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Dec 1, 2017, 6:17 PM
Edit; Haha beat me to the punch on the jail site article.

All i can say is i sure hope so this time about the bridge it seems like Matty is just about out of legal appeals with the recent victories in court by the state and Canadian government. Additionally Wayne County has made a decision not to build a new jail downtown the deal which is a big victory for Gilbert and his plans for the site. Although the deal isn't finalized yet this is a sign along with the negotiations between Gilbert and Walsh construction in regards to reimbursement of the latter. I'm very excited to see what Gilbert has planned for the site now that area of downtown would be an excellent choice to build a few high rises it's the most imbalanced part of the downtown area with the Ren Cen towering over a mostly mid-rise area.


deja vu
Dec 3, 2017, 3:15 PM
The Silver Dome implosion this morning failed:


Dec 3, 2017, 3:30 PM
Well I think that just about sums up what it's like to be a Lions fan.

Busy Bee
Dec 3, 2017, 4:41 PM
you get
when a
sure thing
gets blown

Dec 3, 2017, 7:20 PM
^^^hehe if it wasn't so sad it would be funny

I'm glad to see the Gratiot connector go along with 375 Eastern Market will with one stroke become much more pedestrian friendly while at the same time opening up a large area for development. The best news is it looks like there is no chance that it will remain a freeway the case of maintaining it is being used to back the case for a boulevard, the time line is really long though.

MDOT I-375 study backs boulevard plans

Crain's Detroit Business
December 03, 2017

The Michigan Department of Transportation is focusing in on two "practical alternatives" for I-375 in Detroit at its public information and feedback meeting Tuesday. The top photo shows I-375 recreated as a boulevard on the east edge, with four lanes in each direction. The bottom photo aligns the boulevard with the west edge, closer to Detroit's central business district. The northbound service drive would remain as a two-way local roadway.

-MDOT study backs boulevard ideas to replace I-375
-To release preferred plan in spring
-Construction could start in 2022

The two alternatives call for transitioning the four-lane freeway, which is about 20 feet deep, into a surface-level boulevard from south of Gratiot Avenue to Atwater Street near the riverfront.

The city became involved as it looked for ways to fulfill a major goal: connecting nearby neighborhoods to the riverfront, said Steve Lewis, urban design director for the central region in the city's Planning and Development Department.

When released in spring for further public comment, the environmental assessment will ideally propose one preferred I-375 replacement, Loree said. But the options may still need refining afterward.

In one of the two central options, the boulevard is aligned on the east edge of I-375, closer to residential areas; in the other it is aligned west, hugging the central business district.

The plan will also likely reform the interchange with I-75, removing access to Gratiot from the east leg of the interchange and moving it to the west where I-375 and Gratiot intersect. It also adds ramps from Brush Street to assist with special-event traffic, brings several sharp curves up to standard and transfers the Madison Avenue exit from the left side to the right.

The study also includes the option to simply rebuild I-375 as it is. That option is being used mostly as a tool for comparison, Loree said, and is unlikely to be chosen.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is also proposing changes to the interchange between I-75 and I-375 in Detroit as it looks at ways to replace the degrading I-375 highway. The interchange area would change significantly. The Gratiot Avenue connector to the east would be eliminated and replaced with a new meeting point where Gratiot and I-375 intersect. Also, new access to I-75 would be created at Brush Street to help with special event traffic.


The North One
Dec 4, 2017, 1:50 AM
Overall good news, but 2022? damn.

Dec 4, 2017, 4:17 AM
That is actually kind of quick relatively speaking. It's only been what, a couple of years that the idea of bringing 375 to grade was an idea?

Projects like the I-94 widening (or pretty much any other major freeway project) seem to be planned at least a decade or so out. Then there's the whole length of time that MDOT has to wait for enough funding to be allocated to start off a project. 2022 is a very acceptable start time and I'd imagine because of the short distance, it won't take too long to complete either.

Dec 4, 2017, 9:53 AM
^^^hehe if it wasn't so sad it would be funny

I'm glad to see the Gratiot connector go along with 375 Eastern Market will with one stroke become much more pedestrian friendly while at the same time opening up a large area for development. The best news is it looks like there is no chance that it will remain a freeway the case of maintaining it is being used to back the case for a boulevard, the time line is really long though.


Yes! These were the only two options I liked. Of these, I'd much rather the one that tacks on land to downtown instead of giving it over to Lafayette Park. The difference is that the one that gives land to downtown would mean it'd be zoned for more density than if it were given to Lafayette Park. I'm also glad they are going bold with getting rid of the Gratiot Connector (and allowing event traffic access at Brush), and connecting Antietam in Lafayette Park to the new boulevard and severing it with Gratiot. That should allow for better traffic flow and pedestrian safety along Gratiot.

BTW, what's the dangerous curve semis and cars always seem to crash at? Is it the westbound ramp to the Fisher from 375? 'Cause they really need to fix that. I know they say it's designed for the correct speed, but sometimes you have to bend.

When this was posted about a few days ago, I really thought they were going to go for the rebuild option, and given that this plan had already had one major setback, I was ready for them to choose the worst of all options. lol

Dec 4, 2017, 10:07 AM
BTW, speaking of area freeways which have outlived their uselessness, since MDOT seems to be looking at things with a more progressive eye, maybe is now the time to consider getting rid of the Davison along M-8. Merge it with the rest of Davison Avenue; MDOT has fewer bridges to maintain and Highland Park gets to use the frontage for economic development. Win-win. The history of the freeway is interesting, but it's main purpose of getting people from the west side to the east side (and vice versa) without clogging up HP hasn't relevant for decades.


Dec 4, 2017, 10:22 PM
On the contrary, there's no alternative east-west crosstown freeway unless you go down to 94 which is constantly clogged as it is. It also serves as a good bypass for getting over to the Lodge from 75 or vice versa. It's also still a pretty good route if one is traveling south on 75 but needs to cut over to head west on 96.

Dec 5, 2017, 1:40 AM
If I remember my local history (or lore as it may be in this case) correctly one of the original reasons for building the Davidson was to reduce congestion from all the Ford factory workers many of whom lived on the west-side commuting to its Highland Park facilities. It really is a lot like 375 in the sense that if u live or work in an area serviced by M-8 it it's a very convenient short cut but for most Metro Detroit commuters it's a way seldom if at all traveled and may be a determent to the surrounding urban area.

Gilbert adds Buhl Building, Harvard Square Centre to portfolio
Downtown Detroit purchases include a parking deck

Crain's Detroit Business
December 04, 2017

Dan Gilbert's Bedrock LLC has added the Buhl Building on Griswold (left) and its parking deck (center) and the Harvard Square Centre building on Broadway in downtown Detroit to its portfilio.

-Dan Gilbert adds historic skyscraper, Broadway building to downtown Detroit portfolio
-Separate deals include 652-space parking garage
-"Significant" investment expected at all three properties

They add to Gilbert's ever-growing portfolio in the city's center core, representing 441,000 square feet and 652 parking spaces.

His Detroit-based Bedrock LLC's real estate ownership, management and development company's empire is nearly 100 properties (buildings, parking decks and surface parking lots) totaling nearly 16 million square feet in greater downtown Detroit. Bedrock also has billions of dollars in ground-up construction planned around the central business district.


Buhl Building, 535 Griswold St.

Ketai said upgrades to the 390,000-square-foot skyscraper's common areas and its parking deck's lighting and security are in store.

"We'll bring it up to Bedrock standards," Ketai said Monday morning of the 27-story Buhl Building. "Respect the integrity of it and fix it up with new infrastructure."

He said some tenants may be moved to different areas of the building "if we need to make some contiguous space in the building," which is 60 percent-70 percent leased.

"We are getting a lot of calls on a daily basis from companies either moving to Detroit or from the suburbs to downtown," Ketai said.


Harvard Square Centre, 1346 Broadway St.

Harvard Square Centre, which was previously owned by Detroit real estate investor Dennis Kefallinos, is 51,000 square feet and has sat vacant for years.

Ketai said it hasn't been determined whether the top floors of the 11-story building will become residential or office space, but retail space is anticipated on the first floor.

"It's actually a beautiful building," Ketai said. "It needs some tender love and care. Given its location right across the street from The Z (parking) deck and Punch Bowl Social, the thought was that we want to make sure it gets fixed up and brought back to life."


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


The North One
Dec 5, 2017, 1:54 AM
Surprised he hasn't bought the park avenue building yet.

Dec 5, 2017, 4:20 AM
Came across some aerial photos of Royal Oak. The office building on 11 Mile and hotel on Main Street are well underway.

Office building:





Hyatt Hotel




Source (https://photos.app.goo.gl/RlnU1PRfnR7N756h2)

deja vu
Dec 5, 2017, 4:50 AM
Good finds. I woould like to see Royal Oak 'urbanize' even more.

deja vu
Dec 5, 2017, 4:54 AM
Second time's the charm, from earlier today:


Dec 5, 2017, 5:09 AM
Good find animated, it's been a while since we've had a Royal Oak update. :cool: ^^As for Royal Oak and for that matter Ferndale becoming more "urbanized" I think that with the demand it's only a matter of time. Berkley, Hazel Park & even Madison Heights now are seeing an influx of young professionals because of the lack of affordable housing along the immediate Woodward corridor.

Dec 5, 2017, 1:58 PM
This was always one of my favorite buildings in the city, even when it was rotting away.

