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The North One
Dec 10, 2016, 8:06 PM
Ummm..Detroit and Portland are around the same size

Not at all when you consider Metro, Detroit is nearly double the size.

Dec 12, 2016, 4:33 PM
It's definitely multifaceted, but still surprising, that Detroit hasn't received more attention. Relatively speaking, places like Seattle are seeing unprecedented construction of shiny new buildings. It's like the symbol of economic vitality to so many. I also think maybe the "rebirth" angle has been played out too many times by the media with little to show for it in terms of results until now. Maybe people are bored with the story. But there has been nothing short of a herculean effort to rehab the existing building stock in Detroit and it's very impressive.

Everyone here knows this, but when this wave of rehabs is over, when the smaller infill projects are done, and when places like Brush Park (City Modern?) and Orleans Landing are done, downtown Detroit is going to feel so alive with energy. Then there will be all the development that will likely occur within walking distance of Woodward when the streetcar is done. It will take some time for people's perceptions of Detroit to change. Positive stories, conference visits, people returning to visit family, etc.

Perhaps THE thing I love about Detroit is the history in its building stock. From towers to grand institutions, not many midsize cities outside of the Northeast can really compete. Throw in some new buildings like Gilbert is proposing and the combination is drool-inducing. I've been in Portland for about a year and a half and this is the thing I miss the most. There is a lot to like in Portland, but there are no grand buildings. There are no historic and stately homes like Detroit (no equivalency to Boston Edison or the Villages - at least not at that scale). There are no grand institutions or monuments like the DIA or the Detroit Public Library or the Opera House or Scott Fountain. There is none of that here. And sure, maybe those things aren't the measure of a great city. But at the end of the day, those things are awe-inspiring additives to already great cities.

Dec 16, 2016, 4:00 AM
640 Temple St. Slated for $20 Million plus redevelopment (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20161215/NEWS/161219882/county-owned-building-on-temple-slated-for-20-million-plus) - Crains

The building, which was built in the 1920s, is expected to undergo a 24- to 30-month redevelopment after the Wayne County Commission considers approving the agreements in the next three months, according to sources familiar with the plan.

Among the plans: more than 100 apartments ranging from 850 to 2,000 square feet, plus about 10,000 square feet of retail space in new construction to the west of the 190,000-square-foot building, sources said.


Dec 16, 2016, 8:12 PM
GM Subsidiary Confirms Redevelopment Plan East of RenCen With Gilbert (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20161216/NEWS/161219876/gm-subsidiary-confirms-redevelopment-plan-east-of-rencen-with-gilbert) - Crain's

A subsidiary of General Motors Co. has confirmed that it is working with Dan Gilbert's team on a large-scale mixed-use development east of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

Riverfront Holdings Inc., which owns the RenCen, said in a statement to Crain's on Friday afternoon that it is in negotiations with Gilbert's Detroit-based Rock Ventures LLC to develop about 10 acres of vacant land that's currently being used as surface parking.

Additional details about the planned project — including size, precise location as well as timeframe — were not released.

Dec 20, 2016, 2:45 AM
Can't wait to see those parking lots go. You can still find renderings floating around the internet the first time GM tried to do this before the recession.



Big news as the finally completes it's relighting project

Detroit becomes largest city in America completely lit with LED streetlights


After three years of work, the gargantuan effort to install 65,000 LED streetlights across the city was completed Thursday when the final stretch of lights to be replaced were turned on near the intersection of Riopelle and Atwater streets, just outside of downtown.

Knocking out the prior, often-out-of-service system that plagued Detroit's streets for a generation was the handiwork of the Public Lighting Authority, which was created in 2013 to design and implement the new lighting network.

The authority, with the backing of Mayor Mike Duggan, saw to the completion of the project one year ahead of its original schedule, also managing to fly in under the allotted budget.


Kresge invests $3 million to bolster revitalization along Jefferson-Chalmers in Detroit


A $3 million program-related investment from the Kresge Foundation in the Enterprise Community Loan Fund will bolster revitalization along the Jefferson-Chalmers corridor in Detroit’s East Jefferson neighborhood.

Enterprise Community Loan Fund, one of the largest U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institutions, plans to raise additional investment capital from socially motivated residents and business owners along the corridor to build on prior revitalization work in the neighborhood.

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow Joshua Budiongan has been working along the corridor since 2015 with Jefferson East Inc. and the Villages Community Development Corp., helping incorporate best practices in urban design, green building and creative community engagement into their community revitalization efforts.

Kresge's investment comes as part of $14 million in total investments made to six nonprofit community development finance institutions and development finance agencies working to create opportunities for low-income people across the U.S., including jobs, small business opportunities and housing.

The investments pair standardized loans, available for up to 10 years, with small operating grants.


Dec 21, 2016, 12:22 AM
Ford plans $60 million revamp of 4 acres in west downtown Dearborn
By KIRK PINHO. December 20, 2016. Crain's Detroit.



A large-scale $60 million redevelopment of three blocks totaling nearly 4 acres in west downtown Dearborn into mixed-use has secured $3 million in the form of a Michigan Strategic Fund performance-based grant.

The MSF board Tuesday approved the grant to the city of Dearborn for a project spearheaded by Ford Land Development Corp., the real estate division of Dearborn-based automaker Ford Motor Co., with half coming from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s Business Development Program and the other half coming from the Community Revitalization Program.

The project is expected to bring to the downtown area a pair of three-story mixed-use buildings and a four-story, 373-space parking deck on what is currently a surface parking lot. It is also expected to include the redevelopment of the Wagner Hotel.

According to Ford Land, the development is 150,000 square feet, with about one-third of that being retail space and the rest office for Ford employees and supplier employees. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and finish by the middle of 2018.


Aside from Wagner Hotel, the block is currently a bunch of nondescript single-floor buildings.


New apartment development in Detroit secures $3.5 million state investment
By KIRK PINHO. December 20, 2016. Crain's Detroit.


A $30.9 million development with a planned 104 apartments has received approval for the state to take a $3.5 million equity stake in the project.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved the investment in The Woodward @ Midtown development on Woodward at Stimson, just a couple of blocks north of the under-construction Little Caesars Arena for the Detroit Red Wings.

The project was previously going to be called The Mondrian.

It is also expected to include nearly 15,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and create 53 full-time equivalent jobs with an average wage of $12.34 per hour, according to a board briefing memo. A three-story parking deck with about 160 spaces is also expected as part of the five-story project.

The project is being developed by Detroit-based Queen Lillian II LLC.

The group consists of Chris Jackson, who is minority owner and a former staffer to Detroit City Council President Gil Hill and former part owner of Greektown Casino-Hotel; and Jim Jenkins, who is majority owner of the company and is president and CEO of Detroit-based Jenkins Construction Inc., which will be the construction manager on The Mondrian.

Jackson said Tuesday that construction is expected to begin in the spring and be complete by the end of 2018. He said rents are currently expected to be about $2.10 per square foot but could ultimately end up being around $2.30 by the time the project opens.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments range from about 630 square feet to about 1,100 square feet, he said, which would put the rents at about $1,323 to $2,310 per month.


This project has gone through a few iterations first off being proposed as a medical office building back in 2012 then became residential in 2014.



Dec 21, 2016, 1:05 AM
some great new projects in detroit

Dec 29, 2016, 6:27 PM
Looks like they have started putting up steel at little ceasar HQ

Dec 29, 2016, 7:33 PM
It really is too bad the RTA prop didn't pass the Dearborn project would've benefited hugely from it.

Anyway, this is a pretty cool project in an off the beaten path neighborhood.

Entrepreneur sees Detroit as his land of opportunity


Philip Kafka, a young New York City investor who began buying vacant industrial buildings and weedy lots in the Motor City five years ago, is starting to overhaul the blight into catalyst developments that help transform their neighborhoods. One of his first projects was Katoi, the Thai-fusion restaurant in a former auto-repair shop in Corktown that garnered national acclaim within its first year.

Emerging now on the border between the Core City and Woodbridge neighborhoods is a village of nine Quonset huts near Grand River and Warren Avenue. The half-cylinder structures made of corrugated steel were designed by Edwin Chan, a Los Angeles architect with world-class credentials.

