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deja vu
Jul 4, 2017, 2:05 AM
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_image/public/MichiganStateFairgrounds-MAGIC%20PLUS--02_i.jpg?itok=QDYOngTQ



I'm skeptical about this. Maybe it's a step in the right direction, but it seems far too early in the design process to tell if what they are proposing is truly 'urban'. That rendering looks terribly weak and uninspired. Two-tone, curbless sidewalks and a couple of trees do not equal urban. Hopefully the City and Community input will lead to a better product in the long run.

975,000 square feet of residential space, which amounts to almost 700 apartments, townhomes and stacked flats.

That's a lot of units, and lots of thought will be needed on how this connects to (what's left of) the existing neighborhood to the south.

LMich
Jul 4, 2017, 4:11 AM
(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.)

The catch here is "generally." I'm not sure why they messed up so big with the map on this one or did it so generally, when it's been said in more than one publication the proposed site's southern border would be a line drawn west from Frederick. South of Federick is the very-much active DDOT headquarters and central repair facility that is not up for a move anywhere.

Also, the fairgrounds proposal is way more urban than any of the previous proposals by the consortium. Most of it is multi-story stuff built facing the street. It'll be denser than anything historically in the neighborhood at any rate. I'm not worried about the architecture at the moment.

LMich
Jul 7, 2017, 12:56 AM
On the heels of the pushing out of Henry the Hatter - who is now actively being courted by inner-city landlords (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/07/06/henry-hatter-gets-offers-new-detroit-store/103470580/) - comes a story about the rent hikes in the greater downtown area.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/f6ad2fd0b691505030acb417de9d8671be04251f/c=93-0-2221-1600&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2017/07/05/DetroitFreeP/DetroitFreePress/636348798026815255-070517-graceflorist-04.JPG
Junfu Han | Detroit Free Press

Detroit's skyrocketing rents threaten longtime shops (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/07/06/detroit-businesses-see-influx-customers-soaring-rent/447563001/)

Ashley Zlatopolsky, Special to the Detroit Free Press

July 5, 2017

Grace Harper Florist owner John Kewish doesn’t know how much longer his flower shop can survive in Midtown.

With downtown Detroit’s Henry the Hatter, the oldest hat retailer in the U.S. losing its lease last week, the news of the shop shutting down raises the question of whether longtime businesses are being forced out of the city.

Kewish saw his rent climb from $500 a month when he took over ownership of the Woodward business 20 years ago to $3,450, with a $650 increase in the past 12 months alone. Now, his landlord is asking for an additional $100 a month for rent for the next five years. He claims he can get $5,000 for the place, but Kewish says it isn’t in great condition.

It's a very extensive article that I'd suggest everyone read in full.

animatedmartian
Jul 7, 2017, 2:26 AM
I like this anecdote.

The report also shows that 96 storefront businesses have opened or expanded in Midtown and New Center from 2013-16. From the various projects in play, the greater downtown area has just over one million square feet of retail space under construction or expected to be complete by 2020.

This is pretty much equivalent to a new regional mall. Granted the spaces are rather spread out compared to an actual mall, but it's something. It's only a matter of time before Detroit reclaims its position as retail center.

deja vu
Jul 7, 2017, 1:45 PM
Detroit mansion reopens as 10-room inn after $2.4 million sale
(http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/07/magnificent_brush_park_mansion.html)By Tanya Moutzalias | MLive
July 02, 2017

DETROIT-- The Inn at 97 Winder has reopened under new ownership at one of the largest remaining 1870s Victorian homes in Detroit. The 11,000-square-foot Second Empire-style mansion was built in 1876 by pharmaceutical magnate John Harvey in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood.

...

There's more photos on the article page. Interesting decisions were made with regard to interior décor - a fusion of different styles.

https://si9wma-sn3301.files.1drv.com/y4mrJzF5zV8p-9_2pWWPGozuFjJkblnNDtnQEiYoUFsY8XFS7xPfOLRmxQdpyFXJaZPaYY5nV-Q_TSCgTFjpFs--_TmYk-jiamwgWNRZKc8VMghViwbx7kqOZMbEKmn00NB6NOMsI7sl-1CCDumgn_FidRvza-7qtymjSSOR_wsrFmWG-EGlAUmYRGCioQ400rgKvSLqgHE8AkcY9giMmj0Wg?width=441&height=660&cropmode=none
Image Source: Tanya Moutzalias | MLive (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/07/magnificent_brush_park_mansion.html)

mousquet
Jul 8, 2017, 4:45 PM
@LMich, these were very moving articles, I'll admit... Sometimes, gentrification can be harsh. But it's always absolutely necessary in my opinion.

Besides, I find some aspects of the American culture is very emotional and over-sentimental. You guys always want to be moved and often try too hard to make the world cry. See what they do in their Hollywood movies for instance. It's awkward.

Sometimes, you have to move on, even when it's harsh.

As for the flower shop, it may be old-fashioned, women sure like flowers, especially when they don't expect any. It's like still surprising, I guess. So I hope locals buy more. Don't be scared to give flowers, it's always cool somehow. Lol.

Docta_Love
Jul 8, 2017, 5:54 PM
It's REALLY sad to see the businesses that stuck it out through the toughest times getting the squeeze by landlords who want to market their space to more "upscale" tenants with deeper pockets. At least if Henry the Hatter wants to continue they have offers from owners in the eastern market area and corktown to relocate and reopen.

$100,000 In Grants Up For Grabs For Smart Energy And Mobility Ideas In Detroit
By Daily Detroit Staff
Jun 28, 2017
The Daily Detroit

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(Next Energy Center in Midtown, Detroit. Photo via Facebook)

Four organizations have teamed up to help fund ideas for the future. DTE Energy, DENSO, NextEnergy, and Wells Fargo are host a global competition to help address some of these problems. Through the program, technology providers are tasked with proposing hardware and software solutions within one or more of the following categories: smart parking, smart mobility, smart infrastructure, and smart buildings. According to the organizers, innovations should be connected, interactive and data driven (i.e., “smart”), and contribute to safer, more sustainable communities. Concept proposals for the second annual NextChallenge: Smart Cities are due on Aug. 18, 2017. If you’re considering applying, register for the webinar on July 27 to learn more about the challenge. The winner of NextChallenge: Smart Cities will be awarded up to $80,000 in grant funding from Wells Fargo to demonstrate and validate their solution at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit, or an applicable site that meets the needs of the selected solution. An additional combined total of $20,000 will be awarded to as many as four finalists. Monetary awards and programmatic support are funded by a $650,000, three-year grant from Wells Fargo to support NextEnergy’s efforts to drive investment in advanced energy and mobility technologies that address needs in urban communities.

Last year, Callida Energy beat out more than 50 other innovators for the top prize in the inaugural challenge. Callida is now working together with NextEnergy and DTE Energy to select a site to demonstrate the Callida Occupant App solution, which optimizes energy use in commercial buildings. “The prize is allowing us to install our software in a commercial building site, do a baseline, make changes to how the building is operated, and develop a case study for how our solution delivered specific savings for the building,” said Raphael Carty, CEO of Callida Energy in a statement. “Before this challenge, we had a presence in New York and Houston. We saw opportunity in Detroit, but we weren’t known in the market. This competition put us on the map in the region.”

http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/06/28/100000-grants-grabs-smart-energy-mobility-ideas-detroit/

The North One
Jul 8, 2017, 5:58 PM
I mean, not really. This is what's supposed to happen, the core gets expensive and then businesses and residents move to other neighborhoods within the city making them better and more desirable in the process.

Docta_Love
Jul 8, 2017, 6:10 PM
I agree that its economics but i remember when i was young going downtown back in the 90's back when the Hudson's was still up and in terms of retail downtown outside of the Millender Center and Greektown the choices were few and far between. It's a piece of old Detroit that will have to change with the times as we all do but as someone who undoubtedly made sacrifices to stay downtown its unfair that more deference isn't paid to those who "kept the lights on" during Detroit's darkest days.

LMich
Jul 9, 2017, 4:18 AM
I honestly wasn't making a value judgement either way. In fact, I advised everyone to read the article because it is a fairly detailed and neutral article on the phenomenon showing both good and bad aspects of what's going on. Even many of those being pushed out aren't exactly bitter about what's going on.

That said "just move to another part of the city" is also an over-simplistic view of things said by folks who don't really know what it takes to move a business or find a comparable location. It's not that easy. Gentrification isn't some unmitigated good; there are obviously trade-offs. I guess if I'd make a value judgement at all it's that I'd like to see the DEGC being as quick as they are with helping Henry the Hatter stay in town with all of the other's who'll be priced out. Maybe Detroit can be better than most at mitigating this, and as far as residents they already are with Duggan being very committed to offering low-income housing units in most of the larger residential developments.

subterranean
Jul 10, 2017, 10:13 PM
I was poking around looking at the tallest buildings currently under construction in the US. I was looking for something of a similar height and massing as the proposed building for the Hudson's Block.

I came across this: 252 East 57th Street in New York. Clocks in at 712' whereas the Hudson's Block should be 734.

Something of this height in that location is going to be wild. I can't wait to see the damn thing go up.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/35713995011_7c5c7e07c8_b.jpg

The North One
Jul 10, 2017, 11:30 PM
That's a nice tower, how have I not seen that before?

animatedmartian
Jul 14, 2017, 2:53 PM
Beacon Park before and after.

http://i.imgur.com/tnEk5CO.jpg
https://twitter.com/DTE_Energy/status/884851900394479617

LMich
Jul 15, 2017, 3:42 AM
Speaking of parks, Atwater Beach is getting closer and closer to its fundraising goal.

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Atwater Beach project getting $50,000 Gannett grant (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/07/15/atwater-beach-project-gannett-grant/464854001/)

By Ann Zaniewski | Detroit Free Press

July 14, 2017

Detroit's RiverWalk has a big gap.

The sidewalk dead-ends at an old boat slip between Chene Park and Jos. Campau, where trash litters a weedy lot amid tangled bunches of discarded lures and fishing line.

The area is ripe for transformation — and it just got a financial boost.

The Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK's "A Community Thrives" program is awarding $50,000 to the planned Atwater Beach development. The project, spearheaded by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, will give the site a makeover, adding a sandy beach, floating entertainment barge, sensory garden for kids and other features.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/YgJXKBvehwZq-0eDcTQ7UfING-c=/0x0:3332x2156/920x613/filters:focal(1400x812:1932x1344)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/55196101/170224_GS_Detroit_Atwater_Beach_Perspective1TOUCHES.0.jpg

So far, they've raised $275,000 of their $1 million goal. In other news, the Freep also has a story out about MoGo and the QLine with the gist being that the users want more of everything.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/d206d7dc2d214bf5a65d2d605cee210e2b9a9c4f/c=4-0-3260-2448&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2017/07/11/DetroitFreeP/DetroitFreePress/636353882391187137-Qline-today.JPG
John Gallagher

Shake-down periods suggest tweaks for Detroit's QLINE and MoGo services (http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/john-gallagher/2017/07/15/detroit-qline-and-mogo-services/468238001/)

By John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press

July 14, 2017

Time for some tweaks.

Detroit's QLINE streetcar and MoGo bike sharing programs have been up and running for a short while. Both are proving popular with the public. And already, as expected, the public isn't shy about offering suggestions to better each one.

In a word, everyone just wants more. More cars on the QLINE, faster rides, an extended route. More docking stations for the MoGo bikes so the system can serve more areas of the city. More protected bike lanes to separate bike riders from motorists.

In the short-term, the QLine is looking to implement signal control to accelerate the speed of trips along the line. I think they realize in the long-term, however, that they need to expand the line and add more cars. But, that can't happen until the RTA is able to promise dedicated funding.

Docta_Love
Jul 15, 2017, 3:48 PM
More affordable housing preserved and planned in 4 Detroit neighborhoods
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
JUL 13, 2017
Curbed Detroit

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The City of Detroit announced a big commitment in affordable housing across the city. According to a press release, the city was selected by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to receive a limited number of 9 percent low-income housing tax credits that will create or preserve 385 units of affordable housing in Core City, Midtown, Brush Park, and the Oakman Boulevard Community.

The four developments total a combined investment of $110 million, with $4.4 million in tax credits from MSHDA.

The announcement assures that 271 units of affordable housing that could have lost that status will be renovated and will keep that status for another 30 years. 114 new affordable units, many of which will be for families earning less than 30 percent of the area’s Average Median Income (AMI), will be built.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/13/15964526/affordable-housing-detroit-developments


Bedrock to add or maintain 700 'affordable' housing units in deal with Detroit
By Crain's Detroit Business
July 11, 2017

Bedrock and the city of Detroit on Monday announced an agreement that will create or maintain an estimate 700 "affordable" housing units.

The residential units will consist of new construction and the preservation of existing affordable housing that would have likely converted to market rate.

“It is important that a wide range of housing options, including affordable ones, are available in Detroit’s growing marketplace,” Bedrock President Dan Mullen said in a news release.

Over the next several years, Bedrock plans to develop up to 3,500 residential rental units in the city.

The agreement, which was to be submitted to City Council on Monday, provides that 20 percent of those units will be affordable housing for households whose income is 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) or less. The affordable units will be primarily located in the greater downtown area, where affordable housing options are needed to ensure downtown and midtown remain accessible for people of all incomes.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170711/news/633581/bedrock-add-or-maintain-700-affordable-housing-units-deal-detroit


Wilson Foundation gives $2 million for 26-mile recreational path in Detroit
By KURT NAGL
July 13, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business

A 26-mile recreational path in Detroit received a boost Thursday with a $2 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

The money will be used to fund the design and preconstruction of the unfinished portions of the loop, according to a news release from the city.

Called the Inner Circle Greenway, the nonmotorized path connects the city's neighborhoods, parks, commercial corridors, the riverfront and downtown.

"Thanks to the Wilson Foundation, the city of Detroit is one step closer to getting a network of greenways that will take Detroiters from Eight Mile to the riverfront and everywhere in between," Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement.

Last month, the city entered an agreement to buy 76 acres from Conrail Inc. for $4.3 million to fill the biggest gap in the trail. The Detroit-based rail service provider's property will become a 7.5-mile section of pathway along the Detroit Terminal Railroad.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170713/news/633741/wilson-foundation-gives-2-million-26-mile-recreational-path-detroit

Here's an interesting quote from the Detroit Homecoming event held in Michigan Depot.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said that when he took office in 2014, he sought to mend a "somewhat checkered" relationship the Morouns have had with past city administrations.

The mayor said Matthew Moroun brought him "a list" of issues "he would like to have help on."

Duggan did not disclose what was on Moroun's list. But he did divulge his demand for the billionaire owners of the Ambassador Bridge and a nationwide trucking and logistics business empire.

"I said, 'there's one thing: Every time I read a damn national story about Detroit there's a picture of the train station with the holes in the windows as the international image of the city's decline,'" Duggan said, recalling his conversation with Moroun. "I said, 'I want you to put windows in the train station. And if you do that, everything else will be just fine.'"

I donno about everything else being just fine but i can understand the sentiment very well haha. Here's a link to the article about the SLOW redevelopment of MDC, nothing new except a funny quote sadly.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170714/news/633851/redevelopment-detroit-train-station-marathon


Grant To Pay For Green Infrastructure For New Protected Bike Lanes In Downtown Detroit
By Daily Detroit Staff
Jul 10, 2017

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Today brings news that the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) received a $250,000 grant from the Erb Family Foundation.

The grant will fund green infrastructure and stormwater management improvements as part of the Downtown Bike Network. That’s a 1.6-mile infrastructure project that improves street and sidewalk non-motorized connections throughout the downtown area.

The project will begin in the Capitol Park neighborhood, with the idea that it would expand throughout the city.

“This project represents a significant investment in pilot green infrastructure, and cements our commitment to innovative design and sustainability,” said Eric Larson, CEO, DDP. “It is our intent that this project will be easily replicated in other areas of the city and further throughout the region.”

According to the DDP, the project will improve stormwater management through the installation of permeable pavement and bioswales that capture rainwater.

http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/07/10/grant-pay-green-infrastructure-new-protected-bike-lanes-downtown-detroit/

RossDetroit
Jul 15, 2017, 4:35 PM
Hi guys, I am living overseas. Thanks for your updates and your photos.
Could you tell me please about the WSU Physicians bldg on Woodward.
Is it on hold or what? Thanks for telling me.

animatedmartian
Jul 15, 2017, 5:03 PM
Hi guys, I am living overseas. Thanks for your updates and your photos.
Could you tell me please about the WSU Physicians bldg on Woodward.
Is it on hold or what? Thanks for telling me.

I think it's on indefinite hold if not completely cancelled. The WSU Physicians Group (and its parent WSU School of Medicine) is having some financial problems and (had?) some contract issues with the DMC. Things have been more or less in limbo since 2015.

The new building on Woodward was proposed in 2014 in order to consolidate all of the Metro Detroit locations into one building. It was expected to be complete by 2016. Since 2015, there's been no new updates on the status or timeline of construction.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20151204/NEWS/151209902/wayne-state-medical-school-financial-woes-delay-construction-on (article is date December 15, 2015 and just states that the project is on indefinite hold)

animatedmartian
Jul 17, 2017, 9:54 PM
New report on Downtown Detroit from CBRE.

Report: $5.4 billion in construction set in, around downtown Detroi (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170717/news/634076/report-54-billion-in-construction-set-in-around-downtown-detroit)t

Highlights:


From 2017 to 2020, there will be at least 6,091 new residential units, 1,196 hotel units, and 2.1 million square feet of office space.


At least $4 billion dollars of investment is in new construction. The rest is conversion.


As of Q1 2017, Detroit's overall office vacancy rate is about 14% with average asking lease rates around $20.50. Class A space is under 10% with rates around $22-$23. As mentioned in another article (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170226/NEWS/170229876/hudsons-site-project-could-result-in-steeper-rents-downtown), Dan Gilbert's Hudson project will likely command $35+.


Multifamily vacancy rates are around 4%. Average rent per square feet is $1.40. However, most new construction has been closer to $2. A majority of new units are being built in Downtown (2300), Midtown (1700), and New Center (700).


Note, this data is assumed accurate up to Q1 2017.

LMich
Jul 18, 2017, 3:06 AM
A majority of new units are being built in Downtown (2300), Midtown (1700), and New Center (700).


I wonder what the time period of this measurement is? Haven't ever seen any reports showing downtown adding more housing than midtown. Anyway, hope this puts to rest all of the ridiculous assertions in the City Discussions forum that Detroit has added (and is adding) only hundreds of units since the recession. It's been thousands.

animatedmartian
Jul 18, 2017, 3:38 AM
I wonder what the time period of this measurement is? Haven't ever seen any reports showing downtown adding more housing than midtown. Anyway, hope this puts to rest all of the ridiculous assertions in the City Discussions forum that Detroit has added (and is adding) only hundreds of units since the recession. It's been thousands.

The numbers are based on expected delivery of units from now to 2020. So basically all the residential projects that'll be completed this year and next year, plus the ones proposed and expected to be complete by 2019 or 2020.

Here's a deeper breakdown of the numbers:

Units to be delivered by year;

Downtown:
2017 - 632
2018 - 452
2019 - 406
2020 - 800

Midtown:
2017 - 139
2018 - 333
2019 - 509
2020 - 401

New Center:
2017 - 0
2018 - 254
2019 - 332
2020 - 162

Lafayette Park:
2017 - 185

Corktown:
2018 - 291
2020 - 269

Eastern Market:
2018 - 82
2020 - 62

Rivertown:
2017 - 278
2020 - 85

Brush Park is listed separate from Midtown:
2020 - 410

There's a graphical error for Brush Park that shows 9 units being delivered in a different year (not sure which) but the color is the same as 2020.

Of course, more proposals could come out soon so no doubt these aren't fixed numbers.

Also of note, there's only been 2,500-3,000 new units from 2009 to 2016. 6,000 within the next 3 years is actually still a pretty dramatic increase. That's like a 433% increase in units per year between the two time frames.

LMich
Jul 18, 2017, 4:06 AM
Okay, that makes more sense. I can totally see residential development moving back downtown as the midtown market gets overheated/oversatured. Have to say, though, I think they are lowballing what's probably about to take place in New Center.

animatedmartian
Jul 18, 2017, 11:28 PM
So Rocket Fiber (a Dan Gilbert IT company) has an ad downtown of a futuristically stylized Detroit.

http://i.imgur.com/RbOv6aO.jpg
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170718/blog016/634126/rocket-fiber-ads-futuristic-view-of-downtown-detroit-just

The Crain's author seemed concerned that the building on the far right was a future Dan Gilbert project, but to me it seems obvious that the third tower from the left (the all glass tower) is supposed to be the Hudson's site tower. The darker tower just to the bottom left of the glass tower looks like a stylized version of the proposal for the Monroe Block.

