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animatedmartian
Mar 29, 2017, 3:26 PM
Big Boy demolition and historic rehabs planned near Belle Isle
By Paula Gardner. Mlive Detroit. March 29, 2017.

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After at least a year of planning amid many other projects, The Platform now pushing forward on outlining its plans for Islandview.

One key step: They've bought the Big Boy on East Jefferson, giving them one acre to redevelop at the entrance to the neighborhood.

The restaurant will be demolished after it closes on Easter Sunday.

Across the street, The Platform has entered into an agreement with intention to acquire five parcels from the Detroit Land Bank Authority on East Grand Boulevard between East Jefferson Avenue and Congress Street.

This development includes the renovation of a former nursing home at 130 E. Grand Blvd. that was built in 1898 and designed by Louis Kamper, architect of the Book-Cadillac Hotel, Book and Broderick towers and many other Detroit landmarks.

Three other historic properties will also see rehabilitation, and there will also be new construction. Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates is the architect on the project.

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http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/03/big_boy_and_blight_demolition.html

animatedmartian
Mar 31, 2017, 11:39 PM
Southfield seeks developer to create bustling downtown
By ANNALISE FRANK. March 13, 2017. Crain's Detroit.

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The city of Southfield wants to create a downtown.

Southfield said Thursday in a news release that it is seeking developers for its vacant "EverCentre" property and aims to transform the parcel into a walking-friendly mixed-use development in a bid to attract more retail business.

The city has issued a request for qualifications seeking a developer to create a layout for the property while following the city's vision for a business-friendly downtown with shopping, restaurants, entertainment and residences.

Proposals for the 8.15-acre spot at Evergreen Road and Civic Center Drive in the Southfield City Centre district are due by 3:30 p.m. April 21.

"The vision for this redevelopment has the potential to be a dynamic draw that balances urban walkability with true functionality, in addition to serving as a model for other communities throughout the region," Mayor Kenson Siver said in the news release.

The city has been working with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates to analyze how to use the space, which it said could spur economic development if more diverse business opportunities are brought in. Currently the City Centre area is dominated by office parks and strip malls.

Plans to make Southfield more walkable have been in the works for several years.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170330/NEWS/170339984/southfield-seeks-developer-to-create-bustling-downtown

deja vu
Apr 2, 2017, 5:46 PM
Here are some images of the recently-renovated former Detroit News building. The structure was designed by Albert Kahn and opened in in the 19-teens. It is located at 615 West Lafayette. The building now houses office space, including offices for about 1,100 Quicken Loans employees and 375 Molina Healthcare workers. All images are from the Detroit Free Press website article (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/03/30/historic-flair-kept-remodeled-detroit-news-building/99838636/), image credit Ryan Garza.

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Image: Exterior view

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Image: Main lobby

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Image: Interior lobby

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Image: Quicken Loans office space

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Image: Former Detroit News library area

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Image: Stacks at the former Detroit News library area

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Image: Window detail

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Image: Restroom with old newspaper-inspired wallpaper

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Image: Common area / corridor

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Image: A track from the former printing operations and new lights with a newspaper-theme

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Image: A track from the former printing operations, with ‘front-page headlines’ detail

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Image: Entry area into office area


Historic flair kept in remodeled Detroit News building
By Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press
March 30, 2017

The old wooden Detroit News library shelves are still there, along with original leaded glass windows. But the third floor of the newspaper's newsroom along with the two floors below that once housed the Detroit Free Press are all but unrecognizable, transformed into wide-open office space where employees of Quicken Loans and Molina Healthcare now work in a historic building on downtown Detroit's western edge.

The transformation of the Albert Kahn design began about two years ago after the city's two newspapers, which had shared the building since 1998, moved into renovated space at the old Federal Reserve Building several blocks east. The newspapers sold the old building to Dan Gilbert's organization, which has remodeled the space with its storied history in mind.
That includes the wooden walls in the News' fourth-floor library and editor's office and the half-circle shaped windows that made so distinctive the second-floor offices of the Free Press – where sports, features and the opinion pages were housed. Most of the walls in those offices are gone, replaced with the open floor plan with exposed beams and support columns painted variously in white and red.

The main lobby to the building marks a return to its original appearance. Gilbert's Bedrock Detroit used historical pictures to take out several layers of old renovations to restore it close to its original appearance, with stone walls, tall plaster ceilings and a hollow metal globe encasing a light that shines from the center of the ceiling.

"We protected all the real finite features that were still intact," John Olszewski, Bedrock's vice president of construction, said during a tour of the building Thursday.

"We want to preserve this history as much as we can," added Bedrock project manager Brett Yuhasz, who was deeply involved in the restoration of the building. "It's definitely a passion for us."

Bedrock is still figuring out how to best fill some of the smaller office spaces in the building. Some have become lounges for employees. Each floor has an expansive employee break room, in addition to a larger, self-serve cafeteria space where the newspapers once had a full cafeteria for employees.

A wood-fired pizza oven recently was seen being taken into what appears to be a cafeteria in the former private garage for newspaper executives and top editors, but Quicken declined to discuss additional details of what the space will become.

The nods to newspaper history come through even in modernized spaces. Kitchen break rooms have lamps with acrylic pendants featuring old newspaper ads. And a track lighting system was designed to mimic a printing press, with squares featuring old newspaper pages and front pages from the 1830s-era Detroit Gazette. Even some of the original painted wall markings pointing visitors to the old News editorial offices have been preserved.

An employee restroom follows the design, with imitation yellowed newspaper ads as wallpaper. Around the mirrors above hand-washing sinks is imported Italian tile with white, red, black and gray dots that call to mind the halftone dots of old newspaper photos and pop art.

Quicken Loans is nearing 1,100 workers in the building, which also houses multiple conference rooms and training facilities for its workers. Molina Healthcare of Michigan soon will have about 375 employees at the site.

You can link to the full article here (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/03/30/historic-flair-kept-remodeled-detroit-news-building/99838636/).

Docta_Love
Apr 5, 2017, 9:04 PM
Looks like this is part of the newly rejuvenated city planning department's 20 min neighborhood's plan.

Fitzgerald revitalization to include 115 rehabbed homes, new park, green space

Curbed Detroit
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
APR 5, 2017

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The city announced today the development team and plan for revitalizing the Fitzgerald neighborhood. The city has chosen a team called Fitz Forward, which includes Century Partners and The Platform.

The plan is part of the $30 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund the mayor announced in February.

The two-year plan for the Fitzgerald neighborhood includes:

Renovating 115 currently vacant homes into a mixture of rental properties and for sale homes at the neighborhood market rate. 20% will be affordable for Detroit families making 80 percent or less of the area median income.
Landscaping and maintenance of 192 vacant lots, creating productive landscape in place of overgrown and unkempt lots
Creating a 2-acre central park (the Ella Fitzgerald Park) anchoring a new linked greenway, creating better connectivity throughout the neighborhood.
The plan for Fitzgerald will preserve neighborhood character and increase density without the need to construct new structures. Fitz Forward will begin rehabbing the 115 homes, demolition of the 16 blighted structures, and installation of landscapes on the 192 vacant lots this fall. The entire project, including getting families and residents into the rehabbed homes, should be done by Fall 2019.

Phase One of the investment addresses residential development, while Phase Two will see another $5 million from the city and Strategic Neighborhood Fund partners for commercial development.

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“The mayor is also asking City Council to approve this Tuesday the transfer of 373 total parcels of land in Fitzgerald from the Detroit Land Bank Authority to the development team and the city. Fitz Forward will receive 323 parcels of land to rehab vacant homes, demolish blighted houses and create new productive landscapes. The city will receive 50 parcels of land to create new public community spaces in the new Ella Fitzgerald Park and greenway.”

http://detroit.curbed.com/2017/4/5/15191290/fitzgerald-redevelopment-plan-announced

subterranean
Apr 5, 2017, 10:15 PM
What a damn good idea to use those demo'd sites like that.

Rizzo
Apr 5, 2017, 11:07 PM
Glad to see an emphasis on preservation also

The North One
Apr 6, 2017, 1:19 AM
Well, this is a severe blow to all the people who claim only the city center gets attention.

animatedmartian
Apr 10, 2017, 6:49 PM
Here's what could be coming to more than 7 acres in Midtown
KIRK PINHO. Carin's Detroit. April 10, 2017.

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Although a great deal of the specifics are still yet to be determined, this morning I was able to get a peek of what could be coming to more than 7 acres of property at the southeast corner of Woodward and Mack avenues in Detroit's Midtown.

As a refresher, it's that site, owned by father and son developers George and Adam Nyman, where Target Corp. has been a rumored possible tenant.

George Nyman, sitting at a long table in a conference room in his downtown Birmingham office on West Brown Street, confirmed a meeting with the Minnesota-based retail giant, but both he and his son said it's still a long way off before tenants and the specific mix of uses is determined.

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What's clear is that the first phase of the project is slated to be a parking structure with 500-600 spaces. It's likely that the development, referred to in marketing materials as SOMA (South of Mack Avenue), will have a mix of office and retail space.

The site, which spans almost the entirety of two city blocks, has two buildings — one, 100,000 square feet, and another, 60,000 square feet — currently used by American Red Cross, which is downsizing into the smaller of the two, leaving the larger available for lease. It could be demolished and the site redevelopment, depending on how the development and tenant recruitment process goes.

Also included in the project is a plan to connect Eliot Street to John R. A pair of small, nondescript buildings on the property were demolished last month as part of the development project.

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It hasn't been determined yet whether residential space will be included in the development, the Nymans said.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170410/BLOG016/170419987/heres-what-could-be-coming-to-more-than-7-acres-in-midtown?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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Rizzo
Apr 11, 2017, 11:16 PM
Well, this is a severe blow to all the people who claim only the city center gets attention.

Strange words.

1 out of 5 homes in Detroit is vacant. And by "vacant" unlikely to be reoccupied since a couple of years ago, the number of foreclosures was greater

115 rehabbed homes is great, but hardly enough to deal a "severe blow" to the perception that neighborhood development is lacking.

I would say neighborhood redevelopment is only just starting and it won't be a boom until developers and investors get off all the public subsidies and can get a private loan because the potential for a return is actually possible. I'm certain that day will come.

animatedmartian
Apr 12, 2017, 12:05 AM
The Ashton is updated with some subtle additions to the design and is now 1 floor taller than previously proposed.

Max Broock gets listing for 98-unit The Ashton condo project in downtown Detroit
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. April 11, 2017.

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A Birmingham-based residential real estate brokerage has been retained to sell 98 condominiums planned for downtown Detroit.

Max Broock Realtors is marketing The Ashton condos, expected to be complete in early 2019, at 659 Howard St., according to a news release.

The company hasn't been active in large Detroit listings the last several decades because of the decline in Detroit real estate, but now is a good time to re-enter the market, said Christian Grothe, real estate salesman for Max Broock listing the condos for sale.

"Now there are so many new developments coming up, and we have a brand history of being a boutique, luxury firm selling high-end properties, and there is much more of that going on now than there has been over the last two to three decades," he said.

Ranging from 700 to 2,500 square feet, The Ashton units are expected to sell for $400 per square foot and higher, Grothe said. For example, the lowest price unit available is 601 square feet listing for $267,000 ($444.26 per square foot) while the most expensive is $849,000 for 1,917 square feet ($442.88 per square foot).

The 12-story planned building is being developed by a joint venture between Eric Means, who is one of the developers behind a planned hotel with Detroit-based Roxbury Group LLC; Brian Holdwick, a former Detroit Economic Growth Corp. executive; and Francis Resendes, whose Detroit-based Resendes Design Group is the architect on the project, according to Grothe.

It is expected to cost $35 million, according to media reports last year.

Grothe said two private equity firms have signed letters of intent to commit financing on the project, which has also received brownfield tax incentives.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170411/NEWS/170419964/max-broock-gets-listing-for-98-unit-the-ashton-condo-project-in

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animatedmartian
Apr 16, 2017, 1:34 PM
20-story-plus high-rise may be aimed for New Center
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. April 16, 2017.

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A large, skyline-changing residential development is under consideration for the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and West Grand Boulevard.

