries for the Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Commercial District are West Vernor Highway, from Clark Street to 18th Street, and Bagley Avenue from 24th Street to 16th Street.

"Mexicantown is the authentic heart of the Mexican culture in Southeast Michigan," SDBA President Kathy Wendler said.

She said the program is designed to give local businesses a boost and welcome new businesses to the area.

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Activities will include food and music festivals along the main thoroughfares and in the parks. The SDBA will engage local business and residents to learn what kind of festivities they prefer. The community will also be called upon to help determine the revitalization of the viaduct on West Vernor Highway between Mexicantown and Corktown. One of the plans is to create a welcome sign to Mexicantown in one direction and a welcome to Corktown sign the other way, SDBA Director of Business District Development Myrna Segura-Beltchenko said.

The MCDC was active 2002-08 under the Detroit Mayor'sOffice of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization Program. It closed its doors when its construction manager took another position. The MCDC was reorganized through corporate contributions and has been back in operation since 2010.

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"LISC is pleased to provide startup funding for the reactivation of the Main Street Program in Southwest Detroit," Detroit LISC Executive Director Tahirih Ziegler said in a news release. 'The promotion of the unique Mexicantown brand is critical to strengthening the commercial corridors along West Vernor and Bagley Avenues, which are important contributors to Detroit's regional economy."


http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160708/NEWS/160709849/mexicantown-to-benefit-from-reactivation-of-main-street-program


New direction for East Jefferson
Years of effort pay off as small businesses grow in Detroit corridor

By MARTI BENEDETTI
July 10, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business

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A force she can't quite explain is responsible for Keasha Rigsby locating her upscale bridal salon in an 1889 mansion in Detroit's East Jefferson Avenue corridor.

"It was meant to be. Every time I drove by this mansion, something was pulling me there," said the co-owner of Beautiful Bridal with Keasha.

She and co-owner Vallery Hyduk moved to Detroit from New York earlier this year after starring in the TLC reality show "Say Yes to the Dress" and hosting "Keasha's Perfect Dress" on TV One last summer. Earlier this year, the partners were the recipients of a $50,000 Motor City Match grant.

Beautiful Bridal, along with a new Caribbean restaurant, a Christian yoga center, women's clothing boutiques, a casual branded clothing store, a used record store, and a coffee shop and bakery, are a few of the more recent businesses that have planted roots along the eight miles between downtown Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park.

Josh Elling, executive director of Jefferson East Inc., which promotes neighborhood redevelopment, said more than 20 years of efforts to revitalize the East Jefferson Avenue corridor on the city's east side have been paying dividends in recent months. "Over the last two years, the amount of interest we've seen in Jefferson Avenue has been astounding," he said.

Since 2009, $1 billion has been invested in the five neighborhoods from Alter Road to downtown along East Jefferson, Elling said, adding that $540 million of that went to improvements to the giant FCA US plant. Within the last year, seven new businesses have opened in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in the corridor. Since 2007, JEI's budget has climbed from $140,000 to more than $1 million.

"This is one of those areas that continues to grow, but is growing quietly," Elling said, adding that the city and mayor's office have been "very supportive of development deep within the city's neighborhoods."

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JEI has its offices in an old bank building in Jefferson-Chalmers. Elling said Lester Gouvia will open a high-end Caribbean restaurant called Norma G's Caribbean Cuisine in the JEI building. The area's first sit-down restaurant in decades also will serve as a home base for Gouvia's popular food truck. Named after his mother, Norma G's will offer entrees that hail from Gouvia's Trinidad birthplace.

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Construction is expected to begin in the fall, Gouvia said.

The 14,000-square-foot 14700 Jefferson building, on the first block of Jefferson-Chalmers that borders Grosse Pointe Park, was purchased in May 2015 and is being rehabbed by restaurant owner Jessica Caizza, who owns real estate development company Jeff14700 LLC. She said the building and improvements will total more than $1 million.


The second floor of the building was gutted and will become a shared workspace, and retail on the street level will continue to include institutions such as Marshall's Bar and Moe's Bait Shop, she said. "I feel the resurgence of (downtown) Detroit, but I see the need to work on improving the bookends. I bought the building because I want to give more walkable retail to the people who live there. My building is (part) of bridging the two communities (Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park)."

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Elling said the resurgence of downtown, combined with business-supporting organizations such as TechTown Detroit and Motor City Match, has had a positive impact on East Jefferson.

"Where you have a walkable area, people are gravitating there," he said, adding that would include The Villages, parts of Rivertown near downtown and Jefferson-Chalmers. Those neighborhoods are three of the five on or near East Jefferson. The others are the Marina District and Lafayette Park.

Elling said the refurbishing of a handful of large, old, empty buildings on East Jefferson is in the offing for the near future. One of those is the $1 million redevelopment of the 12,000-square-foot, three-story St. Columba Parish building and the 7,000-square-foot church behind it on East Jefferson near Manistique Street. Fox Creek Partners LLC, a local investment group, purchased the buildings from the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. The group stabilized the building and is beginning work on the upper floors and carving out storefronts for lease on the street level, said Kyle Hacias, co-managing member of Fox Creek Partners.

