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Jun 2, 2017, 11:09 PM
Why not start demolition right now? Why wait.

Technically they could start demolition now, but it would still be awhile before construction of the actual building would start. For one, Synder hasn't signed that bill for the tax credits yet. Then Gilbert still has to apply for those credits, then start hiring contractors, laborers, etc, etc.

I'm guessing that by December all that stuff will be taken care of so that once demolition is complete they can just transition straight into construction.

The North One
Jun 3, 2017, 4:55 PM
Book Tower gets power washed for the first time in years


One of the most anticipated renovations in the city has to be Book Tower, which has been vacant for years. Bedrock acquired the building in 2015 and they’ve begun work on the exterior. This spring, that means a power washing for the first time in a very long time. How long has it been? It’s safe to say decades, and Bedrock was not able to find out a date. (If you know, let us know!) The difference is striking.


The HTML on this site is fucking strange and I can't resize the photos no matter BBCode or HTML so you're gonna have to click the link.

deja vu
Jun 3, 2017, 7:24 PM
The Book Tower is just a gorgeous building. One of my favorites anywhere. It's great to see the exterior get a bath after all those years.

I just finished watching Mayor Duggan's keynote speech on youtube that he recently did at the Mackinac Policy Conference (on Wednesday May 31). I found it to be (for the most part) pretty insightful and informative. He started by explaining the history of Detroit's explosive growth in the early 20th century, and then explaining its decline, brought about largely by racist city planning strategies in the 50's and 60's. Then he outlines the core principle's that the City is focused on now. Anyway, if you haven't seen it, and might want to, here's the link:


Jun 3, 2017, 7:40 PM
^ I agree too it's a gorgeous building and its great to see this washing being done-hopefully this will continue to happen for more historic renovations in Detriot in the future.:tup:

Jun 4, 2017, 3:47 PM
Oh hey, a tower crane sprouted in Detroit this past week. This is at the Third and Grand apartment building. A big rarity in these parts.





Pictures by Daily Detroit. (http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/06/01/pics-giant-tower-crane-appears-site-future-third-grand-new-center/)

Jun 5, 2017, 3:20 PM
I really like these pictures, u really have 2 different buildings in one. One building that's been considered one of Detroit's ugliest skyscrapers and one that's clearly something else. :cool:



The North One
Jun 5, 2017, 5:45 PM
It was never ugly even when it was neglected, it just had a hardcore dark, Gotham look.

Jun 5, 2017, 6:26 PM

Jun 5, 2017, 7:08 PM
It was never ugly even when it was neglected, it just had a hardcore dark, Gotham look.

Oh no doubt I agree. But for many people they only see its worst side and much of its beautiful detail had been hidden behind 90 years of soot and grime. The building would also be best viewed from the north but the big boxy Detroit City Apartment's Building obscures the view of all but the very top of the tower from that angle. Most people picture it from the south which has the fire-escape and not to mention the roof was covered in communications equipment all kinds of satellite dishes and antennas till recently, at the very least its been vastly underappreciated.

Jun 6, 2017, 1:49 AM
A condo in the Westin Book-Cadillac sells for a record price:

Stylish Detroit Real Estate Photography

Realtor: Downtown Detroit condo sells for record $1.8M (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/06/05/realtor-makes-record-downtown-detroit-condo-sale/102513842/)

By Charles E. Ramirez | The Detroit News

June 5, 2017

A downtown Detroit condominium has sold for a record $1.8 million, an area realtor said Monday.

Bingham Farms-based Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel said real estate agent Kyle Swink sold the 2,500-square-feet, 3-bedroom condo recently, the company said in a statement.

The same unit was bought for $725,000 in 2010. It went on the market during the recession with the building having opened as the financial market was crashing near the end of 2008.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/1718/24812003162_d36f82c61f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DNy16Y)
Michigan Avenue (https://flic.kr/p/DNy16Y) by Paul (https://www.flickr.com/photos/elsuperbob/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8356/8413205972_2fe92b656b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dPrT2o)
Westin Book Cadillac (https://flic.kr/p/dPrT2o) by Joseph Tremblay (https://www.flickr.com/photos/baldguy/), on Flickr

Jun 6, 2017, 1:55 AM
can they get rid of the fire escape?

Jun 6, 2017, 3:58 AM
can they get rid of the fire escape?

I mean in theory its possible but from what i remember its just going to be replaced with a new crazy outdoor one. If it were taken down it would require an alternate somewhere else and to remodel the whole tower just to add in an interior fire escape would be prohibitively expensive or perhaps not possible without extensive retrofitting or an ugly outside addition. Think of the Wurlitzer Building although i don't mind that addition, but its hard to imagine an easy solution on the Book.

Jun 6, 2017, 5:07 AM
The fire escape wasn't serviceable. I was on it like 10 years ago and it was crazy flimsy. Even ones that are well maintained have to be secured for emergencies only. The 22-story vintage fire escape on my office building in Chicago got wrecked during the Blackhawks parade in 2010 when too many fans crowded onto it causing the anchors to fail and was ultimately removed

Properly widening and improving fire rating of the existing interior stairs makes the fire escape pointless and far more dangerous than life saving. I personally think it's cool, but will be nothing more than decoration if replaced

Jun 6, 2017, 11:07 PM
$155M cancer center breaks ground in Detroit as part of 300-acre project
By Dana Afana. Mlive Detroit. June 6, 2017.





Henry Ford Health System broke ground Tuesday on a new cancer center, part of a broad, 300-acre redevelopment project surrounding the hospital in Detroit's New Center neighborhood.

The $155-million Henry Ford Cancer Institute, expected to open in 2020, will be a six-story, 187,000-square-foot facility that will connect to the main hospital building via a skywalk to be built over West Grand Boulevard.

The project is expected to create 300 construction jobs and more than 70 permanent jobs within the facility.

Plans for surrounding redevelopment include housing, retail and mixed-use projects.



Jun 7, 2017, 8:40 PM
Former Statler Hotel site development receives $1 million brownfield funds

Crain's Detroit Business
June 07, 2017


The plan to build 288 apartments on the site of former Statler Hotel in downtown Detroit is getting a $1 million boost from the state.

The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority received $1 million in brownfield funding from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to clean up the vacant lot on Washington Boulevard and Park Avenue for a mixed-use development, according to a MDEQ news release.

The MEDQ's $750,000 grant and $250,000 loan will help make way for Jonathan Holtzman's VG Statler City LLC to build the residential and retail complex with underground parking. Plans also call for 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The project includes a green roof and meets National Green Building Standards, the release said.

The project will create about 58 jobs and bring 400 tenants to the apartments.

MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator Michelle Bakun expects cleanup to begin in the coming weeks. Plymouth-based Soil and Materials Engineers Inc. was contracted to do the work, for which the developer must submit invoices to the Port Authority for reimbursement approval.

The Port Authority will formalize the plans at its Monday board meeting, Deputy Director Kyle Burleson said.

The authority's main focus is on freight transportation and distribution projects, but its relationship with the MDEQ and brownfield scope opens it to development projects beyond the waterfront.

The Statler Hotel building was abandoned in 1975 before being demolished in 2005.


deja vu
Jun 7, 2017, 9:03 PM
Ha. Does that plan include vaporizing the people mover?

The North One
Jun 7, 2017, 9:47 PM
Ha. Does that plan include vaporizing the people mover?

I would love that, the people mover is nothing but an eyesore in the city.

So Statler is FINALLY going to move forward? This is such a critical site and it's moving at a snail's pace.

Oh, and those renders are old actually, no obnoxious billboard in the final product.

Jun 7, 2017, 9:53 PM
I would love that, the people mover is nothing but an eyesore in the city.

Really? Move it to ultra modern la Défense, then.
It would look good and would be highly helpful to it and its giant artificial pedestrian ground.
I swear. I want a people mover in la Défense. Nothing less.

Jun 7, 2017, 10:48 PM
There's really no reason for this not to be 20 stories.

Jun 7, 2017, 11:03 PM
I agree the Statler should be taller

Jun 7, 2017, 11:18 PM
I'm surprised that there's not even a new design altogether (or at least not one shown yet). The original number of proposed units was 235 but now it's up to 288. At the very least, that's a whole another floor of apartments.

Also, the blank wall on the northern side of 28 Grand has been covered with a mural done by legendary local Detroit artist Charles Mcgee.




The North One
Jun 8, 2017, 12:51 AM
There is, I believe this is the latest render. (low quality)


This is the video showcasing the project in 3D. I really like the courtyard.

Jun 8, 2017, 1:15 AM
Edit; Didn't realize i left my computer for too long i didn't take a close looks but its looks slightly better suited for the site.

M. Brown
Jun 8, 2017, 3:22 AM
I would love that, the people mover is nothing but an eyesore in the city.

I disagree. For me, the people mover came in handy during the NAIAS. Parked at the Opera House parking garage and took a ride to the Cobo center. I'm sure it will come in handy next year too.

Jun 8, 2017, 4:59 AM
There's really no reason for this not to be 20 stories.

This. Even when it was proposed it was a waste of a totally good space. Given where downtown demand is, now, it should be at least as tall as the Statler was.