Among other things, you can see Little Ceaser's Arena, the Ren Cen, the Gordie Howie Bridge as well as the Ambassador Bridge, plus the David Stott, the Penobscot, and One Detroit Center. It's a pretty cool piece of artwork with a lot of hidden little gems in it.

That "Windsor skyline" at first made me think Windsor suddenly became Dubai, but on closer look, it may actually just be a side-horizon view of Detroit's skyline. It does make me think the tower on the far right may actually be a not so subtle way of suggesting Gilbert has something planned even bigger than the Hudson's site.

Of course, Gilbert & company have responded saying this is nothing more than a theoretical artistic view of a future Detroit. We may never know. ;)

The North One
Jul 18, 2017, 11:33 PM
I'm curious as to how far this fiber internet infrastructure goes, is it just downtown?

subterranean
Jul 18, 2017, 11:40 PM
'Future proof' your business? More like proofread your garbage billboard.

I kept rereading it, wondering what should've come next in that sentence given there is no hyphen. As if they meant it to read "future proof my business will be illiterate."

animatedmartian
Jul 18, 2017, 11:49 PM
I'm curious as to how far this fiber internet infrastructure goes, is it just downtown?

So far yea. They've mostly just connected to individual buildings with the farthest connections in New Center. The plan is to serve the entire greater downtown area. The QLine also provides free WiFi through Rocket Fiber. This includes all the stations and the trains.

https://rocketfiber.com/service-map/

LMich
Jul 19, 2017, 2:58 AM
So Rocket Fiber (a Dan Gilbert IT company) has an ad downtown of a futuristically stylized Detroit.

http://i.imgur.com/RbOv6aO.jpg
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170718/blog016/634126/rocket-fiber-ads-futuristic-view-of-downtown-detroit-just

The Crain's author seemed concerned that the building on the far right was a future Dan Gilbert project, but to me it seems obvious that the third tower from the left (the all glass tower) is supposed to be the Hudson's site tower. The darker tower just to the bottom left of the glass tower looks like a stylized version of the proposal for the Monroe Block.

Among other things, you can see Little Ceaser's Arena, the Ren Cen, the Gordie Howie Bridge as well as the Ambassador Bridge, plus the David Stott, the Penobscot, and One Detroit Center. It's a pretty cool piece of artwork with a lot of hidden little gems in it.

That "Windsor skyline" at first made me think Windsor suddenly became Dubai, but on closer look, it may actually just be a side-horizon view of Detroit's skyline. It does make me think the tower on the far right may actually be a not so subtle way of suggesting Gilbert has something planned even bigger than the Hudson's site.

Of course, Gilbert & company have responded saying this is nothing more than a theoretical artistic view of a future Detroit. We may never know. ;)


Yeah, so you and Crain's are way overthinking thing. :)

Detroit1995
Jul 19, 2017, 3:28 AM
That billboard does make you wonder though. If Detroit's tallest tower will break ground in December, then what else does the future hold for the city. I mean who thought we'd be seeing this much development in 2017?

The North One
Jul 19, 2017, 3:59 AM
Hopefully lots of Madrid-esque mid rise development. ;)

animatedmartian
Jul 20, 2017, 2:42 AM
More movement from the suburbs to downtown. Although oddly they've owned the building for quite a while.

Church of Scientology to spend $8 million to renovate its vacant downtown Detroit building
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. July 19, 2017.

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The Church of Scientology has owned the former Standard Savings & Loan building in downtown Detroit for a decade but has done nothing with it. That's about to change.

The Los Angeles-based church has been issued a building permit for $8 million worth of work to the 50,000-square-foot building at the corner of Griswold Street and Jefferson Avenue.

The permit was issued Monday and calls for interior and exterior renovations, according to online city records. The contractor is Sterling Heights-based Roncelli Inc.

"The building will house the Church of Scientology of Detroit and is part of the Church's international program to service its parishioners in 'ideal' Churches," Karin Pouw, international spokeswoman for the church, said in an email to Crain's on Wednesday.

"The Church will have a chapel, rooms for parishioners to study the religion and public areas for community meetings and activities."

Construction work will start "soon," Pouw said.

....

The Southfield office of Los Angeles-based CBRE Inc. is listing the church's 15,100-square-foot Farmington Hills building at 28000 Middlebelt Rd. for sale for $1.5 million.

The staff of the Farmington Hills building will form the core of the staff at the new Detroit building, Pouw said.

...
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170719/news/634321/church-of-scientology-to-spend-8-million-to-renovate-its-vacant

animatedmartian
Jul 20, 2017, 3:08 AM
Also somewhat under the radar but important if the city is to get another stadium, 37,000 people just saw a soccer game at Comerica Park.

Soccer fans excited about Comerica match but want more
Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News. July 19, 2017.

http://i.imgur.com/aJSAuLyh.jpg
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/2017/07/20/comerica-park-as-roma-paris-saint-germain/494343001/

This was good, two popular European soccer teams, a festive atmosphere at Comerica Park and around downtown Detroit.

But it only wet the appetite for fans like Mike Bishop.

As far as Bishop is concerned — as well as many other fans Wednesday around Comerica Park — it’s time to bring professional soccer to Detroit.

....

Wednesday’s match between AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain was expected to draw 30,000-35,000 fans. It was part of the International Champions Cup, an 8-team round-robin exhibition.

The games are taking place in the next two weeks in 11 U.S. stadiums, with Detroit of particular interest.

Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, two local NBA owners, are leading the charge to bring an expansion Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Detroit

Gilbert and Gores want to build an approximately 25,000-seat stadium with mixed-use development in time for the 2020 MLS season on the unfinished Wayne County jail site on Gratiot and I-375.

The MLS is expected to award four expansion teams — two this year, two in the near future.

If Wednesday’s match was a bit of a litmus test, the Detroit market is ready for pro soccer.

.....

Fans would like to see a pro team with its own facility in downtown Detroit — but also wouldn’t mind seeing Detroit City FC somehow a part of it.

The raucous atmosphere and passionate fan base combine to form the closest thing Detroit sports fans have seen to a European soccer atmosphere.

“I don’t know if it’s possible (for Detroit City to be part of an MLS bid), but that would be ideal,” said Bridget Goolsby, of Detroit, who attended Wednesday’s match with her boyfriend just one day after watching Detroit City play an exhibition match in Hamtramck against an Italian club team. “The matches are so fun, so different.

“If they could put that excitement into the new (soccer) stadium, it would be a lot of fun.”

With the Tigers the lone pro sports attraction for much of the summer, soccer would fill a void for fans.

...
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/other/2017/07/19/soccer-fans-excited-comerica-match-want/103845622/



In other sports/development related news, the Ford Field is currently undergoing renovations.

With $100 million in renovations, Ford Field 'capable of hosting a Super Bowl'
By KURT NAGL, Crain's Detroit. July 19, 2017.

http://i.imgur.com/ZY0HUJe.jpg

Ford Field is on schedule to finalize $100 million in renovations by Aug. 1, in plenty of time for the Detroit Lions' first preseason home game Aug. 19.

That was the word from team President Rod Wood on Wednesday during a media tour of the "new Ford Field," as the venue is being branded.

New $20 million-plus video scoreboards spanning 270 feet, wrap-around LED screens and major upgrades to suite, restaurant, bar and lounge spaces are in store for Lions fans and concertgoers this season.

"This stadium is capable of hosting a Super Bowl," Wood told reporters packed into a renovated suite.

The stadium hosted Super Bowl XL in 2006, four years after it opened.

The stadium will boast 26,500 square feet of LED displays composed of 28.8 million LEDs. About 209,000 square feet of premium seating space has been renovated and redesigned.

Detroit-based Rossetti Associates Inc. is the project architect. Detroit-based Turner Construction Co. is the general contractor on the suite project.

The scoreboards, which are twice the size of the previous ones, and video displays were installed by Brookings, S.D.-based Daktronics, which also was contracted for the 5,100-square-foot video scoreboard at Little Caesars Arena.

....

Several new restaurants are being added to the concourse, including another Slow's on the northeast side. Others will be announced, likely the week before the first preseason home game, said Ellen Trudell, corporate communications manager for the Lions.

Although some suites were moved to make way for the new private sections on the north end, there are still 128 suites in the stadium, Trudell said.

Wood said about 30 suites are still available for the upcoming season.

Ford Field's 65,000-person capacity is unchanged.

Fans will also notice subtler changes throughout the stadium, including new designs to liven up the drab concrete concourse. In addition to Lions insignia along the walls, floors will be lined with blue and white yardage markers.

...
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170719/news/634336/with-100-million-in-renovations-ford-field-capable-of-hosting-a-super

LMich
Jul 20, 2017, 7:24 AM
Beacon Park at the DTE Energy headquarters opens today:

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/PbvRxLpkwZRoVbatUlnKBGHfaLk=/0x0:2048x1365/920x613/filters:focal(858x636:1184x962)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/55769801/BeaconPark_100.0.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/18/15992414/beacon-park-photos-grand-opening)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/7kvSQKIKYBzWYdRChtXwrbfJGrs=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8872705/BeaconPark_101.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/18/15992414/beacon-park-photos-grand-opening)

subterranean
Jul 20, 2017, 3:19 PM
I like the park. What's the programming? I especially like that it was a surface lot previously.

The North One
Jul 20, 2017, 3:24 PM
YES, cash in on those Superbowl dollars.

LMich
Jul 21, 2017, 4:37 AM
The Motown Museum expansion is getting closer to its goal:

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/3073474d8172b1a1cd973bc61e1b4d1f272615a1/c=188-0-1978-1346&r=x408&c=540x405/local/-/media/2017/06/16/DetroitFreeP/DetroitFreePress/636332311460958779-rendering-motown.jpg

Motown Museum expansion gets financial boost from Lear (http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/07/20/motown-museum-expansion-gets-financial-boost-lear/495834001/)

By Brian McCollum | Detroit Free Press

July 20, 2017

The Motown Museum has taken another leap toward its planned expansion, following a $750,000 donation from Lear Corp.

With an additional $400,000 raised at a June gala hosted by Lear, the Southfield company's efforts amount to more than $1.1 million for the expansion project, which would transform the Hitsville, U.S.A., site into a 50,000-square-foot exhibit, performance and retail complex.

The Lear gift follows $6 million from Ford and UAW-Ford and $2 million from the William Davidson Foundation, as the Motown Museum continues its $50-million fund-raising effort.

deja vu
Jul 21, 2017, 3:58 PM
This is small news, but I think it's important to emphasize these types of placemaking efforts, especially at borders and edges of dissimilar neighborhoods:

Detroit 67 Placemaking Grantee Project in Jefferson Chalmers (http://www.mhpn.org/?page_id=2263)
aims to reduce physical and symbolic barriers between residents in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park
Michigan Historic Preservation Network

“Fox Creek Park: Art Beyond Borders,” a collaborative project between seven different organizations including Jefferson East, Inc. and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, is forging new relationships between Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park residents through the redesign of a public park at the Detroit-Grosse Pointe Park border. An unveiling ceremony for the project will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Fox Creek Park, located on the corner of Jefferson and Ashland in Detroit.