Quonset huts were originally cheap structures built by the military during World War II. Kafka’s development, known as True North, is his take on sustainable, affordable housing that he hopes becomes an incubator for entrepreneurs and artists in the city.

The 30-year-old says he could not imagine doing what he’s doing in any other American city. One reason is the price of Detroit properties: Public records show Kafka has accumulated more than six acres of land for around $400,000. He’s spent considerably more to transform them.


Jan 3, 2017, 3:47 AM
^I like the idea of these army shelter villages i can see advantages already over other nontraditional housing like shipping container housing as a live work space it may be a better sell for this demographic of housing.

Kresge Foundation awards grant to Historic Fort Wayne

By Shianne Nocerini
Dec 22, 2016
Daily Datroit


Historic Fort Wayne this week was awarded a grant from the Kresge Foundation for $265,000 to help lay plans to revitalize the fort. The grant will be for two years, and has formed a partnership between the City of Detroit, the National Park Foundation (NFP), and the National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Region.

The project aims to help improve the recreational and cultural opportunities in Southwest Detroit.

“For nearly 175 years, Historic Fort Wayne has stood as a cultural and historical landmark, today attracting some 150,000 visitors a year, from neighborhood soccer leagues to Civil War re-enactments,” said George Jacobsen, senior program officer in Kresge’s Detroit Program. “As we think about its place in the fabric of Detroit now and in the future, Historic Fort Wayne holds great promise as an active and connected point for the Southwest Detroit and broader communities to recreate, as a space to celebrate contributions of multiple cultures, and as a potential location to support the development of small and creative-sector businesses.”


This is something i've been hoping to hear for a while its not going to be enough money to renovate the whole area completely the fort is in dire need of repair. But it should hopefully at least enough for the time being to make the most needed repairs and get the fort back in a state where it can safely host large number of visitors again.. Although i can say the 150,000 per year that come now was more than i expected its actually pretty exciting to think how many will come when the fort is back in presentable shape its a testament to just how important fort wayne is that so many still come even though its in such sorry shape. A music festival had to be canceled last summer that was part of a plan to begin reviving the fort but the some of the main buildings were in to bad of shape to safely host and therefor the idea was scrapped.

Jan 5, 2017, 12:17 AM
28 Grand looks like it's close to topped out.


Kraemer Design Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/thekraemeredge/photos/a.431008855881.220695.164434555881/10153936097640882/)

Jan 8, 2017, 11:08 PM
Microsoft could be moving to Downtown Detroit from Southfield. Official announcement may come soon. Also, Gilbert says he expects multiple large buildings (highrises likely) to start in a year or so.


Jan 8, 2017, 11:21 PM
Microsoft could be moving to Downtown Detroit from Southfield.

If you could convince them lazy butts to finally implement the entire posix interface to their messy system and (crappy) commerical compilers, why not? It's very very easily feasible beyond their trade interests...

I'd be the first poor guy in the world to be happy about it.

Jan 8, 2017, 11:54 PM
28 Grand looks like it's close to topped out.


Kraemer Design Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/thekraemeredge/photos/a.431008855881.220695.164434555881/10153936097640882/)

I had no idea this project was this far along. Looks great! I'm hoping to be in town next weekend to wander around and take a look at new development so I'll have to check it out.

Jan 9, 2017, 12:26 AM
Also, Gilbert says he expects multiple large buildings (highrises likely) to start in a year or so.

To clarify this part, Gilbert expects at least a dozen new high rises of 25 stories or more in the next several years. That's awfully optimistic and would be a pretty drastic change for Detroit's skyline.

The last time Detroit had a high rise boom like that was during the 70s and 80s (if you count the individual towers of the Ren Cen). Otherwise you'd have to go back to the roaring twenties to find as many new high rises being built in such a short time.

I'll reserve my excitement until I start seeing proposals with hard groundbreaking dates. As of now, there is no news on the Hudson's site as the deadline for proposals to be submitted to the city was December 31st. I'm hoping this means some sort of news will come out before the end of this month (keep in mind groundbreaking is expected for April if not delayed).

The North One
Jan 9, 2017, 12:27 AM
Dan Gilbert predicts new Detroit skyscrapers within 5-7 years

Within 12 months I think you'll see a few cranes up in the sky here," Gilbert said. "There's been two buildings over 25 stories that have been constructed in Downtown Detroit since the 1980s. Two. I think you'll see 10 or 15 of those in the next 5 to 7 years. We want to get that going.

Pretty exciting stuff.

Jan 9, 2017, 6:08 AM
Microsoft could be moving to Downtown Detroit from Southfield. Official announcement may come soon. Also, Gilbert says he expects multiple large buildings (highrises likely) to start in a year or so.


Seems to line up

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant currently has about 53,000 square feet in the Southfield Town Center from the article posted above

“We have a 50,000 square-foot tenant we’re announcing in a week or so, and we have to displace Quicken Loans employees and we have to put them somewhere else," Gilbert, Quicken Loans founder and chairman, said from a Cobo Center stage. from Freep (http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/detroit-auto-show/2017/01/08/dan-gilbert-hints-major-downtown-tenant/96106690/)

Jan 9, 2017, 9:01 PM
This is a from a tweet put out by Rod Meloni of the local NBC affiliate regarding the long anticipated Hudson's site development.

Dan Gilbert teases with major construction announcement expected in next two weeks. It appears the long awaited Hudson's site plan is nigh.


mind field
Jan 10, 2017, 5:07 AM
Microsoft could be moving to Downtown Detroit from Southfield. Official announcement may come soon. Also, Gilbert says he expects multiple large buildings (highrises likely) to start in a year or so.


Bring more down! If you figure about 200 sq. feet per employee, that's a nice extra 250 workers coming downtown. One thing that is concerning, for so many of these workers moving downtown, traffic congestion will become an ever increasing negative, will it reach the point where companies decide not to locate downtown, or they even leave downtown? Now if we had any kind of functioning transit system....

It's been nothing short of miraculous witnessing the rebirth of our once forlorn and abandoned downtown, makes me misty eyed.

Jan 10, 2017, 4:49 PM
Bring more down! If you figure about 200 sq. feet per employee, that's a nice extra 250 workers coming downtown. One thing that is concerning, for so many of these workers moving downtown, traffic congestion will become an ever increasing negative, will it reach the point where companies decide not to locate downtown, or they even leave downtown? Now if we had any kind of functioning transit system....

It's been nothing short of miraculous witnessing the rebirth of our once forlorn and abandoned downtown, makes me misty eyed.

I assure you, Detroit traffic is a breeze and the highway system seems to be built for a city 3 times its size.

Jan 10, 2017, 9:00 PM
yea, it isn't non existent but it hardly looks like anything that would give more than 5 minutes of delay.

Jan 11, 2017, 12:09 AM
Bring more down! If you figure about 200 sq. feet per employee, that's a nice extra 250 workers coming downtown. One thing that is concerning, for so many of these workers moving downtown, traffic congestion will become an ever increasing negative, will it reach the point where companies decide not to locate downtown, or they even leave downtown? Now if we had any kind of functioning transit system....

It's been nothing short of miraculous witnessing the rebirth of our once forlorn and abandoned downtown, makes me misty eyed.

The common argument (for suburban office space) has always been whether the jobs are centralized relative to a majority of workers, not necessarily congestion. In fact, most of Detroit's major suburbs have congestion that's just as bad if not worse compared to downtown because there's many more bottlenecks and most traffic has to spill onto surface streets. Downtown Detroit's freeways were built with easy egress in mind so it's much less of an issue.

However, the one negative that does increase with more workers is the scarcity of parking. Without a major transit system, downtown Detroit will likely see most new construction with large parking garages attached (as well as large standalone parking garages nearby) and the cost of parking will increase. Unless a number of suburbs start redeveloping their parking lots in favor of dense development (decreasing the supply and increasing the price of parking) then Detroit will always need to offer other incentives to make companies move. At that point, it'd probably be easier for Detroit to try and lure large corporations from outside of the region, I'd think.