Eco-friendly ‘green’ district launched in Detroit (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/06/07/eco-friendly-green-district-launched-detroit/102609650/)

By Mark Hicks | The Detroit News

June 7, 2017

Detroit — Wednesday marked the official launch of a “green” building district in Detroit that aims to significantly curb energy use, water consumption and transportation greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials gathered at NextEnergy to celebrate the Detroit 2030 District, a private-public partnership associated with a larger national collaboration working to boost sustainability at existing buildings by as much as 50 percent in the next 13 years.


New York's famed City Bakery plans Fisher building location (http://www.freep.com/story/life/2017/06/07/new-yorks-famed-city-bakery-plans-fisher-building-location/377033001/)

By Susan Selansky | Detroit Free Press

June 7, 2017

City Bakery, a New York bakery noted for not only for baked goods but hot chocolate as well, has set it eyes on Detroit, announcing today they will open a Fisher Building location inside what’s known as the arcade lobby.

This is the first location outside New York, where there are several under the City Bakery brand and Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery, and Japan. Maury Rubin opened City Bakery 25 years ago with a vision of creating a multi-faceted bakery to include a coffee house, cafe and chocolate shop while also providing catering.

Jun 8, 2017, 5:13 AM
This seems to be moving very fast, and I didn't even know they were planning this until the other day.


Detroit creating a plaza by closing Woodward at Jefferson (http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/john-gallagher/2017/06/08/detroit-creating-plaza-closing-woodward-jefferson/377991001/)

By John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press

June 8, 2017

The City of Detroit will close the key intersection of Woodward at Jefferson Avenue beginning this evening to create a people's plaza complete with food trucks and other amenities.

It marks the city's latest bid to fashion a lively streetscape along Woodward Avenue in the blocks near Campus Martius Park. The plaza will expand the recently added esplanade, or walkway, running south from Campus Martius to Larned.

Work will proceed quickly. The intersection will be closed to traffic this evening, and the new plaza will open to the public Monday morning. The plaza is scheduled as a 90-day trial. The city will evaluate the results after that.

The plaza will include artwork, food trucks, seating, and landscaping, as well as formal programming in the form of music or other events several times a week. The city designed it in partnership with the Philadelphia-based design firm Groundswell, which designed the new esplanade and has a Detroit office, and the civic group Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Ryan Garza | Detroit Free Press

Here's what they've already done just north of here to pedestrianized the Woodward median:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4222/34319372673_bf03645694_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UhFKPX)
Detroit M-1 Rail QLine LRV At Congress St Station Looking North On Woodward Ave From The RT People Mover (https://flic.kr/p/UhFKPX) by drum118 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/drum118/), on Flickr

Jun 8, 2017, 5:26 AM
Update from District Detroit's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/thedistrictdetroit/photos/):







The North One
Jun 8, 2017, 5:46 PM
They just created a "pedestrian plaza" on a portion of Gratiot when they renovated the intersection. The only problem is it's not really a plaza, they just put some barriers around the street.

If this can move that quickly then I'd really like to see that plaza get a legitimate design soon as well.

Jun 8, 2017, 11:33 PM
I like the idea of a plaza around the Joe Louis Fist since it's s a popular spot, but not so sure about the Woodward between Larned and Jefferson. Maybe a road diet, but not a complete cut off. Otherwise, it heavily disrupts traffic flow around that area.

In an ideal world, Jefferson wouldn't be the connection between two freeway spurs.

Jun 9, 2017, 12:28 AM
Also, Synder has signed the brownfield redevelopment bill. Gilbert can move ahead with his projects as well as developers in other cities able to capitalize on brownfield sites.


Here is a progress update on the Coe in West Village.






Jun 9, 2017, 2:02 AM
They just created a "pedestrian plaza" on a portion of Gratiot when they renovated the intersection. The only problem is it's not really a plaza, they just put some barriers around the street.

If this can move that quickly then I'd really like to see that plaza get a legitimate design soon as well.

That's kind of the point. These are tests to see if there is a benefit for this. They did this with Time Square in New York some years back. If it proves popular and helps automobile and pedestrian traffic flow, it can be made permanent. This is a 90-day test run at Woodward and Jefferson. The Detroit News' article on this (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/06/08/detroit-close-woodward-pedestrian-plaza/102636738/), today, said that one at Gratiot and Randolph has been pretty successful.



This an the esplanade are meant to connect Campus Martius to the riverfront. We'll see. I personally think that the Cadillac Park one whenever they decide to do it will be way more successful as it's already very popular as a square in the street.

deja vu
Jun 9, 2017, 12:41 PM
I like the idea of a plaza around the Joe Louis Fist since it's s a popular spot, but not so sure about the Woodward between Larned and Jefferson. Maybe a road diet, but not a complete cut off. Otherwise, it heavily disrupts traffic flow around that area.

Agreed. I'm a fan of road diets, as I've seen complete vehicular cutoff backfire in the past.

I personally think that the Cadillac Park one whenever they decide to do it will be way more successful as it's already very popular as a square in the street.

I think you're right.

Jun 9, 2017, 3:19 PM


I don't know why, but the fact that they just used a shitty photo with the grass uncut for this render made me LOL.

Jun 9, 2017, 3:42 PM
$32 million project in Sugar Hill Arts District to bring 84 apartments to Detroit
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. June 9, 2017.




A $32 million development is planned for three-quarters of an acre of Sugar Hill Arts District property that is planned to bring 84 new apartments to the greater downtown market, the city announced Friday morning.

A joint venture between Sonya Mays of Detroit-based Develop Detroit LLC and Rodger Brown of the Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. is leading the development, of which 25 percent of the units (21 units) are expected to be affordable to people making between 50 percent to 80 percent of the area median income, which is between about $26,000 and $40,000 per year.

The $400,000 land sale on Garfield Street off John R is expected to go before City Council this year, with the project breaking ground in September 2018, according to a news release.

The Sugar Hill project — which is also slated to include 7,000 square feet of retail space and a 300-space parking deck — is being designed by architect Michael Poris of McIntosh Poris Associates, which has offices in Detroit and Birmingham, and Phil Freelon, who designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., according to a release. He also worked on Atlanta's National Center for Civil Rights and San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.



Jun 9, 2017, 4:11 PM
Sounds like a partly HOME-funded program given that income range.

No turning back now. It's looking like an extended growth period for Detroit.

Jun 10, 2017, 12:04 AM
They just keep coming and coming. Love that this one got such an accomplished architect. The architect designed the National Museum of African-American in D.C. as well as the National Center for Civil Rights in Atlanta. Also love how dedicated Duggan is to offering housing options for all kinds of incomes even though Detroit has so much space he could have easily just left the market to its own devices.

Looks like that house next to the arena might not be asking for too much after this. lol

Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

Party store in shadow of new arena sells for $3.2 M (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2017/06/09/pary-store-sale/102676712/)

By Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

June 9, 2017

A party store in the shadow of Little Caesars Arena has sold for $3.2 million — one of two stores on Cass Corridor stores recently purchased by an entity linked to the CEO of Wireless Giant, a Madison Heights-based retailer of mobile phones.

The two stores — one has been closed for months — are less than a block apart and just a few hundreds yards from the new $862.9 million downtown sports arena under construction. The party stores are separate, unrelated businesses.

Jun 10, 2017, 3:40 AM
City Of Detroit Sees The Lowest Unemployment Rate In 16 Years
By Daily Detroit Staff
Jun 1, 2017


Jobs are one of the most important issues when it comes to Detroit’s recovery, and it has been a topic up here at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

The city of Detroit in April had the lowest unemployment rate since May of 2001, according preliminary information shared by the Mayor’s office from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The graph above tracks the year over year unemployment rate in April.

The city’s rate of 8.4 percent is higher than the rest of Michigan at 4.7 percent, and the Detroit regional rate at 4 percent as we reported yesterday, but it’s significant progress.

The rate has dropped from 17.6 percent since Duggan took office at the beginning of 2014.

In January of 2010 during the Great Recession, city unemployment hit depression-era levels at 27 percent.


Detroit Greenways Coalition Gets Grant To Build Support For Greenway Segment In Highland Park
By JA Staes
Jun 3, 2017


In support of overall plans to create a 26 mile loop trail through Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn called the Inner Circle Greenway, the nonprofit Detroit Greenways Coalition received a $5,000 grant from the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund.

The local organization was one of only six winners out of 215 submissions. The grant is to help raise awareness and build support for constructing the Inner Circle Greenway rail-trail segment within the city of Highland Park.

1.4 miles of abandoned rail corridor is within the enclave city that is part of the planned larger project (see map above).

According to the coalition, the Inner Circle Greenway is the largest urban trail project within the state of Michigan. It began as eight miles of abandoned rail corridor to create a 26-mile loop trail that extended the work of the Detroit RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut into the neighborhoods, and is seen as one of the keys to Detroit’s revitalization efforts.


Jun 13, 2017, 3:07 AM
Spirit Plaza opens. Photos courtesy of David Guralnick (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/06/12/spirit-plaza-detroit/102780482/) of the Detroit News.