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Elling said it is too soon to disclose plans for the historic, long-vacant Vanity Ballroom building on East Jefferson at Lakewood Street or the empty, dilapidated block to the west of it, which is being held by the owner who is dealing with a longtime city nuisance-abatement suit.

Across the street from there, the historic building next to the Perry Liquor store will be renovated into the Lakewood Century Apartments.

The $7 million project will include 35 apartment units with retail on the street level, said Dorayd (Ray) Bacall, owner of Detroit-based Bacall Companies Inc., which is developing the apartments.

Meanwhile, two apartment buildings on Marlborough Street off Jefferson will be rehabbed into 19 units. "We are still finalizing financing on those," Elling said. "We want to make sure this is an inclusive neighborhood by providing (a percentage of affordable housing) so long-term residents can stay."

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Since 2014, crime along the Jefferson corridor declined more than 31 percent. In 2015, there was a 38 percent drop in auto theft and a 22 percent reduction in robberies, according to JEI's "Safe Jefferson" program.

Of note is that the Jefferson-Chalmers street-scape improvements, which include a half-mile protected bike lane and a landscaped center island, will be extended all the way to East Grand Boulevard. The work for the extension will begin early next year and the city likely will tie in repaving and additional landscaped islands along Jefferson Avenue. "The mayor (Mike Duggan) likes islands," Elling said.

"People need a third place to go after home and work," he said, adding that Jefferson East keeps that in mind as it plans for new business. "We're also working on transit linkages that tie East Jefferson to downtown."

If given the go-ahead by voters, the Regional Transit Authority will step in to provide enhanced bus service; the city has already put efforts toward improved bus transit along the route.

The corridor has several retail strip centers, which were built about 15 years ago to revitalize the neighborhood. Before and during the Great Recession, the shopping centers struggled, resulting in high vacancy rates. In the past couple of years, new businesses have been slowly moving in. But, Elling said, the days of building suburban-style strip centers in the city are likely over. Duggan has emphasized a new vision that developers are embracing: for the city to offer the type of development the suburbs don't have.

Regina Ann Campbell, TechTown's managing director of place-based entrepreneurship, said that four years ago TechTown started the small-business support program SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). East Jefferson Avenue was one of four neighborhoods chosen. The other three are Brightmoor, Osborn and Grandmont-Rosedale.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160710/NEWS/160719985/new-direction-for-east-jefferson


Work continues on the restoration of the Detroit Yacht Club
By MJ GALBRAITH
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016
Model D Media

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The Detroit Yacht Club Foundation (DYCF) is kicking off another year of major repairs to its clubhouse with its spring fundraiser, "Restoring the Grandeur: City Lights Gala." The nonprofit dedicated to the restoration of the country's largest yacht club clubhouse expects another full-capacity crowd for the event, which is open to the public and takes place May 20 at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.

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He calls the current phase of repairs "sealing the envelope" -- big tasks that must be completed before focus can shift to the building's interior. This summer, as in summers past, the foundation will be repairing the roof, stucco, masonry, and windows, protecting the treasures inside from the weather outside. Lifter says that the remaining roof leaks will be finished this summer. "If you don't fix things, they're going to get worse," he says.

It's a big building with a lot of history, making it a sizable undertaking for a relatively small non-profit. Opening in 1923, it was the fourth clubhouse for the Detroit Yacht Club, which was established in 1868. It was designed in a classic Mediterranean style by George Mason, the architect famous for a stable of postcard-worthy buildings that include Detroit's Masonic Temple and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/DetroitYachtClubPreservationWork.aspx

subterranean
Jul 11, 2016, 9:03 PM
Awesome to see so many of these projects I was involved in back in MI starting to gain momentum.

Philly-Drew
Jul 13, 2016, 2:23 AM
Nice proposals. Detroit is looking up! :)

The North One
Jul 13, 2016, 5:11 PM
Is there any buzz on the Belle Isle Yacht Club? It's abandoned right now and it's pretty jarring considering it's the first thing you see when you cross the bridge.

animatedmartian
Jul 14, 2016, 10:38 PM
The rumor mill is churning today.

Is a Target store coming to Midtown Detroit?
JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press. July 14, 2016

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A Target store could potentially anchor a planned retail, commercial and residential project at Woodward and Mack in Midtown Detroit, near the popular Whole Foods, according to development sources.

The entire development would fit on a 9-acre site that has a long-shuttered muffler shop and American Red Cross buildings.

It would feature a newly constructed 25,000-square-foot anchor store at the corner, plus an additional 25,000-square-feet of retail space and restaurants. That extra retail and restaurant space would mostly line Woodward, but would involve a small 5,000-square-foot retail building on Mack where there is now a parking lot, according to the project's preliminary site plans.

The development also could have a new 560-space parking deck and potential space for a new hotel, offices and student housing.

Details of the still-unnamed project were revealed Thursday during an International Conference of Shopping Centers event in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Multiple development sources at the conference identified national retailer Target as the project's possible anchor tenant. Target has been opening small-store concept stores in certain urban markets, most recently in Chicago.

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http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2016/07/14/target-store-could-anchor-midtown-detroit-development/87079238/

The article goes on to say that the only thing confirmed is that there will probably be a new development at Mack and Woodward. Whether Target or some other significant retailer(s) are involved remains to be seen.