Jan 15, 2017, 10:04 PM
Big news for Pontiac Australian-based software company BoonEx buys Phoenix Center, will relocate its North American HQ into connected office towers. This is a very significant for the city of Pontiac not only is the phoenix center in need of costly repairs which will presumably be done by its new owners but with a software company moving its NA HQ into the adjoining 2 office towers it seems like a large number of skilled workers will be coming into downtown. Hopefully BoonEx can do for the phoenix center what GM did for the Ren Cen.

Whats more Peter Karmanos' technology-investment company Mad Dog Technology LLC moving 3 of its tech companies into the Riker Building downtown, downtown pontiac is looking like its emerging as one of the regions tech hubs.

It would be cool to see with the new interest in Pontiac as a tech center the villages at bloomfield development configured to take advantage, that could really make what is a pretty bland project into much more of an asset beyond bringing new residents and retail to a major thoroughfare between Pontiac and one of the richest city's in the country.

Pontiac sells Phoenix Center to Australian-based software company
January 12, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


Pontiac City Council members voted 7-0 Thursday night to sell the city's troubled downtown Phoenix Center parking garage in a complex deal with an Australian-based software company, the Detroit Free Press reported.

BoonEx has told the city it would relocate its North American headquarters from Atlanta to two office towers connected to the Phoenix Center.

In a deal that is to close Feb. 13, the city would sell the parking deck for $3 million but gain no money because of liens outstanding on the structure, which the city has failed for decades to maintain, attorneys at the meeting told city officials, the Free Press reported.

Mayor Deirdre Waterman said the deal is a "win-win for the people of Pontiac" because it releases them from lawsuits with the owners of Ottawa Towers, which could've ultimately cost the city more than $20 million, the Free Press said.

The Phoenix Center parking deck and rooftop amphitheater was built in the 1980s and touted then as the beginning of the city's comeback. Now in need of costly renovations, it has been more of a burden to the city than an asset.

Waterman has supported selling the Phoenix Center to BoonEx. The company has also struck a deal to purchase the Ottawa Towers in a related deal.

The city has been tied up for several years in lawsuits with the owners of Ottawa Towers — Michigan-based Ottawa Tower II LLC and North Bay Drywall Inc. Profit Sharing Plan and Trust. The lawsuits center on the city's bid to demolish the Phoenix Center.

The deal would offer several benefits for a city trying to emerge from troubled times, Waterman said. BoonEx would pay the city $3 million for the structure, Waterman said, putting an end to the city's ongoing litigation. Pontiac would also save $2 million in demolition costs, she said. Finally, BoonEx would help breath new life into the city and help establish it as an up-and-coming tech hub, Waterman said.


Its hard to find a good view of downtown Pontiac and the Phoenix Center so i thought id add in a view from the park on the roof of the P.C. looking over downtown. The second i believe is a zoomed in view from the park as well looking down saginaw st to the pontiac state bank building.



Here's a bit about Karmanos' Mad Dog move from the end of october.

Karmanos' Mad Dog to move 3 tech companies into downtown Pontiac, hire more than 100
Lenderful to invest more than $1.75 million

Crain's Detroit Business


Peter Karmanos Jr.'s technology-investment company Mad Dog Technology LLC is taking 15,000 square feet of space in the Riker Building in downtown Pontiac for three of its companies.

Birmingham-based Mad Dog, of which Karmanos Jr. is chairman and Mark Hillman is co-founder, says it plans to hire more than 100 people for its Lenderful LLC, Deliver My Ride LLC and Perfect Realty LLC companies in the next three years.

Lenderful is a cloud-based software that allows people to search and apply for mortgages. Deliver My Ride is a car-buying software and Perfect Realty is a home-listing software.

"There is relatively inexpensive space that is more accessible by people that live around there," Karmanos, the founder of Detroit-based Compuware Corp., said Thursday morning in an interview with Crain's.

"It's our target market for employees, with better school systems surrounding it. It just was a natural place if you want to build a high-tech center and you want to be competitive for someone who would have to drive 20 minutes on a winter day to get to work, and we have parking where we are at, versus having to drive an hour and a half to go to work with no parking."


Hillman said Thursday morning that the companies are cramped in their space in downtown Birmingham. The relocation of the three Mad Dog companies, which has a portfolio of eight firms, is expected to start immediately, Hillman said.

"It will be world-class tech space," he said. "That’s part of the strategy of how you get the right talent, you bring them into tremendous quarters."

The Lenderful investment in Pontiac is more than $1.75 million, according to a news release. The total investment for the three companies is not being disclosed. Lenderful received an $800,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant, the release said. Pontiac is waiving building and other permit fees, the release said.

"We are just moving three companies, but these three businesses in particular are in industry segments that are huge, so we have collectively put many millions of dollars already to date in our forward plans, let alone the Pontiac plan move and that investment requirement," Hillman



Jan 17, 2017, 1:28 PM
Big news for Pontiac Australian-based software company BoonEx buys Phoenix Center, will relocate its North American HQ into connected office towers. This is a very significant for the city of Pontiac not only is the phoenix center in need of costly repairs which will presumably be done by its new owners but with a software company moving its NA HQ into the adjoining 2 office towers it seems like a large number of skilled workers will be coming into downtown. Hopefully BoonEx can do for the phoenix center what GM did for the Ren Cen.

I'm curious as to why this article didn't report the number of employees moving. That is standard for this sort of development announcement. With some digging I found that BoonEx once had ~60 employees but have since been operating with a leaner team (LinkedIn shows 16). Moreover almost all of their employees are located in Australia and Kyrgyzstan. I have no idea how they plan to fill that building. I wouldn't expect much out of this.

Jan 21, 2017, 6:07 PM
Some pictures I took last weekend.

Mixed use apartments at Third and Grand Boulevard.


The Scott at Brush Park looks like it's done and already has residents.


Patternson Terrace at John R and Erksine.


Construction trucks around Brush Park for the City Modern development.


Little Ceasers Arena


Nuedeck Building at Clifford and Bagley. Being renovated from office building into apartments, not sure if the facade will be affected at all though.


28 Grand


Farwell Building


The North One
Jan 21, 2017, 11:31 PM
The updates are much appreciated, thank you.

Jan 22, 2017, 9:22 PM
It's great to see them bringing back the decorative cornices to the old buildings! :)

Jan 22, 2017, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the pictures!

Here's some information for those interested on the Neudeck Building (originally Detroit City Gas/MichCon): https://blog.detroithistorical.org/2013/09/06/brain-teasing-buildings/

I'm assuming that they are not going to de-skin the building, but it could definitely be worth it. Grand Rapids is currently in the process of de-skinning and un-combining what is now one building: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/11/long-hidden_century-old_buildi.html

Jan 23, 2017, 8:44 PM
Bedrock to turn old Free Press building into offices, retail, residences
John Gallagher , Detroit Free Press. Janurary 23, 2017.


Businessman Dan Gilbert's aides unveiled an ambitious plan Monday to remake the long-vacant Detroit Free Press building at 321 W. Lafayette into a mixed-use development of retail, office space and residential units.

In an exclusive Free Press tour of the building Monday, Gilbert's team said reconstruction could begin in the second quarter and take two years, projecting a 2019 reopening date.

"We're super excited," Jim Ketai, CEO of Gilbert's Bedrock LLC real estate arm, said during the tour. "We'll put our retail on the first floor as we always do to activate the street. We think the building lays out perfectly to do a combo of office on the first couple of floors and residential above. We think it lays out great for a bunch of apartments. We think it's literally just the ideal building to do mixed-use."

The restoration project is significant on several fronts. It rescues another Albert Kahn-designed classic from slow deterioration. It will provide new office and residential space in the heart of a downtown that has seen its supply of both rapidly filling up. And the project adds another new anchor on the west side of downtown where redevelopment work has remained spotty until recently.


Packard Plant owner eyes spring construction start
By CHAD LIVENGOOD. Crain's Detroit. January 22, 2017.


The Peru-based developer attempting to resurrect the former Packard Plant says it has secured financing and tenants to start construction this spring on renovating the first hollowed-out building at the sprawling factory complex on Detroit's near east side.

The developments are a step forward for an ambitious renovation of one of the world's best-known industrial eyesores — a grand plan that has drawn both hope and skepticism.