The unveiling ceremony will highlight renewed strategies to strengthen relations between Jefferson Chalmers and Grosse Pointe Park through placemaking...

animatedmartian
Jul 21, 2017, 11:12 PM
How an ambitious community-led design project is renewing this historic Detroit neighborhood
A collaboration between designers and residents will turn a neglected park into a thriving public space

CHAD ROCHKIND AND OMAR TORO-VACA

http://i.imgur.com/F3S2zkP.jpg

This is our fully unified vision for Roosevelt Park and it ties all of today’s disparate parcels into a single plot. Vehicles navigate around the park, but not through it.

All participants in Workshop 2 applied lessons from the two previous schemes to fine-tune the use and activities envisioned for this plan.

The scheme emanates from the concept of a ripple, starting on the northwest corner of the park toward the east, south, and west extremes where slight undulations in the topography rise and fall to form a gorgeous landscape of diverse experiences.

The ripple originates in the northwest portion of the park, where participants aptly placed a pond feature. A gateway and playground anchor the northwest corner where a number of the main paths that cut through the park originate. Community members programmed a diagonal path moving in the east-west direction as a flexible, temporary drive where food trucks might enter the park for special events or where a farmer’s market might set up on a weekly basis. At the center of the scheme, an amphitheater nests itself into the ripples (with the imposing facade of Michigan Central Station as its backdrop). The perimeter of the park comes to life with sports fields and playgrounds meant to be readily available to the adjacent neighborhoods, which may someday feature increased housing options.

http://i.imgur.com/Eq7M3gp.jpg

As a grassroots effort, we are trying to demonstrate that the marriage of community-led design and high design is possible. This process might be slower and have more twists and turns than top down dictates, but we are confident that as the process continues, the park’s redesign will better reflect the aspirations of the neighborhoods nearby, while embedding ethics into the DNA of any surrounding development that may emerge.

To formalize all of this, a group of local residents are forming a new park-specific nonprofit that will steward the process into the next stage, and the city of Detroit has given us the green light to move ahead with our community-led process.

Our hope is that this will provide a model for other large-scale design efforts throughout the urban world. Community engagement is not a box to be checked off but the foundation of a healthy process. Community voice is not something to be discarded; it is the expression of our co-creators.

....
http://www.therenewalproject.com/how-an-ambitious-community-led-design-project-is-renewing-a-historic-detroit-neighborhood/

animatedmartian
Jul 22, 2017, 11:27 PM
Since photobucket is a crap image hosting website, I figure I'd reupload any pictures that probably aren't showing up. Here are some renderings of current proposals and new construction in Detroit as well as the most recent status update for them. This is strictly new construction since there's a ton of renos in various stages. I might save that for another post.

The Seldon, 12 units.
Expected completion by summer 2017. I didn't even realize this was under construction already and had to drive by to check it out myself.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4330/35253648944_f784a84f41_b.jpg

The Coe at West Village, 12 units
Expected completion fall 2017.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/35253644934_e817d20528_b.jpg

City Modern, 140 units
First units available by early 2018 (picture from July 1, 2017)
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4069/35527583341_04c636ca0f_b.jpg

Elton Park, Phase One, 151 units
Expected completion by 2018 (picture from July 22, 2017 from behind Checker Cab building)
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/35283974753_28b247ea5a_b.jpg

Third and Grand, 231 units
Expected completion by 2018
http://i.imgur.com/FwAWVGvh.jpg
http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/06/01/pics-giant-tower-crane-appears-site-future-third-grand-new-center/


Sugar Hill apartments; 84 units.
Groundbreaking September 2018.
http://i.imgur.com/OFanasW.jpg

Russell Flats, 82 units.
Expected completion in spring 2018. Was expected to start construction spring 2017 however as of summer 2017, construction has yet to start (as far as I could tell).
http://i.imgur.com/WFpRikv.jpg

West Willis Street apartments, 36 units.
Groundbreaking expected spring 2018. Historic District Commission has given conditional approval however the design could change by groundbreaking.
http://i.imgur.com/2syn9UK.png

Midtown West, formally Wigle Recreation Center, 175 units.
Groundbreaking fall 2018.
http://i.imgur.com/ptJbaQs.png

The Woodward @ Midtown, 104 units.
Expected to be complete by late 2018/early 2019. Construction has yet to start.
http://i.imgur.com/ye8eJyR.jpg

644 & 634 & 666 Selden St., 8 units, mixed use
Construction has started (didn't snap any pictures though since I didn't realize which project it was).
http://i.imgur.com/rUhCuQs.jpg

Hastings Place, 60 units
Expected completion in 2018
http://i.imgur.com/WBbmAwZ.png

Randolph Centre, 16,000 sq ft office space
Expected completion spring 2018
http://i.imgur.com/D2TY6mxh.jpg

Statler City Apartment (or Club City Apartments), 288 units
Expected groundbreaking, August 2017 (based on DDA approval from May 2017).
http://i.imgur.com/imD4GHJh.jpg

The Ashton, 98 units
Expected completion in 2019
http://i.imgur.com/d5CLnpeh.jpg

Cass and York, 181 units
Expected completion late 2018
http://i.imgur.com/j1Ddsngh.gif

Baltimore Station, Phase One, 23 units
Expected completion by late 2017
http://i.imgur.com/s8cTlMFh.jpg

Baltimore Station, Phase Two, 151 units
Expected completion early 2018
http://i.imgur.com/aG5QkV3h.jpg

SOMA, 400,000 sq ft office space
Parking structures and retail to be completed by 2018, office space to be complete by 2019
http://i.imgur.com/qZkZDzch.jpg

Pistons Practice Facility
Expected completion by late 2018
http://i.imgur.com/q36VRRsh.jpg

Henry Ford Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion
Expected completion early 2020
http://i.imgur.com/xpU2wiOh.jpg

LMich
Jul 23, 2017, 12:37 AM
SOMA, 400,000 sq ft office space

Where did this one come from? At 400,000 square feet, that is significant office building. Is all we're seeing pictured above the parking garage (with ground floor retail)?

animatedmartian
Jul 23, 2017, 1:06 AM
Where did this one come from? At 400,000 square feet, that is significant office building. Is all we're seeing pictured above the parking garage (with ground floor retail)?

It's 400,000 across multiple buildings. I think it includes two existing buildings which are 90,000 and 50,000 square feet each. That leaves 260,000 square feet for the new construction. The new construction is only mentioned as having 8 stories each. It's also possible the 90,000 sq ft existing office building could be demolished which could change the overall size of the project. Therefore the designs (except for the parking garages) are not finalized.

The parking garages are apart of phase one and pretty much what we'll see first until the office space is finalized.

http://i.imgur.com/ZCBsqByh.jpg

https://www.friedmanrealestate.com/listing/soma-midtown-detroit-development/

http://hscre.com/estate/redevelopment-opportunity-on-woodward-ave/

Docta_Love
Jul 24, 2017, 9:03 PM
Thanks for going out animatedmartian and grabbing the construction pics n' also for doin that rundown i had forgotten about a lot of those projects.

Here's a piece from Curbed Detroit that touches on the recent report of 5.4 billion being invested from 2017-2020 and the over all strength of the downtown office market, they got a nice graphic so i figured id post even if its not all exactly new.


New reports show low office vacancy, billions invested in Downtown Detroit
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
JUL 24, 2017
Curbed Detroit

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/hCISFBK6TPEEwnY0qRO4RiI-osQ=/0x0:1200x800/920x613/filters:focal(504x304:696x496):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/55857577/2I1A9716_1_.0.jpg

We’ve seen more construction in the last few years in Detroit than we’ve seen here in decades. Much of that has been focused on the downtown core, although it’s slowly starting to move out into the neighborhoods. Two new reports highlight the growth over the past seven years and what we can expect in the future.

CBRE recently released their Downtown Detroit Development Report, which shows the development impact on office, retail, and residential markets. Their research shows a capital investment of $5.4 billion in development project from 2017-2020. Of these, we can see:

6,091 new apartment units
1,196 new hotel units
2.1 million square feet of new office space

....

JLL’s Skyline Review shows that Detroit’s office vacancy in its taller buildings is currently 7.5 percent, well below the national average of 12.9 percent. As more businesses are moving downtown, the need for more office space rises. The report cites high-profile tenants like Microsoft moving into the current office space downtown, and more buildings rising in the next few years that will change the skyline itself. Dan Gilbert, who has said numerous times that more office space is needed, currently has plans for a new office tower on the Monroe Block downtown, the massive Hudson’s site project (slightly taller than the Ren Cen), and the possibility to build near the Riverfront.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/UH7sgMfRHHNlcYt0gLfpDt_Z-hM=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8904483/Detroit_Skyline.jpg

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/24/16020500/reports-detroit-office-vacancy-development

Docta_Love
Jul 25, 2017, 2:01 PM
I really like this idea it should be expanded to police, fire and EMS workers if possible.

Detroit Educators To Get Half Off Houses Auctioned Through Land Bank
By Erin Einhorn
Jul 21, 2017
Daily Detroit

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is getting ready this morning to announce a major effort to lure teachers and other school employees to the city of Detroit: Offering them half-priced homes.

According to a press release that’s expected to be released at an event this morning, the mayor plans to announce that all Detroit school employees — whether they work for district, charter or parochial schools — will now get a 50 percent discount on houses auctioned through the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

That discount is already available to city employees, retirees and their families. Now it will be available to full-time employees of schools located in the city.


http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/07/21/detroit-public-school-teachers-get-half-off-houses-auctioned-land-bank/

animatedmartian
Jul 25, 2017, 2:27 PM
IIRC, the police get a similar sort of incentive to buy a house in the city, but just not through the land bank.


Ilitch firm reportedly eyeing Cass Tech's football field


http://i.imgur.com/BujZFbx.jpg

Officials from Olympia Development are eyeing the football field at Cass Tech High School and have proposed potentially building the team a new athletic facility elsewhere in the city, according to the school's alumni association.

Olympia wants to acquire the field, along with the site of the old Cass Tech building, said Ray Litt, vice president of the Cass Tech Alumni Association.