Nothing is finalized and any possible groundbreaking would be months away, or even longer, but if it is a development of the magnitude being discussed — 20 stories or more — it would be another cornerstone cementing the QLine's draw for large mixed-use development along its 3.3-mile route.

A high-rise is just one of the possibilities for the site, said David Grasso, CEO of Grasso Holdings Inc., which is behind an entity called 6565 Woodward Holdings LLC that is under contract to purchase the property from Midtown Detroit Inc. It was registered in January.

"I am considering a number of different development plans for that property," he said last week. "I'm also considering developing just the existing building, and not something large. I'm studying all the options."

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The project faces any number of potential snags, the largest of which is securing financing in a greater downtown market that has seen lots of development interest from local, national and international players but still almost always requires gap financing and incentives to make projects work financially.

Perhaps most immediately, a purchase agreement for the property could fall through, as well.

Multiple messages to Midtown Detroit were not returned.

Midtown Detroit purchased the property in 2015 as part of a broader strategy to reshape the streetcar path's northern edge.

It was part of a large deal that included 11 buildings totaling about 64,000 square feet along Woodward between Milwaukee Street and Grand Boulevard.

Sue Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit, said two years ago that the buildings, which range from 1,072 to 25,092 square feet, were expected to be converted into mixed-use with retail, multifamily residential and perhaps even boutique hotel space.

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Grasso, adding that he wouldn't demolish the existing building on the site, said the QLine is a key reason for him looking to develop in Detroit.

"If it wasn't for the QLine, I probably wouldn't be considering it, honestly, because if there was no rail line coming in, I would have to build a lot more parking."

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170416/NEWS/170419866/20-story-plus-high-rise-may-be-aimed-for-new-center

Docta_Love
Apr 18, 2017, 2:22 PM
Although small projects its a good start towards reinforcing the gains made in many of the neighborhoods mentioned over the past few years and opening the way for further re/development.

17 neighborhood revitalization projects receive Kresge support
Greenways, building rehabs, art, and more

Curbed Detroit
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
APR 17, 2017

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(The Eastside Community Network has plans to turn the vacant lot across from this school into a rain garden with help from the students and members of the community.)

The Kresge Foundation announced grants totaling $2 million to 17 non-profits for projects to revitalize neighborhoods across Detroit. The Kresge Innovative Projects represent all corners of the city and a variety of improvement projects, including rehabbing buildings, creating safer biking and walking on major streets, and developing greenways on vacant land.

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Grant-funded projects include the creation of a new community hub on Grand River in Grandmont Rosedale and conversion of a blighted five-block stretch of Morningside into a greenway. The grants also support renovation of an abandoned duplex into an art center and a Southwest Detroit program to promote the conversion of vacant second floors of commercial buildings into residential spaces. We’ll also see planters along Michigan Avenue in Corktown to help bikers and pedestrians, and improving biking and walking in Woodbridge.

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(Auntie Na's treasurer Aaron Appel, left, and Auntie Na herself, pose with some of the children that converge on Auntie Na's house on a daily basis on Yellowstone Street. The kids go to Na's house after school to eat, play, create art, take care of her chickens, plant gardens, and just about everything else. The group received a grant to convert a nearby house into a free medical clinic, a community food hub, and a small residential space.)

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(Jamii Tata, President/CEO of Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition, poses with some of his friends and community members holding up a banner of an artist's rendition of the proposed Moore Community Park on Philadelphia Street.)

The shovel-ready projects include:

-Allied Media Projects and The Aadzookaan, Southwest Detroit: Rehabilitate a vacant building in Southwest Detroit into a space for community-based artists rooted in indigenous practices.

-Auntie Na’s House, Petoskey-Otsego: Rehabilitate a house to create a free medical clinic (staffed by the Wayne State University School of Medicine), a community food hub, and a small residential space.

-The Brightmoor Alliance and Sidewalk Detroit: Pair artists with community members and organizations at Eliza Howell Park for 6-12 week residencies to design and implement participatory performances, workshops, classes and park improvements.

-Central Detroit Christian Development Corp., Piety Hill: Rehabilitate a duplex as a commercial space and arts studio.

-Corktown Economic Development Corp.: Install planters along the protected bike lanes on Michigan Avenue to promote safer biking and walkability.

-Eastside Community Network, Chandler Park: Install a rain garden learning lab on vacant land across from Hamilton Academy, the neighborhood’s only public school.

-EcoWorks, Cody Rouge: Creation of “Hope Park,” designed using environmental principles as a community space on a vacant lot across from Cody High School.

-Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp.: Create a new community hub along the neighborhood commercial strip on Grand River Avenue.

-Heritage Works, North Corktown: Transform and link green spaces, parks and vacant land throughout North Corktown using Detroit Future City designs for vacant lots.

-LifeBUILDERS, Regent Park: Seal abandoned buildings open to trespass, maintain vacant properties and beautify empty lots.

-Oakland Avenue Artist Coalition, North End: Create a multipurpose art and performance pavilion and make other enhancements to MOORE Community Park to celebrate the North End’s cultural history and resident artists.

-Osborn Neighborhood Alliance: Begin a tree and shrub nursery on eight adjacent vacant parcels and create a sunflower labyrinth in Calimera Park as an environmental education tool for neighborhood schools.

-Power House Productions, Banglatown: Enhance Ride It Sculpture Park for greater accessibility and install equipment for multi-seasonal and multi-generational use.

-Southwest Detroit Business Association: Renovate the second floors of four commercial buildings on West Vernor Avenue to create 10 housing units.

-U SNAP BAC, Morningside: Begin transformation of a largely vacant, half-mile stretch of Barham Street into an innovative public greenway and “farmway.”

-University of Detroit Mercy, Fitzgerald: Revitalization of several alleys between University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College.

-Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corp.: Enact a plan to calm traffic and improve walking and biking connections within Woodbridge and to the broader Midtown community, including the Woodward Corridor and the QLine.

http://detroit.curbed.com/2017/4/17/15324956/neighborhood-revitalization-kresge-grant

animatedmartian
Apr 21, 2017, 2:56 AM
Developer to renovate St. Charles School in Detroit's West Village for luxury condos
By ANNALISE FRANK. Crain's Detroit. April 20, 2017.

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Developer Banyan Investments LLC plans to transform a historic school building into 25 luxury condos — an addition to the growing body of upscale residential spaces in Detroit's West Village neighborhood.

Detroit-based Banyan aims to preserve as much as it can of the century-old St. Charles School when it remodels the building over the next year to build about 25 units, Banyan CEO Aamir Farooqi said.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Banyon plan to break ground on the Saint Charles Residences site at 1454 Townsend St. on May 1.

Farooqi did not release exact figures on the investment.

The condos will be priced from about $275,000 to $470,000 when build-out is complete in around 12 months, Farooqi said. Sizes will range from less than 1,000 square feet to about 1,600 square feet, with high ceilings, large windows, luxury master suites and an open concept design. Amenities will include outdoor space and secure parking.

Banyan plans to construct an additional floor on top of the three-story school, which he said has likely been vacant for more than two decades. A nearly 1,700-square-foot penthouse condo and several smaller units will be built on the new floor.

The project's architects are Royal Oak-based FX Architecture LLC and New York-based Gensler. The real estate broker is Detroit-based The Loft Warehouse Corp.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170420/NEWS/170429981/developer-to-renovate-st-charles-school-in-detroits-west-village-for



Wayne State University to Break Ground on Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments
BY STEPHANIE SHENOUDA . Dbusiness. April 20, 2017.

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As housing demand continues to increase, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held tomorrow, April 21, at the site for Wayne State University’s Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments in Detroit.

The project will expand the university’s on-campus housing offerings by 841 beds, with 17,000 square feet allotted for retail space and 9,700 square feet for a new student health services center.

The new apartments are part of WSU’s 10-year master plan and will accommodate students from around the world who want to live and study in Midtown. In Sept. 2016, the Wayne State Board of Governors approved a campus housing partnership with Corvias Campus Living, a firm that specializes in enhancing community structures on college and university campuses.

A reception will be hosted immediately following the groundbreaking at the adjacent St. Andrew’s Hall, where visual renderings and a virtual reality tour of the project will be available for viewing. The units are expected to be completed in the next 18 to 24 months.

http://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/Annual-2017/Wayne-State-University-to-Break-Ground-on-Anthony-Wayne-Drive-Apartments/

These new apartments will replace the Helen L. Deroy apartments. Demolition will start in 2019.

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At first I was a bit confused because I thought these new dorms were going to be on the same spot as the Deroy apartments, but the AWD apartments are actually going to be on the west side of 3rd Avenue (on the parking lot in front of the parking garages next to the freeway (https://goo.gl/maps/jAVjBEUtXFM2)). This virtual flyover starts at Kirby and 3rd.

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Docta_Love
Apr 21, 2017, 7:01 PM
Bedrock to invest nearly $70 million in renovation of former Free Press building
Gilbert project OK'd for $7 million in Detroit brownfield tax credits

By ANNALISE FRANK
4-21-17
Crain's Detroit Business

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Dan Gilbert's Bedrock LLC will spend about $70 million to renovate the former Detroit Free Press building for mixed use, with millions to be reimbursed under the city's brownfield tax credit program and other incentives.

Renovation of the 276,000-square-foot building at 321 W. Lafayette Blvd. is expected to begin this summer, according to Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority plan documents.

Bedrock will invest about $69.7 million in the project, the company estimated in the documents.

A Bedrock representative declined to comment on the project.

The developer will lease out the building's first floor for retail and the second and third floors for office space. About 130 residential units will take up the rest of the space.

The long-vacant building, originally opened in 1925, sits on 0.63 acres. It is six stories on either side of a 14-story tower in the middle.

Degradation has left the site dangerous and unusable, according to the documents. Asbestos and lead abatement, demolition and hazardous material removal will earn Bedrock about $7 million in brownfield tax abatements, the documents said. The city of Detroit's program offers incentives for redevelopment of deteriorating structures.

The project also seeks a tax abatement under the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone program, and state and federal historic credits

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170421/NEWS/170429966/bedrock-to-invest-nearly-70-million-in-renovation-of-former-free

animatedmartian
Apr 23, 2017, 11:48 PM
Sunny Sunday today. Starting in Capitol Park.

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QLine isn't open to passengers yet, but man I wish it was. Would have made the trip back to where I parked up in Midtown a little more convenient.

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Brush Park used to feel pretty sketchy a few years ago, especially when the Brewster Projects were still up. Now? It's starting to feel like a real urban residential area. It'll only get better once City Modern is up and going.

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I don't know if the foundations were cleared out when they demolished the mansions that used to sit here. There's a lot of pieces of bricks and stones and I don't think they're from any of the standing mansions. It almost looked like there were some covered slabs in that dirt.

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Surprised to see some still untouched properties in the area. It's probably only a matter of time.

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dc_denizen
Apr 24, 2017, 12:05 AM
downtown detroit is looking pretty damn good.

deja vu
Apr 24, 2017, 2:40 AM
downtown detroit is looking pretty damn good.

I concur. My thoughts exactly. Thanks for all the great photos.

The North One
Apr 24, 2017, 2:55 AM
Did nobody bother to plant flowering trees in the city? I thought Washington Boulevard was a missed opportunity but not even in Campus Martius? Regardless, nice pics.

Brush Park is gonna do a total 180 when CM is finished, crazy how the city is going to get a whole urban neighborhood back in a few short years.

Docta_Love
Apr 24, 2017, 5:53 PM
Detroit velodrome to host track championships in 2017, 2018

April 23, 2017
By Crain's Detroit Business
Crain's Detroit Business

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The to-be-built indoor cycling velodrome at Detroit's Tolan Playfield will host USA Cycling men's and women's U.S. National Track Championships in 2017 and 2018.

The three days of cycling are scheduled for Oct. 19-21. Next year's dates have not yet been set, said Dale Hughes, the velodrome's developer and organizer of the nonprofit Detroit Fitness Foundation that's working in collaboration with the city to create the privately-funded $4 million multisport building.