And, an update on Atwater Beach:

Detroit's urban beach project wins $225,700 in national grant competition (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/06/atwater_beach.html#incart_river_home)

By Dana Afana | MLive.com

June 12, 2017

A proposed urban beach project on Detroit's Riverfront has been chosen as a winning idea in a national grant competition.

The Atwater Beach project, pitched by The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, was named a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge earlier this year and was announced Monday as a winner of a $225,700 grant.



They expect to have the beach ready sometime next year. Currently, the only city beach is on Belle Isle.

Tanya Moutzalias

Jun 13, 2017, 11:58 PM
3rd and Grand's site doesn't look that big from above. Easy to see why it necessitated a tower crane.


Jun 15, 2017, 2:38 AM
Philly developer says he has closed on New Center property; 35-story high-rise possible (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170614/BLOG016/170619937/philly-developer-says-he-has-closed-on-new-center-property-35-story)


Nothing official, but supposedly a decision would be made on what to put there in four to six weeks. Seems kind of quick relative to most Detroit projects. It's been how many years waiting on the Hudson's site to move?

I'm not so optimistic about achieving that floor height, but I think a pretty significant development could occur there either way.

Jun 15, 2017, 4:48 AM
There was a lot more pressure and red tape on the Hudson block being a city-owned property, of course. Anyway, I don't doubt much of anything from developers in the city, anymore. I think the attitude in Detroit went from "Why?" to "Why Not?" quite a few years ago, now. And I'm talking both the public and private sectors. So, I'm not all that skeptical of the proposal.

That said, they are talking about the SW corner of Woodward and Grand. Isn't this corner slated for renovation and redevelopment of the existing storefronts, or am I thinking of the block across the street? I'd much rather they work around the streetwall, and there is a fairly sizeable surface lot just behind these buildings. Feels like they could use the whole western half of the block for a tower and leave the streetfront alone.

Jun 15, 2017, 4:26 PM
^ Yeah i agree, as a general rule for Detroit development if there's an alternative to "tearin' that shit down" it should be taken because Detroit's lost too much as is. As on cue...

150 apartments, retail possible for historic WJBK-TV building in New Center
Crain's Detroit Business


About 150 residential units are being floated for the historic former WJBK-TV Studios Building in the New Center area.

The building, constructed in 1956 at 7441 Second Ave. at Bethune Street, is two stories and about 41,000 square feet, according to CoStar Group Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based real estate information service.

Halcor Group, a real estate company headquartered in Calgary and with an office in Torrance, Calif., presented Wednesday night to a city board concepts that include an addition to and conversion of the building. As presented, it would include up to seven stories of residential space built to the west behind it.

The Detroit Historic District Commission took no action on the possible project Wednesday night, said Richard Hosey III, a board member.

The building is "the only intact example of a 1950s television studio left in the city," according to an application for addition to the National Register of Historic Places, which was approved last year, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The popular shows "Sagebrush Shorty" and "Sir Graves Ghastly" were produced there. The building was designed by John Volk, who was the architect for properties for the Vanderbilt, DuPont, Ford, Dodge and Pulitzer families, the application says.


There would also be first-floor retail space. The apartments would be a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units, according to a document provided to the historic commission.

Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group is the architecture firm on the project, which is referred to as Studio Live, the document says.

Details like the possible development cost are not known, nor are the construction timeframe or the financing structure.



Jun 15, 2017, 5:06 PM
Philly developer says he has closed on New Center property; 35-story high-rise possible (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170614/BLOG016/170619937/philly-developer-says-he-has-closed-on-new-center-property-35-story)

Nothing official, but supposedly a decision would be made on what to put there in four to six weeks. Seems kind of quick relative to most Detroit projects. It's been how many years waiting on the Hudson's site to move?

I'm not so optimistic about achieving that floor height, but I think a pretty significant development could occur there either way.
Don't expect jack shit from a Grasso. They're developers in name only.

deja vu
Jun 15, 2017, 5:32 PM
Heard about this on the radio this morning:

Program to give small Detroit neighborhood businesses help with facade improvements (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/06/14/detroit-small-businesses/397237001/)
by Katrease Stafford , Detroit Free Press
June 14, 2017

A new program aimed at helping existing Detroit neighborhood businesses who weathered the city's hard hit economy was announced Wednesday by Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

Motor City Re-Store is an offshoot companion program to the Motor City Match and will provide up to $500,000 every three months in matching grants to existing business owners and their landlords for facade and other exterior improvements. 

The Motor City Match gives $500,000 every quarter to startups and businesses expanding to new locations in the city.


Jun 15, 2017, 10:57 PM
There was a lot more pressure and red tape on the Hudson block being a city-owned property, of course. Anyway, I don't doubt much of anything from developers in the city, anymore. I think the attitude in Detroit went from "Why?" to "Why Not?" quite a few years ago, now. And I'm talking both the public and private sectors. So, I'm not all that skeptical of the proposal.

That said, they are talking about the SW corner of Woodward and Grand. Isn't this corner slated for renovation and redevelopment of the existing storefronts, or am I thinking of the block across the street? I'd much rather they work around the streetwall, and there is a fairly sizeable surface lot just behind these buildings. Feels like they could use the whole western half of the block for a tower and leave the streetfront alone.
This development only includes the one corner building on the SW corner and the parking lot behind it. The developer has said that he's open to simply renovating the building as it is and/or just developing the parking lot behind it. But he's also open to demolishing the building if it's makes sense to do so.

But yea, both sides of Woodward are expected to get renovated storefronts according to Midtown Inc.

Jun 15, 2017, 11:07 PM
New $6 million building with 36 apartments proposed for Midtown
By KIRK PINHO Crain's Detroit. June 15, 2017.


Detroit-based developer is planning a 36-unit apartment building on West Willis Street between Second and Third avenues on what is a vacant lot.

The project, proposed by Richard Hosey III and two others, is at 655 W. Willis St. and would be four stories tall with nine studio apartments, 18 one-bedrooms and nine two-bedrooms, according to a document provided to the Detroit Historic District Commission.

The HDC board granted conditional approval to the project Wednesday night, Hosey said. Designs presented to the board could change.

Development costs are $6 million. Partners include Jason Jones of Tekton Development and Southfield-based SG Cos., Hosey said.

The project is expected to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by summer 2019.

It is in the Willis-Selden Historic District, which according to the Detroit Historical Society consists of Willis, Alexandrine and Selden streets from Woodward Avenue to the east and Third Avenue to the west.


Jun 16, 2017, 12:46 AM
This development only includes the one corner building on the SW corner and the parking lot behind it. The developer has said that he's open to simply renovating the building as it is and/or just developing the parking lot behind it. But he's also open to demolishing the building if it's makes sense to do so.

But yea, both sides of Woodward are expected to get renovated storefronts according to Midtown Inc.

That's good to hear. I suspect that's why they are going so tall, then, because they only have parcels instead of the whole block.

Jun 16, 2017, 1:31 AM
Don't expect jack shit from a Grasso. They're developers in name only.

I was kind of afraid of that since I couldn't find much info on what they've done in Philly. My expectations are kind of dampened until more concrete information comes out about this New Center project.

Jun 16, 2017, 11:32 PM
Introducing Beacon Park. It officially opens next month though the restaurant won't be open until the fall.






Clean Book Tower cameo.



Jun 19, 2017, 4:13 PM
Just got back from Detroit. Stayed in the Whitney on Pride weekend. Detroit is looking so good. It still stands in stark contrast to this disneyland I find myself in now, but wow. Unbelievable.

My only real complaint at this point is trying to find a coffee shop or breakfast/brunch before 8:00 AM is nearly impossible.

Aside from that, another general observation was how many women and groups of women I saw out alone at night dressed to the 9s. They were everywhere. Even when I was living half-time in the West Village back in 2014/2015, I rarely saw that. I guess the safety perception of downtown is increasing.

Jun 19, 2017, 5:01 PM
^Glad you were able to make it back in town subterranean, i was just talking to my friend who works at the Whiskey Parlor about basically the same thing last night about how downtown has basically become the new "Birmingham" of the metro area. It really does seem like every time i go downtown there really are exponentially more and more people.

Not a hundred percent sure actually if there talking about the city which i believe they are but then they mention msa stats so its a lil confusing but if the city of Detroit itself is ranking 16th in the U.S. than that's a good and well over due sign since the metro area's been ranking in the top for a while now and was even number one for a couple years.

Detroit cracks the list of fastest growing tech towns in the U.S.
JUN 15, 2017
Curbed Detroit


We know that the thought of the relatively low rent in Detroit is appealing to many searching for jobs. A study by ABODO found the Motor City attractive because of its rent, and we’ve seen that Detroit may be a good city for women in tech. Now, Detroit has been named as the 16th fastest growing tech town by job search site Ziprecruiter.

The job search engine looked through their database of 8 million jobs to capture year over year growth in tech jobs by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the top jobs in tech by MSA. It then ranked the top 20 areas and included:

The top 5 tech jobs in each MSA.
The median salaries for early and mid-career tech workers in each MSA (via PayScale),
Median rents and home sales prices for each MSA (via Trulia).
Detroit came in just behind Denver and ahead of Tampa.