Discussions around a potential deal involving the land began a few months ago and involve the alumni association, a residents group and a representative for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Litt said.

....
http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/07/25/ilitch-firm-reportedly-eyeing-cass-techs-football-field/505538001/

The North One
Jul 25, 2017, 3:33 PM
Why? So they can turn it into a parking lot?

subterranean
Jul 25, 2017, 4:38 PM
Why? So they can turn it into a parking lot?

:haha::haha::haha:

animatedmartian
Jul 25, 2017, 5:32 PM
God, I hope not. I stopped myself short of saying Olympia needs to stop buying land until they develop the land they already got.

But of course if they do that, the price of the land they wanted to buy will go up and they wouldn't be able to get it as cheap as they could get it now. Or worse yet, some other developer might get it before they do and actually build something other than a parking lot! Oh the horror. :yuck:

But part of me reluctantly trusts them. They most definitely won't do it right away, but I do believe they're eventually build on their lots. Maybe by 2050 is an early guess.

animatedmartian
Jul 25, 2017, 6:41 PM
Detroit ’67 historic marker unveiled; development planned in neighborhood
BY ROBIN RUNYAN JUL 25, 2017. Curbed Detroit.

The area around 12th Street (now Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount has struggled since the ’67 rebellion. Twelfth Street was once lined with businesses, but most burned down or were left vacant and nothing took their place. Now, two projects—one led by the city and one by private developers—are bringing new life to the area.

Gordon Park, right at the site where the rebellion started, was one of dozens of city parks to receive renovations that were announced by the mayor. The park has a stage, landscaping, fitness equipment, and a playground. On Sunday, July 23, the 50th anniversary of when the rebellion started, a historic marker in the park was unveiled to commemorate the events.

Across the street at Atkinson and Rosa Parks Boulevard, plans are underway for a $12 million development that would renovate one house into a cultural center and build three mixed-use buildings. According to the Detroit News, Karasi Development will redevelopment the home at the corner into the the Karasi Education & Cultural Center: “The group is in talks with the Motown Museum and the Rosa Parks Institute for potential partnerships at the center.”

Karasi would also like to build three mixed-use buildings in the area, with retail, restaurants, and residential. According to the Detroit News, “The owners of the popular Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile, with locations in Ferndale and Ann Arbor, have expressed interest in being part of the development.”

This could be a major boost to the area, which has potential redevelopments and renovations nearby. The Herman Kiefer complex is just a few blocks to the east on Clairmount. Many homes a few streets to the north in Boston-Edison have been renovated and selling this year. The Motown Museum will be undergoing a big expansion. And maybe, just maybe, the troubled Lee Plaza on West Grand Boulevard could see new life again.

http://i.imgur.com/awmuuFQ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/TVEnOmmh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7Kp94Zeh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tNo8uEMh.jpg

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/25/16025414/detroit-67-gordon-park-development

The North One
Jul 25, 2017, 8:50 PM
Woah woah what?

Are those plans new buildings? They look like they're from the 20's. How is this possible?

animatedmartian
Jul 25, 2017, 10:59 PM
The Wellingtons are near-recreations of the building that used to exist there and was only demolished a year or so ago. It's still visible on Streetview (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3771748,-83.0999753,3a,60y,111.16h,96.58t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJ5NfdF_1lef9xwgv04e3Iw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656). This building style used to be pretty prevalent along Detroit's main thoroughfares.

The Boston is based on different mansions located in nearby Boston-Edison.

LMich
Jul 26, 2017, 3:22 AM
https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/25/16025414/detroit-67-gordon-park-development

This is so cool. You can see the townhouse I spent my first few years in in that first picture. We used to walk up to the corner store on Atkinson at Rose Parks. When I lived there we never went to Gordon Park, though. It was filthy; the city has completely forgotten about it. It's great to see the area getting some attention. It's crazy for me to see old pictures of 12th/Rosa Parks during the riots. Like a lot of Detroit, the commercial areas nearly completely disappeared leaving it unrecognizeable.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/2704584d78f999453713493a84d654d29cb19986/c=405-0-2372-1479&r=x393&c=520x390/local/-/media/2017/07/18/DetroitNews/DetroitNews/636359913462089699-DetroitRaceRiotsA.jpg
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subterranean
Jul 26, 2017, 4:17 PM
Unrelated to current convo, but I just today noticed the Buhl building in Detroit. There is nothing happening to it. I just never really realized it existed, consciously. Most underrated, least talked about building in the core?

Docta_Love
Jul 26, 2017, 9:17 PM
It also seems to have always been well managed i'm not sure if there was ever a time when it had low occupancy numbers. But i agree it certainly can be talked about in the same breath as the "gems of detroit" but its overshadowed figuratively and literally by its bigger more famous neighbors.


Council greenlights Eastern Market property sale for $19 million redevelopment
The project, expected to start next year, includes new brewery

By KIRK PINHO
July 26, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_image/public/Eastern%20Market%20project_market%20and%20brewery%20view-main_i.jpg?itok=J-kCNbrR

Construction on a $19 million redevelopment of a blighted city-owned building in Eastern Market is expected to begin next year now that the Detroit City Council has approved the sale of property at 3500 Riopelle St. to George Jackson's real estate company.

Jackson, the former head of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., said Tuesday afternoon that a development agreement with the city still needs to be negotiated and financing finalized, but he anticipates his Ventra Group LLC to complete construction in late 2018 on a 104,000-square-foot former Detroit Water and Sewerage Department property.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_image/public/Eastern%20Market%20project_restaurant%20view-02_i.jpg?itok=PLTLRE-S

"This is a tough project and it's not a done deal," Jackson said. "We have a lot of Ts to cross and Is to dot."

Plans include a brewery, food processing and production facility, retail space, as well as a food storage and preservation facility and restaurants, according to a City Council document. There would also be business accelerator opportunities for small and emerging companies.

The property sits on a little more than 6 acres. It was the subject of a request for proposals last year.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_image/public/Eastern%20Market%20project_aerial%20view-03_i.png?itok=Ktp6S6rb

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170726/news/634861/council-greenlights-eastern-market-property-sale-for-19-million

animatedmartian
Jul 26, 2017, 11:33 PM
Unrelated to current convo, but I just today noticed the Buhl building in Detroit. There is nothing happening to it. I just never really realized it existed, consciously. Most underrated, least talked about building in the core?

This is the most recent news I could find. Article dated August 4, 2016.

Plans for investor's $75.5 million purchase, renovation of Buhl Building, parking deck fall through (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160804/BLOG016/160809932/plans-for-investors-75-5-million-purchase-renovation-of-buhl)
By Kirk Pinho. Crain's Detroit.

A $75.5 million plan by a Vancouver real estate investor to purchase and renovate the historic Buhl Building downtown has collapsed.
I'd been hearing for several months that Ron Lanthier was in the market to buy the Buhl, a 27-story skyscraper at 535 Griswold St., and a 652-space parking deck.

Good news, I thought. More competition in the market, as I reported on Saturday when Crain's broke the news of the 150 West Jefferson skyscraper sale to Southfield-based Redico LLC.

But now sources say financial snags have torpedoed the Buhl deal that would have included a $43 million purchase price and another $18 million spent renovating the building and parking deck, according to a confidential memo seeking equity investors that a little birdie sent to me last week.

....


The article also mentions it's 70% occupied which includes the SMART bus company HQ.

Also, in related news from across the street...

Sterling Group sells Ford Building to Birmingham developers (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170726/news/634871/sterling-group-sells-ford-building-to-birmingham-developers)
July 26, 2017. By ANNALISE FRANK Crain's Detroit.

Detroit developers Zaid Elia and Matthew Shiffman have purchased the 100-year-old Ford Building on Griswold Street downtown, less than six months after the previous owner, Sterling Group, acquired it.

Detroit-based Sterling Group purchased the 200,000-square-foot building at 615 Griswold St. from Tom Paglia Jr., whose family had owned the building since 1991, after a long court battle, Crain's reported.

Elia, owner of the Elia Group, and Shiffman, owner of Alden Development Group, plan to begin a $4 million-plus renovation of the mixed-use building in the fall, Elia said in an emailed statement. They will redesign the lobby, upgrade technology throughout the building and update the infrastructure.

Elia declined to disclose the purchase price. The deal with the Sterling Group closed July 17.

Sterling Group did not respond to a request for comment.

The 23-story building houses retail tenants on the first floor and office space above. It is 75 percent occupied, Jacob Sworski, managing partner at Iconic Real Estate, said in an emailed statement.

...

In general, the Financial District (Woodward to Washington, Jefferson to Lafayette) doesn't get too much news since most of the bigger buildings are all occupied and generally don't change hands too often. Imo, there's a few very prime spots for new office towers in this area and I'm surprised there's not yet any interest in that area. Maybe when Gilbert's towers come to fruition?

hammersklavier
Jul 27, 2017, 12:13 AM
Woah woah what?

Are those plans are new buildings? They look like they're from the 20's. How is this possible?
At least in my town, '20s-style commercial architecture is In right now. :cheers:

LMich
Jul 27, 2017, 4:28 AM
This is the most recent news I could find. Article dated August 4, 2016.




The article also mentions it's 70% occupied which includes the SMART bus company HQ.

Also, in related news from across the street...



In general, the Financial District (Woodward to Washington, Jefferson to Lafayette) doesn't get too much news since most of the bigger buildings are all occupied and generally don't change hands too often. Imo, there's a few very prime spots for new office towers in this area and I'm surprised there's not yet any interest in that area. Maybe when Gilbert's towers come to fruition?

Yep. The Buhl is right in the Financial District; while certain buildings have struggled at one time or another, this area was never abandoned.

The Buhl has seen better days, though. The penthouse from my understanding was home to the Savoyard Club, an exclusive club for business until 1994. While I'm sure some of that has to do with the decline of old gentlemen's clubs, I'd imagine some of it has to do with the fact that the Buhl stopped being as pretigous an address as it once was.

Docta_Love
Jul 27, 2017, 6:45 PM
Report: Southeast Michigan could gain 380K households by 2040
How does this influence housing?

BY ROBIN RUNYAN
JUL 27, 2017
Curbed Detroit

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/nqeaVsSEvsA0rUEf5jZRiV9HphM=/0x0:1200x800/920x613/filters:focal(504x304:696x496):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/55921121/IMG_0331.0.jpg

Detroit has been facing population loss for decades. While many fled to the suburbs starting in the 1950’s, many factors could cause that population to shift in the coming years. A new report from the Urban Institute identifies housing trends that could come into play as Detroit and the region move forward.

The Urban Institute used population projections from the Michigan Department of Transportation Statewide Planning and Statewide and Urban Travel Analysis sections and University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy. The full report can be read here.