Kraemer Design Group

Capitol Park Lofts now open downtown (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/12/4/16734070/capitol-park-lofts-open-downtown)

By Robin Runyin, Curbed Detroit - December 4, 2017

Mark another building in Capitol Park off the renovated checklist. This downtown enclave has seen a resurgence in investment and renovations in recent years, and now the Capitol Park Lofts building at 1145 Griswold is completed.

The $30 million renovation was a partnership between developers Karp and Associates, Prater Development, Kraemer Design Group, and construction manager Buildtech.

The building has a rooftop deck, an updated elevator system, and a pedestrian bridge connecting the seventh-floor corridor to a nearby parking structure.

Steakhouse Prime + Proper recently opened on the first floor, and the second will be used for offices. Residents have already started moving into the building, and more are available.

Dec 5, 2017, 6:26 PM
This was always one of my favorite buildings in the city, even when it was rotting away.

Likewise what really made me fond fond of the building beyond its unique design and shape are the views you get looking at it from Woodward & State or looking down Griswald from Capitol Park.

Hamilton Apartments' $12 million rehab kicks off

Crain's Detroit Business
December 05, 2017

The former Milner Arms apartment building, now called The Hamilton, will have 97 units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Renovations are expected to be complete next fall.

-Project expected to be complete in fall 2018
-Units range from 224 to 810 square feet
-Improvements expected to ballroom, individual units, landscaping

.... Among the improvements to the building, now called The Hamilton, are a new ballroom, new flooring and appliances in individual apartments, upgraded landscaping and updating the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, a news release says. Renovations are expected to be complete in the fall 2018; preleasing is expected to begin in the spring.

The building at 40 Davenport St., just off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard west of Woodward Avenue, was purchased last year by an affiliate of Birmingham-based Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services Inc. for $3.3 million, according to city property records. The previous owner was Milner Hotels Inc. and the building was the last Detroit property in the Milner family portfolio.

There are 16 studio apartments ranging from 224 to 293 square feet; 63 one-bedroom units ranging from 430 to 628 square feet; and 18 two-bedroom units ranging from 660 to 810 square feet.

Residents were moved out earlier this year in advance of construction.

"Construction is just the first step in preserving another historic building in the (Midtown) area that has long been home to Detroiters, and we look forward to welcoming residents back home after the necessary fixes are made," Richard Broder, CEO of Broder & Sachse, said in the release.

When the residents move back in (at no cost to them), they will see a one-time 5 percent increase in rent, and will not receive a rent increase of more than 1 percent per year, the company said earlier this year. The average affordable rent in the building is $600 per month.


The building was built in 1913 as the Hotel Stevenson. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.


Dec 6, 2017, 1:32 PM
Two photos from a month ago of the renovation and new construction Shinola Hotel on Woodward courtesy of Kraemer Design Group's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/thekraemeredge/photos/?ref=page_internal).



Specifically, this is the expansion on the back along Farmer. Here is a picture of of the repair of the beautiful terra cotta facade:


And a picture from later in November showing the Shinola renovation and new construction in the background with the roof of The Elliott - under renovation - in the foreground, which Kraemer Design Group also did the redesign for:


Dec 6, 2017, 4:56 PM
W/r/t I-375, it occurs to me the issue is that a boulevard aligned along the Lafayette Park edge yields more difficult properties to redevelop, while one along the downtown edge yields better redevelopment opportunities -- but ones that would seem to need to be scaled to Lafayette Park's density (or lack thereof).

How about making the service drive downtown's western edge, then? That way you have the best of both worlds: easier properties to redevelop and better density. It also offers the opportunity to make the boulevard an urban canyon.

Dec 7, 2017, 2:22 AM
In kind of the same vain as the Amazon bid, Detroit is considered a long shot with many points against the MLS expanding here (at least for 2020). But Gilbert isn't one to stop trying.

MLS expansion: Detroit power players stress adaptability of Ford Field

Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Pistons vice president Arn Tellem and Lions president Rod Wood were part of a Detroit contingent that made a final pitch on Wednesday in front of the MLS Expansion Committee in hopes of being awarded one of two expansion clubs in 2020.

Each of the four finalists — Detroit, Cincinnati, Nashville and Sacramento — made presentations at the league’s office at 420 5th Ave. Nashville went first, followed by Sacramento, then Detroit. Cincinnati presented last.

Detroit is the only one of the four finalists that has an ownership combination featuring three billionaires. MLS has long coveted the 13th largest media market in the country.


Although the county announced it is nearing a deal with Gilbert's Rock Ventures to build a $520-million criminal justice center at a different site, the soccer-specific stadium idea was scrapped when the Fords were added to the bid in November.

“The Gratiot site is still a good site, for sure,” Gilbert said, adding that whatever ends up there should probably be available to be used on a daily basis, something that wouldn’t happen with a soccer-specific stadium."



deja vu
Dec 7, 2017, 3:37 AM
That promo video features Detroit's Architecture more than soccer.

Dec 7, 2017, 4:15 AM
^To be fair though that promo is by a small advertising company. I'm sure a bigger budget production would be a more believable sell.

Also, the Anthony Wayne Drive apartments have gone up pretty fast. I think they've done one floor per week?


Dec 7, 2017, 6:12 AM
That promo video features Detroit's Architecture more than soccer.

:tup: Really, the dude hardly can use his feet and a ball...

Football is a collective sport. Make a team of it, with an authoritarian manager like Napoleon to make real players forget about money and parties and focus on glory only, it goes fast and furious. Spectacular.

Unfortunately, it's most often, usually a mess of individual egos, then it's boring as hell.

Dec 7, 2017, 8:16 AM
In kind of the same vain as the Amazon bid, Detroit is considered a long shot with many points against the MLS expanding here (at least for 2020).[/YOUTUBE]

Which really shows the weakness of the bid more than anything else, given that Detroit is by far the largest metro area vying for a team. You'd think that alone would at least put it in the middle of the pack. I will maintain forever that the last-second change in plans adding in Ford Field was a bad idea, if even the Ford's bring more money to the bid. Sometimes, it's not about money. MLS made it fairly clear they are looking for purpose-built stadiums for the expansion.

Dec 7, 2017, 9:34 PM
True North wins top residential design award
Quonset huts FTW

By Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit
Dec 7, 2017


One development that’s garnered a lot of attention, both in the city and worldwide, is True North, the community of Quonset huts off of Grand River. They officially opened to residents this spring, and the unique community has now won another notable architecture award.

The design was led by architects Edwin Chan/EC3 from Los Angeles and developer Philip Kafka and Prince Concepts. The development received the top award in Residential, Multi-Unit design in The Architect’s Newspaper, with the honorable mention going to SHoP Architects and the American Copper Buildings in New York City.

Seven of the huts are rented out to residents, while the three-story hut is used for events and another serves as an Airbnb. The community has been landscaped and is often noted for its inspirational feel and design.



The Redford Theater on Lasher just north of Grand River in N.W. Detroit is the heart of the "downtown" area for the neighborhood of Old Redford which was the essentially the somewhat developed part of Redford twp. in the 1920s. For something like the pas ten years an artists community has developed in the area while the block east of Lasher has seen a fair amount of abandonment and blight the west side of Lasher is a well manicured middle-class neighborhood, an interesting area over all. There recently was a project announced to renovate the old Holcomb School into a community center plans call to renovate or demolish homes, with 20 percent for affordable housing the city as issued RFP for 7.5 acres in Old Redford neighborhood.

More info on Old Redford or the development http://www.detroitmi.gov/holcomb


Explore the Redford Theatre, a restored Detroit movie palace

By Robin Runyan and Sam Reichman
Curbed Detroit
Nov 27, 2017

Detroit isn’t known for its plethora of movie theatre options, but one place to catch an old classic is a classic theatre itself: the Redford Theatre in northwest Detroit. Curbed’s video team recently visited the theatre to capture the restoration and the historic Barton Organ.

The volunteer-run theatre regularly plays old movies on the weekends. Built in 1928, the theatre was a popular place to see silent movies in Detroit. It saw a decline after World War II, and volunteers with the Motor City Theatre Organ Society took on the theatre in mid-1960s in order to save the historic Barton Theatre Pipe Organ. To this day, the organ is played before movies and at intermission. In the decades since, the Japanese-inspired murals and motifs have been restored, as well as the lobby and more. The theatre houses over 1,600 seats for movie-goers.

It’s truly a unique cinematic experience that’s still volunteer-run.

There is a link to a video in the article showing the progress made with the continuing renovation of the Redford Theater. The theater was saved for its vaudeville era Barton Theatre Pipe Organ so the theater itself has been slowing being renovated and restored since the 60's.


The North One
Dec 7, 2017, 10:15 PM
Which really shows the weakness of the bid more than anything else, given that Detroit is by far the largest metro area vying for a team. You'd think that alone would at least put it in the middle of the pack. I will maintain forever that the last-second change in plans adding in Ford Field was a bad idea, if even the Ford's bring more money to the bid. Sometimes, it's not about money. MLS made it fairly clear they are looking for purpose-built stadiums for the expansion.

Another stadium would have been embarrassing and it would have created an awful superblock, I'm glad it fell through that space needs to be used for living and working with pedestrian-friendly development not stadium events for suburbanites.

I don't really care about this MLS bid at all, what actual benefit is there?

Dec 9, 2017, 8:03 AM
The Elliott is about to open for occupancy on Woodward.

Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Elliott Building nears opening date for new residents (https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/12/8/16751194/elliott-building-open-new-residents)

By Robin Runyan | Detroit Free Press

December 8, 2017

Another prominent downtown building is set to reopen after a substantial renovation. The Elliott Building at Woodward and Grand River is preleasing its 23 apartments to new residents who want a front row seat to all the activity downtown.