Arte Express Detroit LLC, the local holding company of Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo, will begin construction of office, commercial and event space in the 121,000-square-foot former Packard administration building along East Grand Boulevard after the top two floors are cleared of debris and contaminants, according to project manager Kari Smith.

Smith expects to the close on financing of $17 million-$21 million from unspecified lenders for the project within the "next two months."

"A lot of it will be private equity," Smith said. "And people are often surprised by that."

The committed tenants for the now-windowless four-story building include Silveri Architects, Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc., Testing Engineers & Consultants, Sterling Security and the Detroit Training Center, a nonprofit job training organization.

Construction is expected to last through the end of 2018 with the tenants moving into the space by the first quarter of 2019, Smith said.


Jan 30, 2017, 12:42 AM
Historic Detroit commercial strip gets $7.5M redevelopment
By Dana Afana. January 27, 2017. Mlive Detroit.




A historic strip of storefronts along Woodward Avenue is being redeveloped in a $7.5 million project overseen by a nonprofit that owns key stretches of the commercial district.

Nonprofit development group Midtown Detroit Inc. purchased 6568 Woodward Ave., a three-story structure built in 1896, to be renovated and rebranded as Woodward Grand, which sits along the new M-1 Rail streetcar track.

"It's a catalyst for New Center," said Sue Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit Inc. "It gives us a whole new set of beautiful storefronts to place businesses."

The space will feature 10,000-square-feet of retail space in multiple Woodward Avenue storefronts, 10,000-square-feet office space and 10 third-floor housing units, three of which will be designated affordable units.

Across the street, another storefront space also owned by Midtown Detroit has been renovated and rebranded the North End Collective, housing retailers Purple Love, Traveling Pants Co., United Front and Live Coal Gallery.

The two projects were part of a $7.5 million investment announced by Midtown Detroit on Friday.



Jan 30, 2017, 6:18 PM
An eight-story building at 1400 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit, which began life as a hardware store and most recently housed Eastern Wig & Hair Co., will be transitioned into a Shinola Hotel.

Work on Shinola Hotel in Detroit to begin Tuesday

January 30, 2017


Groundbreaking for the Shinola Hotel in downtown Detroit is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The project for an independent boutique hotel in Detroit is a joint venture between Shinola/Detroit LLC and Dan Gilbert's Bedrock LLC. Both the eight-story hotel building at 1400 Woodward Ave. and a four-story building at 1416 Woodward Ave. are part of the project, details of which were first reported in September.

Shinola CEO Tom Lewand, Bedrock Vice President Dan Mullen and Gilbert are expected to speak at Tuesday's event.

The 130-room hotel is expected to open next year.

The new hotel in Detroit is a first for Shinola, but the second for Gilbert, who also counts Greektown Casino-Hotel among his holdings.


Jan 31, 2017, 6:57 PM
Crane is up at the Little Caesars Headquarters

Feb 1, 2017, 3:51 AM
An eight-story building at 1400 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit, which began life as a hardware store and most recently housed Eastern Wig & Hair Co., will be transitioned into a Shinola Hotel.

There's also going to be a new building on Farmer Street. Very little is mentioned of this building or its specific use(s). Judging from the renderings, it'll be about 5 stories tall. There's a shorter 2-story building that looks like it'll obviously be a restaurant with a rooftop patio.

View from Grand River (Hudson's side)

View from John R (Metropolitan Building side)


Feb 1, 2017, 6:26 PM
So I thought Gilbert had until December 2016 to tell us something about the Hudson's site? SSDD?

Feb 1, 2017, 9:12 PM
^ That was the word however the city hasn't said anything about a breech of contract or anything so i would guess they received another extension to see if Gov. Snyder and the legislature pass the bill bringing back brownfield tax credits to essentially what they were under Granholm. It seems he has 2 different "project packages" for both the Hudson's and Monroe blocks and if the bill is passed the chances seem good that we will see the 60 story Hudson's tower and the 30 story Monroe tower. The lame duck legislature passed off the bill to the new one and it seems that if it is brought out of committee it will pass Snyder's attitude has been more ambiguous but he had said recently that he has been warming to the idea. Well that's my take at least i'm still feeling optimistic however this is Detroit so you never know until the shovels are in the ground but i like that the project seems to be growing in ambition as time goes by and deadlines pass.

Feb 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
The Scott Mansion has made some awesome progress.


Feb 2, 2017, 9:34 PM
Daaaamn, Daniel! Looking good.

Feb 3, 2017, 1:16 AM
^Wow! back from the dead literally i didn't have much hope that the day would come when the Scott Mansion would be renovated, props!

Sources: Duggan, Bedrock to announce Microsoft move downtown tomorrow
February 02, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


Mayor Mike Duggan and Dan Gilbert are expected to announce tomorrow morning that Microsoft Corp. will be moving its regional offices to downtown Detroit from Southfield.

Sources familiar with the matter said the computer software giant will be moving to the Gilbert-owned One Campus Martius building into about 50,000 square feet, a deal first reported by Crain's last month.

The number of employees expected to move downtown is not known, but real estate experts generally estimate that by approximately 200 to 250 square feet per employee. At about 50,000 square feet, that would amount to 200-250 employees.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant currently has about 53,000 square feet in the Southfield Town Center, a 2.2-million-square-foot office complex north of 10 Mile Road between M-10 and Evergreen Road, according to CoStar Group Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based real estate information service.

An event is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at One Campus Martius, the former Compuware Corp. headquarters building that Gilbert and Detroit-based Meridian Health purchased at the end of 2014 for $142 million.

Also expected to speak at the event is Jim Ketai, CEO and co-founder of Gilbert's Bedrock LLC real estate development and management company. Bedrock says it has purchased more than 95 properties since 2011 totaling more than 15 million square feet, representing a total investment of more than $2.2 billion.


A year ago, Gilbert's Quicken Loans Inc. hired John Fikany, formerly Microsoft's local sales chief as its vice president of the Enterprise Sales and Partner Group, as Quicken's vice president of strategy development.


Feb 3, 2017, 5:33 PM
Its official Microsoft is moving into One Campus Martius with at least 165 employee's with Microsoft's relocation to downtown. Tech giant will take 40,000 square feet in One Campus Martius.

Microsoft to move from Southfield to downtown Detroit
February 03, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


Microsoft Corp. and Bedrock LLC this morning announced that the technology company will move its Michigan Technology Center from Southfield to downtown Detroit early next year.

Microsoft will take more than 40,000 square feet in the Dan Gilbert-owned One Campus Martius building, a deal first reported by Crain's last month.

At least 165 Microsoft employees will move to One Campus Martius.

Tracy Galloway, general manager in the local Microsoft office, said Friday that the company has been in Southfield for about 30 years.

"We are strongly committed to Detroit's thriving technology hub by providing resources and experienced team members to help your team find solutions to its technology challenges," Phil Sorgen, Microsoft corporate vice president, U.S. Enterprise & Partner Group, said in a news release.

Gilbert, who along with Detroit-based Meridian Health purchased the former Compuware Building at the end of 2014 for $142 million, praised his new tenant.

"Microsoft, like many tech companies in Detroit and around the country, recognizes that being located in downtown Detroit is great for business," Gilbert said in the release. "Today's tech talent wants to work and live in urban cores. Not only will the Microsoft Technology Center provide a much-needed resource for Detroit-based businesses, its presence will also connect Detroiters with a wider global network."

During a news event Friday morning on the 10th floor of One Campus Martius, Mayor Mike Duggan said Gilbert called him about six months ago to tell him that Microsoft was looking to move downtown. Duggan, who is expected to announce his re-election bid for a second term Saturday, said the Microsoft move adds to the city's credibility as a technology hub.

Rodrick Miller, president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., said a 10-year tax abatement worth about $1.03 million was part of the deal to lure Microsoft downtown.

The Southfield office of Cushman & Wakefield represented Microsoft in the lease deal, which will bring it to the fifth floor of One Campus Martius. Detroit-based architecture firm Neumann/Smith Architecture is designing the space and Bedrock will be the construction manager on the build-out, said Jim Ketai, CEO and co-founder of Bedrock.

The move will displace some Gilbert employees to an unknown location. Gilbert said the search for space is ongoing.