They found that Southeast Michigan is expected to gain approximately 380,000 households between 2010 and 2040. The distribution between city and suburban population is expected to shift in future decades, with more growth in the city and slower growth around the region.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/27/16049302/southeast-michigan-population-housing


Lear to wrap up renovations on Hemmeter Building downtown

BY ROBIN RUNYAN
JUL 25, 2017
Curbed Detroit

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/hKssM6sH8HBhpmmYUrg0Aunfp1o=/0x0:620x465/920x613/filters:focal(261x184:359x282):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/55879435/HarmoniePark_111.0.0.0.jpg

Lear Corp. did an incredible job renovating the Brown Brothers Cigar Co. Building in Capitol Park, which opened last year as their Innovation Center. Now we have a clearer idea of what’s to come with the Hemmeter Building, which they purchased in late 2015.

The seven-story building stands at the corner of Centre and Grand River, in the Paradise Valley redevelopment/Harmonie Park area. According to DBusiness, “floors four to seven will be used for administrative office space, executive offices, and a new business incubation center;” while the rest of the building will be leased to other tenants. A longtime tenant, Spectacles, will keep its ground-level retail space and it will be renovated as well. A rooftop patio could be in the works, too.

Renovation has been underway since last year, and Crain’s reports that major renovations should be finishing in a few weeks, and a grand opening is scheduled for this fall. The exterior renovations are underway as well, as they clean the white brick and install new windows.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/25/16027036/lear-renovations-hemmeter-building


Detroit Is The Second Fastest-Growing City In America For Women-Owned Businesses, Says Report

By Daily Detroit Staff
Jul 26, 2017
Daily Detroit

http://www.dailydetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/growth-women-business-b016-640x411.png

Detroit’s entrepreneurial scene is growing and a big part of that growth, according to a report from HowMuch.net (via Visual Capitalist), is women-owned businesses.

The Motor City ranks second in the United States behind Memphis, Tennessee for the percentage of growth of women-owned businesses over the last decade.

Detroit’s women owned businesses grew 121.4% on revenues of $25.1 billion, significantly more than doubling their presence.

Memphis only bested our growth rate slightly at 122%; but their total revenues were just $6.1 billion. Behind Detroit came Charlotte, growing 105.4%.

The full percentage growth list is below:

1 Memphis – 122.2%
2 Detroit – 121.4%
3 Charlotte – 105.4%
4 Miami – 94.7%
5 Orlando – 83.5%
6 Atlanta – 75.8%
7 Dallas – 74.3%
8 Houston – 70.4%
9 Las Vegas – 69.8%
10 Austin – 65.2%

In raw numbers of women-owned businesses added, Detroit came in fourth adding 140,000 businesses, behind New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. Detroit and Miami were the only two cities to be in the top five slots on both lists.

http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/07/26/detroit-second-fastest-growing-city-america-women-owned-businesses-says-report/

animatedmartian
Jul 28, 2017, 12:12 AM
A developer from the Lansing area will be building 140 new apartments in Elmwood Park. Not a whole lot of information on this project as of now. It's interesting for it to be mixed-use as it would be the first and only mixed-use project in all of Elmwood Park (a tragic example of suburban-style urban renewal).

http://i.imgur.com/4Qd5VPa.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/JLGkXy7.jpg

Location. (https://goo.gl/maps/Crgyo5dsVXR2)

https://www.facebook.com/kincaidhenry/posts/10154814073647756

LMich
Jul 28, 2017, 1:06 AM
Kindcaid Henry has done a lot of great, small historic renovations here in Lansing. I don't think they've ever done new construction of this size, however. I hope they are capable. There needs to be a lot of quality infill in Lafayette and Elmwood parks.

animatedmartian
Jul 28, 2017, 12:31 PM
Motown Museum to begin phase one of $50 million expansion this fall
By TYLER CLIFFORD. Crain's Detroit. July 27, 2017.

http://i.imgur.com/IOdjnQI.jpg

Motown Museum will begin restoring three historic homes adjacent to the Hitsville USA house in Detroit's New Center this fall after getting the green light from Detroit's Historic District Commission, museum CEO Robin Terry said Thursday.

The home restoration is phase one of a $50 million expansion project that will add 40,000 square feet to the museum and transform it into a 50,000-square-foot campus. MLive reported that the restoration is slated to begin in October.

The enhanced center will house interactive exhibits, The Ford Motor Company Theater, recording studios, meeting spaces, a cafe and expanded retail. The historic homes will offer educational and community-focused resources and programming, Terry said in an email.

...

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170727/news/634996/motown-museum-to-begin-phase-one-of-50-million-expansion-this-fall?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

The North One
Jul 28, 2017, 5:09 PM
Elmwood Park is awful, it needs a total renovation of the grid.

Docta_Love
Jul 28, 2017, 6:29 PM
GM, other companies continue to invest in Cody-Rouge neighborhood

By SHERRI WELCH
July 27, 2017
Crain's Detroit Business

Revitalization efforts in Detroit's Cody-Rouge neighborhood, home to roughly 35,000 Detroiters, are continuing to gain momentum.

General Motors Co. has committed $225,000 in grants to nonprofits working in Detroit's Cody Rouge neighborhood to support classroom readiness, sustainable employment and neighborhood revitalization.

The new grants and other assistance coming into the neighborhood on the southwest end of the city are supporting critical needs as identified in a community plan developed by residents and led by the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance.

....

"I think we're actually building a model for the country," said Kenyetta Campbell, executive director of the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, which led development of a community plan the corporations and foundations are supporting.

The neighborhood's development of the plan defies the idea that all of the city's revitalization is happening downtown, said Skillman President and CEO Tonya Allen.

Corporations and others absolutely have to do more to help bring the neighborhoods back, and they do have to lead, she said.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170727/news/635006/gm-other-companies-continue-to-invest-in-cody-rouge-neighborhood


Report: Metro Detroit sees 175% increase in rentals over last year

BY ROBIN RUNYAN
JUL 28, 2017
Curbed Detroit

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/bUkuPv0tiuK5Wuu1OpPM6dKCqhk=/0x0:1200x800/920x613/filters:focal(504x304:696x496):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/55946417/2I1A8840.0.jpg

Construction has been booming in Detroit these past couple years. A majority of that construction has been in housing, and even more so rentals. A new report from RentCafe shows the metro areas around the country building the most apartments, and while metro Detroit is pretty far down the list, we’re showing a steep increase from last year. 175% increase, to be exact, adding 1,615 new rentals to the market in 2017. Of the new rentals available, 785 are in the city.

That’s up from 587 new units across the metro area last year.

Nationwide, 346,310 new apartments units are coming online this year, reaching a 20-year high.

As far as metro areas are concerned, New York City leads the way with over 26,000 new rentals available this year, followed by Dallas and Houston. LA and Miami round out the top five.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/7/28/16058982/metro-detroit-apartment-growth-report


Some shots of the beacon park opening by Daily Detroit link to article below.

http://www.dailydetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_7347-681x454.jpg

http://www.dailydetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_7284-640x427.jpg

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http://www.dailydetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_7318-640x384.jpg

http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/07/20/beacon-park-downtown-detroit-now-open/

The North One
Jul 31, 2017, 4:13 PM
Apparently, this is what the Shinola Hotel is going to look like:
http://imgur.com/oLKRgIM

scs100
Jul 31, 2017, 4:19 PM
The county is moving forward with the Gilbert bid for the site. The Walsh bid hasn't been completely ruled out in case a deal with Rock falls flat, but this is a promising development. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2017/07/31/wayne-county-jail-site/104158090/

Rizzo
Jul 31, 2017, 4:30 PM
Apparently, this is what the Shinola Hotel is going to look like:
http://imgur.com/oLKRgIM

Apparently? They have polished renderings on their official website. That's just a screengrab of a working model of the building

https://www.shinola.com/shinola-hotel

Docta_Love
Jul 31, 2017, 4:30 PM
Very good news indeed! I was hoping to hear something after the attendance at the other weeks game was a sell out of 37,000 and Gilbert & Gores put in a bid for a team. The MLS hinted that for a Detroit Franchise to get the green light it would need to be downtown so i assumed they were very confident of their chances on getting the site if they've began formalities for creating a new team.


Here's the original renderings from when it was first proposed, courtesy of Crain's Detroit.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_image/public/images/7826511/NEWS_170209999_V2_-1_KZUVOFRHXJEB.jpg?itok=P1nECdyD

Maybe now we will see a renewed push to remove I-375 as well.

The North One
Jul 31, 2017, 4:37 PM
Apparently? They have polished renderings on their official website. That's just a screengrab of a working model of the building

https://www.shinola.com/shinola-hotel

I know, but those renders never really showed us clearly what was going on in the back and it seems they added floors to the portion on the left. It also shows that the art deco low-rise is going to stay.

LMich
Aug 1, 2017, 3:13 AM
Are you talking about the little five-story Singer Building? Because that's always been part of the plan.

https://shinola-a.imgix.net/media/wysiwyg/landingpages/shinola-hotel/hotel-render-desktop-retina.jpg?ixlib=php-1.1.0&w=2560

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/b9KcFMxWAB5GnH_B7XLinLiL_TU=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8198419/ShinolaHotelDemo_107.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/3/21/15009906/shinola-hotel-woodward-building-demo)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/6SyqDmz5WH0d55oMiiPJ1SVHFy4=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8198485/ShinolaHotelDemo_109.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/3/21/15009906/shinola-hotel-woodward-building-demo)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/0axKHvAvS8roVaV2Ebz3a_LMzZk=/0x0:2048x1365/920x613/filters:focal(812x390:1138x716)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/53813817/ShinolaHotelDemo_100.0.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/3/21/15009906/shinola-hotel-woodward-building-demo)

The North One
Aug 1, 2017, 3:27 AM
No, if you click on the link I provided you can see the model shows a five story building with a balcony on the left side of the singer instead of the two story facade we see in the render.

animatedmartian
Aug 1, 2017, 4:14 AM
It seems like the 3D model keeps the buildings as is and builds new construction on top of them. The rendering shows them as demolished and new construction built in their place.