The building dates back to 1894 and served as a home to a dry goods and mercantile business. For decades, it was home to the first Kresge Five and Dime store. Now, after being purchased by a team of investors (the same team that did the Broderick Tower), it’s ready to reopen for a new generation. Kraemer Design Group handled the architecture, interiors, and historic consulting on the Lower Woodward building.

deja vu
Dec 9, 2017, 5:27 PM
Packard Plant Update:

Brewery planned for historic Packard Plant site in Detroit (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/12/brewery_coming_soon_to_histori.html#incart_m-rpt-2)
By Dana Afana | MLive
December 8, 2017

DETROIT -- Detroit's historic Packard Plant site could house a brewery by 2019. A "Packard Plant Brewery coming soon" sign was posted to a building in the 1600 E. Grand Blvd. block of the site. Kari Smith, development director for the group that acquired the massive, crumbling property in 2013, confirmed that an architectural team is in pre-development stages for the project, which will involve renovating the space into a restaurant and brewery...

Dec 10, 2017, 12:53 AM
Mr. Hemi of Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Detroit/comments/7iputd/album_how_the_monroe_block_development_will/)back with renditions of the Monroe Block plus the Hudson's Tower.








Dec 10, 2017, 9:40 AM
Very cool i'd been waiting to see a mock up with the hudsons and monroe towers, the view down Grand River is going to be a completely different ball game with the Book cleaned up too.

I came across some old updates on the Packard Plant I hadn't seen so I thought i'd slip them in with a Milwaukee Junction update.

Emagine chairman makes a move in New Center the "we kahn do it" building is too small for a theater but the movie theater chain has expressed interest for a while now in opening a theater in Detroit. Perhaps Milwaukee Junction area is being eyed for a future project.

Emagine chairman, other investors buy 'We Kahn Do It' mural building

Crain's Detroit Business
December 09, 2017


-Paul Glantz, other investors bought the building in October
-Plans for the vacant property not yet determined
-Building's "We Kahn Do It!" mural created in 2010

The chairman of Troy-based Emagine Entertainment Inc. is one of the investors who bought a Milwaukee Junction building that sports a playful mural on its eastern side.

Paul Glantz confirmed he and other investors in 318 East Milwaukee LLC bought the three-story, 13,000-square-foot building with a mural saying "We Kahn Do It," a nod to renowned architect Albert Kahn, who designed some of Detroit's most famous buildings.

Glantz said he and his investment partners have not determined what the plans are for the vacant building, which Washington, D.C.-based real estate information service CoStar Group Inc. says was built in 1923. It is at East Milwaukee and Brush Street.

Glantz has been looking at Detroit locations for a new Emagine theater, but the site the East Milwaukee building sits on is too small to accommodate one, Glantz said.

BLAC Detroit reported in August 2013 that the mural was designed by Detroit Lives! LLC, which does Murals, art exhibits and clothing in the city. Philip Lauri, executive producer of Detroit Lives!, said it was painted in October and November 2010.

Lauri said he is not aware of any legal protections preventing the destruction of the mural.


However if they are looking in the area for a future theater project the Packard Plant would certainly fit the bill for space requirements. Although i'm not sure how practical the space would be for a conversion to a modern movie theater perhaps the best case scenario would be a Emagine centered mixed use development on E. Grand Blvd to help bridge the development gap between New Center and the Packard.

The big problem with the Packard has been its position on E. Grand past the massive Poletown Plant while distance wise it isn't far but is seperated from areas of redevelopment by industry. The Detroit Inner Circle Greenway is funded/under-construction all the way into southern Hamtramck up to the GM Hamtramck-Detroit Assembly Plant changes the calculation for the area the part of the Dequindre Cut between Hamtramck and Eastern Market has the potential to be very heavily used and a new Wayne County criminal justice complex at Forest and I-75 which seems all but certain now will also be in the general area bringing many new county employees to the area.

A redevelopment of the Packard Plant and surrounding neighborhood is the holy grail or Moby Dick of Detroit development and i'm not suggesting we're there yet but it's a very exciting prospect. I was doing a little googling and I came across some photos of the Display Groups renovation of Building no. 22 and some pics of the interior work on the admin building from early 2016 and restoration work of an elevator shaft from 2015 that I wasn't aware of.

This is exterior Display Groups newly renovated H.Q. in building 22 of the Packard Plant complex. Pic by Crain's

A still shot from a WDIV story of the Display Group workshop space.

Restoration of an elevator. The Old Motor had a couple updates from mid 2015 & early 2016 this is the newest update i've come across.

The admin building interior work just beginning. (2015-2016)

Dec 12, 2017, 6:33 AM
Founders Detroit officially opened. The building looks great.

Look Around Founders Brewing Company’s Detroit Taproom
Dec 5, 2017 at 10:57 AM by Brenna Houck

Detroit’s beer landscape got a little bit broader this week with the debut of Founders Brewing Company’s Detroit taproom. The Grand Rapids-based beer dynasty landed in Cass Corridor on Monday with 32 taps pouring popular brews like the All-Day IPA and Breakfast Stout.

Source: https://detroit.eater.com/2017/12/5/16738528/founders-brewing-company-detroit-taproom-open-photos

Side note - we’ve been able to get Founders in Portland for a few months now, and even the local grocery stores are carrying at least one style.

Dec 12, 2017, 7:44 PM
The city of Detroit hopes a developer will turn the long-vacant Lee Plaza building at 2240 W. Grand Blvd. into approximately 200 residences in a mixed-income redevelopment.

Vacant Lee Plaza, Woodland Apartments targeted for redevelopment

Crain's Detroit business
December 11, 2017


-Two 1920s buildings total nearly 250,000 square feet
-Approximately 250 residences planned
-RFP responses due March 1

Apartments buildings into mixed-income housing with approximately 250 units.

Responses to a pair of requests for proposals due March 1 call for turning the 15-story Lee Plaza at 2240 W. Grand Blvd. and Woodland Apartments at 31 Woodland St. at Woodward Avenue into housing with more than 20 percent of the units available to people making less than $38,000 per year.

The city paid the Detroit Housing Commission $1.7 million for the two properties plus 127 single-family homes that will be added to the Detroit Land Bank Authority's auction website, according to a news release.

Lee Plaza, built in 1928, is across Lawton Street from Northwestern High School. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, according to the RFP. Two years ago, it was the subject of a planned $200 million redevelopment that ultimately collapsed.

Vacant parcels adjacent to Lee Plaza are also part of the RFP, which says the city expects the process of securing financing and redeveloping the 235,000-square-foot building to take between two and five years. The property is nearly 1.7 acres and the city is asking $350,000 for it.


Marygrove College considers short-term rentals of soon-to-be-vacant dorm

Crain's Detroit Business
December 12, 2017


Marygrove College is in discussions about short-term rentals of space in its soon-to-be-vacant residence hall building.
The private school in Detroit announced in August that it would close its undergraduate program after the fall semester and offer graduate studies only starting winter semester 2018.

Undergraduate students are in their last week of classes, and the college's final undergraduate commencement ceremony is set for Saturday.

After this weekend, the Florent Gillet Hall will be vacant.

The college is talking with interested parties about renting space in the residence hall for short periods of time, Renee Ahee, director of communications and marketing said.

Long-term use of the residence hall for a use such as assisted living isn't under consideration, she said.

The dorms could be used by groups of medical students doing rotations in Detroit or the surrounding area. And there's an undisclosed college that offers its students a service learning opportunity in Detroit during spring break, Ahee said. "This would be a great place for them to stay," she said.

In conjunction with its shift to all graduate-level offerings, Marygrove is also vacating its Madame Cadillac Hall and consolidating its staff and classes to the Liberal Arts Building on campus.

Rentals of meeting and wedding space on the first floor of that building will continue, Ahee said.


deja vu
Dec 12, 2017, 11:08 PM
The city of Detroit hopes a developer will turn the long-vacant Lee Plaza building at 2240 W. Grand Blvd. into approximately 200 residences in a mixed-income redevelopment.

I sure hope so too. That structure is one of my favorite outliers beyond the core.

Dec 13, 2017, 9:15 AM
Marygrove College is in discussions about short-term rentals of space in its soon-to-be-vacant residence hall building.

I don't understand. Why not just turn it into market-rate apartments marketed toward the existing graduate students? It'd require minimal reconstruction, and it's in the part of the city where you'd have a market for such housing.

I don't get why they are making this so difficult, or don't seem to have any idea what to do with it.

The North One
Dec 13, 2017, 6:18 PM
I don't understand why Marygrove is making any of these decisions, none of it makes sense.

Dec 13, 2017, 10:41 PM
Here's the link to the live stream of the Hudson's site groundbreaking. Set for tomorrow, December 14 at 9AM


Dec 13, 2017, 10:56 PM
Tax breaks for Gilbert's projects? Sure, but little guys need them, too
Dec 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM by John Gallagher

Defending tax breaks for billionaires is never an easy lift, particularly for a liberal-minded columnist. But with businessman Dan Gilbert and civic leaders breaking ground Thursday on the Hudson's site project, which will include Detroit's tallest new skyscraper, it's worth the effort to see why the tax incentives that will flow Gilbert's way are worth it.