"Momentum breeds momentum," he said. "Now it's a matter of space. If we can't find it, we're going to build it."

Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., which is building a new world headquarters for its flagship Little Caesars pizza chain as well as Little Caesars Arena and 50-block The District Detroit, welcomed Microsoft to town.



Feb 6, 2017, 6:49 PM
The Griswold residence is officially complete and getting new residents.


Also a cool view of Capitol Park and how 28 Grand fits in with its neighbors.



The Book Tower has also been going through some cleaning. The view is from 28 Grand.




The North One
Feb 6, 2017, 7:11 PM
Great pics, sun is out today perhaps you should take more. :cheers:

Feb 6, 2017, 11:42 PM
Fairly large development for the near east side. Hopefully the move will be positive for both locations

Homeless shelter leaving Midtown for east-side site



One of Detroit's most-visible homeless shelters plans to move out of the city's Midtown area to a new, greatly expanded facility on the city's east side within the next two years.

The Neighborhood Service Organization plans to build a $20-million homeless services center, tentatively called the Sanctuary, on Mack just east of Gratiot, with construction scheduled to begin at the start of next year.

NSO President and CEO Sheilah Clay told the Free Press the three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility includes 75 one-bedroom apartments in supportive housing that provides social services for people moving out of homelessness, in addition to shelter space and on-site health care, substance abuse treatment and other amenities.


Feb 6, 2017, 11:54 PM
There is a complex of buildings at the site where Gilbert is proposing the new jail, so I imagine the cost to demolish what's there now is not included in the cost stated in the article.

Gilbert offers a new jail, courthouse to open way for soccer project


Billionaire developer Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures has made Wayne County an offer for the downtown site of the current unfinished jail where he wants to build a soccer stadium and entertainment district.

Rock Ventures is offering to build the county a new, "state-of-the-art, consolidated criminal justice center" that includes the construction of new adult and juvenile detention facilities (Divisions 1 and 2) and a new criminal courthouse (replacing the current Frank Murphy Hall of Justice). The proposal also calls for the transfer of the Gratiot Avenue site to Rock Ventures where it is planning a $1-billion commercial development.

Wayne County estimates the completion of the jail on Gratiot Avenue and renovations to the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice will be $300 million. Rock Ventures said in a news release that it is prepared to build the county a new, high-tech criminal justice complex at an estimated cost of $420 million, in exchange for the transfer of the Gratiot Avenue property and a credit for the savings a new consolidated criminal justice complex will provide.

“Today, the County received a proposal from Rock Ventures as an alternative to completing the jail at Gratiot. We will withhold further comment on the offer until we’ve had the opportunity to review it,” Jim Martinez, director of communications for Wayne County, said in a prepared statement.

Rock Ventures is proposing to build the new criminal justice complex at East Forest Avenue, east of I-75, and approximately 1.5 miles north of the Gratiot Avenue site. Gilbert has expressed interest in the jail site soon after construction was halted on the complex in 2014 after cost projections put the complex at about $90 million over budget. Since its been idle, the unfinished site has cost the county taxpayers about $1.2 million a month.



Feb 7, 2017, 1:59 AM
The Scott Mansion has made some awesome progress.


Whenever people say a building is too far gone I want to show them this photo from now on. Incredible work.

Feb 12, 2017, 4:19 PM
^ Agreed, this is well executed. It must be a bit expensive to to do this right, given the size of the building that's not so large by contemporary standards/habits.

Keeping frequently following their development news simply because I want their town back to real prosperity, I think what they call "City Modern", some contemporary development planned over an area called Brush Park will be particularly interesting, at least in my opinion.


This should anchor fine quality contemporary design over there, which is more than necessary.

Feb 17, 2017, 3:54 PM
Changes over the past couple of years via Detroiturbex. Includes completed projects and on going renovations.


















Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Detroiturbexcom-109210839112636/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1458956344138072

Feb 17, 2017, 4:38 PM
YES. I'm really excited about Detroit.

Feb 17, 2017, 6:56 PM
Detroit is seriously starting to get its mojo back again. This is very good news.

Feb 17, 2017, 8:28 PM
Great pics. What are they building in the last picture?

The North One
Feb 17, 2017, 9:13 PM
Great pics. What are they building in the last picture?

It's the sales center for the Brush Park development.

Feb 18, 2017, 3:59 AM
...will upload pics shortly, sorry

Feb 18, 2017, 4:06 AM
Great photos Animatedmartian!

Feb 18, 2017, 4:21 AM

Feb 18, 2017, 7:49 PM
Here are a few I took on Feb. 16:
Metropolitan and Wurlitzer Renovations
Little Caesar's Arena

Dan Gilbert's David Stott Building getting extensive brick repair


New micro apts, and Kresge Building Renovation

Farwell Building's new façade

New Shinola Hotel going here on Woodward

Book Tower gets a well needed bath
Major repair needed on the decorative trim

This will look even more amazing when the renovation and cleaning is complete!


Capitol Park

Brush Park and CBD...

P.S. Thanks for the posting help animatedmartian!

Feb 18, 2017, 11:17 PM
Awesome update dude. Those are some pretty nice closeups of David Stott and the Book Tower.

Feb 19, 2017, 5:31 PM
The headline is kind of clickbait-y but it's good sign that the market is stabilizing rather than overheating. With so many new units coming online this year it should be no surprise that rents will level off and vacancies increase a bit for higher end apartments, at least for a short time. No doubt once it warms up and we get into spring, those vacancies will probably fill up quick. I wouldn't worry unless new proposals this summer start falling off.

Could Detroit soon have too many new apartments?
JC Reindl , Detroit Free Press. February 19, 2017.


After several years of apartment scarcity in and around downtown Detroit, supply is starting to catch up with demand, prompting some building owners to offer rent deals and to shorten waiting lists.

Hundreds of new market-rate rentals have opened in the city's downtown and Midtown since last fall with hundreds more planned to open this spring.

Until recently, hunting for apartments in greater downtown Detroit often involved joining waiting lists because new developments sometimes leased out within days of opening. But the latest batch of newly opened buildings show significant vacancies several months after move-in day. Meanwhile, some popular older buildings that once had months-long waiting lists now have a handful of vacancies.

This deceleration raises questions about the depth of the residential market in Detroit and the trajectory of the city's continuing revival.

Local development experts point to the average 98% occupancy rate last year for residential buildings in greater downtown and say the inventory deluge doesn't mean that the housing market is getting saturated or that the surge in new construction since 2013 was all a bubble.

Rather, the residential market could be entering a new phase: one in which the arrival of more new amenities such as restaurants, retail stores, the coming Little Caesars Arena and QLINE streetcar service will, in the near future, make Detroit an even more sought-after place to live.



Speaking of proposals that have fallen off, there's been no news for Staler City Apartments since last summer.


Last I read, the then CEO of Village Green, Jonathan Holtzman, sold the company to another company but retained all the real estate. This proposal is now apparently called City Club Apartments, and Mr. Holtzman said last year in June that this project would get going by late 2016. It's now mid-February 2017 and the lot is still fenced off and bare. With the apartment boom going on, this one sticks out as being pretty delayed and, at this point, I'm wondering if it's dead completely, still the same, or will actually end up redesigned and possibly bigger than originally proposed.

Feb 19, 2017, 5:47 PM
Amazing photographs Warrenite84. My jaw dropped at all the exquisite details.

Feb 19, 2017, 8:32 PM
Speaking of proposals that have fallen off, there's been no news for Staler City Apartments since last summer.

I used to be in the school of thought that any new construction was good construction and we shouldn't be picky. But we've seen a lot of new, creative development in the past 2 years, and building that unimpressive Village Green proposal would be a complete waste of prime real estate. I hope they reconsider or let someone else develop this site.

Feb 20, 2017, 1:37 PM
I agree. Detroit's layout includes several sites that are best utilized by nothing less than a 25 floor aesthetically pleasing office or residential massing. Something like what Vancouver does so well. The empty Campus Maritus lot, Monroe Block, Hudson's site, the lots on Grand Circus Park that once held the Statler Hotel and Tuller Hotel come to mind. Some on this forum want to spread a wide swath of 5 storey buildings but that would be a waste of the highest and best use for several of these sites.