Detroit, MI

Growth in tech jobs YoY: 81.1%

Top tech jobs:

1. Project Manager

2. Software Engineer

3. Quality Engineer

4. Systems Engineer

5. Application Engineer

Early Career Median Pay: $59,600

Mid Career Median Pay: $94,400

Median rent: $750

Median home price: $57,000


Jun 19, 2017, 6:22 PM
It's the MSA (repeats it quite a bit in just the excerpt you posted; "Detroit" is the Detroit MSA), but most new tech jobs in the metro are coming to and/or being grown in downtown and midtown Detroit.

Jun 19, 2017, 7:17 PM
In more frustrating news...

Olympia confirms plans to demolish Hotel Ansonia, Atlanta Apartments on Cass
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. June 19, 2017.

Hotel Ansonia

Atlanta Apartments

427 Henry St.

664 Charlotte St.

Demolition permits have been filed for three early 20th century apartment buildings and a 70-year-old house, including two buildings rumored in recent weeks to be facing the wrecking ball from Detroit-based Olympia Development of Michigan.

The permits to demolish the Hotel Ansonia at 2447 Cass Ave. and the Atlanta Apartments at 2467 Cass Ave., both located at the Fisher Service Drive, were issued Friday, according to city records. A demolition permit was also issued Friday for the vacant apartment building at 427 Henry St. west of Cass.

And a house at 664 Charlotte St. between Second and Third avenues is also slated to come down, according to documents filed with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The DEQ documents, called "notifications of intent to renovate/demolish," say demolition is expected to begin June 29 and end Aug. 31. All four buildings are owned by Olympia, the documents say.


The Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments are not in a local historic district, although Detroit City Council member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez on Monday formally requested that the buildings be included on an interim basis in the Cass Avenue Local Historic District.

The interim designation would last a year while a study is conducted to determine whether the buildings should be added to the district on a permanent basis. Also during that time period, all applications for permits to do work on the two buildings would have to be referred to the Historic District Commission.


Of course, Olympia says they're too expensive to renovate but I think we all know better.

The North One
Jun 19, 2017, 7:56 PM
Email Council members: http://www.detroitmi.gov/Government/City-Council

Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/city-of-detroit-councilmembers-prevent-the-demolition-of-the-hotel-ansonia-and-atlanta-apartments (https://www.change.org/p/city-of-detroit-councilmembers-prevent-the-demolition-of-the-hotel-ansonia-and-atlanta-apartments)

Slimy Olympia has gotten away with this for too long.

Jun 20, 2017, 5:33 AM
I really do hope someone is able to stop this, but they are redeveloping so many other properties, I fear they've innoculated themselves a bit.

Jun 20, 2017, 5:32 PM
I really do hope someone is able to stop this, but they are redeveloping so many other properties, I fear they've innoculated themselves a bit.

Yeah unfortunately i don't think there's much hope, with the Illitch's redeveloping the United Artist's building, the American Hotel, the Eddystone ext. it would be hard to stop unless someone else wanted to buy the properties for a fair price and then redevelop them in a short time table. While i really don't like this i'll accept it as long as the whole 5 neighborhood "District Detroit" is built basically as envisioned, however it pain's me to say it.

Here's a good example of why unless the District Detroit plan proceeds forward at a good pace with the over all plan at the very least its bad business to be tearing down apartment buildings in the city that aren't in that bad of shape. Detroit needs to save the absolute most of its historic it possibly can, while if the District Detroit development if completed will be a game changer for a downtown that is already undergoing "game changing" developments, however tearing down abandoned buildings without a reason and plan for usage in the short term should appear to anyone who has been watching whats been going on over the past 20 years downtown as just plain wrong, at the very least .

Report: Detroit area needs more than 15,000 new apartments by 2030
Curbed Detroit
JUN 14, 2017


It may seem like Detroit has added many new apartments in the past few years. Between 2011 and 2016, we’ve seen an additional 412 apartments in the metro area each year. But in order to keep up with current trends in immigration, fewer homebuyers, and an aging population, a new report says the Detroit area will need 15,467 new apartments by 2030.

That averages to about 1,105 a year.

The report, commissioned by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA), found that nationally, 4.6 million apartment units will be needed in that time. Detroit is ranked #33 out of 50 in terms of need.

“Nationally and here in Detroit, we’re experiencing fundamental shifts in our housing dynamics, as more people are moving away from buying houses and choosing apartments instead. Detroit is experiencing modest population growth, which could increase in the future if recent manufacturing gains continue. The rental stock is older here, and over half of renters are housed in older, more affordable apartments. Demand for additional apartments in the Detroit metro area is expected to be positive but erratic going forward,” said Deborah Oaks, President, Detroit Metropolitan Apartment Association.

Detroit itself has seen a boom in apartment building renovation and construction. We’ve mapped many of the projects underway, and many more are in the works. The report suggests that Detroit needs a wide range of apartments and at all price points. For this study, they considered an apartment as a rental unit within a building that has five or more apartments.


True North, a Quonset hut community, opens for residents
Quonset huts are back in Detroit

Curbed Detroit
JUN 16, 2017


With the vast amount of land in Detroit, there’s room for innovative housing and development. True North, which has sprung up over the past year, is one of those truly unique ideas.

Last summer, we started hearing that a few Quonset huts were being built off of Grand River and 16th. We visited in the winter, as many started to rise. Since then, people from around the world have shown interest in this little community and now, they’re housing new residents.

Curbed recently toured the new community with developer Philip Kafka, as landscaping and final touches are underway. Some of the spaces will be dynamic and activated, while most will simply be residences. They’ve planted 30 trees and more wild grass and a clay court is yet to come. Of the residences, all seven are occupied or will be rented shortly. One of the huts will be rented out as an Airbnb, while the largest one (the tall one with the ladder) will have a gallery space and an apartment above it.


Kafka says that once the news broke of the development, they had over 150 inquiries about it. When people who haven’t seen it drive by, he says, they stop to look. He says he’s happy with how democratic the design is, and wanted a sensible development that’s good for everyone. Could there be more on the way? Possibly. For now, they’re learning from the building of this development and what could be improved in the future.


The North One
Jun 20, 2017, 5:47 PM
It's not exactly "hopeless" A council member filed an interim designation for the buildings and there's a ton of people upset about it. It's getting lots of attention.

The Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments are not in a local historic district, although Detroit City Council member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez on Monday formally requested that the buildings be included on an interim basis in the Cass Avenue Local Historic District.

The interim designation would last a year while a study is conducted to determine whether the buildings should be added to the district on a permanent basis. Also during that time period, all applications for permits to do work on the two buildings would have to be referred to the Historic District Commission.

The North One
Jun 21, 2017, 3:32 AM
Not exactly development related but impressive nonetheless. Jack Ma's conference in the city "Gateway '17" has started. Alibaba's first large-scale event in North America.

Alibaba is coming to Detroit to sell small businesses the Chinese dream
Josh Horwitz
June 19, 2017

Alibaba is selling the Chinese dream this week—in Detroit.

The Chinese e-commerce giant is pulling out all the stops to impress America at Gateway ’17, its biggest-ever public event in the United States, which starts Tuesday, June 20. At the two-day conference, founder Jack Ma is scheduled to take the stage for a June 21 keynote in which he’ll discuss the opportunity for US small businesses to tap into China’s growing middle-class. That will follow a more intimate discussion on opening day about his personal story and entrepreneurial drive, moderated by acclaimed interviewer Charlie Rose.

The mayor of Detroit and the lieutenant governor of Michigan will be there. Even Martha Stewart will show up, giving a fireside chat titled “Exporting the Martha Stewart Lifestyle.”

The goal of it all? To show how Alibaba can help small- and medium-sized businesses make money and create jobs—1 million, specifically, as Ma committed to in January.

“The Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more U.S. jobs,” Ma wrote in an open letter announcing the event.

It’s a noble cause. But people knowledgeable about e-commerce in China suggest the event is also, at heart, about something else: boosting Alibaba’s political positioning.


Jun 21, 2017, 3:28 PM
Orleans Landing is not yet completely done but the streets are open and residents have been allowed to move in to some of the buildings.


Jun 21, 2017, 4:15 PM
I'm fairly happy with the way that turned out. It will look even better once the trees have grown.

The North One
Jun 21, 2017, 8:31 PM
Interim historic designation approved for Cass Corridor buildings
JUN 21, 2017, 10:11AM PDT

When news arose early this week that demo permits were pulled, Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López introduced the proposal to City Council for an interim historic designation for the buildings. After much debate and some confusion, the resolution passed.

This means the Historic Designation Advisory Board will begin a study of the buildings and if the owner wants to do anything to the buildings over the next year, they’ll have to go through the Historic District Committee. This also means that this proposal will not be heard at the June 22 City Council Planning & Economic Development Committee meeting.


The buildings are safe! (for now) :cheers:

Jun 21, 2017, 11:02 PM

The buildings are safe! (for now) :cheers:

That was surprisingly quick. I was convinced those apartments were going to be lost. Hopefully they get to be restored.