Source: https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/john-gallagher/2017/12/09/tax-breaks-gilbert-projects/926682001/

Dec 14, 2017, 1:30 AM
New development coming to New Center. The historic WJBK-TV building will be renovated with two new floors and an 8-story apartment building behind it. Groundbreaking expected in late 2018.



Dec 14, 2017, 4:18 AM
7 floor mixed-use Olympia/District Detroit project began construction today:



I noticed demo work on a small one floor structure at this site not too long ago. Someone on Detroityes posted about what it is. 35 apartment units and 12000 square feet of commercial space called Gratiot Central Commons:



Dec 14, 2017, 9:39 AM
Is there some reason they are starting on another apartment building when they literally have two half-constructed shells left up for apartments in District Detroit? How are they justifying this unless they really just plan to build the garage and build something else later?

Then again, I imagine this may be to hit some deadlines in the development agreement, which only seem to mandate when construction has to start on other buildings in the district.

EDIT: Though, it seems they are filling up their office space (http://www.districtdetroit.com/news/the-district-detroit-milestone-first-tenants-move-into-new-mix-use-building-at-little-caesars-arena).

More than 200 Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment and 313 Presents employees have moved into a new four-story mixed-use building at Little Caesars Arena along Woodward Avenue in The District Detroit. The move marks another milestone in the development of The District Detroit, a $1.2 billion investment which is adding new office, retail, residential and community spaces to Detroit’s remarkable comeback. The occupation of nearly 90,000 square-feet of office space coupled with Google’s announcement that nearly 100 of their employees are moving to office space along Henry Street means that all of the office space at the two buildings adjacent to Little Caesars Arena is allocated.

Dec 14, 2017, 5:07 PM
Groundbreaking today for Gilbert's Hudson's site skyscraper
Dec 13, 2017 at 7:12 AM by KIRK PINHO

800-foot residential tower planned for 2-acre site $909 million project includes 330 apartments, separate mid-rise building Project expected to be completed by summer 2022

Source: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20171213/news/647596/groundbreaking-today-for-gilberts-hudsons-site-skyscraper

M. Brown
Dec 14, 2017, 11:39 PM
Cool Video on Bedrock's YouTube channel.


north 42
Dec 15, 2017, 1:04 AM
^ Great video!

mind field
Dec 15, 2017, 1:30 AM
Ford to move self-driving, EV teams to Corktown
The Detroit News Published 4:30 p.m. ET Dec. 14, 2017


It was such a shame when Ford took all the workers out of the Ren Cen and moved them (presumably?) to Dearborn. Glad to see they are reinvesting in the city.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:36 AM

Ford to move 220 workers to former factory in Detroit's Corktown
Dec 14, 2017 at 9:34 PM

Dozens of companies in California are reportedly now test self-driving cars, with Samsung being the latest corporation to get permission from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. A team of more than 220 Ford workers developing driverless and electric vehicles is planning a move to Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit.

Source: https://amp-freep-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.freep.com/amp/953367001

deja vu
Dec 15, 2017, 5:55 PM
New development coming to New Center. The historic WJBK-TV building will be renovated with two new floors and an 8-story apartment building behind it. Groundbreaking expected in late 2018.



The article says "About 87 parking spots will be added underneath the existing and new buildings." This must mean that there's an existing basement under the WJBK-TV building, right? Presumably large enough to somehow accommodate cars? Interesting.

Dec 16, 2017, 8:20 PM
The long-awaited mixed-use development plan for the 9.5-acre site at Michigan and Trumbull, formerly the site of Tiger Stadium.

Detroit Lions, NFL Foundation commit $750,000 to Detroit PAL project at old Tiger Stadium site

Crain's Detroit Business
December 15, 2017


-Detroit Lions donate $500,000, NFL Foundation gives $250,000
-Grants will help with construction of the baseball field
-Detroit PAL plans to move into new headquarters in February

The Detroit Lions organization and NFL Foundation are teaming to donate $750,000 toward the Detroit Police Athletic League's construction of The Corner Ballpark at the former Tiger Stadium site.
Detroit Lions Charities has committed $500,000 over five years to the $20 million project to redevelop the baseball field. The Lions' grant will cover completion of the Hall of Heroes, on-deck plate and home team locker room, and gives the football team name recognition.

The Lions played their home games at the old Tiger Stadium in 1938-74 before leaving for the Pontiac Silverdome. The football team won two of its four NFL championships at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, then called Briggs Stadium, in the 1950s.

The other $250,000 is coming from the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, which will cover costs and installation of the football field turf. The program is a joint effort of the NFL Foundation with New York City-based Local Initiatives Support Corp., a nonprofit community development financial institution established by the Ford Foundation.


More than 13,800 kids participated in PAL this year, a news release said.

The baseball field is a part of a $44 million mixed-use development on 9.5 acres. The property will include a 10,000-square-foot PAL headquarters.

Construction of the development, which kicked off in June 2016, is nearing completion with the synthetic turf installed, stadium lights are up and building is close to completion, the news release said. PAL plans to move into the building in February, followed by a spring grand opening.

Adient Ltd. gave $2.8 million to be the presenting sponsor of facility known as The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient.

Walker, Mich.-based Meijer Inc. got naming rights to the playing field named the Willie Horton Field of Dreams, presented by Meijer after committing $750,000.



Dec 18, 2017, 1:49 AM
I hope Bedrock puts up a webcam to watch the construction progress of the tower.

By the way, I don't have any pictures, but it appears that some work is being done on the exterior of the Detroit Life Building. It's right behind the Fox.

Anybody have any news on that?

Dec 18, 2017, 2:30 AM
What's the latest with Book Tower, btw? Has there been any rumours talk of reviving the idea of building the second 80-story tower? To me that has always been the true symbol of Detroit's rebound. If the complex is not only restored but finally completed as envisioned I'd die a happy Canadian fan of the city...

Dec 18, 2017, 9:42 AM
The overall Hudson site package includes redevelopment of the Book Tower and Building. It is currently being cleaned and prepped, but serious work doesn't start until 2019, I believe. No, there is no new construction planned for it aside from a parking garage for its redevelopment. In any case, the Book Tower - while one of my favorite buildings - is not seen as a significantly big deal in terms of overall redevelopment in the downtown. It's an important piece, but it is no way the focal piece of redevelopment of the core.

Dec 18, 2017, 5:43 PM
Chris Ilitch is showing off the glass on the Little Caesars Global Resource Center:

Annalise Frank (https://twitter.com/annalise_frank)

Annalise Frank (https://twitter.com/annalise_frank)

Annalise Frank (https://twitter.com/annalise_frank)

Annalise Frank (https://twitter.com/annalise_frank)

deja vu
Dec 19, 2017, 1:33 AM
That bent glass is pretty cool. Wonder how tedious to install though.

Dec 19, 2017, 3:26 AM
^ oh wow, I didn’t realize they were bent until you pointed it out.

Dec 19, 2017, 6:52 AM
****lengthy update ahead****

Observed but not photographed recently:

The Eddystone renovations are underway
The American Hotel is fenced off and I've noticed some lights on in the upper floors
Former St. Charles school is being renovated into apartments in English Village
James Burgess Book mansion is being restored in Indian Village
Fifth Third Bank signage has been installed at the top of One Woodward
Renovations are occurring at the Free Press Building
Renovations are underway at the former Savoyard Center/State Savings Bank building

Updates from December 17, 2017:

Elton Park/Checker Cab building and UFO Factory

Detroit PAL's The Corner Ballpark

The Ashton site

2317 Vermont Street

1 Griswold Street/Church of Scientology project

Marquette Building

Unknown project on Cass Avenue near Parsons Street. The building immediately to the right was also undergoing renovations.

The Selden

644 & 666 Selden Street

From December 3 2017:

The first floor of the Fyfe Building has been remodeled and occupied by a convenience store

Grinnell and Fisher Arcade buildings

Storefront work at the Ferguson Building/1448 Woodward

The majority of 25 E. Grand River is undergoing work

Shinola Hotel's Farmer Street building

Metropolitan Building/Element Hotel

Wurlitzer Building/The Siren Hotel seems to be wrapping up

Miscellaneous updates from October 2017:

Orleans Landing is open

The Vinton Building has opened

1508 Woodward

Wellington Place, Seward Street near Woodward

The Regina at 253 Erskine Street. Google Maps shows it was abandoned until recently

Patterson Terrace

312 Watson Street

7526 & 7534 Oakland

Woodward Grand

Baltimore Station. Drove by here last night and the left building's facade has been removed.

Third & Grand. As of last night they are now on the second floor.

Wayne County Building

Townhouses on Ferry Street and Chrysler Drive

11745 Woodward in Highland Park. This building's Woodward facade had collapsed years ago. While its not the best looking renovation, at least its something. I've been noticing some other smaller projects occurring in Highland Park as well.

Ferndale Haus Lofts, Nine Mile and Planavon Street in downtown Ferndale

Dec 19, 2017, 7:20 AM
Oh FFS, that update makes me want to cry for joy Detroitsky.

Dec 19, 2017, 9:00 AM

I feel like we've probably mentioned this one, but I don't remember what it is. It's very nice whatever it is.

Thanks for the photo update. The population growth figures at the end of the decade for downtown and Midtown are going to stun some folks.

The North One
Dec 19, 2017, 4:02 PM
Amazing update, much appreciated.

Orleans landing looks so good at street level, maybe one day the inner parking lot portion can be filled in with dense development.

I was going to ask about the Seward Hotel, that's a huge project that seems to be going under the radar.

Dec 19, 2017, 4:15 PM
Splendid glass, guys.