The latter is what ended up happening and so the project will end up looking something like the official renderings.

http://i.imgur.com/377ESFEh.jpg
(source of image (http://www.liberallandscape.org/) although it seems to be down as of right now)

http://i.imgur.com/lppafwo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/g9GAY1A.jpg
(there's also 3 other construction projects in this view; the Wulitzer, the Metropolitan Building, and Hudson's)

http://i.imgur.com/wB4SHO5.jpg
http://www.bartonmalow.com/projects/shinola-hotel

^Something neato about this gap is that it was laser-scanned to get precise distances between the buildings since there was a bit of uncertainty about the thickness of the brick on each side. I could see how that'd get messy if parts of the new steel were 8 inches too long.

http://i.imgur.com/993klPW.jpg
http://enewsletters.constructionexec.com/techtrends/2017/06/laser-scanning-delivers-precise-site-condition-data-saving-time-and-money/

LMich
Aug 1, 2017, 4:37 AM
Thanks for that, Animated! I wonder how the back of this block is going to be used; if it's part of this project?

animatedmartian
Aug 1, 2017, 10:51 PM
AFAIK, the part of the development that faces Farmer Street will have a restaurant or two towards John R. Though I'm not sure if anything mentioned about the bigger part of that block was more than "mixed-use". Maybe a banquet hall or more hotel rooms, I'm not sure.

LMich
Aug 2, 2017, 4:14 AM
Okay, I see The North One's post shows that this (the parking lot) is indeed part of the project. I wonder what's to become of the building on the corner?

animatedmartian
Aug 2, 2017, 9:30 AM
It's not apart of the project.

bobjgumby
Aug 2, 2017, 1:19 PM
Okay, I see The North One's post shows that this (the parking lot) is indeed part of the project. I wonder what's to become of the building on the corner?

The building on the corner is supposed to remain unchanged. The steel has begun to rise between the Singer and TB Rayl buildings. I do not have any pictures at the moment but hope to soon.

detroit_alive
Aug 3, 2017, 3:08 PM
AFAIK, the part of the development that faces Farmer Street will have a restaurant or two towards John R. Though I'm not sure if anything mentioned about the bigger part of that block was more than "mixed-use". Maybe a banquet hall or more hotel rooms, I'm not sure.

You are correct. First floor is retail/restaurant spaces facing both Farmer and the alley. Second floor is event space and terrace. Third is mechanical. Fourth and fifth are hotel rooms.

animatedmartian
Aug 4, 2017, 12:08 AM
The Elton Park project in Corktown has been halted due to damage caused to the UFO Factory by a cement truck. You can see in the photo that it damaged the building to the point that it might likely have to be demolished.

The details in the article kind of leave a sour taste in your mouth if this really was nefarious in nature (then again, the other possibility is that the contractors were just sloppy). There's not much excuse these days for construction projects to damage existing buildings without intent.

http://i.imgur.com/PJ1Rvn3.jpg
http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/08/03/ufo-factory-condemned-city-construction-crew-large-development-next-door-damages-wall/

LMich
Aug 4, 2017, 4:17 AM
Unless I hear some kind of claim of bad-blood, I'm not going to assume it was on purpose. The UFO Factory was clearly rendered into the renderings and everything. I think if it was intentional, they'd have finished the job and just knocked down the building "by accident." It's fortunate that no one was hurt.

bobjgumby
Aug 4, 2017, 1:52 PM
Unless I hear some kind of claim of bad-blood, I'm not going to assume it was on purpose. The UFO Factory was clearly rendered into the renderings and everything. I think if it was intentional, they'd have finished the job and just knocked down the building "by accident." It's fortunate that no one was hurt.

Reading the articles and comments about it, it certainly sounds like the owners clearly think it was intentional. The UFO Factory has had to fight Soave in court about ownership and just last week UFO Factory turned down another offer to buy their building. At best it is very suspicious.

subterranean
Aug 4, 2017, 6:18 PM
I don't know much about the situation outside of what I just read in the article, but that place is probably lucky they haven't seen more shit slangin' given the marketing they do with their "New Detroit, MI" logo.

animatedmartian
Aug 5, 2017, 2:07 AM
Found something interesting today. A scale model of Downtown Detroit with Bedrock's properties. Looks they're trying to attract retailers into their properties during a convention that happened recently. Model includes the Monroe Block and Hudson's site proposals (soon to be under construction).

http://i.imgur.com/5zWDV7H.png

http://i.imgur.com/5VUEqd8.png

http://i.imgur.com/r7kyjqo.png

http://i.imgur.com/ruFb7ea.png

http://i.imgur.com/LuxRP6P.png

Source video.

222600495

animatedmartian
Aug 5, 2017, 3:33 PM
Unless I hear some kind of claim of bad-blood, I'm not going to assume it was on purpose. The UFO Factory was clearly rendered into the renderings and everything. I think if it was intentional, they'd have finished the job and just knocked down the building "by accident." It's fortunate that no one was hurt.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2017/08/05/ufo-factory-detroit-construction/541963001/

According to this Freep article, the UFO Factory owners actually sued Soave arguing that the vacant land around the bar was technically owned by the bar through adverse possession. Basically, since the bar was using the land next door for parking and access to the back door, they claimed that land was now theirs. The UFO Bar had their case dismissed in court last year.

That doesn't really seems like enough evidence to suggest Soave had any intent on damaging the UFO Bar, but it does give the UFO Bar fuel to perhaps get something out of Soave after losing the earlier legal battle. I don't know if it'd be anything other than monetary payments, but it'll be something.

The North One
Aug 5, 2017, 4:33 PM
If the height of Monroe in the model is accurate then this is pretty big news, no? It looks almost as tall as One Detroit Center, that would be skyline changing and would play a critical role with Hudsons in bringing massing back to the downtown core and away from the Ren Cen.

99spartan
Aug 5, 2017, 4:48 PM
If the height of Monroe in the model is accurate then this is pretty big news, no? It looks almost as tall as One Detroit Center, that would be skyline changing and would play a critical role with Hudsons in bringing massing back to the downtown core and away from the Ren Cen.
I was thinking the same thing. It looks to be around the height of the Guardian Building so I'd say probably just over 500'

Docta_Love
Aug 5, 2017, 5:32 PM
I was using the Cadillac Tower as a reference since its on the same block. The Cadillac Tower looks slightly smaller than the Monroe Block Tower, 500' is a good guess as the Cadillac is 438'.

Docta_Love
Aug 5, 2017, 5:47 PM
Report: Tech jobs, Millennial population growing in Detroit area
BY ROBIN RUNYAN
AUG 4, 2017
Curbed Detroit

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/EqvFdVKpvgl7hOJ9ib8Pfhr0GGk=/0x0:1200x800/920x613/filters:focal(504x304:696x496):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/56049741/2I1A6191_1_.0.jpg

Millennials factor into this report, as well. For a long time in Michigan, it seemed like college graduates would either move to Chicago, New York, or another big city to start their careers. But Detroit is more appealing now, and the Millennial population is growing. The city has seen a 9.2 percent increase in its 20-29-year-old population since 2010, ranking it sixth in millennial population growth in large U.S. cities, according to the study.

A few other key factors in the report include:

Wage growth increasing 9.4 percent from 2011-2016, with a current average of $83,482.

Detroit saw a 21 percent increase in tech degrees from 2011-15, growing to an annual 4,608 annual completions in 2015.

Detroit’s looking like a strong tech-job creator and tech talent attractor, adding 1,555 more tech jobs than graduates during the past five years.

Detroit’s office rents increased 5 percent to $18.40 and vacancy declined to 16.7 percent from 26.9 percent from Q1 2012.

“Downtown Detroit is experiencing a lot of momentum right now,” said John Latessa, president of the Midwest Division at CBRE. “The residential and daytime population has increased significantly. A large portion of these new residents are millennials and are very attractive to tech firms and startups. Detroit will continue to attract more tech activity in the future.”

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/8/4/16094400/report-tech-jobs-millenial-detroit

Detroit1995
Aug 5, 2017, 9:56 PM
OMG! The skyline density on that Bedrock model! Ok so obviously I had a weird thing for a balanced skyline. But with the Hudson's Tower and the Monroe Block, those two projects alone will change the way we think about Detroit

animatedmartian
Aug 6, 2017, 12:00 AM
Alright, big photo update incoming. I tried to get as much construction as I saw.

Wayne County Building. Can't tell what's visually any different but they've been working on it.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4441/36392978265_4e2335a53d_b.jpg

State Savings Bank. Saved from demolition by Dan Gilbert though not sure what its new use will be.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4347/35557431034_eb00007871_b.jpg

Free Press Building. Another Dan Gilbert property.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4423/35996326110_f289c81df2_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4346/36225050962_40647ba55c_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4366/35996320660_f4fd17cc74_b.jpg

Beacon Park.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4359/36225043992_0579b794e4_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4434/35996315440_17cf61990f_b.jpg

LCHQ

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4401/35996296860_412c01129c_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4388/35584899973_35c9f78efd_b.jpg

The Wulitzer Hotel.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4342/35584884693_43c2f3138b_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4355/35584881193_5ecf5db1f1_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4412/36392921985_a9dc8e8158_b.jpg

Metropolitan Building.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4365/36256126801_3ef39cb54e_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/36256120171_4c6463aef7_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4331/35584865633_2e88e3bfac_b.jpg

Shinola Hotel.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4381/35584859323_690f2dfcff_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4382/35996238990_084565a06c_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/35996220240_8b89995f71_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4389/36348072196_6aeb165450_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4374/35557282574_1ed4641193_b.jpg

Various buildings along Woodward being renovated. I believe most if not all of these are owned by Bedrock.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/36224871322_484397c6e4_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4383/35584780033_b8d5899e0a_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4420/36256076011_93dc93d52a_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4345/36224939672_43ae097570_b.jpg

Book Tower.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4381/35996304350_ffa15a264a_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4366/35996137780_9f9599a8a4_b.jpg

David Stott.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4333/35584896063_84faab13b8_b.jpg

Other buildings around Capitol Park.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4414/35584804343_75f300963c_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4381/36348052146_20595e65fe_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4397/36348049266_3c18814f3e_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4422/35584810703_42368c1d30_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4412/35557337064_b5001448e0_b.jpg

28 Grand.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4347/36348046676_51a611722d_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4402/36348044016_86312f32b1_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4413/35996179060_c679a8095a_b.jpg

Various projects in Brush Park.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4409/35584696483_d841cf95e1_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4388/36392719545_3156b8dac6_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4367/36392726425_d95f86afc4_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4381/36392768175_76a776551d_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4347/35584724483_2354f50565_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4441/35584698693_01d31579cc_b.jpg

Around Little Ceasers Arena.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4353/36347982626_b052042292_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4347/36392788185_a619116f1b_b.jpg

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Some pics not necessarily construction related.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4360/36256103851_6fb0eeb495_b.jpg

That art deco building behind Shinola Hotel.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4430/35996209760_c33c6310aa_b.jpg

Tony Hawk's skate park in the Monroe Block.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4384/36392894605_877627c0ee_b.jpg

They asked me to take a picture of them, lol.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4419/36224977982_32fd6c6f0b_b.jpg

Very nice looking building along Park Avenue. Kind of tucked away though.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4351/35584907853_665c4878cc_b.jpg

Big gap from this view.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4435/36225034702_c13af97a49_b.jpg

Just noticed Meridian's logo up on One Campus Martius (still think of it as the Compuware Building).