Woodward Avenue to New Center would be best utilized by taller buildings along the avenue and shorter buildings further away, IMHO. The 5 storey stick built developments recently built are nice but somewhat waste its prime location.

Feb 20, 2017, 1:52 PM
Wow, great photos! Glad to see so many of these treasures being brought back to life.

Feb 20, 2017, 9:05 PM
This is one of the so called "Gilbert Bills" which he has been pushing because he says it would unlock billions of dollars in development in Detroit. Gilbert has said that the Monroe Block proposal would likely move forward as planned if this bill passes and it would seem that the ambitious potential 60+ story Hudson Block redevelopment also has been biding its time waiting on this bill will pass before making a final decision on what the final form of the project will look like. However it is not a done deal if it passes the senate the house still needs to pass it and it was kept locked up in committee during the lame duck session and kicked over to the new session despite the fact that it looked likely to pass if brought before the full house for a vote. The governor was also a wild card although recently after certain changes were made he was quoted as saying that he as been warming up to the idea so perhaps just perhaps we will have a Hudson's project by April after all even though this is the most optimistic of assessments, at the very least the signs are looking good that we will be potentially seeing some big news coming in the not too distant future.

Michigan Senate poised to pass brownfield legislation

By Chris Ehrmann - Associated Press
February 20, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business

LANSING — The Michigan Senate is poised to pass legislation that would ease some of the financial burden of cleaning up brownfield sites for redevelopment.

Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, introduced the package of bills that he said would help redevelop sites that have sat dormant for many years into mixed-use projects. Brownfield sites cannot be used until environmental contamination is removed, which can be cost-prohibitive for many projects.

The legislation would let developers keep part of the taxes generated from businesses and residents moving in after a large-scale project is finished. No money would be given to a developer upfront. They would be required to have all the money needed to clean up and build on the site. Supporters say the approach puts the risk on the private sector and the debt would not fall on taxpayers if the project fails.

"We think that we're giving every community in Michigan a fair shot in the way that we've structured this bill," Horn said. "Bottom line on this one here, this isn't about picking winners and losers and this isn't about tax policy. This is about fixing things."

Before building, the project would have to be approved by the city that has the brownfield site. Then the state would analyze that there is a financial gap needed to clean up the land and would only give as much money as is needed. For the largest projects, an independent third party would conduct the analyses and the state treasurer would have to sign off on it.

There would also be a $40 million cap that developers could be reimbursed annually. Developers would be able to receive up to 50 percent of taxes generated from the site for up to a maximum of 20 years.

MIThrive — a coalition of economic development organizations, cities and chambers of commerce from places such as Detroit, Marquette, Pontiac, Flint, Sault Ste. Marie, Lansing and Muskegon — supports the legislation. Last year, Dan Gilbert, chairman of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc., was a vocal supporter of it because it could help him with projects in Detroit.

Carlin Smith, president of the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, said the legislation could help his city with a project known as the Petoskey "hole." He said that in the early 2000s, a developer wanted to build on a city block, but it stalled and eventually the developer ran out of funding during the financial crisis. It has sat vacant ever since.

"It was literally a big hole in the ground, so now it's still a hole with some grass around it," Smith said.

Pontiac Mayor Deidre Waterman also supports the legislation because the city could help redevelop the abandoned Pontiac Silverdome, or as Waterman called it, the "world's largest bird bath."

Another project that could benefit is the Hayes Hotel in Jackson.

Shannon Morgan, senior vice president of Farmington-based real estate development company HRS Communities and member of the coalition, said the hotel has been dormant for years and qualifies as a brownfield site because of the need to remove lead and asbestos. Morgan said the hotel also is a historic, which makes the project more expensive because of plans to restore the building to its original look.

She said other states like Colorado and North Carolina have been successful with legislation similar to Horn's.


Feb 21, 2017, 8:43 PM
The Hudson’s site plan is on the agenda for the Detroit Downtown Development board meeting on Wednesday according to Curbed (http://detroit.curbed.com/2017/2/21/14688014/hudsons-site-plans-released-downtown)

Feb 22, 2017, 8:31 PM

The tower would be 734 feet tall and would become the tallest building in Detroit.

Feb 22, 2017, 8:47 PM
^ Awesome! Perfect location for a new tallest building. Though it looks like a bit of a mess architecturally speaking. There's just too much going on.

The North One
Feb 22, 2017, 8:51 PM
It's Christmas in February for Detroiters! :cheers:

Let's hope the legislation passes the house.

The tower portion is exactly the simple design I was hoping for. Shop delivered.

Feb 22, 2017, 9:28 PM
Quick, someone mock something up so we can see what this thing would look like from Windsor lol

Feb 22, 2017, 9:50 PM





James Bond Agent 007
Feb 23, 2017, 1:08 AM
They need to make a rendering with it superimposed on the Detroit skyline.

Feb 23, 2017, 2:08 AM
Video preview:


Chris Stritzel
Feb 23, 2017, 2:44 AM
Although I have never been to Detroit, I plan on it. Detroit has really made a comeback over the past few years. This new Tower will really boost new visitors perception on a American city coming back. I want more things like this built in Detroit, in particular, along the Riverfront.

The North One
Feb 23, 2017, 4:02 AM
Video preview:


The atrium looks gimmicky and highly idealized, I don't expect the final product to look anything like that.

It's interesting that they're giving up part of the underground parking for a grocery store, is the current amount of parking unnecessary?

I also enjoy the details, it looks like stainless steel on the base and I like the textured design of the tower's facade, seems like verticle lines on one side and a sort of brick pattern on the other. I can't decide if I like this or the Monroe block concept better, they're both pretty amazing designs especially for the pedestrian.

James Bond Agent 007
Feb 23, 2017, 4:32 AM
Some of those interior shots remind me of Logan's Run.


Feb 24, 2017, 9:02 PM
Quite the week for Detroit...

Pistons announce plans for practice facility in Detroit's New Center
John Gallagher | February 24, 2017

The Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System announced this afternoon plans for a training, rehab and sports medicine facility in Detroit's New Center district.

The multi-use facility will serve as team headquarters, practice facility, and comprehensive sports medicine facility managed by the health system. It will be called the Henry Ford-Detroit Pistons Performance Center.

As part of the joint development, Henry Ford will become the official health provider for the Pistons beginning with the next season.
Choosing the New Center district for the headquarters and practice facility also signals that the recent redevelopments downtown and in Midtown are spreading north. The spin-off benefits could prove significant for the district particularly with the expected opening of service of the Qline streetcar line this spring as the line terminates in the New Center area.

Feb 24, 2017, 9:14 PM
The park was redesigned less than a decade ago. Has the space become that dated or unworkable that it needs another fresh look?

Ground Will Break In Fall 2017 On Capitol Park Renovation, Landscape Architecture Firm Selected
Daily Detroit | February 24, 2017

The nonprofit group that helps coordinate downtown public space development, the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) in collaboration with the City of Detroit, today announced its selection of Toronto-based urban design and landscape architecture firm, PUBLIC WORK, as the lead designer for the upcoming Capitol Park district renovation.

Designs for public comment and input will be created and made available this spring, with construction complete in time for spring of 2018.

The goal is that the park would become “a more engaging space for residents and visitors, provide park amenities for a growing base and help support new and existing businesses in the area,” according to a release.

Feb 25, 2017, 12:07 AM
The park was redesigned less than a decade ago. Has the space become that dated or unworkable that it needs another fresh look?

Kind of. It's pretty generic as far as urban parks go. The park itself isn't an attraction so much as the location around it. A redesign will likely make it more like Campus Martius which has become the de facto goal for downtown public space.

Feb 25, 2017, 12:14 AM
Quite the week for Detroit...


This is crazy. I used to live in the Amsterdam Lofts across the street and park my car in that lot. I always wondered what would be built there, but I figured it was decades away from being developed. This is great news. That whole area is going to change a lot.