Annalise Frank (https://twitter.com/annalise_frank)
I think I can see already. That is some sexy sleek glass.
It will fit the surrounding facades.

Dec 19, 2017, 4:37 PM
Detroit's MLS bid takes hit with Nashville likely getting franchise
Dec 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM by George Sipple

The MLS expansion is discussed with reporters George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press, Joey Garrison of the Tennessean and Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press Detroit's hopes for an expansion MLS franchise might be on hold now that Nashville is expected to receive one of two bids for 2020.

Source: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/2017/12/19/mls-2020-expansion-says-no-detroit/960875001/

Dec 19, 2017, 5:19 PM

I feel like we've probably mentioned this one, but I don't remember what it is. It's very nice whatever it is.

Thanks for the photo update. The population growth figures at the end of the decade for downtown and Midtown are going to stun some folks.

After you mentioned it I had to think for a sec, this is the new Woodbridge project, right? Haha right the weather really has gone schizo the fall was so consistently warm even the leaves stopped changing half way through back in October. Today the weather is gonna be pushing 50 and sunny but by the time xmas rolls around ...

Dec 19, 2017, 5:42 PM
Source: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/2017/12/19/mls-2020-expansion-says-no-detroit/960875001/

Sacramento is likely getting the other one. There are number of factors for the next round, chief among them Miami's inability to agree upon a location for/build a stadium (although it seems like they've made progress recently).

Dec 19, 2017, 7:05 PM
^ It was surprising to say the least after going through everything that Gilbert and Co. went through to get the county into a position where it was willing to cede the Gratiot jail site to them to abruptly change their plans for the 2020 bid. It's puzzling why when a soccer specific stadium was one of the top criteria that they would change their plans at the last minute.

Feasibility may be one issue it's possible that with 4 major projects on their plate at the moment and the county dragging its feet before the election with the land swap costs to finish or the ability to complete by 2020 would be an issue. The proposal calls for a new Soccer specific stadium to be built with games to be played at Ford Field until then, I've heard talk about the Gratiot site being a blank slate now as as the media speculates to the motives. The confusing situation may have come about because of the phrasing and Gilberts "in it to win it" attitude in an attempt not to drop out of the 2020 race while truly staking their bets on 2022 but at the same time saving some face after hype and high hopes from fans.

I base a little of my speculation on the new video renderings for "hudsons" as Bedrock is tentatively calling its new 800ft tower still includes the Gratiot site developed as a Soccer centered project at the 2:18 mark although that in itself means little the way things were done just don't feel right it was a very half-assed end to a what had been an exciting bid. There could be some big news coming that we are ignorant of or an attempt is being made with the Gratiot site to make some bigger news than a new MLS franchise I suppose i'll reserve judgement until I see what if any change there is to the 2022 bid, if Detroit loses this bid which seems likely at this point.

Dec 19, 2017, 9:55 PM
^ It was surprising to say the least after going through everything that Gilbert and Co. went through to get the county into a position where it was willing to cede the Gratiot jail site to them to abruptly change their plans for the 2020 bid. It's puzzling why when a soccer specific stadium was one of the top criteria that they would change their plans at the last minute.

Feasibility may be one issue it's possible that with 4 major projects on their plate at the moment and the county dragging its feet before the election with the land swap costs to finish or the ability to complete by 2020 would be an issue. The proposal calls for a new Soccer specific stadium to be built with games to be played at Ford Field until then, I've heard talk about the Gratiot site being a blank slate now as as the media speculates to the motives. The confusing situation may have come about because of the phrasing and Gilberts "in it to win it" attitude in an attempt not to drop out of the 2020 race while truly staking their bets on 2022 but at the same time saving some face after hype and high hopes from fans.

I base a little of my speculation on the new video renderings for "hudsons" as Bedrock is tentatively calling its new 800ft tower still includes the Gratiot site developed as a Soccer centered project at the 2:18 mark although that in itself means little the way things were done just don't feel right it was a very half-assed end to a what had been an exciting bid. There could be some big news coming that we are ignorant of or an attempt is being made with the Gratiot site to make some bigger news than a new MLS franchise I suppose i'll reserve judgement until I see what if any change there is to the 2022 bid, if Detroit loses this bid which seems likely at this point.

Detroit was far from a lock to begin with, in all honesty. Sacramento has been around for a while and was supposed to be priority no. 1 for MLS in this round. The fact that anyone but Sacramento is being announced first would have been a shock a year ago. Nashville has the stadium plan ready to go and has been the other favorite for months. As much as I hate to say it, Detroit's best bet was always likely the next round of bids .

mind field
Dec 20, 2017, 2:59 AM
****lengthy update ahead****

Observed but not photographed recently:

The Eddystone renovations are underway
The American Hotel is fenced off and I've noticed some lights on in the upper floors
Former St. Charles school is being renovated into apartments in English Village
James Burgess Book mansion is being restored in Indian Village
Fifth Third Bank signage has been installed at the top of One Woodward
Renovations are occurring at the Free Press Building
Renovations are underway at the former Savoyard Center/State Savings Bank building

Thank you for this extensive update! Great work! The Vinton Building is sumptuous :worship: Love that entrance and the exterior lighting!

Dec 20, 2017, 5:43 AM
I'm glad you all enjoyed my update! I can try to do these updates more often as I shoot photos pretty regularly around the metro. Would you guys be interested in updates from Royal Oak, Pontiac, Ferndale, Mount Clemens, etc? I might make a post with some decent projects I've noticed there. I believe some have been posted before.

I had some time today to shoot some photos. Here's four projects with little to no mention on these pages.

565 E. Larned, a vacant '80s office building undergoing renovations

IHOP/Applebee's in the Courtyard hotel on Jefferson

James Scott mansion

5734 Woodward

The North One
Dec 20, 2017, 6:18 AM
Some of your photos don't seem to be working.

Dec 20, 2017, 7:01 AM
Some of your photos don't seem to be working.

What are the captions near the photos? They all load for me on the thread and loaded for me when I previewed the replies.

Dec 20, 2017, 8:35 AM
After you mentioned it I had to think for a sec, this is the new Woodbridge project, right?

Nope, this is the other side of Midtown (Ferry and I-75); Woodbridge has been completed for awhile, now. I don't recall what this is supposed to be, though.

Anyway, something bigger than expected is coming to the former Big Boy site near the Belle Isle bridge:

Max Ortiz | The Detroit News

$50M mixed-use development planned near Belle Isle (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2017/12/19/platform-announces-mixed-use-development/108759576/)

By Candice Williams | The Detroit News

December 19, 2017

Detroit — A developer has announced plans to build a $50 million mixed-use development on the site of the former Big Boy restaurant on East Jefferson.

The Platform says demolition of the restaurant at 7033 E. Jefferson will begin Wednesday to make way for the eight- to 10-story retail and residential development.

The site sits in the Islandview neighborhood at the foot of Belle Isle Park across the street from the Douglas MacArthur Bridge entrance.

The project will have 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and on-site parking. A mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom options will make up 240 apartments. Twenty percent will be set aside for affordable housing.

Still very early in the planning stages, they hope to have it started by this time next year.

Dec 20, 2017, 7:08 PM
We got details of Detroit's Amazon bid the central focus is the Detroit-Windsor Riverfront as an international campus with current Gilbert owned buildings providing space for Amazon employees during phase 1. For phase 2 the hudsons and monroe sites are offered here's where things get interesting for phase 3 and beyond in downtown Detroit the gratiot jail site and District Detroit space are offered. A main central campus dubbed rivereast would sit to the east of the Ren Cen, while a redone surface grade "avenue style" I-375 isn't pictured a south of Jefferson surface road extension but would be the center of rivereast.

Details of the tax proposals are out too there a transit component that includes a proposal to extend the Qline up to 8 mile however it is unfunded as of now. The expanded limited stop bus service expansion along Grand River and Michigan are given as examples of the start of a push for improved transit.

There was too much on the tax proposal to post however.

Amazon HQ2 bid revealed: tax breaks, $120 million talent program, transit vision

Crain's Detroit Business
December 20, 2017



-Snyder administration to launch $120 million initiative to meet talent needs of tech companies.
-Bid for Amazon redacts total value of tax credits and incentives.
-Gilbert offers Amazon space in One Campus Martius and Chase buildings.

The state of Michigan offered to let Amazon.com Inc. operate in Detroit with extensive tax breaks for three decades and capture its employees' state income taxes for 20 years while promising to create a $120 million program to help meet the online tech giant's workforce needs.

Crain's on Tuesday obtained the nine-page executive summary and 242-page spiral-bound book that businessman Dan Gilbert's companies submitted to Amazon in October in making a joint Detroit-Windsor bid for the online retail and tech giant's second North American headquarters.

The documents lay out an extensive case from Southeast Michigan's business, political and civic leaders on why Amazon should expand in Detroit and Windsor, taking advantage of talent and tax codes on both sides of the Detroit River.

In a letter to Amazon executives that Gilbert attached to the bid, the billionaire mortgage and real estate mogul used a retail sales pitch to the world's largest online retailer, touting "lowest prices," "biggest selection" and "fastest delivery" for office space, much of which has not yet been built.


"As part of the Amazon HQ2 proposal, the state is launching a comprehensive set of ten complementary programs designed to meet the workforce needs of tech companies," the summary document says. "This suite of programs — which will bolster STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and increase the number of tech graduates in Michigan — cover a spectrum from K-12 through post-secondary to life-long learning/continuing education."