Ticket prices for the championships have not yet been set. The facility will have just under 1,000 seats, and Hughes said most of the audience will come from livestreaming.

The races are what is known as a madison tournament, which is two-rider relay team in a field of 20 to 30 teams.

The construction permit to build the 64,000-square-foot facility, which will include the cycling track and separate recreation fields inside an air dome, was granted Thursday, Hughes said. Work will begin this week, and the opening is scheduled for September. The general contractor is Wixom-based Quadrants Development LLC and Guelph, Ontario-based Farley Group is the air dome provider.

Hughes said he's seeking an international company to buy the naming rights for the facility.

The city announced the velodrome project in January as part of its planned improvements to Tolan Playfield at I-75 and Mack Avenue. The dome also will have indoor lanes for running, walking and skating, and a multipurpose infield. The park will get a playground, picnic space, a skateboard ramp and horseshoe pits.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170423/NEWS/170429954/detroit-velodrome-to-host-track-championships-in-2017-2018

subterranean
Apr 24, 2017, 5:59 PM
Thanks for the photos! Detroit is looking swell.

Is Detroit getting a Fat Head's Brewery? As far as I know, only Cleveland and Portland have them, but the sign on that building made me wonder...

animatedmartian
Apr 24, 2017, 6:16 PM
Thanks for the photos! Detroit is looking swell.

Is Detroit getting a Fat Head's Brewery? As far as I know, only Cleveland and Portland have them, but the sign on that building made me wonder...

Lol, Fathead is a vinyl graphics company - one of Dan Gilbert's companies.

animatedmartian
Apr 25, 2017, 2:36 AM
Just in case I missed anything the first time around, here's round 2 of some downtown updates. Looooooootta renovation work going on. The greatest concentration is around Capitol Park.

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Pretty much all 3 buildings in this shot (and a sliver of the 4th one behind view) have construction going on.

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A fire actually occurred here (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/longtime_liquor_store_in_detro.html) earlier in the month. The center building and the two to the right of of it were in the process of being bought by a developer to be renovated with new apartments on the roof. Needless to say, development plans are on hold for this set of buildings for the time being.

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deja vu
Apr 25, 2017, 1:37 PM
Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing is opening a new taproom in Detroit, at 456 Charlotte Street in Detroit's Cass Corridor.

Founders Brewing reportedly expanding with Detroit taproom (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/founders_brewing_company_repor.html#incart_river_home)

This would mark Founder's first expansion outside of Grand Rapids since its founding in 1997. All images from MLive Detroit / Tanya Moutzalias (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/founders_brewing_company_repor.html#incart_river_home).

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subterranean
Apr 25, 2017, 3:40 PM
Founders has really been pushing itself the last couple of years. Smart of them to put this near other Detroit greats, as well as the Masonic Temple.

EGrant
Apr 25, 2017, 4:25 PM
A fire actually occurred here (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/longtime_liquor_store_in_detro.html) earlier in the month. The center building and the two to the right of of it were in the process of being bought by a developer to be renovated with new apartments on the roof. Needless to say, development plans are on hold for this set of buildings for the time being.

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I really think this street has big potential to have a nice collection of bars and restaurants. Hopefully these buildings are restored in the near future.

deja vu
Apr 26, 2017, 12:55 AM
Here's a rendering of the proposed Detroit Founders Taproom, found on another MLive (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/founders_brewing_company_repor.html#incart_river_home) article.

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deja vu
Apr 26, 2017, 1:14 AM
I really think this street has big potential to have a nice collection of bars and restaurants. Hopefully these buildings are restored in the near future.

Agreed. It must only be a matter of time, if Detroit sustains its current development momentum.

LMich
Apr 26, 2017, 3:30 AM
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170416/NEWS/170419866/20-story-plus-high-rise-may-be-aimed-for-new-center

I hadn't heard of this one. Interesting.

Innsertnamehere
Apr 26, 2017, 4:03 AM
Big article on Detroit's revival, its critics, and the streetcar from a major Toronto / Canadian paper:

Can a streetcar save Detroit? Project is a bet on the future, but some say it’s too little, too late
Detroit’s civic leaders are counting on a new streetcar route to boost the city’s comeback from bankruptcy. But critics argue the transit project will do nothing for average residents – most of them poor and black. ‘It’s just going to be the hipster express,’ one says. Marcus Gee reports

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/article34720683.ece/BINARY/w620/qline21.jpg

Visitors to Detroit these days may chance upon a surprising sight: a sleek red-and-white streetcar gliding down the city’s central avenue, sounding an occasional warning with a recorded toot of its electronic steam whistle. The digital readout above the windshield says “Hello Detroit.”

The QLine, the city’s first foray into high-order transit in decades, opens officially on May 12. As the big day approaches, drivers are testing the $4.6-million (Canadian) vehicles by running them up and down their new tracks. Bright signs warn cyclists: “Watch for rail.”

A lot is riding on the project. Civic leaders are counting on it to boost the modest comeback the city has been enjoying since it emerged from a traumatic bankruptcy that made headlines around the world. The private group behind the streetcar says just the prospect of the new line has helped draw people back to the city to live and invest, lending Detroit a new buzz.

“I can remember when this place was hoppin’ and when this place was desolate,” says chief operating officer Paul Childs, a long-time Detroiter. “It is getting a lot closer to hoppin’ now.”..........

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/detroit-transit-qline/article34796598/

Rizzo
Apr 26, 2017, 4:30 AM
^ The motivation for constructing a streetcar shouldn't be cloaked in social cause. It's for one thing....ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. It's not the product that I personally wanted, but it's better than nothing at all and sends a message that the city is serious about developing critical corridors.

If you were to design a rail system to serve the majority of Detroit citizens, it would literally be these disconnected spokes on the periphery connecting to job centers in the burbs. Any efforts to build such a thing would be futile. That's why it's also crucial to have reliable and frequent regional bus service.

subterranean
Apr 26, 2017, 6:13 PM
Basically no one uses the streetcar here in Portland except for "tourists and loft dwellers", as the article states, but what it has done for downtown and especially the Pearl District in terms of infill and economic development has been nothing short of astonishing.

dc_denizen
Apr 27, 2017, 1:31 AM
What a dumb article.

Innsertnamehere
Apr 27, 2017, 3:15 AM
How so? in the end its pretty positive about the line. It essentially concludes that it is bringing back change to Detroit in a positive manner, but all things take time, and obviously it isn't a silver bullet. Half of the article is more about Detroit's comeback than its issues. The title is the most negative part of the article.

The final paragraph ends on a pretty good note:

Whether that alluring vision takes form in the Motor City, the return of streetcars is a minor miracle. The city’s first one, pulled by horses, started rolling on Aug. 27, 1863. No less than 153 years, eight months and 15 days later, a new streetcar will enter service again. For a city that has been through as much as Detroit, that can only be good news.

dc_denizen
Apr 27, 2017, 11:16 AM
As an international reader, I think it would be more interesting to read about the many renovations of the classic buildings downtown. It's frankly incredible that these ruined skyscrapers like the David stott and the book tower are being fixed up.

What's currently "saving" Detroit is these investments and new kinds of residents bringing more spending power and economic activity, not a new streetcar.

The North One
Apr 27, 2017, 1:51 PM
It's a really patronizing and disingenuous article, nobody is relying on a streetcar to eliminate poverty, racism and class division. Its purpose is real estate, that's about it. You'd think Toronto journalists would know better, considering they only live 4 hours away.

animatedmartian
Apr 27, 2017, 11:08 PM
Midtown West to bring residential, retail, park to Wigle Recreation Center site
BY ROBIN RUNYAN APR 27, 2017. Curbed Detroit.

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The fate of one of the largest parcels of vacant land in Midtown was revealed today. The Wigle Recreation Center site will be redeveloped into 175 rental units (20% of rental units will be affordable housing), 160 for sale units, 8,000 square feet of retail space, and a one-acre public green space.

Ground should break on the project in fall of 2018.

The $77 million development will be completed in two phases. The first phase will see the construction of 167 of the residential units, plus the retail and green space.

In addition, the first phase will see a reconfiguration of the street grid in that area. According to the city, “The new grid will see the reopening of 4th Street from Selden to Brainard and the rebuilding of Tuscola from 3rd Street to the Lodge access road.”

The second phase will complete the residential units and add commercial space.

The developer is PDH Development Group, which includes Detroit-based developer Roderick Hardamon and New York-based developer Mario Procida.

The development also will be subject to the City’s Community Benefits Agreement, which requires a community engagement process as the development moves forward. It’s the first residential development to go through the CBA process and the first in District Six.


http://detroit.curbed.com/2017/4/27/15454256/midtown-wigle-recreation-center-develop

deja vu
Apr 29, 2017, 1:04 PM
Did anybody else hear about this?

Detroit apple orchard to begin planting 350 trees Friday (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/apple_orchard_to_plant_350_tre.html)

DETROIT -- A nonprofit that began seeking land and raising funds last year to create an apple orchard in the city is ready to begin planting trees. Wolverine Human Services, a nonprofit that offers food, shelter and other services to vulnerable youths, is building "Core Orchards Detroit" at Lenox and Charlevoix streets on the city's east side.

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Image Source: MLive / Wolverine Human Services (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/apple_orchard_to_plant_350_tre.html)

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Image Source: MLive / Wolverine Human Services (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/04/apple_orchard_to_plant_350_tre.html)

Docta_Love
May 2, 2017, 6:15 PM
I like to think that the public - private partnership that has come together over the past 10 years and has really taken off over the past few years and the huge changes they've brought to downtown Detroit is the main story of the Detroit revival story. The streetcar is just a manifestation of this the original plan for the streetcar fell apart because the city no longer was in a position to provide funding and this coalition stepped in and saved the project in its smaller form.

Whats changed recently to really make downtown - midtown renaissance take off and start expanding to the ~ 10sq mile area of the greater downtown area and many surrounding neighborhoods and has come especially since Duggan came into office is a real close and coordinated effort between the city and this group. For example there is the plan recently reveled to emulate what has happened along the Woodward corridor in the downtown - midtown - new center area and replicate it along the east Jefferson ave. corridor and the lower east side/riverfront area and many of the same players already have proposals for this area or are working on building the up concepts.

I will also say that the completion of the Qline does seem to add a sense of permanence to the revival along Woodward it seems that just during the building stage of the Qline the size and scale of projects became larger and more ambitious along with also being more numerous. But i think that the real story that should be told about the "Detroit comeback story" that should be heralded is the public - private partnership that seems to have found a winning formula for redevelopment along the Woodward corridor and looks to be in a position to replicate it along the East Jefferson corridor.

Also with all that's been happening in the greater downtown area with projects being built right now that 5-10 years ago would have been inconceivable its easy to over look the significance of whats been happening along the Livernois corridor in the University District and the Fitzgerald Neighborhoods of NW Detroit. Just like in midtown redevelopment efforts of the of the Livernois corridor and the Fitzgerald Neighborhood as a whole rest on the fact that they are anchored by two respected schools The University of Detroit Mercy and Marrygrove College whose impact on the surrounding area has been minimal barbecue they've been more of the commuter college type although U of D does have a small population of students who live "on campus". The Problem with this area is there are many strong neighborhoods in the area but they area some of the wealthiest in the city there is a lack of good quality affordable housing in safe and vibrant areas. If the plan For Fitzgerald moves forward with 115 home renovations and strategic demolitions not only used to create urban gardens but to create greenways in a few years we could have another mini midtown-esque area in NW Detroit and the first large scale revival in "the neighborhoods".

There's certainly a lot more going on in Detroit that's contributing to it's revival then the Qline but at the same time its a solid step forward even if is just an economic development tool i don't think anyone would deny that's something Detroit needs more of in any size, shape or form. I can also see why some Detroiters can be dismissive of articles with titles that don's show the larger picture of what is going on in the city and what has been accomplished after how so many people's perceptions of the city were ruined or negatively influenced by doomsday articles and ruin porn that had been focusing on Detroit. But because of this even it isn't covering all of the amazing things that are happening in Detroit right now i'm always glad to see positive articles about Detroit even if wished they would be more in-depth or expansive.