Feb 25, 2017, 3:53 PM
There has been a slight change in the design of the tower. This new one appears shorter than the previous one, and it has a crown at the top, so maybe the Renaissance Center will still have the tallest floor-height


Feb 25, 2017, 8:13 PM
There has been a slight change in the design of the tower. This new one appears shorter than the previous one, and it has a crown at the top, so maybe the Renaissance Center will still have the tallest floor-height

The stated height didn't change just the look of building

Feb 26, 2017, 11:18 PM
Took some pics today.

Orleans Landings looks close to finished. Saw some bathtubs in the staging area.








Last I read, the city was looking for proposals for redevelopment of this building but that was back in 2015. The sign says "coming soon" though can't really tell 'how soon' that is.


I just imagine some high-rise apartments going up on this lot soon. I think Orleans Landing Phase II might have already claimed these lots.


DuCharme's looks close to finished as well.



Mar 2, 2017, 12:09 AM
New east riverfront plan calls for 2 new 'Dequindre Cut'-style pathways to Detroit River
By KIRK PINHO. March 01, 2017. Crain's Detroit.


A plan by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy calls for the creation of two new pathways to the river on the east side akin to the Dequindre Cut, the popular pedestrian and bike trail between Eastern Market and the riverfront.

The projects would expand a decade-long transformation of the riverfront district from industrial to public recreational use, which has also spurred new development in the district.

The framework plan for the east riverfront, which has been in the making for about a year and was unveiled tonight, also envisions added preservation of about 8 acres of land for public use, particularly from Atwater Street south to the river, and Stroh River Place and Rivard Plaza; an eastward expansion of the Detroit RiverWalk; safety improvements along East Jefferson Avenue; and a mixed-use development of a historic Detroit building.

The Joseph Campau Greenway would run from East Vernor Highway south to the river, while the Beltline Greenway, between Belleview and Beaufait streets, would run from Kercheval Street to the river.

Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, said construction on the nearly 2-mile Joseph Campau Greenway is expected to begin next year, while the 1.5-mile Beltline Greenway should begin construction toward the end of this year or early next year.

The city has a right-of-way needed for the Joseph Campau Greenway and only a small piece of land would be acquired to create it, according to Wallace. Land needed for the Beltline Greenway would be purchased in conjunction with the city, he said.


In addition to new pathways and a RiverWalk eastern expansion, things like improved crosswalks and new bike lanes are expected as part of the plan to increase safety on East Jefferson Avenue between Rivard Street and East Grand Boulevard, where the conservancy says there have been 1,350 car crashes and 39 pedestrian/vehicle incidents that resulted in nine deaths. Those improvements are expected to begin this year.

The overall improvement program is expected to be jointly funded by the conservancy, the city and the Economic Development Corp., Wallace said. A total cost was not available.


The plan does not include many specifics on large real estate projects because, Wallace said, the conservancy merely wants to "set the table" for future development.

"We have no shortage of plans sitting on shelves that mention future buildings on property owned by other people," he said. "What we focused on here are moves we know we can make, moves we know will be valuable for the community. The planning department today is full of talent, and the big parcels along the riverfront will be developed in partnership with planning and development's leadership."

"We could have laid out a vision of millions of square feet and 50 years out, but ultimately what we want to do is build people's capacity to believe in long-term planning by demonstrating short-term and midterm results," said Maurice Cox, the city's planning director. "We are trying to lay out the public sector investment and use that to drive the private sector and philanthropic investment."

However, one project is specifically included.

A mixed-use redevelopment of the Stone Soap Building at 1450-1490 Franklin St. is planned; the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., which oversees the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority that owns the building, is expected to release a request for proposals tomorrow.

It's not the first time the Stone Soap Building has been put out for redevelopment, the most recent of which came in 2015. That RFP was withdrawn.

Wallace said construction for all the projects is expected to begin in the next three years and be complete in the next five years.





More renderings and plans via Daily Detroit.





Mar 6, 2017, 8:26 PM
Not the best, I threw it together pretty quick. Hopefully it does something for you!

Mar 6, 2017, 8:28 PM

Mar 7, 2017, 4:31 AM
Great idea here! However, I think the tower will be a little thinner and a tad taller? I know the renderings don't give you a great angle.

Mar 7, 2017, 7:21 PM
^^ Thanks for the quick mock up, the newest rendering shows the top of the building should have a kind of crown i wonder what that would look like from this angle?


Here's a cool rendering i came across on the daily detroit of the Campau Connector Greenway.



It also seems the first building renovated as part of this plan would be the Historic Stone Soap Building the abandoned building right next to the Orleans Landing Project. Not much real information on what will be done but there was a quote that makes this seem like it could be an interesting project.

Historic Stone Soap Building first up for RiverFront redevelopment

MAR 2, 2017
Curbed Detroit


The adaptive reuse of this building should align with the ideals outlined in the East RiverFront plan: Community, equity, efficient urban design. For this redevelopment, the RFP stresses authenticity, in that,

“The East Riverfront has an industrial heritage reflected in the architecture of the Stone Soap Building. The proposed development should serve as a leader for sound urban design and development principles that complement the nature of the district. Development should promote the heritage and historic character in and around Franklin Street. Special consideration shall be given to projects that add increased vertical density in a unique modern intervention to the existing structure and demonstrate the feasibility and sensibility of such improvements.”


Mar 15, 2017, 7:07 PM
As more and more details are coming out about the broad new plan for the east riverfront its starting to look more and more like what many of us have been hoping the area would be developed into is now the goal of these efforts.

This is just another rundown of the broader efforts for the district specifically what is planed inland along Jefferson ave with the tiered scale of development getting taller as it gets closer to Jefferson. It's really cool to imagine what this view from Bell Isle would look like with mid-rises perhaps along East Jefferson and around the east side of the Ren Cen if this plan fully comes to fruition. It also touches completing the riverwalk along Uniroyal site a first step to moving forward with one of the great potential redevelopment sites in the city.

Detroit’s Riverfront Is Planning To Be “For All Detroiters”
By Daily Detroit Staff
Mar 2, 2017
The Daily Detroit


Taking a look at the totality of Detroit’s new riverfront plan, it’s full of parks, public access and a focus on density.

Mark Wallace, President & CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Maurice D. Cox, Director of the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department and others unveiled the plan was unveiled at a presentation Wednesday night at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit.

The plan focuses on accessibility with two new greenways, a beach, expanding the RiverWalk past the Uniroyal site to the Belle Isle Bridge, putting Jefferson on a road diet and adding bike lanes, and park land.


To be clear about where we’re talking about, the boundaries of the East Riverfront district are St. Antoine to the west, East Grand Boulevard to the east, Larned Street to the north and the Detroit River to the south.

Three sites south of Atwater Street which were previously slated for private development will become approximately 7.5 acres of public park space.

Milliken Park will see an expansion as well. Previously, according to the presentation, the thought was to build up more right along the riverfront but as we described in our piece about Jefferson Avenue going from nine to five lanes, the decision has made to put the denser development close to the avenue



I added in that last rendering in even though it had been previously been posted because the next article focuses on much needed streetscape improvements to Jefferson ave itself which is more like a highway then the center of activity for all the neighborhoods of the Lower Eastside as a whole.

Here’s what East Jefferson Avenue could look like soon
MAR 2, 2017
Curbed Detroit


One of the early projects in the massive East RiverFront redevelopment plan is making East Jefferson more pedestrian friendly. As of right now, East Jefferson is, like many of the spoke streets, extremely wide (nine lanes in parts). Often times, people will try to cross Jefferson, stuck in the middle, waiting, and dodging traffic.

In the last five years, East Jefferson Avenue between Rivard Street and East Grand Boulevard has been the scene of 1,350 vehicle crashes, 39 pedestrian–vehicular incidents, and nine fatalities of vehicular and pedestrian crashes. Detroit was recently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians.

The plan calls for decreased lanes of traffic (down to five) plus bike lanes and enhanced intersections. The new streetscapes are expected to help in a few key ways. Businesses and apartments line both sides of Jefferson, but the wide street makes it difficult for pedestrians and bikes to safely get from one side to another. The new design will include a stronger median in the middle of the street.

Protected and dedicated bike lanes will help cyclists down this fairly busy stretch. As a comparison, East Lafayette, which runs parallel, has unprotected bike lanes, and cars and buses are often seen driving right through them. There will also be beautification efforts (trees, greenery) down this stretch of road. Improving these intersections should help residents north of Jefferson easily access the businesses and Riverwalk on the south side.