Included in those programs are scholarships for computer science students; capital investment grants to educational institutions; teacher training funding; apprenticeships; and subsidized child care for tech workers. The proposal says the programs would impact 250,000 people by 2030.

In addition, the HQ2 bid summary says the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University have "committed to collectively design educational programs on campus or nearby to meet Amazon's talent needs."


Among the other aspects of the proposal:

The proposal to Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, says the company could operate for 30 years without paying real estate and personal property taxes, the city of Detroit's 2 percent corporate income tax or the city's utility users tax under the state's Renaissance Zone Program.

-Other sites specifically mentioned are Northland Center site in Southfield and the New Center area north of downtown.
-DTE Energy Co. and EnWin, Windsor's electric utility, says Amazon's office space in Detroit and Windsor can be powered 100 percent by wind power.
-Mass transit in metro Detroit is portrayed as being poised to "expand significantly in 2018" with the addition of limited-stop express bus service along Grand River Avenue from Detroit to Novi; along Jefferson Avenue from downtown to the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood; and on Michigan Avenue from downtown to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.


Dec 20, 2017, 7:23 PM
This is weird in a lot of ways, but what strikes me the most is how spread out the proposed phases are. I am in Seattle a lot and they have a literal campus in South Lake Union that they continue to build and add onto. Amazon higher ups aren't going to want to be moving around to all of these different areas just to conduct its daily operations.

M. Brown
Dec 20, 2017, 11:46 PM
I wish this proposal hadn't gone public because now I am going to be even more sad if this Amazon thing doesn't happen.

Dec 21, 2017, 6:28 AM
This is weird in a lot of ways, but what strikes me the most is how spread out the proposed phases are. I am in Seattle a lot and they have a literal campus in South Lake Union that they continue to build and add onto. Amazon higher ups aren't going to want to be moving around to all of these different areas just to conduct its daily operations.

They could always ride the people mover :rolleyes: ... But with the nature of the bid being international a separation of the campus is at the heart of the would have to be a direct result of the pitch being made. The "Detroit Water Taxi" in the rivereast hints at one way Gilbert and co. seem to realize that a disjointed campus is a negative so they along with the cities of Detroit and Windsor have a plan for special shuttles that would have a fast pass through the tunnel, how expansive this service would be and whether this would balance out the inconvenience enough to sway Amazon exec's I suppose is anyone's guess.

Dec 21, 2017, 8:43 AM
Looks like the Platform is already bringing down the Big Boys on Jefferson a day after they announced their project.

Well, that was quick. The Platform is already tearing down the Big Boy on Jefferson:

Big Boy being demolished to make way for The Platform development (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20171220/news/648211/big-boy-being-demolished-to-make-way-for-the-platform-development)

By Annalise Frank | Crain's Detroit Business

December 20, 2017

Able Demolition of Shelby Township began tearing down the Big Boy restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit Wednesday morning to make way for The Platform LLC's planned 8- to 10-story mixed-use building.

Major demolition and debris load-out should be complete by Friday afternoon, with the rest of the work finishing up Monday, Jake Koresky, vice president of Able Demolition, said in an email Wednesday.

In news that bodes well for Detroit's population...

Mich. gets 6th straight year of population growth (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/12/20/census-michigan-population/108776928/)

By Christine McDonald | The Detroit News

December 20, 2017

More people moved to Michigan than left the state in 2017, leading to its sixth straight year of population growth.

U.S. Census data released Wednesday found that the state’s residents increased by 28,866, or 0.3 percent, to 9,962,311 as of July 2017. That’s the largest jump since 2001.

The data showed more residents moving in than leaving, with net migration at 10,481 people. That’s the first gain since at least 2000, said Kurt Metzger, a demographer and director emeritus of Data Driven Detroit.

“It’s extremely positive,” Metzger said. “This shows Michigan is holding onto more of its residents and attracting others. We are seeing a turnaround. This is the best we’ve done in the last two decades.”

Residents leaving Michigan for other states dropped by about half. In 2016, the census found 26,779 moved out of Michigan compared with 12,698 who left this year. That’s the smallest number of people leaving Michigan for other states since at least 2000.

Dec 21, 2017, 11:55 PM
Score hockey memorabilia at the Joe Louis Arena this weekend
Dec 21, 2017 at 10:18 AM by Robin Runyan

We should be saying good-bye for good to the Joe Louis Arena sometime in 2018, as the old hockey arena heads to demo. But before that, the Detroit Red Wings are still trying to get everything out of the building.

Source: https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/12/21/16806684/joe-louis-arena-clearance-sale

Dec 22, 2017, 8:30 PM
A Midcentury Shopping Icon Makes Way For the Future
Dec 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Amy Crawford

For months, the local papers watched breathlessly as a shopping center of unprecedented proportions rose on the outskirts of Detroit. When Northland Center finally opened in March 1954, they could hardly contain themselves.

Source: https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/12/a-midcentury-shopping-icon-makes-way-for-the-future/548669/

Dec 22, 2017, 9:15 PM
Great Lakes Tower condos undergoing $3 million renovation

Crain's Detroit Business
December 22, 2017


-93 units in Harbortown's Great Lakes Tower purchased by out-of-state investors, being renovated
-Project to cost $3 million, take about a year and 2 months
-Harbortown-Great Lakes LLC purchased units from Triton Properties Inc.

Great Lakes Tower is a 172-unit, 15-story residential tower in the city's Harbortown community southeast of Elmwood Park, along the riverfront.

The investors, who declined to be named, own the property under Harbortown-Great Lakes LLC, which is registered in Ann Arbor.


The company bought the 93 units in May from a partnership managed by Triton Properties Inc.; the Triton Group of Companies is based in the Denver area and began investing in Detroit in 2009, according to its website.

Triton also recently completed the 134-unit Water's Edge in the Harbortown apartment community and has been renovating apartments at Town Residences in the city's central business district.


About a third of Harbortown-Great Lakes' 93 units are vacant and set to undergo renovation. The rest are occupied under leases — as those expire, they won't be renewed, opening the spaces up to be remodeled. The 79 units not owned by Harbortown-Great Lakes are still owned by individuals, Werner said.


The company expects to finish renovations in a year and two to three months, Werner said.

The project also received approval from the Detroit City Council in early October for a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone tax abatement, which applies to development and rehabilitation of housing in certain disadvantaged city neighborhoods. O'Laughlin estimated the tax break would amount to $1,800 per year for the next 12 years per unit.


For those wondering the Great Lakes Tower is the tall building on the left (east) side of Harbortown.


Dec 23, 2017, 6:00 AM
Belle Isle garden by renowned designer Piet Oudolf is a go

Crain's Detroit Business
December 22, 2017


-Garden designed by internationally known designer Piet Odolf approved for Belle Isle
-He is said to be open to additional Detroit commissions, as well
-Will be present at Detroit Film Theatre screening of film on his work

The island garden will be planted on a 1.5-acre, grassy site near the Nancy Brown Peace Memorial Carillon and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, a site chosen by Oudolf himself during a visit to Detroit earlier this year.

The Dutch-born Oudolf is considered by many to be a modern-day Frederick Law Olmsted, the 19th-century designer credited with much of the original design for Belle Isle, as well as New York City's Central Park. He worked on design of the High Line park in New York City — which transformed an old elevated rail line into a public space — and the Lurie Garden in Chicago.


The Garden Club of Michigan, which led the effort to bring an Oudolf garden to Belle Isle, has raised $150,000 to cover his commission and travel expenses from his home in the Netherlands.

Additional fundraising for the $2.7 million project — which would include an endowment for maintenance and operation — will be led by Oudolf Garden Detroit. Among the group's members are Maura Campbell, immediate past president of the Garden Club and fellow board member Jean Hudson, who've co-chaired the effort to bring Oudolf to Detroit, along with other members of the club and other local supporters.


Set to be planted in 2019, the garden will be designed for year-round visual appeal.

It could be just the first Oudolf garden in Detroit, Campbell said.

The designer "is very excited about coming to the city ... (and) is open ... to doing more than one garden in the city," she said.

There's conversation about a second garden along the riverfront somewhere, Campbell said, and " ... wouldn't it be wonderful if there was another garden in one of the neighborhoods?"


(Piet Oudolf at Lurie Garden in Chicago, one of the gardens he has designed)

During his visit, he'll meet with supporters and the public at a Jan. 4 Detroit Film Theatre screening of "Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf"at 7 p.m.

The film immerses viewers in Oudolf's work and takes them inside his creative process, from his abstract sketches to his theories on beauty and their ecological implications.


Ford has long had a strong presence in the Downriver area but mostly has focused its staff in Dearborn. Don't get me wrong excited about the recent announcement that they are moving employees into what Ford is calling "the factory" its new autonumis R&D facility in Corktown while this Taylor move isn't even permanent kinda had to get stoked on. Never the less its 1,000 employees coming to Taylor from the Ford HQ will only be leasing the two buildings for 10 years while renovations on the HQ and new tech center are being built it's certainly a positive for Taylor and could maybe help bring in new opportunities. For a city which has struggled in the wake of the great recession with loss of manufacturing jobs, office & retail vacancy and along with its image as Taylortucky the quintessential "trashy" downriver city new opportunities. At least more Ford employees in the area will be a boost for local small business.

Former Masco HQ in Taylor sells to new ownership

Crain's Detroit Business
December 22, 2017


-Core Partners/Burton Katzman entity buys former HQ
-Masco moved headquarters to Livonia earlier this year
-Ford Motor Co. is leasing the complex

An entity with ties to Bingham Farms-based real estate companies Core Partners and Burton-Katzman LLC has purchased the former Masco Corp. headquarters complex that will be occupied by Ford Motor Co.