Part of me feels Olympia might have wanted some mixed used buildings there instead of all apartments. But there's plenty other stretches of Cass that can have new mixed use developments so I don't think it would had been worth the loss in architecture.

Jun 21, 2017, 11:06 PM
That was surprisingly quick. I was convinced those apartments were going to be lost. Hopefully they get to be restored.

Part of me feels Olympia might have wanted some mixed used buildings there instead of all apartments. But there's plenty other stretches of Cass that can have new mixed use developments so I don't think it would had been worth the loss in architecture.

Too right!

Duggan Announces Program To Give A Hand Up To Existing Detroit Businesses
By Shianne Nocerini
Jun 14, 2017
Daily Detroit


One of the many recurring discussions in the city is that there’s a feeling that new businesses get more support than those who have been in the city and stuck it out.

With the aim of giving neighborhood businesses the attention they deserve, Mayor Mike Duggan announced today a new program from the City of Detroit and The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) called Motor City Re-Store.

The first round of Motor City Re-Store will start on Thursday, June 15 when the application process opens.

Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, August 1. The first awards will be announced in the fall.

The program will be providing $500,000 in matching grants every quarter to qualifying business owners and landlords that want to do upgrades to the facades, parking lots and streetscapes. These matching grants can be for as much as $25,000.

Businesses and landlords that are picked for Motor City Re-Store will receive a 50% matching grant. If multiple businesses apply as a group they will receive a 75% matching grant for their project.

Among other requirements, in order to receive this funding a business must already be open in the City of Detroit and they also must stay in that location for at least five years after getting the funding for improvements.

The goal of Motor City Re-Store is to revitalize the neighborhood business districts by making them more walkable and attractive. This not only helps those living in the neighborhoods, but also attracts people who might just be driving by.

“The small neighborhood businesses that have hung in there over the years and have sustained our city are part of Detroit’s revitalization. That’s why we created Motor City Re-Store,” said Mayor Duggan. “This is how we are going to bring our city back, by supporting our existing businesses and residents as we welcome new ones to our neighborhoods.”

The program has been funded through a variety of sources. They include U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the City of Detroit, The Erb Family Foundation, the New Economy Initiative, Invest Detroit, and the Kresge Foundation.

The Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit approved the funding to the program on Tuesday, June 13.


Jun 22, 2017, 3:14 AM
So I noticed how much cleaner Book Tower looks on the south facing District Detroit cam. Scrubbers are doing a heck of a job.

First pic is from May 6th. Second pic is from earlier today (June 21st).



Jun 22, 2017, 2:17 PM
What an awesome building its almost sad its taken this long for it to be given the treatment it deserves, thanks for posting tho this just made my day!

Jun 23, 2017, 4:26 AM
Lots of news:

Todd McInturf

Bedrock opens new headquarters in historic building (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2017/06/22/bedrock-new-headquarters-downtown-detroit/103120442/)

By Shawn D. Lewis | The Detroit News

June 22, 2017

The new Bedrock headquarters at 630 Woodward is a love note to Detroit and its history.

Built in 1880, the building in the block south of Campus Martius originally was home to the Mabley & Co. Department Store.

Todd McInturf

I'd forgotten about this one, but it sounds like the hotel going in the long vacant Wurlitzer Building is coming along nicely.

Robin Buckson

New Detroit hotel, The Siren, to open in November (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/06/22/wurlitzer-building-siren-hotel-detroit/103114626/)

Michael Hodges | The Detroit News

June 22, 2017

Detroit’s Wurlitzer Building has come a long way from 2011, when its crumbling cornice sent a 50-pound chunk of terracotta crashing through the roof of the loft apartment next door.

That was then. Now the Wurlitzer, at 1509 Broadway, is stabilized and midway through a $23 million renovation to convert the 14-story, 1926 structure by architect Robert Finn into a 106-room, upscale boutique hotel to be called The Siren.

Big get for the Inner Circle Greenway. They've finally purchased portions of the abandoned Detroit Terminal Railroad which wraps around the inner-city.


Detroit, Conrail strike $4.3M land deal to finish path (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/06/22/detroit-greenway/103120074/)

By Nicquel Terry | The Detroit News

June 22, 2017

Detroit — The city reached a $4.3 million deal with Conrail to acquire a 7.5-mile railroad property that will complete a pedestrian and bike pathway encircling Detroit.

The acquisition, announced Thursday, fills the largest gap in the 26-mile Inner Circle Greenway, which connects residents and neighborhoods to parks, commercial areas, the Detroit riverfront and downtown.

deja vu
Jun 23, 2017, 1:18 PM
That's great news about the greenway purchases.

Jun 23, 2017, 10:15 PM
Wouldn't this be a great fit for a renovated United Artist's Theater, i know its not a perfect fit but i love the idea actually reusing the theater for theater space. But if there looking in the downtown midtown area only the Hudson's Block Tower would immediately stand out as where i would think they may be hinting at as one possibility.

Emagine aims to bring megaplex theater to downtown Detroit
Crain's Detroit Business
June 23, 2017


Emagine Entertainment Inc. is looking to bring a megaplex theater to downtown Detroit. Co-founder and Chairman Paul Glantz said the Troy-based company is evaluating two undisclosed sites, one that would be a new construction and one that would entail renovation of an existing building. He estimates the investment will be in the range of $15 million and said he's more inclined to locate the new theater near residential development as opposed to commercial development.

"If you look at all the housing units that are being developed downtown and in Midtown, I think you're going to see an enormous amount of housing come online in next couple years," Glantz said. And folks like to go to the movies near their neighborhood, he said. The population base is a little light right now, but Glantz said Emagine believes it will be there in the not too distant future. "As the population that would embrace Emagine grows, it would represent an underserved market opportunity for us," he said.

The new theater would be the first megaplex downtown but second in the city, joining the Bel Air Luxury Cinema on Eight Mile Road between Van Dyke and Hoover Road.

Troy-based Emagine is working on two other new theaters in the region. The Livingston County Board of Commissioners on Monday turned down Emagine's request for incentives for a new theater in Hartland Township near U.S. 23 and M-59, Glantz said, noting he's still pursuing that location. Emagine is also looking to put another location in Oakland County in an undisclosed, underserved neighborhood, he said. It would add to existing sites in Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, Birmingham and Novi.


Jun 24, 2017, 12:59 AM
I feel like the Hudson's wouldn't fit either based on the current proposed interior designs. Also, they mentioned that they want to locate closer to residential areas rather than commercial areas. Somewhere near Little Ceasers Arena would actually be a better fit, though which specific building I'm not sure.

The question I'm wondering is will it be built to fit within the urban context (as apart of a mixed-use development) or will it be a standalone building with a parking lot in front of it (like a typical suburban layout)?

Actually this sort of gives a hint.

"You don't have a large area for staging ... We likely cannot take a prototype building in an urban setting," he said. "But we have the privilege of working with some very skilled contractors."

Details are yet to come, but Glantz anticipates a 10-screen Detroit theater.

The Palladium in Birmingham (https://goo.gl/maps/ZtifYCfkX8J2)has 8 screens, though that's a movie theater Emagine had bought and renovated. It doesn't have dedicated parking, but there's a big parking garage behind it. I'm at least hoping Detroit gets something similar or that at least one with a parking lot isn't on a major street like Woodward or something.

Jun 24, 2017, 4:51 AM
There is no way 2017 Detroit would allow a theater downtown with a suburban layout; it's not even something that crossed my mind. If it's going downtown or even Midtown, it's going to front the street, and it's likely going to be in a mixed-use complex.

Jun 25, 2017, 12:39 AM
I first thought of the District Detroit as the most likely site for the theater although i would imagine that Gilbert at least is taking a shot at it but i agree that it doesn't fit the Hudson's site well but potentially having a theater in the building is exactly the kind of thing it seems like he wants to do. From the renderings and videos i've seen it looked like what the plan was is to have many smaller sized attractions like what looked to me like a Detroit Rock Museum, a smaller theater/conference space some kind of auto related museum and so on. I like the latter ideas better but i'm not sure how far planning on what exactly is going to be in the "podium" has gone or who if anyone has signed up yet. Making a good Museum or cultural attraction of any kind isn't easy to build from scratch just look at how hard it is to get the Model T plant plan going even at such a great site, if given a realistic situation i believe Gilbert would definitely consider a multiplex in the Hudson's development.

Btw check out the area behind the U.A. Theater Building there's a few empty blocks behind it that could be built on as part of a renovation, same for the Michigan Theater building which is in much better shape but i don't get the feeling the ownership is right for this kind of thing to go down.


(Image from the District Detroit page on the General Development thread posted by animatedmartian)

Jun 25, 2017, 4:30 AM
Looking at the current loose schematic of the thing, there doesn't look like a place for a multiplex at the Hudson site:


There is one section in the podium that allows for something two or three floors tall - which is what a theater would require - and it's the conference center space. Either way, I don't think it'd be a good fit for the Hudson site, and I'm really not worried about them finding a location as there is still plenty of land in Midtown to make something like a multiplex work. It'd be more appropriate north of downtown, anyway. We shouldn't be forcing a theater into the Hudson block "just because." It would have to make sense, and it doesn't make much sense to me given the focus of the development.