Anyways there's 2cents about the streetcar and the Toronto article but i originally wanted to say something different about the Qline and the effects its already seeming to have on the area immediately surrounding it. Boston-Edison Neighborhood has some of the finest Mansions in the city but it is on the border of New Center and the North End which is a struggling area however the street car is within walking distance of B.E. and one of the biggest home sales in the city this year has just taken place there with a 1 million dollar + price tag. In any other city the Fisher Mansion would go for a lot more but considering just a few years ago some areas of B&E were starting to show signs of wear and tare this is great to see.

The Charles T. Fisher Mansion sells for $1.25M
Curbed Detroit
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
APR 28, 2017

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What could be one of the biggest private home sales in Detroit this year just finalized in Boston-Edison. The Charles T. Fisher Mansion, which we profiled last year, has just sold to a new owner for $1,250,000.

The house never officially listed for sale, but came up as pending earlier this year.

The Charles T. Fisher Mansion is the largest home in Boston-Edison, at 18,000 square feet. It was designed by George D. Mason in 1922 and has 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a pub, a private chapel, gymnasium, and a prohibition liquor vault. There’s also a finished carriage house in the back. An extensive renovation has been ongoing in the home. Here are a few of the photos we took last year, and many more can be seen here. It’s one of the most elegant, extraordinary homes in the city.

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...and so on... there's more pics at the link below if your interested.

http://detroit.curbed.com/2017/4/28/15478584/charles-t-fisher-mansion-sold


Banyan breaks ground on $10 million St. Charles School renovation
Crain's Detroit Business
May 01, 2017
By KURT NAGL

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Banyan Investments LLC broke ground Monday on a $10 million renovation of a historic school building in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood.

The Detroit-based real estate company is transforming the century-old St. Charles School building into 35 "modern and sleek" residential spaces, according to a news release.

Located on Townsend Street, the units are planned to range in size from 894 square feet to 1,640 square feet and in price from $275,000 to $470,000, and will be ready for move-in by May next year.

Banyan CEO Aamir Farooqi told Crain's recently that his company intends to preserve as much of the building as possible.

"It's easy for people to come in and replace because it's easier, it's quicker, it's cheaper," he said. "To refresh and renew and repurpose is not as easy and is not for the faint of heart, but I think the result is significantly more uplifting."

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509979/banyan-breaks-ground-on-10-million-st-charles-school-renovation


Metro Detroit among top 10 in U.S. for construction job growth
About 21,700 work in construction in the area
By ANNALISE FRANK
May 02, 2017

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Metro Detroit added construction jobs at the seventh-fastest rate this past year out of more than 300 U.S. metro areas surveyed, the Associated General Contractors of America announced Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit.

The Southeast Michigan region described as Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia gained about 2,900 construction jobs from March 2016 to March 2017, a 15 percent increase over the previous year, according to data from the association. About 21,700 work in construction in the area, up from 18,800 the previous year.

Recent Detroit growth comes "largely thanks to projects like Little Caesars Arena," said Brian Turmail, spokesman for the Arlington, Va.-based association.

The construction site of the arena, scheduled to open in September, hosts an average of 1,400 workers per day, said Dannis Mitchell, director of workforce development for Barton Malow Co. based in Southfield.

Barton Malow, Detroit-based White Construction and Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group are leading the arena construction effort.

About 40 Detroit-based businesses are signed on to the project, Mitchell said.

-Worker shortage

Michigan's construction industry has strengthened in recent years, but the widespread shortage of qualified workers continues to pose a major challenge, said Darryl Massa, chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan and vice president of Lansing-based Granger Construction.

Contractors on the Little Caesars Arena project signed an agreement with city officials requiring them to maintain an employment base of 51 percent Detroit residents. But they've failed to reach that number due to the lack of qualified workers available, and have paid fines to the city, Mitchell said.

Crain's reported in October that arena contractors had paid about $500,000 in fines to the city thus far.

"We are up against so much tremendous growth," Mitchell said. But the site does employ 233 apprentices who are Detroit residents, she said.

The city, state and companies like Barton Malow have turned to community engagement events in an effort to bring more job-seekers into the industry. Arena developer Olympia Development of Michigan is sponsoring Michigan Construction Career Days May 4-5 in Howell, according to the website, and Detroit has launched several training programs and initiatives.

Barton Malow has seen an "influx" in local workers through its community outreach events and apprenticeship programs, Mitchell said, but she did not disclose specific numbers.

"If we didn't have those outreach events, we wouldn't be close to where we are" on hiring Detroiters, she said. And, in this new wave of development, "somebody's gotta take the brunt of the work on their shoulders," she said.

This trend isn't unique to Michigan, though. Nationally, about 73 percent of companies have a difficult time finding enough qualified workers to fill positions, Turmail said.

-Measuring growth

These recent construction gains come after the Detroit area lost about one out of every four construction positions from 2008 to 2010, a decrease of 5,100 jobs, according to the association.

Of the 358 metro areas surveyed, 224 added jobs in the past year, including areas identified as Grand Rapids-Wyoming and Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills. Another 92 regions lost construction jobs and 42 remained the same.

Continuing construction employment growth depends on federal officials green-lighting measures that encourage new development, create more demand and improving tax and regulatory environments, Turmail said. The association is also pushing for more funding and flexibility in implementing vocational training in public education, he said.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509964/metro-detroit-among-top-10-in-u-s-for-construction-job-growth

animatedmartian
May 2, 2017, 11:07 PM
I'd love to see HP make a comeback.

A bold vision for Highland Park
BY ROBIN RUNYAN MAY 2, 2017. Curbed Detroit.

When looking at real estate and development in Detroit over the next few years, it’s important to keep an eye on Highland Park, which has incredible opportunity along the Woodward corridor and beyond.

Last year, Highland Park mayor Hubert Yopp tasked the Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) Board of Directors to develop a two, five, and ten year plan for development in Highland Park. Board chair Theresa Johnson plans on focusing first on demonstrating that there is demand for development, through community-driven, targeted, short term wins in multi-modal infrastructure, activated public spaces, and pop-up experiences that celebrate the strength and vitality of Highland Park.

MKSK Studios provided Curbed with an overview of what the group presented to Highland Park officials at the end of April. In it, we see opportunities for increased public space, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, an emphasis on pedestrian safety, increased retail opportunity, and taking advantage of the Inner Circle Greenway, connecting neighborhoods of Detroit with Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Dearborn in a non-motorized capacity.

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/2/15518568/highland-park-development-strategic-plan

animatedmartian
May 3, 2017, 12:54 AM
City makes way for sledding hill, dog park, skate park along riverfront
By Dana Afana, MLive Detroit. May 02, 2017.

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The city began demolishing its old Animal Control building this week to make way for an expansion of Riverside Park.

A new dog park and skate park will be built on the 3-acre site, Mayor Mike Duggan's office announced Monday.

Detroit Animal Care and Control moved late last year to a former Humane Society of Michigan shelter off the Chrysler Service Drive, north of Grand Boulevard.

Riverside Park, along Detroit's west riverfront, has been closed for years, but the city has been working to reopen it since a 2015 land swap with Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun.

Moroun wanted a portion of the park for his long-shot bid to build a second bridge span, and the city agreed last year to transfer the property to his Detroit International Bridge Company in exchange for $3 million and 4.8 acres of riverfront land to the west.

On those a 4.8 acres, an old Detroit News warehouse was demolished last year, and the first phase of construction began on a new basketball court, soccer field, playground, picnic shelter and a softball diamond, which is open.

A third phase of the project will begin this summer, with plans for an amphitheater and sledding hill, according to the mayor's office.

Later on, the city plans to create more playgrounds, a festival promenade and the Riverside Park boat launch.

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/05/former_animal_control_building.html

deja vu
May 3, 2017, 1:40 AM
Man, so much positive news in those last three posts. A good way to end the day.

subterranean
May 3, 2017, 4:13 PM
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/05/former_animal_control_building.html

I like parks as much as the next guy, and I love these riverfront projects. But I can't help but think of all the parks in the city that already can't be maintained adequately.

animatedmartian
May 3, 2017, 11:27 PM
I like parks as much as the next guy, and I love these riverfront projects. But I can't help but think of all the parks in the city that already can't be maintained adequately.

http://detroitmi.gov/40neighborhoodparks

http://detroitmi.gov/News/ArticleID/1281/Mayor-Unveils-First-Completed-Neighborhood-Park-Improvements-Announces-Start-of-Work-on-30-More

:tup:

LMich
May 5, 2017, 3:12 AM
The former Compuware Headquarters, One Campus Martius, which was built to be expanded...is finally getting filled in in the back:

Gilbert confirms plans for large addition to One Campus Martius (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509898/gilbert-confirms-plans-for-large-addition-to-one-campus-martius)

By Kirk Pinho | Crain's Detroit Building

May 4, 2017

Dan Gilbert confirmed that he plans to build an addition to the One Campus Martius building downtown where his Quicken Loans Inc. makes its headquarters.

In an interview Wednesday afternoon with Crain's, Gilbert did not elaborate on size or timeline for construction, but when asked about the potential for an addition to the 1 million-square-foot building he and Detroit-based Meridian Health purchased for $142 million in 2014, he said, "I'd say you're on the right path on that."

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The building at 1050 Woodward Ave., formerly the Compuware Corp. headquarters, has 15 stories of office and retail space, but there is a northern section that is just three stories tall that could accommodate an addition.

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Here's the nitch left in the back for expansion:

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Study on QLine:

QLINE gets credit for $7B Detroit transformation (http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2017/05/04/qline-detroit-streetcar/101294354/)

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press

May 5, 2017

The value of the economic development, both planned and finished, along the QLINE's path is estimated at more than $7 billion, according to a report released Thursday by M-1 Rail, the organization building Detroit's streetcar system.

The eye-popping number takes into account development since 2013. The 3.3-mile QLINE on Woodward Avenue is to open to the public May 12, connecting the city's downtown, Midtown, New Center and North End areas.

The 24-page report says about two-thirds of the investments in 211 projects, including the $1.2-billion District Detroit that incorporates Little Caesars Arena, have been completed — with $2.4 billion planned for the future. The numbers are more than double the $3-billion figure boosters have previously pitched to highlight the potential impact of the QLINE.

The report notes that large sections of the area were blighted and abandoned until recently, and it gives the QLINE substantial credit.

“What the QLINE has done is take the entire length of Woodward from the (Detroit River) to Grand Boulevard and provide an attractive reason to develop and redevelop,” Eric Larson, president of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, said in the report. “So a lot more of the infill opportunities that were not quite ready are now sitting in a very good position.”

Critics, however, have noted that a not insubstantial portion of that blight and abandonment was a result of property purchased and allowed to sit until the time was ripe for redevelopment.

EuphoricOctopus
May 5, 2017, 4:31 AM
It's a really patronizing and disingenuous article, nobody is relying on a streetcar to eliminate poverty, racism and class division. Its purpose is real estate, that's about it. You'd think Toronto journalists would know better, considering they only live 4 hours away.

Toronto doesn't know what to write about now that Detroit development and revitalization is kicked in high gear. They are really grasping at straws for some patronizing negativity about Detroit, now-a-days. It's sad and pathetic; even Chicago backed off on the negative stuff recently.

Docta_Love
May 5, 2017, 1:27 PM
Ford Land's $60 million Wagner Place redevelopment breaks ground in Dearborn
600 Ford Motor Co. workers expected to move in next year

May 03, 2017
By KIRK PINHO
Crain's Detroit Business

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A $60 million project to transform a historic hotel and other largely vacant buildings in west downtown Dearborn kicked off Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The Wagner Place development, lead by Ford Land Development Corp., the real estate arm for Ford Motor Co., is expected to result in about 600 of the automaker's data insights and analytics employees moving there in the middle of next year through relocation and consolidation.

In December, the city secured a $3 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund to construct a 373-space parking deck on what is a surface parking lot at West Village Drive and Monroe.

The project is expected to bring a pair of three-story mixed-use buildings to downtown and restore the Wagner Hotel into retail and office space. One-third of the 150,000-square-foot development is expected to be retail space.