The entity, Core BKG Van Born LLC, closed on the purchase of the two properties totaling about 557,000 square feet on Dec. 13 for an undisclosed price.

Ford is in the process of moving approximately 1,000 employees into the buildings, which were owned by Masco at 21001 and 21111 Van Born Road just north of I-94.

Ford's move, which is part of its 10-year, $1 billion-plus series of renovations to its world headquarters campus in Dearborn, is expected to be complete by the summer. The broader Ford project will bring 30,000 employees from 70 buildings into two locations — a world headquarters and a product campus.

Its lease for the Taylor properties, which are a 415,600-square-foot office building and a 141,000-square-foot former Kmart building, is for 10 years.


deja vu
Dec 24, 2017, 3:36 AM
Some of your photos don't seem to be working.

Hmm. I'm not seeing them either.

The North One
Dec 24, 2017, 6:18 PM
The city really needs a Water Taxi regardless of Amazon, it would be extremely useful.

Dec 25, 2017, 8:59 PM
Speaking of the bid it seems I missed a bit about the Qline, from Curbed Detroit;

"-Detroit’s expanding bus service would also serve workers. Additionally, the QLine would be extended to 8 Mile and down East Jefferson."

Dec 26, 2017, 1:05 AM
The city really needs a Water Taxi regardless of Amazon, it would be extremely useful.

In what ways would this be useful? For international crossings?

Dec 26, 2017, 1:06 AM
Speaking of the bid it seems I missed a bit about the Qline, from Curbed Detroit;

"-Detroit’s expanding bus service would also serve workers. Additionally, the QLine would be extended to 8 Mile and down East Jefferson."

I’ve also seen news reports stating the line is 6 miles long. Yeah, right. In both directions.

The North One
Dec 26, 2017, 5:52 PM
In what ways would this be useful? For international crossings?

Yes, as well as another way to access Belle Isle with stops all along the riverfront. Could possibly even go to Grosse Pointe Park.

Dec 27, 2017, 9:11 AM
A water taxi would be an excellent idea, and definitely something I'd use. It'd be really great to pedestrians an cyclists. You don't always want the hassle of trying to take your car through the tunnel or across the bridge, or even bother with the tunnel bus. Sometimes, you might just be downtown at Hart Plaza and want to hop across the border really quickly. And, really, even just a stop at the Port of Detroit public dock would be enough. You don't want to bog it down with too many stops. Maybe some seasonal stops on Belle Isle.

Dec 28, 2017, 4:44 PM
In 2015 I took a before picture of Little Caesars Arena.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4691/39352984211_e72d306a0f_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22XukaM)Woodward and Fisher, Detroit 2015 (https://flic.kr/p/22XukaM) by Keith Lindsey Jr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152608594@N08/), on Flickr

And then after in 2017:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4688/38475834645_1f683dd690_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21BYHap)Woodward and Fisher, Detroit 2017 (https://flic.kr/p/21BYHap) by Keith Lindsey Jr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152608594@N08/), on Flickr

Dec 28, 2017, 5:13 PM
LCA on the right, the future One 11 West on the left (along with the garage):
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4642/25484663968_0464037bf3_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/EPZyJ5)IMG_5809 (https://flic.kr/p/EPZyJ5) by Keith Lindsey Jr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152608594@N08/), on Flickr

Future One 11 West:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4647/27576963269_10754669b4_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/J1T9pX)IMG_5814 (https://flic.kr/p/J1T9pX) by Keith Lindsey Jr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152608594@N08/), on Flickr

Hotel Eddystone:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4593/27576970979_b18a1be34c_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/J1TbGT)IMG_5820 (https://flic.kr/p/J1TbGT) by Keith Lindsey Jr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152608594@N08/), on Flickr

Future One 11 West in background and Arena Lofts in foreground:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4683/27576977469_2414ed3138_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/J1TdCM)IMG_5821 (https://flic.kr/p/J1TdCM) by Keith Lindsey Jr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152608594@N08/), on Flickr

Dec 28, 2017, 6:44 PM
LCA turned out way better than I ever anticipated. I'm really looking forward to seeing Woodward in person in a few weeks.

deja vu
Dec 28, 2017, 7:09 PM
It's great to see these photos. Is there any current activity at the Hotel Eddystone?

Dec 28, 2017, 10:53 PM
It's great to see these photos. Is there any current activity at the Hotel Eddystone?

Good question, I didn't see anything from the outside so far.

Dec 29, 2017, 3:29 AM
It's great to see these photos. Is there any current activity at the Hotel Eddystone?

The exterior has been cleaned, broken windows removed and I've seen work lights on at night throughout the entire building.

Dec 29, 2017, 7:53 AM
I'm actually less concerned about the Eddystone, which has been open to the elements for years than I am that they still haven't done anything but building the shells of One 11 West and the Arena Lofts. I can't wrap my mind around that.

Big development in the works in Corktown.


Residential development deal brewing in Corktown (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2017/12/28/moroun-sell/108974216/)

By Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

December 28, 2017

An empty industrial building in Corktown is being considered for potentially one of the largest residential developments in the reborn neighborhood.

The building being eyed for the overhaul is an eight-story, 432,000-square-foot warehouse at 1448 Wabash St. near Bagley Avenue and Vermont Street. The warehouse is under contract to be sold and the prospective buyer is figuring out what it would take to convert the building into a large-scale residential development, said Michael Samhat, president of Crown Enterprises Inc., the current owners.

“This is a building with a lot of capacity that could have 150, 200 units,” Samhat said.

The facility, built in 1926, is near Ponyride, the nonprofit catering to business startups, and about one block from the Quicken Loans Technology Center at 1401 Rosa Parks Blvd.

The QLine is getting permanent extend hours.

Robin Buckson | The Detroit News

QLine to permanently extend night hours (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/12/28/qline-extending-hours/108979862/)

By Shawn D. Lewis | The Detroit News

December 28, 2017

Detroit — The QLine will permanently extend ridership hours beginning Monday, officials announced Thursday.

M-1 Rail spokesman Dan Lijana told The Detroit News that the move is in response to feedback from riders.

“We’ve received a lot of feedback from riders encouraging us to extend our hours,” he said.

“When we started, we always hoped demand would be here to extend the hours, and that we’d be able to improve operations and increase manpower to the point that additional hours would be feasible. Now we’ve reached that point.”

This means on Monday through Thursday, hours will extend from 11 p.m. to midnight. On Friday and Saturday, the streetcars will run until 2 a.m. the next day when they previously ended at midnight. Streetcars will run until 11 p.m. Sundays instead of shutting down at 8 p.m.

Dec 30, 2017, 5:37 AM
It’s looking like the Viola building will be getting a refresh.

The Viola Building sells for just under $2M in Eastern Market
Dec 28, 2017 at 7:43 AM by Robin Runyan

This summer, we reported that the Viola Building, on a prominent location in Eastern Market, was up for sale for $1,995,000. We’ve just learned that the building was sold; according to selling agent Steven Silverman from Friedman Real Estate, it went for just under its asking price.

Source: https://detroit.curbed.com/platform/amp/2017/12/28/16827140/viola-building-sold-eastern-market

Dec 30, 2017, 6:14 AM
The St. Rita apartment building in the North End was listed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 2017 and is undergoing a renovation. Lowell over at Detroityes is the one who gets credit for highlighting this cool project

Roses for Rita: A brief history of a long vacancy in the North End

Model D Media
DECEMBER 11, 2017


American flags fluttered down from the windowless openings at 35 Owen in Detroit last month at the groundbreaking for the St. Rita Apartments. More than 100 years old, the building will be redeveloped by Central City Integrated Health (CCIH) into 26 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for low-income residents. It's a win for the community, a win for the residents who will call the building their home, and a win for the historic structure that has been vacant for over a decade.


Jan 1, 2018, 5:34 PM
There've been questions about some of the numbers coming out of DPD but over all it does seem there has been a sharp drop in crime, violent as well as nonviolent.

Detroit on pace for fewest homicides since ’66

George Hunter
The Detroit News
Dec. 29, 2017

As of Thursday, there were 267 criminal homicides in Detroit this year. That’s the fewest since 1966, when there were 214 homicides. It’s also down from 300 during the same period in 2016, when the city recorded 305 for the entire year, according to police statistics.

The number of people killed in Detroit per capita also dropped in 2017, with the homicide rate of 39.5 homicides per 100,000 residents down from 44.8 last year. It’s the lowest per capita homicide rate since 2008, when it was 37.4.

The statistics show Detroit joining other big U.S. cities, such as New York and Chicago, with falling murder rates.

Police said other violent crimes fell in Detroit in 2017, including nonfatal shootings from 948 to 831; aggravated assaults from 8,844 to 8,498; robberies from 3,035 to 2,582; and carjackings from 374 to 302. Arsons dropped from 934 to 897.

There have been 11,920 violent crimes reported in Detroit so far this year, down from 13,705 reported in September in the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report.

That FBI data for 2016 ranked Detroit as the nation’s most violent big city — a distinction that city police officials disputed because they say the crimes were tallied by an outdated computer system.

Regardless, some Detroit residents say they feel safer than in years past.


In recent years, advances in medicine have driven down homicide numbers nationwide, Craig said.

“That’s something that doesn’t get talked about, but emergency room doctors do a phenomenal job of saving lives,” he said. “A lot of those cases would be homicides in years past.”