Jun 25, 2017, 7:24 PM
Okay i see what you mean i had the feeling that if someone could "arts and culture" quota with a multiplex they just might. I think something like this would be interesting as part of the District Detroit or in nearby environs if executed well, of course. Maybe DTE will make a move to get it built on there side of beacon park (N.W. Downtown redevelopment is divided between part of the Illitch's district detroit and DTE Energy plaza area redevelopment) it would be nice to see them open up there employee only park to the public as well.

Jun 26, 2017, 1:04 PM
What about the vacant land directly across Woodward from the new Mike Ilitch School of Business? This site seems big enough for Emagine to build a theater. Infact, I've been to cities that have 3-4 story theaters. In my opinion, this is a site to keep an eye on.

Jun 26, 2017, 1:12 PM
As soon as I posted about the land on Woodward, I immediately thought of all the vacant land in the Columbia Park. Good luck getting Olympia to sell/develop their beautiful sea of surface lots though.

Jun 26, 2017, 1:45 PM
While this isn't a great trade off destroying a partially modern manufacturing facility for a logistics center which in this case is really kind of a glorified parking lot it however there is a lot of available land in the area that isn't creating job's so why not it does help one of the big 3 manufacture more efficiently in the city too.

Moroun company implodes old Detroit factory for expanded FCA logistics hub
June 24, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


A large portion of the century-old former Budd Wheel plant on Detroit's east side was imploded early Saturday morning to expand a new vehicle shipping logistics hub adjacent to FCA US LLC's Jefferson North Assembly Plant.

Crown Enterprises Inc., the real estate development arm of billionaire trucking mogul Manuel "Matty" Moroun's companies, had two sections of the old factory totaling 300,000 square feet blown up at 6:30 a.m. as part of the demolition of the entire 2.1 million-square-foot factory.

Matthew Moroun, president of his family's logistics and shipping company, said Crown Enterprises tore down the building to make room for more Fiat Chrysler vehicles to be stored and shipped by truck or rail on an adjacent Norfolk Southern rail yard.

Fiat Chrysler will be able to expand car shipping at the facility for vehicles not only assembled at Jefferson North, but other plants in the region, Moroun said.

"It gives FCA a strategic advantage in town," Moroun told Crain's after the Budd factory was imploded.

Moroun company associates, employees from the demolition company 21st Century Salvage Inc. and other onlookers gathered early Saturday morning on the Mack Avenue railroad bridge to watch the implosion of a portion of a factory that dates back to 1917.

Marc Brazeau, the head of vehicle logistics for FCA, also was on hand for the factory implosion.

Crown Enterprises has been operating a vehicle shipping logistics center for FCA in the original parking lots of the old auto parts plant, which Troy-based ThyssenKrupp Budd Co. shuttered in 2006, eliminating 350 jobs.

Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees, which are assembled at Jefferson North, were covered in plastic in the parking lot along Mack Avenue on the property to protect them from the small dust cloud that the implosion created.

Michael Samhat, president of Crown Enterprises, said all but a couple of small buildings on the Charlevoix Street site are being torn down to make room for the expanded automotive logistics center

"There's going to be a lot of improvements to the site to serve the automotive client," Samhat told Crain's.

In the past, Fiat Chrysler has had to ship vehicles by car-hauler to a railyard in Toledo and then load them onto trains.

The Moroun-owned Crown Enterprises is spending more than $10 million for demolition and redevelopment of the site, Samhat said.

"It's transformational," Moroun said.


Machine demolition of other parts of the factory began about three months ago. Explosives were needed to take out the two buildings within the "super structure" of the facility, Samhat said.

"They're mostly cement," he said.

Warren-based Crown Enterprises has owned the building for nine years, Samhat said.

"Over the years, we've tried to find ways to repurpose the building and just couldn't find the right opportunity," he said.

Crown Enterprises' redevelopment of the Budd plant is the second logistics facility the company has built for one of Detroit's automakers in the past two years.

In 2015, Crown Enterprises built a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in the I-94 Industrial Park for sorting and delivering auto parts to General Motors Co.'s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

With greater downtown Detroit getting all of the attention for revitalization these days, Samhat said the Budd plant project is the "second component of the recovery of Detroit."

"These things take time to transform these sites, but this is good for Detroit," he said.

The City of Detroit has issued a permit for the implosion of a portion of the factory complex, which Budd Wheel bought from the former Liberty Motor Co. in 1924, according to the city's buildings and safety department.


I also wanted to make note of the fact that a major company from Metro Detroit is acquiring one from Tokyo. Hopefully they know what there doing and this can be a reverse firestone/bridgestone.

Key Safety Systems to acquire Takata for $1.59 billion in bankruptcy deal
June 25, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business

After more than a year of negotiations, Key Safety Systems has reached a deal to acquire Takata Corp. for $1.59 billion as part of a pre-packaged bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan.

Under the deal, Sterling Heights based-Key Safety proposed to acquire all global Takata assets and operations, except those tied to the phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate airbag inflators business. Malfunction of Takata's airbag inflators led to at least 16 deaths and a $1 billion fine in the U.S.

The inflator business is expected to be wound down, Key Safety said in a news release.

Takata's U.S. subsidiary, Auburn Hills-based TK Holdings, will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Detroit and Takata will file bankruptcy in Japan, both on Monday.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, Key Safety said.

Key Safety also plans to retain all Takata employees and maintain operations in Japan, including the opening of a new regional headquarters in Tokyo.

Key Safety, which makes active and passive safety systems for vehicles, is an independently operated subsidiary of Chinese supplier Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. The Takata purchase is seen as giving Key Safety and its Chinese parent company a jump-start into new segments with a deep customer base.

"Although Takata has been impacted by the global airbag recall, the underlying strength of its skilled employee base, geographic reach and exceptional steering wheels, seat belts and other safety products have not diminished," Jason Luo, president and CEO of Key Safety, said in a statement. "We look forward to finalizing definitive agreements with Takata in the coming weeks, completing the transaction and serving both our new and long-standing customers while investing in the next phase of growth for the new (Key Safety)."

Bankruptcy will allow Key Safety to indemnify itself from legal liability for Takata's airbag fiasco.

Automakers have already shifted business away from Takata and toward rivals for about 70 percent of the parts to repair defective airbag inflators, which can explode and cause death or injury with shrapnel, Bloomberg reported.

Only 38 percent of the 43 million airbag inflators under recall in the U.S. had been repaired as of May 26, according to data on the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

Globally, Takata faces up to $10 billion in potential liabilities for the ongoing recalls, penalties and settlements, according to some analysts. Takata was negotiating with other potential buyers — including market leader Autoliv Inc. of Sweden — months before reaching a deal with Key Safety.


Jun 26, 2017, 1:53 PM
I can't quite recall but i thought there was already a proposal for that site, i could be wrong though or it could have fallen though there's a lot of possibilities in the area.

north 42
Jun 26, 2017, 2:08 PM
[QUOTE=Docta_Love;7845835]While this isn't a great trade off destroying a partially modern manufacturing facility for a logistics center which in this case is really kind of a glorified parking lot it however there is a lot of available land in the area that isn't creating job's so why not it does help one of the big 3 manufacture more efficiently in the city too.


I was watching this implosion on tv live, and I could hear the explosion very loudly through my open windows, it was pretty cool!

Jun 26, 2017, 4:55 PM
Yea not quite the Hudson's but still fun to watch ;)

Jun 26, 2017, 5:21 PM
I think this is at least part of the program that i heard about on WDET i think there was another bank possibly Chase that added to the pot, good idea to help home's get into good hands.

There's a link at the end of the article on the daily detroit page to the program for anyone who's interested.

Comerica Commits $5 Million To Home Appraisal Gap In Detroit Through Detroit Home Mortgage
By Daily Detroit Staff
June 16, 2017
Daily Detroit


(A Detroit neighborhood off of Outer Drive and Livernois)

Less than 20 percent of homes purchased in the city of Detroit have mortgages. It’s currently a cash system where you either have all the money you need for the house, or you can’t buy it. That shuts the door on anyone who doesn’t have the purchase price of a house sitting in the bank – and that means most people can’t buy a house in Detroit if they wanted to.

This happens for a variety of reasons, but the long and short of it means that if the gap is too big, the mortgage doesn’t happen and the house isn’t sold. Currently the city housing market tilts toward speculators who have large sums of money to put into play, with the effect of pushing out middle class buyers out of the market.

To help solve this, the Detroit Home Mortgage program was created last year. It’s a collaboration between foundations, banks and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to help raise property values in the city. The program allows borrowers to obtain a second mortgage to help fill that gap, up to $75,000.

Today, Comerica Bank announced it would support the program by committing $5 million toward Detroit Home Mortgage. It joins five other lenders already involved in the program.