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"Developing an urban office environment positions Ford to offer a work setting that will appeal to a new generation of employees," Dave Dubensky, chairman and CEO of Ford Land, said in a statement. "Wagner Place supports our goals to create a more collaborative and inviting campus atmosphere for all employees."

The project area is between Mason Street to the west, Oakwood Boulevard to the east and south of Michigan Avenue. Some of the structures in the area are slated for demolition as part of the project, according to a December MSF memo.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509929/ford-lands-60-million-wagner-place-redevelopment-breaks-ground-in

animatedmartian
May 8, 2017, 12:49 AM
Elton Park project construction to begin this week in Corktown
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. May 7, 2017.

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Anthony Soave's sweeping mixed-use development in Corktown begins construction Monday.

A ceremony will be held to break ground on the $150 million Elton Park project that's planned to bring 420 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail space to a 4.5-acre swath of the neighborhood west of downtown. The name comes from a park that was demolished in the late 1950s to make way for the John C. Lodge Freeway.

The $45 million first phase of the project, announced last year, includes 151 apartments totaling 124,000 square feet, averaging 821 square feet, and just over 13,000 square feet of retail. That phase is expected to be complete by late summer 2018, according to the developer.

The project has received $6.9 million from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program and construction financing from Comerica Bank and Huntington Bank.

Contractors on the project are Eastpointe-based Monahan Construction, which is construction manager; the architecture firms of Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates and Quinn Evans Architects, which has offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor; and Detroit-based The Roxbury Group, which is providing development services.

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Checker Cab Building (redevelopment): Two floors of one- and two-bedroom lofts


The Robertson (new construction): Four stories, 45 one- and two-bedroom apartments, retail.


The Crawford (new construction): Five stories, 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments, retail.


2100 Trumbull (new construction): Five live/work spaces, retail.


2120 Trumbull (new construction): Five live/work spaces, retail.


8th Street Row (new construction): 4 three-story attached rowhouses with 1,744 square feet each.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170507/NEWS/170509853/elton-park-project-construction-to-begin-this-week-in-corktown

animatedmartian
May 8, 2017, 2:24 PM
DuCharme Place in Lafayette Park is now open to residents. If I'm interpreting their website correctly, of the 185 units total only about 10 units are left available as of today.

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/8/15556094/ducharme-place-apartments-lafayette-park

https://www.facebook.com/ducharmeplace/

animatedmartian
May 8, 2017, 2:27 PM
Large downtown Royal Oak office building set to begin construction
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. May 08, 2017.

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Construction is about to begin on a 74,000-square-foot office building in downtown Royal Oak now that it has been pre-leased for about 85 percent of its space by three major tenants, including the developer.

The building at 150 W. Second St. at 11 Mile Road will house the offices of Auburn Hills-based research firm Gongos Inc.; Southfield-based developer Etkin LLC, which is developing the building and moving its headquarters there; and Stout Risius Ross, which currently has space in the Southfield Town Center.

Stout Risius will take the fourth floor plus have expansion space on the third floor; Gongos will occupy the third floor; and Etkin will move into the second floor, the balance of which will be occupied by what was only described as "a prominent Oakland County law firm."

Total project cost is about $20 million, said Josh Suardini, vice president of Etkin.

It's expected to open by spring 2018. A groundbreaking event is planned for 10:30 a.m. May 16.

The building's first floor is for ground-level parking with 54 spaces, which will be available for public parking evenings and weekends.

Douglas Etkin, principal of Etkin LLC, said the project "will increase the city's daytime population by approximately 350 persons."

Southfield-based Faudie Architecture was the architect on the project, while Troy-based The Alan Group is the general contractor. Civil and site engineering was done by Troy-based Professional Engineering Associates.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170508/NEWS/170509838/large-downtown-royal-oak-office-building-set-to-begin-construction

Docta_Love
May 8, 2017, 4:47 PM
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170507/NEWS/170509853/elton-park-project-construction-to-begin-this-week-in-corktown


Very cool glad its going to be shovel in ground official, i'm excited to see the checkerd cab building and a section of plum st getting some streetscape improvements that little corner of Corktown looks like it could become kinda funky cool little village area if they can promote its plum st credentials in the way things move forward.

Also found a new rendering on Curbed Detroit's article about Highland Park's recently announced revitalization plan, i believe its from the early stage 0-2 year plan.

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/2/15518568/highland-park-development-strategic-plan

The North One
May 8, 2017, 7:05 PM
More photos of Elton Park here:

http://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/05/08/corktown-is-about-to-look-very-very-different

animatedmartian
May 10, 2017, 2:24 AM
No rendering as of yet, but a hotel with that number of rooms is usually around several stories tall. It'd be a decent filler along Woodward.

New 120-room hotel, apartment development planned for Midtown
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. May 9, 2017.

A Farmington Hills-based development company is planning a new mixed-use project in Midtown that would bring the neighborhood north of downtown a new 120-room hotel and at least 65 new apartments.

Planned for about three acres of developable property at Woodward Avenue and Alexandrine Street that also houses the 300-unit Bicentennial Tower apartment building, the development would also include at least 20,000 square feet of retail space and a parking deck on top of which the apartments would sit, Group 10 Management Co. President Kenny Koza said Tuesday.

The project would be built on the Woodward frontage of the Bicentennial and some of its surface parking lot. Residents of both the Bicentennial and the new apartments would have parking spaces in the deck, as would hotel guests and retail patrons, Koza said.

He cautioned that some aspects of the project are still being "fine-tuned" and that the soonest construction would begin is late next year, pushing completion into 2020.

"We are kind of feeling the heartbeat of the area, but things are progressing," he said.

Koza declined to discuss development costs.
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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509799/new-120-room-hotel-apartment-development-planned-for-midtown

LMich
May 10, 2017, 3:42 AM
Not just that number of rooms, but from the description, since it's being built mostly along the Woodward frontage of the property and incldues 65 additional apartments, it's going to be quite prominent.

Here is Bicentennial Towers:

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Midtown, Detroit, Michigan (https://flic.kr/p/8ivq7m) by hudkina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/64429486@N00/), on Flickr

It's going to be built in front of it from the sound of it. This is immediately north of the redeveloped/ing "Hammer" building, which will include 72 apartments and retail.

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Michelle & Chris Gerard (https://detroit.curbed.com/2016/4/18/11439048/midtown-detroit-former-hammer-nail-building-plaza-renovation)

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animatedmartian
May 11, 2017, 1:24 AM
Not just that number of rooms, but from the description, since it's being built mostly along the Woodward frontage of the property and incldues 65 additional apartments, it's going to be quite prominent.

The way it was worded made me think the hotel tower with retail on the bottom would front Woodward and the parking deck would be behind it with the apartments on top. Of course, it sounds pretty early in development so it's likely to changed between now and later.

The North One
May 11, 2017, 8:45 PM
New luxury hotel in Birmingham: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2017/05/11/luxury-hotel-birmingham/318070001/

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animatedmartian
May 12, 2017, 2:30 PM
Big Rock Chophouse owners to operate new DTE park restaurant
By ANNALISE FRANK. Crain's Detroit. May 11, 2017.

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The minds behind Big Rock Chophouse and Griffin Claw Brewing Co. in Birmingham will operate the spacious anchor venue at DTE Energy Co.'s new downtown Detroit park, the Detroit-based utility announced Thursday.

Norm and Bonnie LePage will operate an outdoors-focused eatery out of the 1.5-acre public park. The park, which was first announced in 2015 and is under construction, will open in July, DTE told Crain's.

The LePages have operated restaurants in metro Detroit for more than 40 years, but the DTE park's dining anchor — slated to open in the fall — is their first venture into the city itself, Norm LePage said.

DTE lead a national search for a restaurant operator and chose the LePages for their long history serving "top-quality" food, said Nancy Moody, DTE's vice president of public affairs.

"We were hopeful that we would find someone who had really great Detroit roots," Moody said. "But that person also had to have the characteristics that Norm and Bonnie bring ... proven quality, and one thing we like to tell Norm is, 'We just plan like you guys.'"

The LePages will manage all food service for the park, including for public events, Norm LePage said.

DTE sought a vendor that would bring affordable food and bridge the gap between trendy restaurant and public park space, Moody said. The yet-to-be-named, brasserie-style eatery will have a family-friendly feel, LePage said, as well as a long line of Belgian and craft beer options.

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The restaurant's indoor dining area's glass walls will be able to slide into the corners of the restaurant in good weather, opening up the space and joining it with the outdoor patio. An outdoor staircase will lead to rooftop garden dining with a view of the skyline.

Boston-based Touloukian Touloukian Inc. is leading construction of the green rooftop space, Victor Saroki of Birmingham-based Saroki Architecture will design the interior and patio, and Birmingham-based Kelly Building Co. will handle build-out. Sterling Heights-based Roncelli Inc. and Detroit-based Tooles Contracting Group are general contractors for both the park and the restaurant and LivingLab LLC based in Midtown is the landscape architect and project lead.

The 4,000-square-foot restaurant will seat 85 inside and another 125-150 on the 750-square-foot roof deck and outdoor patio bar.

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The DTE park space, bounded by Grand River Avenue, Plaza Drive and First Street, is adjacent to the utility's headquarters. Its official name hasn't been announced.

"The park's theme is light, energy and motion, so it could very well be along those lines," Moody said. "We are also looking at the historic aspects of the neighborhood."

The park itself will be about 56,000 square feet, including the restaurant and public green space. The Downtown Detroit Partnership, which manages Campus Martius, will operate the park.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519972/big-rock-chophouse-owners-to-operate-new-dte-park-restaurant

LMich
May 12, 2017, 2:32 PM
Quicken Loans is going to be using the median in Woodward south of Campus Martius for the public, I guess sort of like the city did with Cadillac Square.

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New Detroit gathering space to open with food trucks during QLine launch (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/05/public_space_quicken_loans.html#incart_river_home)

By Dana Afana | MLive.com

May 12, 2017

A new public space in Downtown Detroit will open with food trucks and live entertainment Friday on Woodward Avenue, just south of Campus Martius Park. The opening will coincide with the launch of M-1 RAIL's QLine streetcar system. Detroit-based Quicken Loans is spending $400,000 on developing the esplanade on Woodward Avenue medians near Larned Street.

It will feature art installations, pedestrian walkways, food truck space, seating and live entertainment, Quicken announced.

A northbound turnaround on Woodward Avenue near Campus Martius Park will close completely to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment. Along the pedestrian walkway, the space will feature 12-foot-tall arches, which will create a platform for artists to participate in rotating installations, according to Quicken.

"Artistic furniture" elements will include swings, flexible seating, movable cubes and custom wooden benches, Quicken announced.

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Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

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The North One
May 12, 2017, 2:34 PM
Trees! Yay!

Now they just need to build some mid-rises around that DTE park and the area will be well on it's way.

mousquet
May 13, 2017, 4:01 PM
Not only the trees, this humble too short streetcar downtown is looking 1st class. It would end up overcrowded in a couple of weeks in my country... I can tell.

Looking forward for expansion! You got to be serious and go beyond the will of local billioaires there, huh.

animatedmartian
May 13, 2017, 5:22 PM
Foundation Hotel offers taste of Detroit art, fashion and history
By TYLER CLIFFORD. Crain's Detroit. May 13, 2017.

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Foundation Hotel, which will officially open its original, historic red doors for business in downtown Detroit on Monday, looks less of a traditional hotel and more like a compilation of Detroit art, innovation and history.

The 100-room boutique hotel was built in the former Detroit Fire Department headquarters at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Larned Street across from Cobo Center. The developers, Aparium Group of Chicago and 21 Century Holdings LLC of Southfield, invested $34 million to restore and modernize the historic character of the building. With a new restaurant and creative amenities, General Manager Bob Lambert said he wants the hotel to become a "neighborhood hangout."

"I'm excited because we're going to become a part of the community. What's happening in Detroit is amazing and everybody knows and sees where the city is going," said Lambert, who previously served as general manager of the Mariott St. Louis Airport. "But what we've done, the type of product that we've built, really collaborates so well with all the local business owners. So not only are we going to appeal to the transients but also the locals. We want to be a local hot spot and have that sense of community."