Jan 2, 2018, 4:02 PM
Health food kitchen, boutique to move in as Midtown Detroit seeks to fill in New Center block

Crains Detroit business
January 02, 2018

This row of empty storefronts on Woodward Avenue south of Grand Boulevard will become home to a Mediterranean restaurant and other businesses in 2018 and early 2019.

-New retail, restaurant to move in along Woodward in New Center
-Cooking with Que, Ferne Boutique among new shops
-Midtown Detroit Inc. to announce more on investment in early 2018

A health food kitchen, a casual boutique and other shops are filling in spaces along Woodward Avenue in New Center as Midtown Detroit Inc. continues to renovate, sell and build its presence in the Detroit neighborhood.
Progress on the nonprofit economic development group's $7.5 million Woodward Grand redevelopment at the southeast corner of Woodward and West Grand Boulevard has moved along since it was announced in January 2017.

But more is in store for that wide, half-empty block just east of the Fisher Building on Woodward between West Grand Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue.

Sue Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit, declined to comment on renovation of the several aging structures it owns across the street from the Woodward Grand — most as part of an 11-building purchase in mid-2015. She said the nonprofit would wait until it makes an official announcement in the first quarter of 2018 to comment on its "investment there."


Ferne Boutique, a casual women's clothing store in Bay City, is opening a second location around May at 6529 Woodward Ave., owner Laura Horwath said. And Que Broden, who runs a small health-food education and media business under the name Cooking with Que, will be Horwath's neighbor at 6529 Woodward Ave. — they're splitting the building.

Horwath said Midtown Detroit has aimed to create a balance as it chooses businesses to fill the section of Woodward at the end of the QLine streetcar route.


Brigid Beaubien, who co-owns 8 Degrees Plato, said in October that she plans to open a home décor store called Urbānum on the same block in a Midtown Detroit space at 6545 Woodward Ave. The North End Collective, a gathering of retail shops for entrepreneurs, opened last winter near the south end of the block at 6513 Woodward Ave.

Midtown Detroit sold the former Payless Shoe Source building between the collective and Urbanum's space to the team behind small-plate restaurant Selden Standard, Andy Hollyday and Evan Hansen. The sale was finalized around the end of November or early December, Hansen said in an email.

The pair plans to open a Mediterranean restaurant in the 6535 Woodward Ave. space. Hollyday and Hansen don't yet have a name or an opening date to announce, Hansen said, but he estimated that renovations will wrap up around early 2019.


Hudson-Webber Foundation donates $500,000 toward Motown Museum expansion

By Associated Press
Crain's Detroit Business
January 01, 2018

The Motown Museum explansion plan includes new space designed and built around the existing museum, which includes the Motown studio with its "Hitsville U.S.A." facade. Renderings released by the museum show a new facility behind the existing museum, with an entrance next to the existing studio.

-Detroit nonprofit grants $500,000 to Motown Museum expansion project
-The museum's expansion will cost $50 million
-Project will install exhibit space, performance theaer and recording studios

There's a little bit more dancing in the street at the Motown Museum as officials accept another donation supporting its expansion plans.

The Detroit museum said it's received $500,000 from the Detroit-based Hudson-Webber Foundation. The donation follows September's announcement of a $1 million gift from the Fred A. and Barbara Erb Family Foundation.

The expansion — pegged at $50 million — will be designed and built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and famed "Hitsville U.S.A." sign. The project would add 40,000 square feet to the existing museum on West Grand Boulevard.

Plans call for interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios and expanded retail and meeting spaces.

Phil Freelon, managing director of Chicago-based architecture firm Perkins + Will, is leading the initial concepts on the project, and Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates is architect of record. Detroit-based L.S. Brinker Co. will serve as construction manager and Washington D.C.-based museum design firm Gallagher & Associates is developing the visitor experiences and exhibition design.



Jan 3, 2018, 7:56 AM
So I was looking through the December meeting of the planning commission (http://www.detroitmi.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=dZnkn3gTAY0%3d&portalid=0) and came across a special district review (as you'd expect, a special review for certain types of zoning districts in this case a PCA (Public Center Adjacent)) for some new construction planned for the downtown campus of Wayne Counnty Community College (WCCC). I see well over a year ago they announced an expansion, but I wonder if this is a new thing and then specifically what exactly they are planning to construction?

Jan 5, 2018, 5:34 PM
^ Good question there was a lot of media attention when WCCC announced the downtown expansion and a possible new campus at 8 & Woodward but I don't recall hearing much since.

Jeffersonian residential high-rise gets new owners, renovations planned

Crain's Detroit Business
January 05, 2018


-New owner is joint venture between Joe Barbat and Arie Leibovitz
-Apartment renovations, new restaurant planned
-1965 building has more than 400 apartments

Individual units are expected to get updates to their kitchens and flooring and the lobby area is expected to get a coffee bar and a casual restaurant component by Barbat's team at the Prime29 steakhouse in West Bloomfield Township.

A new gym is also planned, said Barbat, who is the founder and chairman of Barbat Holdings LLC, a West Bloomfield Township-based real estate investment and management company, and Houze Living LLC. He is also the the CEO and chairman of West Bloomfield Township-based Wireless Toyz.

He said the capital expenditure budget has not yet been determined and declined to detail the ownership structure of the joint venture with Leibovitz, a Southfield-based investor.

Southfield-based Village Green will manage the property, which has one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, Barbat said. Wyandotte-based Thomas Roberts is the architecture firm on the project and the general contractor is Barbat's West Bloomfield-based Eagle Construction Services.

"We will be starting on the renovations in the next couple months once the drawings are completed," Barbat said. "The residents are not going to be interfered with and we are honoring all of their leases."

The building is about 90 percent occupied, Barbat said


Barbat has been making inroads into Detroit real estate in recent years, redeveloping the annex of the St. Regis Hotel in the New Center area into the Regis Houze apartments, plus the former Hotel Briggs, which was turned into Briggs Houze, among other projects in the city.


Highland Park sustainable living community taking shape

Crain's Detroit Business
January 05, 2018

Shamayim "Shu" Harris is building a community-centric block of buildings and outdoor offerings called Avalon Village in Highland Park, just off of Woodward Avenue. Its tutoring center, the Homework House, is expected to open in September.

-Avalon Village nonprofit to open tutoring, education center this year
-Owns 30 properties in Highland Park off of Woodward
-Looking to raise $107,000 to finish Homework House

Wider progress is also being made across Avalon Village, a project Harris first thought of in 2003. Its goals are to clean up the neighborhood, support programming for youth and use green infrastructure.

Harris is founder and CEO of the Avalon Village nonprofit. She owns a swath of 30 properties around Avalon Street. She owned around 10 when Crain's last reported on her initiative in summer 2016.

Construction of a shipping container structure called the Goddess Marketplace for women entrepreneurs is complete and will open for weekday hours in the spring, after electricity is installed.


"As soon as it starts to get warm, maybe May to October, I have plans for an open marketplace for women," Harris said. "On weekends, other women entrepreneurs will be invited to come, like Eastern Market."

Avalon Village purchased seven properties from the Michigan Land Bank in September for $300 each, according to the land bank. It also bought another four from the land bank in April 2016. Another two were donated by the Wayne County Land Bank around November.

"The Ellen Show" with Ellen DeGeneres also gifted a home worth more than $100,000 in September 2016. The Ellen house was delivered in May and Harris expects it to be operating in three to four weeks. Most of the rest of the properties were purchased from the city of Highland Park.

A previous Kickstarter campaign raised approximately $244,000 in 2016 ....


Precarious Perch: Photographer Climbs Antenna High Over Downtown Detroit

By Alan Stamm
Deadline Detroit
January 3rd, 2018


This isn't a stunt for everyone to try, warns the foolhardy urban explorer who brought these eye-catching images back down to street level.

"This video is not meant to encourage anyone to try something like this," posts a teen risk-taker from Northville, who removed his six-month-old video from YouTube on Wednesday afternoon after a Reddit post drew attention to it and prompted Detroit Free Press coverage. "I highly recommend you do not free-climb anything unless you are completely confident you can do it."

In the nearly three-minute GoPro video, which we saw before it was taken down, he ascends a 600-foot telecommunications antenna atop the 40-story Cadillac Tower, a 81-year-old office building at 65 Cadillac Square.

Wearing sneakers and without a clip-on safety harness, the thrill-chaser grabs steel rods and precarious footholds on an exterior side of the triangular antenna. A narrow platform for an aircraft warning beacon provides a lofty perch at the top.

Remarkably, he felt secure enough to hang on with just one hand as he used a regular camera to snap still images. Two are at right below, and two video screengrabs are at the end of this post.

He somehow gained roof access to the nonpublic area early one morning in November 2016 and started climbing as the sun broke the horizon. It was windy, a few scenes show.




At Reddit, one viewer expresses the emotions evoked by the death-defying Cadillac Tower antenna stunt: "What an idiot. Nice views, though."


Jan 5, 2018, 7:52 PM
The thing that struck me is that he is at a height of 600ft in the video. the observation deck on the future Hudson tower will be around 800ft. The views are going to be incredible!


Jan 7, 2018, 5:54 PM
A couple (relatively) new shots of the completed Orleans Landing courtesy of Curbed Detroit. It's not built with the and designed with the best of the best in mind but I think it makes up well in appearance and practice for what was lost in what was a vibrant Rivertown during the failed casinos on the riverfront phase.