Jun 27, 2017, 5:16 PM
Williams International to move headquarters to former Pontiac film studio
$344.5 million project would create 400 jobs
Crain's Detroit Business
June 27, 2017


LANSING — Williams International Co. LLC plans to move its company headquarters from Commerce Township to a former movie studio in Pontiac, a $344.5 million project that would create 400 jobs by 2022, the state said. Williams, which makes small gas turbine engines for use in the aviation industry and military, plans to buy the Michigan Motion Picture Studios building at 1999 Centerpoint Parkway for use as its central office, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The company also plans to buy two adjacent vacant parcels spanning 120 acres and a nearby building, at 2001 Centerpoint Parkway, for its expansion project.

The Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday approved a $4 million performance-based grant for Williams and a 15-year state Renaissance Zone designation for the property. The strategic fund board also ended an existing Renaissance Zone designation for the movie studio, which opened in 2011 to take advantage of state film incentives that since have been phased out. Williams International employs 500 in Michigan today, according to the MEDC. Its Commerce Township headquarters also supports research and development and repair operations. The company has a second location in Ogden, Utah, that supports gas turbine manufacturing from design to production.

Williams plans to convert the movie production studio, where the film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was made, into a high-tech manufacturing plant that can support testing of new product lines in development, the state said. The adjacent vacant parcels are intended to support a future 800,000-square-foot to 1 million-square-foot factory within six or seven years to make the new products. The building at 2001 Centerpoint will serve as a product support facility that also can handle quick-turn manufacturing, the MEDC said."With significant investment, the proposed project area in Pontiac provides Williams the framework for a new headquarters, immediate upgrade and expansion of manufacturing capabilities and sufficient expansion area to meet their near-term needs," the MEDC wrote in a briefing memo.


Amazon gets $5 million state grant for new $140 million facility in Romulus
Crain's Detroit Business
June 27, 2017

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday approved a $5 million grant for Amazon.com's planned $140 million package fulfillment center in Romulus — the second state subsidy for the world's largest online retailer in the past seven months. Amazon is promising to create at least 1,600 new jobs, but needed state assistance to help pay for "substantial road and other infrastructure improvements," according to a Michigan Economic Development Corp. memo to Michigan Strategic Fund board members.

The Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corp. is also considering the creation of a tax-capturing district to finance some of the infrastructure improvements Amazon needs for the undisclosed site in Romulus, according to the MEDC. The Romulus facility will be Amazon's third in Wayne County. In 2015, the company opened a corporate office and technology hub in Detroit.

"This is the third major investment from Amazon in Wayne County in the last few years, and I think that's significant," Evans said. Amazon is converting a former General Motors Co. bumper plating factory in Livonia into a distribution warehouse that will employ at least 1,000 people when it's operational. In December, Michigan Strategic Fund's board approved a $7.5 million performance-based business development grant for Amazon's Livonia facility.


Trenton gets $3.2 million state loan to buy former McLouth Steel site
Crain's Detroit Business
June 27, 2017


The city of Trenton on Tuesday got approval for a $3.2 million loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund to purchase the former McLouth Steel Products Corp. site, which has been an eyesore for the community for 24 years.

The mill, at 1491 W. Jefferson Ave. on the north side of Trenton, closed in 1996. The 180-acre industrial property includes a 1 million-square-foot blighted building, , according to a Michigan Economic Development Corp. news release. Wayne County foreclosed on the property in March for unpaid property taxes amounting to $3.7 million. Developers have showed interest in it but have been wary of unknown costs for environmental cleanup, the release stated.

In exercising its right of first refusal and intentions to purchase the property from the county, the city is requesting the loan from the state to cover cost of purchase, expected to be $2.5 million after factoring in the city's portion of outstanding taxes. The remaining $700,000 will be used for environmental investigations. The city has had discussions with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Protection Agency, the news release said. It is likely to also apply for other state and federal assistance and market it to developers.


$2.4 million in tax incentives OK'd for downtown Ferndale development
Crain's Detroit Business
June 27, 2017


The Ferndale Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday received approval of a $2.4 million local and school tax capture to help developers deal with asbestos and demolish three blighted structures for a four-story, mixed-use development downtown. The Wolf River Development LLC project will cost about $16.1 million and create about 16 full-time jobs, according to a Michigan Economic Development Corp. memo. It will house 127 market-rate apartments on the upper floors and commercial space on the first floor.

Adding housing to Ferndale's downtown area has been a main focus for the city, the memo said. Keshena, Wis.-based Wolf River plans to create a new parking structure and urban storm water management system on the seven parcels of land at 409 E. Nine Mile Road. The development, which takes up one block between Leland and Paxton streets, will have 130 vehicle parking spaces and about 50 for bicycles.

Commercial space will take up 5,583 square feet of the 114,219-square-foot building. There will also be 1,830 square feet of common area space. Other features will include a rooftop patio and a grassy area for dogs. Apartment sizes would range from 615 square feet to 923 square feet, with the 127 units comprising 31 two-bedroom apartments, 90 one-bedroom apartments and six studios, according to a staff report to the city planning commission in December.


The Lurker
Jun 28, 2017, 5:30 AM
I was at the DMC this weekend and took the opportunity to snap a shot of The Plaza (renovation of the nail and hammer building plus new construction;



If you look further downtown you can see the Littlie Caesars HQ in the left center of this photo;


The Lurker
Jun 28, 2017, 5:35 AM




north 42
Jun 28, 2017, 11:19 AM
That Brookside development looks so much nicer than that horrendous Ferndale proposal! Hopefully they change the facade on that one, or at least change that multi colour scheme they are showing.

Jun 28, 2017, 1:18 PM
That Brookside development looks so much nicer than that horrendous Ferndale proposal! Hopefully they change the facade on that one, or at least change that multi colour scheme they are showing.

To be fair, Birmingham has pretty strict architectural standards to keep up high aesthetic quality.

Though, I'd agree those shades of green and brown do make the Ferndale project look a little pukey.

deja vu
Jun 28, 2017, 3:01 PM
Trenton gets $3.2 million state loan to buy former McLouth Steel site
Crain's Detroit Business
June 27, 2017

The city of Trenton on Tuesday got approval for a $3.2 million loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund to purchase the former McLouth Steel Products Corp. site, which has been an eyesore for the community for 24 years...

It's been an eyesore for waaaay longer than 24 years. 68 years, plus or minus; The facility opened in the 1940s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLouth_Steel#Trenton_Complex). The remediation on this site will take a long time, if / when it begins.

The North One
Jun 28, 2017, 5:48 PM
This is the first time I've seen a high definition render of Brookside. Looks gorgeous.

Yeah, Birmingham gets all the best mid-rise development. But that's because the architectural guidelines are strict and the area is very wealthy.

I'd like to see downtown get similar mid-rise development.

Jun 28, 2017, 10:49 PM
There's more renderings on the website for the development. Looks pretty cool on the backside.


Jun 30, 2017, 5:49 PM
Edit i hate that the rendering of the site is just a lil bit too big so i'm taking it down its nothing special or refined, i also noticed the other day on the crain's article about the inner city greenway that it showed it going to U of D and up Livernois to 8 mile. I didn't see anymore info about it so i didn't post but i found an article on curbed about it so ill make my amendment's.

Gilbert proposes new 13-acre site for Wayne County jail construction
Walsh Construction also submits proposal to complete half-built Gratiot jail

June 29, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


(Rock Ventures' new proposed Wayne County jail site, currently used by the Detroit Department of Transportation, is generally bounded by the Chrysler Service Drive, East Warren Avenue, East Ferry Street and Russell Street.)

Dan Gilbert is proposing a different 13-acre site in Detroit to house a new consolidated criminal justice complex for Wayne County that would help pave the way for a Major League Soccer stadium and three high-rises downtown. The change in proposals came Wednesday as Walsh Construction also submitted its plan to complete the half-built Wayne County Consolidated Jail on Gratiot Avenue at I-375. Gilbert's Rock Ventures LLC proposed building a new $520.3 million criminal justice complex on about 13 acres of city-owned property immediately north of the previously proposed site at I-75 and East Forest Street. The new site, currently used by the Detroit Department of Transportation, is generally bounded by the Chrysler Service Drive, East Warren Avenue, East Ferry Street and Russell Street. Under the new Gilbert proposal, the county would be responsible for acquiring it from the city.


Under Rock's new proposal, the consolidated criminal justice complex at Warren and I-75 would have a 2,280-bed jail, 25 courtrooms and five hearing rooms, sheriff's and prosecutor department offices, a 160-bed juvenile detention facility. The $420 million East Forest Avenue proposal called for a 1,600-bed jail for adults (with a county option for 400 more beds for $43 million more) and a 160-bed jail for juveniles, along with a courthouse, sheriff's office, prosecutor's office and surface parking. The county would have been responsible for $300 million of the cost "in exchange for the transfer of the Gratiot Avenue property and a credit for the savings a new consolidated criminal justice complex will provide." The new proposal calls for transfer of the Gratiot site and the originally proposed East Forest Avenue site to Rock Ventures. Cullen said the plan would be to redevelop the East Forest site, but no decision has been made on what would go there. "It's another area we could work to create an economic impact," Cullen said.