The property includes the former Pontchartrain Wine Cellars building, which is connected to the old firehouse and was purchased in 2013 for $1.25 million. Exposed brick inside the hotel show the separation between the firehouse, built in 1929, and the cellar, built in 1886.

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The Foundation Hotel is joining a growing hospitality industry in downtown Detroit, which has approximately 5,000 hotel rooms, Crain's reported in September. There are about five more projects that could bring about 1,000 more rooms to the downtown area, including the Shinola Hotel, The Element Detroit and a hotel in The District Detroit.


http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519922/foundation-hotel-offers-taste-of-detroit-art-fashion-and-history

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dc_denizen
May 14, 2017, 12:27 AM
question for the detroit forumers..do any of you own property in the city?

what do you think about buying a vacant lot or two close to Woodward, maybe to develop as single family housing or re-sale in 5 or 10 years? Or buying a house in a nice but run down and eventually re-developable neighborhood like, i don't know, Dexter-Davidson?

mousquet
May 14, 2017, 1:01 AM
I'm wondering, why would you even ask on here if you're about to take the risk?

This is a US city with some sort of well-known fighting spirit. It wouldn't be such a risky spot for your money.

You take a close look at current development, then buy some property over there and make some money for yourself, or just shut the fuck up.

animatedmartian
May 14, 2017, 1:39 AM
question for the detroit forumers..do any of you own property in the city?

what do you think about buying a vacant lot or two close to Woodward, maybe to develop as single family housing or re-sale in 5 or 10 years? Or buying a house in a nice but run down and eventually re-developable neighborhood like, i don't know, Dexter-Davidson?

Sure, if I had a couple million dollars on hand. Otherwise it's a negative investment all around.

One house isn't enough to raise the value of land and assuming you get some sort of financing without any tax subsidies, you'll be in a whole bunch of debt by the time those 5-10 years pass. There's no way that Detroit's overall land values would be able to rise that fast for you to just break even because of the sheer volume of vacant land there is available to develop.

dc_denizen
May 14, 2017, 7:54 PM
I'm wondering, why would you even ask on here if you're about to take the risk?

This is a US city with some sort of well-known fighting spirit. It wouldn't be such a risky spot for your money.

You take a close look at current development, then buy some property over there and make some money for yourself, or just shut the fuck up.

can't argue with you :tup:

this looks nice:

detroit home (https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2691-Leslie-St-Detroit-MI-48238/88174564_zpid/)

dc_denizen
May 14, 2017, 7:56 PM
Sure, if I had a couple million dollars on hand. Otherwise it's a negative investment all around.

One house isn't enough to raise the value of land and assuming you get some sort of financing without any tax subsidies, you'll be in a whole bunch of debt by the time those 5-10 years pass. There's no way that Detroit's overall land values would be able to rise that fast for you to just break even because of the sheer volume of vacant land there is available to develop.

you really need a couple million?

see this area (just west of woodward (https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Detroit-MI/17762_rid/2-_beds/1_pnd/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.384875,-83.087432,42.357164,-83.133566_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/))

seems some cheap stuff close to franklin blvd; very close to woodward also.

animatedmartian
May 14, 2017, 9:21 PM
you really need a couple million?

see this area (just west of woodward (https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Detroit-MI/17762_rid/2-_beds/1_pnd/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.384875,-83.087432,42.357164,-83.133566_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/))

seems some cheap stuff close to franklin blvd; very close to woodward also.

Maybe not a million, but either way it's a pretty risky gamble. It costs on average $75 to $100 dollars per square foot to renovate a home, assuming there's nothing major like fire damage or anything missing or critical to the structural integrity. That house on Leslie in your other post would have to sell for about $300,000 if completely renovated, at the very least. Comps in that are, at most, 60K. Not very optimistic odds.

It'd be even more expensive to build a new home on a vacant lot.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2016/9/9/12860756/tiny-house-detroit-neighborhood-low-income

These tiny homes are 300-400 square feet but cost about $48,000 to build. $160 dollars per square feet. The average home size in the Dexter-Linwood area is about 2100-2500 square feet. At $160/sq ft, you're looking at $400,000 houses. You'd need a decent number of units to sell to really stay in the green.

This could work in Midtown or Downtown, but out at Dexter and Davison? Maybe if a LRT was built up Dexter or Lindwood connecting to the QLine via Grand Boulevard. But I wouldn't hold my breath on that happening anytime in the near future, certainly not if I spent all that money now. Not only that, but this is a decently populated area and you'd have strong outcries of gentrification if nothing was done to help the residents already living there.

animatedmartian
May 15, 2017, 3:55 PM
According to the DHDC, this is in the works. Can't find any other info on it though.

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Detroit seeks to buy historic Lee Plaza tower for rehab
Matthew Dolan , Detroit Free Press May 14, 2017.

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A long-delayed, ill-fated effort to revamp a vacant high-rise luxury hotel on Detroit's west side could be revived under a city proposal to buy the historic property from the Detroit Housing Commission.

It's part of a broader plan to be unveiled Monday proposing the transfer of nearly 400 vacant public housing units from the Detroit Housing Commission to direct city control, officials announced Sunday. Officials said the move will boost redevelopment opportunities and strengthen several neighborhoods.

The deal could bring more housing and rental assistance for lower-income residents if the sale and redevelopment of several apartment buildings are successful, according to city officials. It would encompass 385 units including Lee Plaza, Woodland Apartments and more than 100 single-family homes owned by the Detroit Housing Commission.

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Current plans call for Lee Plaza to be marketed for resale and not torn down by the city, a Detroit official said Sunday.

City and Detroit Housing Commission officials did not immediately release full details of the plan. They are expected to discuss their proposed redevelopment with the news media inside Lee Plaza apartment building at 2240 W Grand Blvd. on Monday morning. Arthur Jemison, the city's housing and revitalization director, is among those expected to attend.

The deal is expected to go before City Council for approval later this week.

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http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/05/14/detroit-historic-lee-plaza-tower-rehab/321716001/

animatedmartian
May 15, 2017, 10:53 PM
Monday update, here ya go.

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The North One
May 15, 2017, 11:53 PM
I'm not sure what to think of that Woodward public space, it cuts off the main artery of the city which doesn't really make any sense. I think they should focus more on a Hart Plaza renovation, it desperately needs it.

Pictures are greatly appreciated as always. :tup:

skyfan
May 16, 2017, 1:38 AM
Sure, if I had a couple million dollars on hand. Otherwise it's a negative investment all around.

One house isn't enough to raise the value of land and assuming you get some sort of financing without any tax subsidies, you'll be in a whole bunch of debt by the time those 5-10 years pass. There's no way that Detroit's overall land values would be able to rise that fast for you to just break even because of the sheer volume of vacant land there is available to develop.

Dexter Davison is too far off the beaten path but you make it sound like there aren't neighborhoods were it would work. A shell of a fixer upper that sold for 1k five years ago went for 70k in Islandview sold for 1k five years ago. Nice homes in the area are now asking and getting 100+k. The North End the parts of Virgina Park near Woodward are seeing price jumps given prominty to the QLine.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/3/20/14986544/victorian-fixer-upper-islandview-sold

dc_denizen
May 16, 2017, 2:27 AM
wow virginia park looks awesome!

subterranean
May 16, 2017, 4:12 PM
So good. Thanks for the photos. Little Caesar's HQ fills in that space nicely and a glass structure will look cool next to the history.

Docta_Love
May 19, 2017, 2:17 AM
question for the detroit forumers..do any of you own property in the city?

what do you think about buying a vacant lot or two close to Woodward, maybe to develop as single family housing or re-sale in 5 or 10 years? Or buying a house in a nice but run down and eventually re-developable neighborhood like, i don't know, Dexter-Davidson?


I personally don't own any property in the city but a good friend of mine owns several i worked with her on several occasions renovating one of her home's in a neighborhood on the northwest side. The home i worked on first is in a neighborhood that while a bit of a rough side towards telegraph rd it backs up to the rouge river and surrounding natural areas a former golf course that Kwame Kilpatrick and his administration gave to a neighboring mega church in a deal that it would be preserved for the residents. Unfortunately soon after he was booted out of office the church declared that it didn't have the expertise to run a golf course and has kept it as a fenced off natural area ever since. Since this area of NW Detroit was an old haunt so to speak of ours we were able to find a good niche area that had steals in the "wood-frame bungalow" area of the neighborhood but she also had a friend of hers that was willing to rent right away when we were done and moved across telegraph and worked on another property that has vacant lots next to it to use for her business that she has bought for i think its $500 per lot from the land-bank if you own the adjacent lot

There are a lot of opportunities along the Grand River corridor from the Old Redford neighborhood with its small artist community and properties in its downtown that have been bought by the developer who is remodeling the Fisher Building in New Center, through the Grandmont - Rosedale Park area down towards the Grand River - Greenfield shopping district. Grand River ave. has seen a decent amount of small bouquet style shops opening along with streetscape improvements making the area more walkable.

However this part of the city is more of a suburban style even if it as a 20s-50s notion of what that means which is obviously a much more urban style than many other cities in the south and west. The Russell Woods neighborhood area between Linwood and Livernois south of Davison which is a mile or two northwest of Boston - Edison & Virginia Park and a mile or two south of the University District which is receiving the most attention of any area outside of the greater downtown area is where i would invest in. It may be another 5 years when areas like B&E, Virginia Park and The University District have been "gentrified" that Russell Woods would most likely see real strong interest from bigger investors, but Virginia Park was much like this 5 years ago a neighborhood of great architectural stock but bordered on a couple sides by rougher areas.

The Virginia Park story is a great one though if i recall correctly it was a married couple of no great means who invested in a home or two at a time later on as they had more and more success flipping and eventually went down the whole block renovation many vacant and or blighted homes. Now that development has really taken off in New Center the bordering areas are in a position similar to Woodbridge ten years ago when Midtown really started to take off.

I'm no expert please don't anyone sink their life savings on my word do your do diligence when looking at renovation an old home they may be a great bargain but the costs are high and the returns outside of the immediate downtown - midtown & n.c. areas will require time for a good return living in the home till then would be advisable.

However the city and some banks it has partnered up with i think chase is included are offering low interest loans for buying and renovating homes right now i cant look up the link because i don't have time but only a couple dozen have so far taken them up WDET our local NPR did a piece on the program not long ago trying to get the word out, so anyone who is interested can try and look the program up but i have a couple items i wanna post later anyways ill do a search then and leave the info if i can find it without too much effort. haha

Docta_Love
May 19, 2017, 2:57 PM
Great set animatedmartian you hit all the right spots on a beautiful day and just at the right time to catch so many the city's most important projects happening all at once at various stages all at this same time, a classic downtown photo-update during a "showpiece moment" in the city's revival with the q-line opening up and on a bright sunny day - well done! :cheers:

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What a dramatically different influence the Book Tower is going to have on the skyline now that its showing its "true colors" this is moment i've been waiting for during this renovation we finally get to see the top of the Book getting its bath. :tup:

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Great pic! You can really start to visualize what the finished product is gonna look like from this angle.


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Good to see a scaffold up on the Metropolitan Building too it looks like they've been taking the protective coverings off some of the windows too, looks like things are starting to get serious here too.


For anyone considering taking on a home renovation in the city there are tools available the loan and grants programs linked below these are pilot programs because some banks have been hesitate on lending in the city for a long time now and especially after the recession to non-millionaire's or above. So the idea is to longer term lower interest type of loans and grants for projects like buying and fixing up a vacant home helping to defray potentially prohibitive costs if the renovation of an old home is factored in for most people of middle class background. Detroit has high taxes because of its massive infrastructure that now serves a smaller population than it was designed for and there are some areas like insurance where costs are very high.

http://www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Obtain-Grant-Information/Home-Repair-Program-Information
http://www.detroitmi.gov/News/ArticleID/107/Mayor-Duggan-Announces-No-Interest-Home-Repair-Loans-to-Help-Strengthen-Neighborhoods

I don't think i found the program i had initially heard of though if i come across it at a later date ill post it.