Work will start on this project this year.


While this project is small in scale and a lot of the time they fly under the radar its good to see that the arena is already driving more investment in the Cass Corridor which along with brush park is the last frontier of midtown that hasn't been completely redeveloped yet.

This Cass Corridor property will be redeveloped into the Boulevard Hostel
Coming in 2018

MAR 13, 2017
Curbed Detroit


Once a thriving prohibition-era hotel, this long vacant property will soon be redeveloped into a 60-room hostel, with restaurant/bar space on the ground level.

The redevelopment is a joint venture between Southfield-based business attorney Scott Roberts and Oliver Lewis, a European hostel operator who grew up in the Detroit area and who currently operates a 270 bed hostel in Helsinki. They chose to open a hostel to appeal to younger travelers looking for a more social experience or travelers who preferred a lower price point. Located near the Masonic Temple, this hostel will be right between downtown, the new arena, and midtown. They’ll offer travelers social activities not offered at traditional hotels, plus a community space.

They’re anticipating approximately 60 private rooms and 60 dormitory beds. For the private rooms, they’ll have both en-suite and shared bathroom rooms. A long-term lease was signed with the owner of the building, Second Street Property, LLC, in January and they’re expecting to open early 2018. The developers are also currently seeking a restaurant/bar operator for the building.


The Boulevard Hotel, 1929 Courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University


deja vu
Mar 19, 2017, 5:32 AM
Sources: Gilbert renews talks of new office addition to One Campus Martius
By Kirk Pinho, Crain's Detroit Business
March 15, 2017

Dan Gilbert's team has had serious conversations within the last two months about a building large addition behind its One Campus Martius headquarters building downtown, Crain's has learned.

One source said the addition, if built, would be about 250,000 square feet behind the 1 million-square-foot building originally built for Peter Karmanos' Compuware Corp. Discussions about adding to the building have taken place in the past, including under Compuware ownership, but this appears to be a fresh round of talks.

Two other sources with knowledge of the talks confirmed they have taken place recently.

A spokeswoman for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC declined comment Wednesday afternoon.

"We cannot comment on rumors and speculation," said Whitney Eichinger, director of communications for Gilbert's Detroit-based real estate company.
One Campus Martius, located at 1050 Woodward Ave., has an almost "W"-shaped design, spread across 15 stories of office and retail space, although there is a northern section that is just three stories tall that could potentially accomodate more space.

For months Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Ventures LLC, has talked about the need for new office space downtown, where he is arguably the central business district's most powerful and influential landlord. While there are vacant buildings, there are few large blocks of contiguous space available.

It's not known what would happen to the two massive murals that Bedrock curated over the last two years on the northern sides of One Campus Martius.
The Shepard Fairey mural was completed in May 2015; the artists How and Nosm (brothers Raoul and Davide Perre) completed the other mural in April.
Gilbert, also the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been the most active real estate developer in downtown Detroit the last several years.

Read the full article here. (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170315/NEWS/170319910/sources-gilbert-renews-talks-of-new-office-addition-to-one-campus)

Mar 22, 2017, 4:32 AM
Well what an opportune time for one of the creditors from Detroit's bankruptcy to start capitalizing on the land deal they got.

Syncora document: More than 2.2 million square feet along riverfront land possible
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit Business. March 22, 2017.


One of Detroit's largest bondholders during its historic municipal bankruptcy says more than 2.2 million square feet of space could be built on nearly 12 acres of east riverfront land it received development rights to as part of its settlement agreement with the city.

Syncora Guarantee Inc., based in Bermuda, is putting a March 31 deadline on possible development partners to submit proposals, according to an offering document obtained by Crain's that has been privately circulated in the past several weeks.

The company said in a statement that it is "actively working with the city, along with various local stakeholders, to develop the best solution for each property."

"We have had substantial interest in the riverfront properties and are engaging in an open and equitable process to identify partners who will properly steward this land to complement the current community-driven plans and development," the statement said.


The development, if it comes to fruition, would be one of many taking place along the east riverfront. For example, Dan Gilbert and General Motors Co. are in discussions about a mixed-use project on 10 acres immediately east of the RenCen. Detroit native Richard Baron is building the first phase of the mixed-use Orleans Landing development, which has nearly 300 apartments coming to market. A groundbreaking on that project took place in October 2015.








Mar 22, 2017, 3:24 PM
Construction is well underway on Coe Development in West Village.


A couple of buildings are being demo'd (eventually to be rebuilt) for the Shinola hotel.


The Peabody restaurant in Birmgham is being demo'd for new development.


And there's also an RFQ for a large parking garage and two new developments in Birmingham.


Mar 22, 2017, 6:13 PM
Love the architectural design of those chene options

The North One
Mar 22, 2017, 7:23 PM
Birmingham is exploding, wow.

Glad the old parking garage is being replaced for a more walkable design.

Mar 23, 2017, 12:15 AM
28 Grand is also close to being completed. Note the first floor wasn't completed due to the crane needing to be in that spot.




Mar 23, 2017, 12:29 AM
I hope the Chene Development is built as shown. More renderings please! Perhaps some variety in design along Atwater...:)

Mar 23, 2017, 3:40 PM
28 Grand is also close to being completed. Note the first floor wasn't completed due to the crane needing to be in that spot.


I love the way this building fits into its location, both in terms of design and massing.

deja vu
Mar 25, 2017, 3:47 PM
Below are charts depicting the population gains and declines for Wayne and its surrounding metro counties. The charts reflect the recently released US census data for population changes from 2010 to 2016. All images from MLive (http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/historical_census_numbers.html). Perhaps nothing very surprising.

From 2010 to 2016, Wayne County experienced the biggest population drop in the state, 71,218 persons. However, it is leveling out some from the previous full decade of change.

Monroe County experienced a population drop of 2,813 persons.

Washtenaw County gained 19,918.

Oakland County's population increase was 41,608.

And Macomb County gained 26,752.

You can link to the chart data for every county in Michigan here: MLive (http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/historical_census_numbers.html)

The North One
Mar 25, 2017, 6:28 PM
It's good to see Wayne leveling out, when do the city proper numbers get released?

deja vu
Mar 25, 2017, 7:35 PM
It's good to see Wayne leveling out, when do the city proper numbers get released?

Should be in the coming months, I don't know if there's an exact date set though.

Mar 25, 2017, 8:08 PM
It's good to see Wayne leveling out, when do the city proper numbers get released?

Late May.

Mar 25, 2017, 10:55 PM
Wayne doesn't look like its levelling out that much. There is only 6 years of data for this update vs 10 years for the other bars in the graph. Between 2000 and 2010, Wayne County lost 140,000 people, or 14,000 a year. Between 2010 and 2016, it average 11,500 a year.

Mar 26, 2017, 2:27 PM
Aerial update on Orleans Landing. Western half of the development looks nearly finished. Like with other new apartments nearby, quite a number of units in this development are already called for.



Mar 29, 2017, 1:30 AM
Jolly Pumpkin owner plans 'meat-themed' restaurant on Selden in Midtown
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. March 28, 2017.



An owner of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is expected to open a restaurant in a vacant Midtown building as part of a $1 million Michigan Strategic Fund loan approved Tuesday in Lansing.

Jon Carlson, a co-founder and managing partner of Northern United Brewing Co., which brews for Jolly Pumpkin, plans a "meat-themed Up North-style destination restaurant" as part of a $7.24 million redevelopment by an affiliate of Midtown Detroit Inc. on Selden Street just west of Second Avenue, according to an MSF briefing memo.


The project would add 13,000 square feet across two new floors to the 18,000-square-foot building at 644 Selden St. to bring eight new residential units to the market, according to the memo. In addition, accelerator space for creative companies would be added to the building.

It's expected to add about 65 permanent full-time equivalent jobs paying average wages of $17.68 per hour, according to the briefing memo.

The project is part of a larger planned redevelopment on the block, which also includes turning a vacant lot immediately to the west of the building into a public courtyard.

According to the memo, the larger project also includes a two-phase development about about 20 single-family sustainable homes.