Walsh Construction, which was the only company to respond to a request for proposals to complete the Gratiot jail, proposed completing the existing jail with 1,608 beds for $269 million or 2,200 beds for $317.6 million, the release says. Evans expects to recommend either accepting one of the Walsh Construction or Rock Ventures proposals by late next month. "The logic has always been clear to me. It's not about soccer and it's not about politics. It's about a county, with very real fiscal limitations, financing a desperately needed jail which has already cost taxpayers millions," Evans said in a news release. "This decision is solely about what's best for Wayne County." Among the issues that Evans and his administration have been studying are whether it can repurpose leftover bond money from 2010 and use it to build a new jail a few miles north. He has said his main concerns are whether Rock can build the jail complex in a timely fashion, whether the complex meets the county's needs and whether the county can afford it.


United Shore to move headquarters from Troy to Pontiac
June 29, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


United Shore Financial Services LLC plans to move its headquarters from Troy to a larger building in Pontiac.

The Troy-based wholesale mortgage lender announced Thursday it purchased the 600,000-square-foot Hewlett Packard Enterprise building at 585 South Blvd. in Pontiac. United Share will pay $40 million for the building and 60 acres of property and another $40 million on renovations. The company will begin construction in August with plans of moving its entire operations, including its more than 2,000 employees, into the building next summer, Brad Pettiford, communications strategist for the company, told Crain's. As part of the move, United Shore will vacate its current 275,000 square feet of office space at at 1414 E. Maple Road in Troy. The company is in negotiations to secure property tax abatements and other incentives from the city of Pontiac and Oakland County to supplement the move.

The new headquarters will include a litany of amenities for its workforce, including an indoor basketball court, fitness center, massage rooms, outdoor volleyball court, indoor and outdoor putting greens, convenience store, game room, outdoor amphitheater, escape room and a video production studio. "The new headquarters will not only create a more dynamic and collaborative work environment to maximize our team members' performance, all under one roof and one campus, it will also offer a wider assortment of perks and intensify the sense of culture and work-life balance that we pride ourselves on," Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Shore, said in a news release. "We want to continue to be a magnet for top talent in the area, and take being a national best place to work to a new level." The move is supported by rapid growth for the company. Since 2010, the company has grown from 400 employees to 2,100, the company said. United Wholesale Mortgage, the operating subsidiary of United Shore, issued $23 billion in mortgage loans last year and is on pace to surpass $30 billion in 2017. It is the largest wholesale mortgage lender by volume in the U.S.


Inner Circle Greenway takes big step toward reality
JUN 27, 2017
Curbed Detroit


The most ambitious greenway project in Detroit has had a busy month. And thanks to two big announcements, Detroiters could soon ride from the Riverfront to 8 Mile on dedicated bike paths along the Inner Circle Greenway. The biggest announcement came last week, when the city of Detroit reached an agreement with Conrail for 7.5 miles of old railroad property. The agreement is for 76 acres of land for $4.3 million. The 7.5 mile stretch is along the Detroit Terminal Railroad that supplied resources to assemble Ford Model T automobiles. The property runs through many Detroit neighborhoods, and also through Highland Park and the Dearborn border. The path will have bike lanes, pedestrian paths, seating, lighting, public safety elements, and other amenities.

Earlier this month, the Detroit Greenways Coalition received a $5,000 grant from the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund to support the Inner Circle Greenway work on 1.4 miles through Highland Park. The Greenway will connect neighborhoods and green spaces throughout the city, like Palmer Park, Clark Park, Lasky Park, and the Riverfront. At this point, all the land acquisition for the Inner Circle Greenway has been funded, but the construction of the greenway is still working on committed funding. Design and construction of the remainder of the path could start in fall of 2017, pending City Council approval.


deja vu
Jun 30, 2017, 9:34 PM
With the newly-proposed Wayne County Jail site, any idea what that little piece that extends east across Russell to the other side of the street would be? It seems rather intentional, or is that just part of the property that would be included in the deal?

Jul 1, 2017, 5:00 PM
It may just be a sq footage issue there is that gas station at warren and 75 that isn't included in the property so it may be a swap of sorts, its also likely that that area across russell is also city or county owned.

Jul 1, 2017, 10:24 PM
The piece of land is owned by Detroit Public Schools. Most likely that piece would just be paved over for some addition parking while DPS gets the benefit of selling a little bit of land.

Jul 1, 2017, 11:08 PM
Speaking of parking lots, I noticed today while I was downtown that Olympia has recently paved over the lots that they own. At first I was kind of excited seeing construction equipment all over the place but then I realized they were just upgrading the parking lots from gravel to asphalt.

The only plus is they look cleaner and are all gated with little security posts and cameras so at least there'll be an increased perception of safety. Makes me wonder though if this is a sign of just how long these will remain parking lots.






The North One
Jul 2, 2017, 2:03 AM
There's always a catch when it comes to Olympia, getting real sick of their bullshit. At least it's not as permanent as a parking garage.

Jul 3, 2017, 12:29 AM
Haven't been on here in a long time, but does the new Little Caesars HQ have it's own page?

Jul 3, 2017, 2:51 AM
Haven't been on here in a long time, but does the new Little Caesars HQ have it's own page?

It's apart of the Little Ceasars Arena/District Detroit thread since it isn't tall enough to be considered a high rise according to the SSP cutoff height.

Jul 3, 2017, 5:02 PM
Plan for former state fairgrounds site gets an urban vibe
July 02, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business


It's been more than five years since developers first floated an enormous re-envisioning of the former Michigan state fairgrounds site in Detroit. Since then, various incarnations of the plan have been proposed, but the principals behind the 157-acre project say the current version is better than it's ever been. And they credit Maurice Cox, the city's planning director, for moving it in a direction that's less suburban shopping complex and more walkable, bikeable and urban. In development circles, Cox, who was recruited to the city in 2015, is known as a hands-on planning director with a "world class" reputation. "We didn't know how sick we were," said Joel Ferguson, one of the members of Magic Plus LLC, which is proposing the mixed-use development with residential, retail, entertainment, transit and education uses, among others. Bounded by Woodward Avenue to the west, Eight Mile Road to the north, railroad tracks to the east and State Fair Avenue to the east, construction on the project could begin in the spring, said Christopher Stralkowski, executive project manager for Ferguson's Lansing-based Ferguson Development LLC.


According to Christopher Stralkowski, executive project manager Lansing-based Ferguson Development LLC, current estimates for the usage mix at the fairground property include:

1.1 million square feet of anchor retail space.
250,000 square feet of historic rehabilitation.
136,000 square feet of other retail.


"The development plan for this proposal significantly changed from what was originally presented, based on a collaborative design process with the City of Detroit Planning Department," said Glen Long Jr., interim president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., in a statement. "In the fall, the developer presented the updated plan to the community for feedback and comment. As a result of that process, the developer needed to conduct additional due diligence to determine the most appropriate phasing for infrastructure and vertical construction, based on site, economic, and current market conditions. Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) is monitoring the developer's progress adapting to the new requirements. When the developer completes its new plans, it will present them to DEGC and the City for additional review and evaluation." A message left last week for Cox was not returned, but developers have been open about how Cox's hands-on approach has affected projects in the city. "He has absolutely pushed developers to step up their design game," Sonya Mays, CEO of Develop Detroit, a nonprofit housing developer, told Crain's when Cox was named a Change Maker last month. " … He's been pretty forthright about his expectations and his vision. "Gov. Rick Snyder transferred the state fairground site to the Fast Track Authority board in April 2012. The authority still owns the site, but Magic Plus LLC has development rights to it.



Jul 4, 2017, 12:22 AM
I've been waiting for one of the local Detroit sites to do a before and after of the Book and here it is, thank you Daily Detroit for this 4th of July treat!

8 Before And After Pictures Of Detroit’s Beautiful Book Tower Coming Back To Life
By Daily Detroit Staff
Jul 3, 2017
Daily Detroit


The building at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Grand River has a long history, and is one of the most ornate exteriors in the city of Detroit, and possibly the United States. For years the Book Tower was ridiculed as one of Detroit’s ugliest buildings. It turns out when the exterior gets a deep cleaning its intricate art that sits high above the city streets comes to life. Although some of us always appreciated the structure for its unique design. It’s a rare Renaissance-style skyscraper that for a short time was the tallest building in Detroit, built in two sections – the shorter office block in 1916-17 and the tower in 1926 and designed by Louis Kamper.

The building, bought by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate in 2015, has been undergoing an extensive renovation and restoration. It’s an ambitious project that all told by the end of the project could easily cost more than $100 million. A 2016 report says that the work will take three years. Having visited the building a few times before it was closed in the early 2000s, it has all kinds of small architectural surprises inside and out. For instance, back then, there was a mothballed large glass dome on the third floor. Back in 2015 we took some photos, and today took a new series that closely matches the angles of the old pictures.







Jul 4, 2017, 12:42 AM
Demolition on the Silverdome has begun.


deja vu
Jul 4, 2017, 1:44 AM
Demolition on the Silverdome has begun.


Damn. Sad to see, but it was even sadder to see it decaying for so long. I don't suppose as many folks will be heart broken by this going away, as compared to Tigers Stadium.