My friend was able to start a successful dog grooming and kenneling business because of the ability to purchase adjacent lots and vacant homes for $500 her and her boyfriend when they lived there or my friend when she lived there alone had an issue with their own safety or property.


Global Automotive Alliance opens new HQ in southwest Detroit
By DUSTIN WALSH
Crain's Detroit Business
May 17, 2017

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Detroit-based Global Automotive Alliance LLC opened this week a new headquarters at a former FedEx distribution center in southwest Detroit.

GAA acquired the 75,000-square-foot building at 2801 Clark St. in 2013 for an undisclosed price. The building includes 10,000 square feet of office space and space for a business incubator, which currently houses three entrepreneurial companies, said Sylvester Hester, GAA's president and CEO.

The move is part consolidation of its five subsidiaries under one roof and plans for growth, Hester said.

"This is the first time we've consolidated all of our businesses under one roof," Hester said. "Our companies used to operate as completely separate entities, but now is the time to integrate and share resources."

GAA's businesses include ARD Logistics, a national logistics and warehousing firm; Grupo Antolin Primera Automotive Systems, which assembles headliners for Ford Motor Co.; Global SQ, a quality inspection service provider for Toyota Motor Corp.; Key Logistics Solutions, a global logistics and supply chain services firm; and Vitech, a warehousing and distribution services firm.

GAA, a certified minority-business enterprise, has 11 employees in the new headquarters now with plans to expand that base over time, Hester said. GAA employs 1,600 globally.

....

GAA generated revenue of $229 million in 2016, down from $415 million in 2015 due to the selling off of its Vitech gas tank manufacturing assets.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519824/global-automotive-alliance-opens-new-hq-in-southwest-detroit



First phase of Packard Plant construction to begin next month

By KIRK PINHO
Crain's Detroit Business
May 16, 2017

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Construction on the $16 million redevelopment of the former Packard Motor Car Co. administration building in Detroit is expected to begin in the next four to six weeks.

The developer, Peru-based Fernando Palazuelo, said at an event Tuesday morning at the Packard Plant said he "will not fail" in the effort to redevelop the dilapidated plant on Detroit's lower east side.

....

Once remediation and abatement on the 121,000-square-foot building, which sits windowless on East Grand Boulevard as part of the 3.5 million-square-foot shuttered plant, construction will begin to convert it into office and commercial space, said Kari Smith, director of development for Palazuelo's Arte Express Detroit LLC.

It is expected to take two years and cost $23 million, which includes soft costs, Smith said.

Crain's reported in January that construction was expected to begin in the spring.

The committed tenants for the 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, Crain's reported earlier this year.

It's expected to cost $450 million to $500 million to redevelop the entire plant, which Palazuelo bought for just $405,000 in a Wayne County tax-foreclosure auction in 2013.

Many local real estate experts have expressed reservations about the project to convert the Packard Plant, which became a symbol of Detroit's decay and was long the target of vandals, arsonists, graffiti taggers and scrappers. They have a difficult time imagining an economically viable redevelopment of that scale at that site and with the uses envisioned.

Those include retail, light industrial space, multifamily and senior housing, office space, recreation and art all co-existing in a largely forgotten part of the city, one previously all but ignored by the redevelopment boom concentrated on Detroit's central core.

In addition to Smith and Palazuelo, others speaking at the event included Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Detroit City Council member Mary Sheffield, who said the redevelopment is long overdue.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519868/first-phase-of-packard-plant-construction-to-begin-next-month

LMich
May 19, 2017, 10:59 PM
M-1 Rail is continuing free rides on the QLine until July to figure out how to deal with the crowds of folks using it.

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Ryan Garza | Detroit Free Press

Amid deluge of riders, QLINE announces free rides through July (http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/05/19/qline-cost-detroit-free/333064001/)

By Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press

May 19, 2017

If you worried that you would miss a free ride on the QLINE, never fear. Detroit's new streetcar line will be free until July 1.

The extension of free rides is in part a response to the outpouring of people clamoring to get on board, which has led to some slower-than-expected service. Reports of packed streetcars have been widespread in the week since the line opened.

According to M-1 Rail, which built and operates the streetcar, QLINE had nearly 50,000 riders its first week, averaging 8,300 riders per day over its first weekend and 5,120 riders from Monday through Thursday. Those figures are based on observations from staff.

M-1 Rail plans to increase the number of streetcars on the route during heavy ridership periods.

They will use the time to develop a public education plan to speed up rider's use of the line.

Docta_Love
May 24, 2017, 2:58 PM
Detroit Police Athletic League Gets $2.8 Million For Ballpark Project On Old Tiger Stadium Site
By Shianne Nocerini
Daily Detroit
May 22, 2017

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The Detroit Police Athletic League’s (PAL) stadium under construction on Michigan Avenue in Corktown has a new presenting sponsor. The new facility located at the former Tiger Stadium will be called “The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient.”

Adient has given a multi-year gift of $2.8 million to PAL. It’s the largest in the history of the organization.

....

“Their support is going to help PAL improve and provide quality programming at every corner of Detroit, with a goal to increase the number of youth served from 13,830 in 2016 to 20,000 by 2020,” said Detroit PAL CEO Tim Richey. “Adient and the Adient Foundation have shown tremendous commitment to the city of Detroit and this gift will help provide PAL’s character-building programs to tens of thousands of kids each year at The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient and all across Detroit.”

The new stadium will be home to PAL’s headquarters, the Willie Horton Field of Dreams that will have a 2,500-seat capacity, a banquet facility, leadership center, dugouts, and locker rooms.

http://www.dailydetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ABOVE-pal-field.jpg

Earlier this year, it was announced that Meijer will support the Willie Horton Field of Dreams for $750,000.

http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/05/22/detroit-police-athletic-league-gets-2-8-million-michigan-trumbull-ballpark-project/


Boston-Edison house snags record bid in Land Bank auction
$240,100
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
MAY 18, 2017
Curbed Detroit

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We posted this house a couple months ago as it was up for bid on the Detroit Land Bank Building Detroit daily auction. These Boston-Edison homes are quite popular, and this and another caused some traffic issues on the site. The house went back up on the auction yesterday and posted a record for the Detroit Land Bank auctions. The winning bid was $240,100.

It’s pretty wild, considering it’s on the west side of the Lodge and other homes in this area have listed and sold for around that price range. This 3,400-square-foot house wasn’t in nearly as bad condition as many auction houses, and still had some beautiful character to it. Those buying through the auction know they have to fix up the houses in a certain time frame (historical districts receive a little more time), so we’re looking forward to seeing the rehab on this one. Here are a few (two-year-old) pics inside.

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/18/15655924/boston-edison-auction-record

dc_denizen
May 24, 2017, 3:44 PM
I personally don't own any property in the city but a good friend of mine owns several i worked with her on several occasions renovating one of her home's in a neighborhood on the northwest side. The home i worked on first is in a neighborhood that while a bit of a rough side towards telegraph rd it backs up to the rouge river and surrounding natural areas a former golf course that Kwame Kilpatrick and his administration gave to a neighboring mega church in a deal that it would be preserved for the residents. Unfortunately soon after he was booted out of office the church declared that it didn't have the expertise to run a golf course and has kept it as a fenced off natural area ever since. Since this area of NW Detroit was an old haunt so to speak of ours we were able to find a good niche area that had steals in the "wood-frame bungalow" area of the neighborhood but she also had a friend of hers that was willing to rent right away when we were done and moved across telegraph and worked on another property that has vacant lots next to it to use for her business that she has bought for i think its $500 per lot from the land-bank if you own the adjacent lot

There are a lot of opportunities along the Grand River corridor from the Old Redford neighborhood with its small artist community and properties in its downtown that have been bought by the developer who is remodeling the Fisher Building in New Center, through the Grandmont - Rosedale Park area down towards the Grand River - Greenfield shopping district. Grand River ave. has seen a decent amount of small bouquet style shops opening along with streetscape improvements making the area more walkable.

However this part of the city is more of a suburban style even if it as a 20s-50s notion of what that means which is obviously a much more urban style than many other cities in the south and west. The Russell Woods neighborhood area between Linwood and Livernois south of Davison which is a mile or two northwest of Boston - Edison & Virginia Park and a mile or two south of the University District which is receiving the most attention of any area outside of the greater downtown area is where i would invest in. It may be another 5 years when areas like B&E, Virginia Park and The University District have been "gentrified" that Russell Woods would most likely see real strong interest from bigger investors, but Virginia Park was much like this 5 years ago a neighborhood of great architectural stock but bordered on a couple sides by rougher areas.

The Virginia Park story is a great one though if i recall correctly it was a married couple of no great means who invested in a home or two at a time later on as they had more and more success flipping and eventually went down the whole block renovation many vacant and or blighted homes. Now that development has really taken off in New Center the bordering areas are in a position similar to Woodbridge ten years ago when Midtown really started to take off.

I'm no expert please don't anyone sink their life savings on my word do your do diligence when looking at renovation an old home they may be a great bargain but the costs are high and the returns outside of the immediate downtown - midtown & n.c. areas will require time for a good return living in the home till then would be advisable.

However the city and some banks it has partnered up with i think chase is included are offering low interest loans for buying and renovating homes right now i cant look up the link because i don't have time but only a couple dozen have so far taken them up WDET our local NPR did a piece on the program not long ago trying to get the word out, so anyone who is interested can try and look the program up but i have a couple items i wanna post later anyways ill do a search then and leave the info if i can find it without too much effort. haha

thanks Docta for the response.

for new construction houses, it does seem that something like (federally?) subsidized construction loans/grants would be a win-win idea, maybe structured to guarantee some portion of the cost to build...maybe the lender could negotiate a stake in the equity if and when the value starts to rise.

otherwise renovations, given that they're usually a lot cheaper, sound like a better bet.

Docta_Love
May 24, 2017, 6:42 PM
thanks Docta for the response.

for new construction houses, it does seem that something like (federally?) subsidized construction loans/grants would be a win-win idea, maybe structured to guarantee some portion of the cost to build...maybe the lender could negotiate a stake in the equity if and when the value starts to rise.

otherwise renovations, given that they're usually a lot cheaper, sound like a better bet.

Yeah if i recall the program correctly there is a program that is a city - lender partnership going on now that gives a low interest long term loan for renovation projects but they only had something like 24 takers so far idk the ins & outs of it but it may that the words haven't reached the right ears yet, maybe after the NPR program about it aired there has been increased interest.

deja vu
May 26, 2017, 9:58 PM
Amazon now hiring for massive new fulfillment center in Michigan
May 26, 2017
By Paula Gardner | MLive

Amazon's new $90 million fulfillment center near Detroit is taking shape. The project, announced in December, calls for at least 1,000 new jobs as the internet retail giant builds a 1 million square foot facility in Livonia for a regional fulfillment center about 10 miles west of Detroit...

...The building is 1,009,000 square feet at the corner of Amrhein and Eckles roads in Livonia. The size puts it near the top of Amazon fulfillment centers, which go up to 1.2 million square feet.

Full article here. (http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/05/amazon_new_detroit_distributio.html#incart_river_home_pop)

LMich
May 26, 2017, 10:36 PM
District Detroit:

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Ilitches to add 686 residences near new Detroit arena (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2017/05/26/ilitch-owned-redevelopments-coming-detroit/102186632/)

By Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

May 26, 2017

Detroit — Four long vacant buildings owned by the Ilitch family will be redeveloped as a part of their grand ambitions to overhaul 50 blocks of the city that will be anchored by the new Little Caesars Arena.

The four historic buildings, along with two new structures, was described as the largest residential development in the city in over two decades. The six developments add up to 686 residential units, with 139 of those units reserved for “affordable housing.”

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150 Bagley - United Artist Theatre

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One 11 West

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The Alhambra

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The American

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Arena Lofts

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The Eddystone

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animatedmartian
May 26, 2017, 11:39 PM
Yes, yes, and yes. :cheers:

LMich
May 26, 2017, 11:52 PM
I'm still super-anxious about what they are going to do on the Woodward Avenue bridge, though. lol

dc_denizen
May 27, 2017, 12:01 AM
wow, some awesome projects. the alhambra in particular.

animatedmartian
May 27, 2017, 12:16 AM
I'm still super-anxious about what they are going to do on the Woodward Avenue bridge, though. lol

Honestly at this point, there's so many good projects spread out that things might just be better off if they capped 75 from Brush to Grand River. It might be a long-shot but I feel like just having some retail on the Woodward bridge wouldn't do enough justice in connecting downtown, the arena and vicinity, and Midtown.