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4398/35996336300_e4e407961c_b.jpg

Trying to imagine the Monroe Block filling up the gap here.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4401/35557644184_1da560a180_b.jpg

Need some high rises right here.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4337/36392981055_cd4b16a4a0_b.jpg

Just perfect homes.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4370/36392779065_cd85ab28ba_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4335/36255989251_b3e2be990e_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4380/35557196364_4361021247_b.jpg

Feels like a taste of Old Detroit. Fun fact, this restaurant has been in operation for 127 years. It's currently closed (owners got old, ya know) but will reopen as a new restaurant after Labor Day.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4360/36347952786_098a1a4a6e_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4333/36392713855_6c01136160_b.jpg

LMich
Aug 6, 2017, 3:30 AM
The little building tucked away on Park is the Detroit (Life Insurance Company) Building. Last I heard the Ilitches owned it, but that was years ago. They'd been pressured into making an announcement that they'd preserve the building.

M. Brown
Aug 6, 2017, 4:57 AM
https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/8/4/16094400/report-tech-jobs-millenial-detroit

I guess I contributed to this increase. I was 28 when I moved here in 2014 for a tech job with a tech degree.

caldor120la
Aug 6, 2017, 4:55 PM
Thanks Animated : for the wonderful photo update on projects and renovations best I've seen on Detroit's current activity and I visit daily. Sure everyone agrees. just great.

rlw777
Aug 6, 2017, 8:28 PM
Found something interesting today. A scale model of Downtown Detroit with Bedrock's properties. Looks they're trying to attract retailers into their properties during a convention that happened recently. Model includes the Monroe Block and Hudson's site proposals (soon to be under construction).



Very cool seeing the Hudson's site proposal in context. Looking at the Monroe site I couldn't help but think that location would be perfect for a new tallest with an observation deck.

mousquet
Aug 7, 2017, 3:20 PM
@Martian Awesome! I'm feeling proud as I predicted all this work as soon as I registered on this forum, and sometimes, it feels good to be right.

I must say, however, as a modernist, I find some of these buildings are garish.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4412/36392921985_a9dc8e8158_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4389/36348072196_6aeb165450_b.jpg

What a waste of money by the early 20th century... Oh yea, I know many, even most like it, but it was useless efforts. it's no use by modern codes.
It makes me think of one's French grand grandma's nouveau riche, or so-called Art Nouveau interior.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cb/Le_Train_Bleu.jpg/1280px-Le_Train_Bleu.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cb/Le_Train_Bleu.jpg/1280px-Le_Train_Bleu.jpg

I swear to God I'll never set foot in that restaurant. It's obviously much too hard to clean up.

That said, historic things are precious as one's own personal identity and old folklore, so keeping that garish stuff alive is still cool.

subterranean
Aug 7, 2017, 3:46 PM
That model is cool. Bedrock is playing Sim City.

And thanks for the photos, animatedmartian. That put a huge smile on my face, and I'm enthralled watching all of the development from afar.

The North One
Aug 7, 2017, 7:29 PM
I think the term you're looking for Mousquet is Rococo style.

Detroit1995
Aug 7, 2017, 8:55 PM
Just have a question regarding the Bedrock rendering.
- There's a tower near the National Theater that doesn't currently exist. It's maybe a block behind the Water Board Building, and right before you enter Greektown. Is that part of the Monroe Block development?

The North One
Aug 7, 2017, 9:02 PM
Yes, it's this building.

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=32173&d=1480536493
https://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?21996-Monroe-Block-Development

mousquet
Aug 7, 2017, 9:18 PM
I think the term you're looking for Mousquet is Rococo style.

I think it's spelled roccoco... There's a double c in there.
I don't even know how that thing would sound Italian, when good old Rome precisely blamed on us for paying too much attention to overly showy garish details.

Granted, plain stone from the Paris region underground is surely pretty, and very nice to modern buildings.
But whenever it tries too hard to look wealthy, it's kinda gross, to be honest.
That's what latest construction techs teach about over here.
:shrug: The Romans have been right in that respect.

Detroit1995
Aug 7, 2017, 9:19 PM
Awesome! Thanks for that, not sure how I missed that tower as part of the project. I really hope the break ground in January.

animatedmartian
Aug 7, 2017, 9:30 PM
Awesome! Thanks for that, not sure how I missed that tower as part of the project. I really hope the break ground in January.

Yea, the interior plaza will also have this sort of canopy thing. Though it's all still conceptual at this point until Bedrock confirms what's being built. Though I'm assuming if they have it in a 3D printed model, then it's probably pretty close to what's being built.

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=32189&d=1480599339
https://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?21996-Monroe-Block-Development&p=517252#post517252

andyguard
Aug 8, 2017, 2:28 AM
I can see why 1995 would be confused. The rendering makes it look pretty short - it doesn't look much tower the the One Campus Martius garage. In the 3D model it looks like it's about the size of the Broderick.

animatedmartian
Aug 9, 2017, 12:18 AM
Kefallinos is offloading all his property. Oh happy days. :cheers: (links to streetview).

Kefallinos puts 30 Detroit properties up for sale
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. August 8, 2017.

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Detroit landlord Dennis Kefallinos is marketing most of his nonresidential properties in the city for sale or lease, Crain's has learned.

An offering memorandum obtained by Crain's on Tuesday shows dozens of properties in Detroit and Hamtramck being offered, including the Harvard Square Centre high-rise, Michigan Theater Building and 28 others. All told, they total more than 2.3 million square feet and sit on more than 100 acres.

The offering memorandum does not include any of Kefallinos' residential properties, which are the subject of a long-running class action lawsuit because they did not have certificates of occupancy and were allegedly in substandard condition. It also does not include the Russell Industrial Center property, which had been ordered vacated this winter.

A voicemail was left for Kefallinos, who is out of the country.

"The offering memorandum speaks for itself," said Tom Arbaugh, the Bancroft Partners representative listed on the OM. "We are letting the market know the extent of the industrial and commercial properties in the Kefallinos portfolio."

Kefallinos has been investing in Detroit real estate for decades. However, has been the target of criticism for delayed renovations or improvements to a slew of buildings he owns.

....

• The Michigan Building and former Michigan Theatre, 220 Bagley St. (https://goo.gl/maps/65vLtrGUQE32)

• Harvard Square Centre, 1346 Broadway St. (https://goo.gl/maps/wSvdA7iJJoP2)

• 227 Adelaide St. (https://goo.gl/maps/he5eP6irZ7v)

• Shapero Hall, 1401 Rivard St (https://goo.gl/maps/kyEKo2w9QNR2).

• Roosevelt Hotel, 2250 14th St (https://goo.gl/maps/3gZbsLRxdtq).

• Former Burton International School/Franklin Elementary School, 1333 Pine St. (https://goo.gl/maps/L8F1DLJhPQ52)

• Former Caesar Chavez school, 1548 Porter St (https://goo.gl/maps/XHtmHQk1ZuB2).

• 1.5 acres of vacant riverfront property, 1801 W. Fort St (https://goo.gl/maps/ow4C3XA7sx52).

• Industrial building, 1221 Rosa Parks Blvd (https://goo.gl/maps/YF1i4zM52TT2).

• Former distribution building, 1982 W. Jefferson Ave (https://goo.gl/maps/w9dtHwP22a32).

• Former southwest Detroit hospital, 2401 20th St (https://goo.gl/maps/WDmCEyRkT5S2).

• Topor's Pickle and Food Service building, 2850 Standish St (https://goo.gl/maps/d7tUGPU24PN2).

• Fairmont Creamery building, 600 E. Milwaukee Ave (https://goo.gl/maps/hGAgvGxjP3K2).

• Perlex building, 2821 E. Grand Blvd (https://goo.gl/maps/Wz3zj8eMtPs).

• Russell Street industrial building, 5845 Russell St (https://goo.gl/maps/qja3dn6pFh72).

• Hamtramck office building, 10201 Joseph Campau (https://goo.gl/maps/qrGg24vBh862)

• Southern Fires restaurant building, 575 Bellevue St. (https://goo.gl/maps/Ms4b1Kisyq52)

• Goeschel Building, 3230 Gratiot Ave (https://goo.gl/maps/hb7y8RCUzQK2).

• Former Pfeiffer Brewing Co. building, 3700 Beaufait St (https://goo.gl/maps/9ntXv956Z6J2).

• Bellevue industrial property, 2425 Bellevue St (https://goo.gl/maps/nEyMkKv6fy62).

• Former Joe's Marine buidling, 547 Lycaste St (https://goo.gl/maps/jAKn3QsbnqT2).

• Former Midwest Cabinet and Counter property, 630 Lycaste St (https://goo.gl/maps/RnNfWNnTJjt).

• Former Anna M. Joyce Elementary School, 8411 Sylvester St (https://goo.gl/maps/LxrXcRsEHW32).

• Former southwest Detroit YMCA, 1601 Clark St (https://goo.gl/maps/zSbtvEuqEYN2).

• Former Roberts Brass Co. building, 5435 W. Fort St. (https://goo.gl/maps/s41h6MhvtaE2)

• Former Wayne Foundry and Stamping Co. building, 3100 Hubbard St (https://goo.gl/maps/13bbZW5Cn8m).

• Property at 3944, 3948 and 3950 Michigan Ave (https://goo.gl/maps/etpihCkpNVp).

• Former Thorn Apple Valley slaughterhouse, 2902 Orleans St (https://goo.gl/maps/6F694CnaRzF2).

• Land, 1825 Division St (https://goo.gl/maps/nGMhGHhhxsx).

• Former Hoban Cold Storage Co. property, 1599 E. Warren Ave (https://goo.gl/maps/JnzYj5zu6k12).
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170808/news/635851/kefallinos-puts-30-detroit-properties-up-for-sale

I didn't know this dude had so many properties and some of them are actually pretty cool buildings that otherwise might have been lost to history. At the same time, very few of these properties are anything other than vacant buildings. Perhaps Mr. K was an ambitious developer who simply bit more than he could chew? Or perhaps he was banking on some sort of massive Detroit revival but his lack of effort to stabilize any property caught up with him.