LMich
May 27, 2017, 12:49 AM
wow, some awesome projects. the alhambra in particular.

Just to be clear, all but the One Eleven West and the Arena Lofts are renovations.

Honestly at this point, there's so many good projects spread out that things might just be better off if they capped 75 from Brush to Grand River. It might be a long-shot but I feel like just having some retail on the Woodward bridge wouldn't do enough justice in connecting downtown, the arena and vicinity, and Midtown.

Oh, it's more an aesthetic improvement then anything. I just want to see them do it as soon as possible so that developers can see that it can be done. It seems people have forgotten about the cap on I-696, and if they haven't they might have in their minds that the only time this can be done in this region is for religious reasons.

But, yeah, Grand River to Brush would be nice. Though I wonder if the authorities involved (and I'm not entirely clear how you'd even go about this) would allow any caps given the 90 degree turn 75 takes just immediately beyond this point. I'm sure there are all kind of technical safety requirements they look at for caps.

deja vu
May 28, 2017, 4:32 PM
Detroit's tiny house community north of the Boston Edison neighborhood is open for tours (at $75 per tour ticket, that's too steep for me ,but still neat to see these).

New tiny homes in Detroit open for tours this week
By Dana Afana | MLive
May 24, 2017

A series of tours this week will offer a look inside a unique new strip of Detroit homes built for the spatially frugal. Cass Community Social Services created tiny homes north of the Boston Edison neighborhood to provide affordable housing for low- to moderate-income residents. This week, visitors will have the opportunity to see the interiors before residents move in.

Full Article (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/05/tiny_homes_tour.html#incart_river_index)

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Image Source: MLive (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/05/tiny_homes_tour.html#incart_river_index)

LMich
May 29, 2017, 12:45 AM
The problem with this particular showcasing of them is that it appears that they are simply building them on existing lots, which is a complete waste of space. It's like Little House on the Prairie. I want to see the city and its developer do a lot better with its vacant land; either allow for smaller lots or allow attached duplexes that could still be small but fill the lots better than this.

phoenixboi08
May 29, 2017, 12:52 AM
The problem with this particular showcasing of them is that it appears that they are simply building them on existing lots, which is a complete waste of space. It's like Little House on the Prairie. I want to see the city and its developer do a lot better with its vacant land; either allow for smaller lots or allow attached duplexes that could still be small but fill the lots better than this.

Precisely. I wonder how much of the residential zones have large, mandated lot sizes (if there are minimums at all).

LMich
May 29, 2017, 3:15 AM
I imagine the city must have some kind of lot size min and max, as I imagine most cities do. Studying up on this I've found that the average lot size for single family homes in Detroit is 34x125, similar to Buffalo's 32x175. Not sure where this ranks it. I know a lot of Detroit's suburbs have minimum square footage requirements for dwellings, but I don't believe there is one in the city.

Detroit also has alleys, though. For a place like Detroit with alleys, the best option would be to allow for small units to be built off the alleys where backyards currently are.

deja vu
May 29, 2017, 2:48 PM
Detroit also has alleys, though. For a place like Detroit with alleys, the best option would be to allow for small units to be built off the alleys where backyards currently are.

It's a compelling idea. For that to happen, I'm guessing that one of two scenarios has to exist:

1. The City must allow secondary structures / dwellings on the one single lot (I don't know if the current zoning allows this), or

2. The City needs to split the lots so that the alley-facing lots are their own separate parcel, with separate utility hookups, access, etc.

Apparently in Kalamazoo, where they just built their first 'city approved' tiny house, the minimum lot size is 5,000 SF, and the minimum dwelling size a mere 125 SF. I have read that the city is making an attempt to revise local zoning to allow for even smaller lots and to be more friendly towards permitting secondary structures on the same lot. I know comparing Kzoo to Detroit is not apples to apples, not by a long shot, but in effect, the end goal is what you are describing - to promote smaller houses while increasing density in core neighborhoods.

animatedmartian
May 29, 2017, 3:46 PM
The lots in the tiny house area are 30 x 100. Detroit's minimum lot sizes for single family homes are 50 x 100. Also, a single family house can't cover more than 35% of the lot (1,750 sq ft on a minimum lot size).

Detroit does have a tiny house exception (described as "tiny lots" in the zoning ordinances). There's no stated minimum size for such a house or lot size, however, each tiny house requires 350 sq feet of open private space directly adjacent to the dwelling.

LMich
May 30, 2017, 2:47 AM
The lots in the tiny house area are 30 x 100. Detroit's minimum lot sizes for single family homes are 50 x 100.

Something is wrong here. In the older neighborhoods, I'm pretty sure most single-family homes are on lots with width's in the 30's, even in the newer parts of the city. Unless they've grandfathered them all in, I can't imagine lot width minimums being 50 unless that's something they (relatively) recently changed. Can you link to the city zoning ordinances you're talking about?

Anyway, it sounds like you technically can have multiple dwellings on a single-family home lot, then, right?

animatedmartian
May 30, 2017, 4:03 AM
Something is wrong here. In the older neighborhoods, I'm pretty sure most single-family homes are on lots with width's in the 30's, even in the newer parts of the city. Unless they've grandfathered them all in, I can't imagine lot width minimums being 50 unless that's something they (relatively) recently changed. Can you link to the city zoning ordinances you're talking about?

http://detroitmi.gov/portals/0/docs/cpc/Ch%2061%20Jul%2011_%202015.pdf

(zommable map)
http://portal.datadrivendetroit.org/datasets/ba891543d18a418f80dafd111fa7fe7b_0

The zoning ordinances apply to new construction after 1968 so yea like half the city doesn't even fit into current zoning standards. Most SFH built after 1968 would be infill on a vacant lot.


Anyway, it sounds like you technically can have multiple dwellings on a single-family home lot, then, right?

Well...that wouldn't be the accurate way to word it. If a lot has multiple dwellings on it, then it's not a SFH. However, depending on the classification of zoning for that lot, it can have either a SFH, a townhouse, two-family flats, or an apartment building.

Detroit has 6 levels of residential zoning. Single Family homes can be built in all levels except for R6, which of course is high rise development. That's generally only used for areas in and near Downtown, the riverfront, Midtown, and New Center. R1 is simply the opposite where only single family homes are permitted.

The blocks where the tiny homes are being built is zoned as R2 which mostly contains single family and two-family flats. It's purpose zoned to provide slightly more density than typical R1 neighborhoods but still provide adequate development for home ownership and family living.

LMich
May 30, 2017, 4:41 AM
So many additional questions/observations...

- So there is nothing in the zoning that would allow two detached units on one single family lot, then. In that case, you get the kind of development above, which are tiny homes on regular sized lots, so the advantage isn't increase in density, rather cheaper housing. Again, even with land as little valued as it is in Detroit right now that seems a future waste of land. My philosophy on tiny homes in the city - and I bet I'm not alone in this - is that tiny homes should be a way of pushing density in places it wasn't allowed, with the positive consequence being that it allows home ownership (and/or people who simply want smaller homes) to a greater part of the population because it's cheaper. It shouldn't just be (or primarily be) because it's cheaper. Only allowing a single tiny home on an existing lot doesn't fit with that.

- So then essentiall the minimum lot size requirement would only apply to replattings like, say, Gardenview, Cornerstone, Woodbridge, etc...But, are those lot sizes really 50-feet in width? I guessed I've never thought about it, but maybe they are. I wonder why they changed it? Probably had to do with competing with the suburbs as they figured people/developed weren't build on 30-foot lots, anymore, but in hindsight it really looks kind of foolish.

EDIT: Looking at the single-family home blocks in Woodbridge Estates, I guess it does confirm to the wider lot requirement. I'm looking at a block where they only fit 4 houses where on the same street a block or two down they used to fit seven. Jeeze. What it seems is that the allowance for a driveway is what's different since they don't have alleys. Makes me wonder what the lot sizes are in Northwest Detroit? Many of those neighborhoods don't have alleys and driveways instead, but the lots don't seem as wide as 50 feet to me, but very well could be. Or, the homes might just be smaller.

BTW, where specifically does it speak on the minimum lot requirement?

animatedmartian
May 30, 2017, 10:23 AM
Intensity and dimensional standards, page 505 or thereabouts.

I think most of the city was completely platted out by 1960 if not a little earlier. But yea most of the lots in the northwest part of town are around 40 or 45 ft wide, but are 120-130 feet deep. So you get houses that are closer together but longer backyards. The extra depth is probably for detached garages and driveways to compensate for the lack of alleyways.

Of course, by mid century, attached garages started to become more commonplace which made such long lots unnecessary.

Docta_Love
May 31, 2017, 5:43 PM
The Hamilton, formerly the Milner Arms Apartments, to be rehabbed
Curbed Detroit
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
MAY 24, 2017

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Affordable housing will stay for current residents at 40 Davenport in Midtown. The building, formerly known as the Milner Arms Apartments, has been renamed The Hamilton, and will undergo a $12 million rehab.

The 93-unit building, opened in 1913 as the Hotel Stevenson, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Renovations will include extensive HVAC and electrical systems updates.

Broder & Sachse Real Estate worked with the City of Detroit’s Department of Housing and Revitalization, as well as Midtown Detroit Inc.’s Stay Detroit Program, in order to relocate the current residents temporarily while the rehab takes place. According to a statement, “Broder & Sachse will assist with the process of finding interim accommodations and will support qualified residents with financial assistance for incurred expenses, including moving fees, security deposits and any differences in rental fees during renovation of 40 Davenport. Residents who make less than $40,000 will qualify for the program. Current residents making $40,000 and above will have first rights to new apartments.”

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/24/15685036/milner-arms-apartments-hamilton-rehab

LMich
Jun 1, 2017, 4:52 AM
Developers are moving into Milwaukee Junction just east of New Center:

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/690c9af4883cc874aa1df5fc4e7a615f5c906b2f/c=281-0-5636-4016&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2017/05/31/DetroitNews/B99538689Z.1_20170531192621_000_GC21GLT97.1-0.jpg
Clarence Tabb, Jr. | The Detroit News

Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction draws investors (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/05/31/platform-milwaukee-junction/102363798/)

By Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

May 31, 2017

The developers behind major projects in Detroit’s New Center are now venturing into the nearby Milwuakee Junction neighborhood with the purchase of two large buildings, including one adorned by a nine-story mural that appeared to be at risk of being altered or destroyed.

The development group, Detroit-based The Platform, said it was under contract to buy the building at 2937 E. Grand Blvd., commonly known for the “Illuminated Mural,” a 100 foot-by-125 foot painting on one side of the structure. The developers have agreed, in writing, not to change the rainbow-colored mural.

Platform has also purchased this old building on Piquette:

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Clarence Tabb, Jr. | The Detroit News

rlw777
Jun 1, 2017, 11:17 PM
Good News

Bedrock to begin Hudson's site work in December from Crains (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170531/NEWS/170539960/bedrock-to-begin-hudsons-site-work-in-december)

Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert's real estate development company is preparing to break ground in December on a 52-story skyscraper at the site of the former J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit, Bedrock LLC executives said Wednesday.

Bedrock CEO Jim Ketai and President Dan Mullen said the company is making plans to begin demolishing the existing four-story underground 1,100-space parking garage that was built after the old Hudson's building was imploded in 1998.

Demolition work will begin in December to clear the site along Woodward Avenue and begin drilling steel caissons 110-feet underground to build the footings to support a 734-foot tower, Mullen said.

The North One
Jun 2, 2017, 12:58 AM
Why not start demolition right now? Why wait.

LMich
Jun 2, 2017, 2:37 AM
I think this is moving way faster, now that it's been revealed, than most of us would have even imagined. A December start is better than I expected, so I'm not complaining.