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Feb 18, 2018, 12:56 AM
Looks like Eastern Market may be getting a high-rise. I actually believe I know the developer as well or at least Idk about Joey but my friend mentioned her dad's branch of the Jonna group was getting involved I believe, i'll see about getting some inside info. ;)

Eastern Market site slated for 79 apartments headed to auction

Crain's Detroit Business
February 15, 2018

Developer Joey Jonna is asking a minimum bid of $600,000 for this site in Eastern Market in Detroit between Russell and Rivard streets.

-2801 Russell St. minimum bid is $600,000
-Online auction runs April 9-11
-Site slated for 79 apartments, 15,500 square feet of commercial

But Barry Swatsenbarg, senior vice president in the Southfield office of Colliers International Inc. who is one of the brokers handling the April 9-11 auction, said Jonna "received a tremendous amount of unsolicited offers to do the deal before he went vertical."

"He felt compelled to take it to the market," Swatsenbarg said. "He thought the auction process was the best. And it's site plan-approved, so someone can just step right in and go vertical if they'd like."


Doner 'dipping a toe in the water' on moving HQ to downtown Detroit

February 15, 2018
Crain's Detroit Business

Doner's new co-working space in the Oslo Building at 1456 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit opened in the fall.

Doner CEO David DeMuth floated a hell of a trial balloon Wednesday afternoon during an interview about the Southfield-based advertising agency's small new co-working space downtown.

"It's a toe in the water to see if we want to move the whole company down there when our lease is up next in 2020," he said this afternoon.


While DeMuth said Doner has not retained a brokerage firm to look around for downtown space for its 450 or so employees, the company has "been talking to various entities about it."


Feb 18, 2018, 8:59 PM
Investment group buys Hotel St. Regis

Crain's Detroit Business
February 18, 2018

The Hotel St. Regis has had a tumultuous 10 years since a 2007 renovation.

-Turnaround expert Saunders takes on hotel turnaround
-Investor group plans $6 million investment
-New hope for New Center landmark

The new owners, Detroit-based Invictus Equity Group, is betting that its $6 million capital infusion and the hotel's proximity to Henry Ford Health System, the under-construction new Detroit Pistons practice facility to the south and other institutions will pay off as the area around West Grand Boulevard continues to catch the eye of real estate investors.

Invictus is led by Tony Saunders, the former Wayne County CFO who worked on Detroit's bankruptcy restructuring at the Birmingham-based corporate turnaround firm Conway MacKenzie; and Christos Moisides, executive member of Detroit-based 400 Monroe Associates LLC.


Feb 19, 2018, 6:37 AM
Well hot damn, a good day in the D first progress with the St. Regis and now what sounds like a interesting plan reimagining Detroits cultural center as an even more cohesive district.

Planning to create Detroit cultural campus quietly underway

Crain's Detroit Business
February 18, 2018

The plan will encompass the cultural organizations in the district, from the DIA to the Hellenic Museum to the Detroit Public Library, along with other properties interspersed between them, including the Inn on Ferry Street, the Rackham Building and the Park Shelton building.

-Master planning aimed at creating cohesive look, programs for Detroit's cultural district has launched.


Supported by a $60,000 grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation to Midtown Detroit to lead it, the larger planning process will include a yet-to-be-announced design contest for the district and a dozen cultural and non-cultural sites within it and incorporate sustainability as a guiding principle.

It builds on two individual projects announced last summer around the same time: a "town square" planning project launched by the DIA to activate its Woodward Avenue plaza as a public gathering space and a joint project to develop "green infrastructure," or natural landscaping, between the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center to absorb stormwater runoff.


"Midtown Detroit's participation will bring on additional stakeholders and unify the cultural district in a truly triple-bottom-line fashion: one that creates physical connections between the organizations in the district, equitably engages residents, provides opportunities for local businesses, manages stormwater, generates new or increased revenue streams for the museums, improves walkability, and adds to the beauty of the area," he said.


deja vu
Feb 19, 2018, 5:31 PM
^ That's great news right there. A more cohesive branding is needed.

Feb 20, 2018, 12:42 AM
I'm surprised there hasn't been a cohesive Cultural Center plan proposed in the past. I am very excited to hear more details and see how this will be implemented.

Feb 20, 2018, 9:02 PM
Curbed has been talking to the community group the State Fairgrounds Development Coalition (SFDC) which formed in 2012 to provide community input for the massive planned redevelopment of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds at 8 Mile and Woodward.

A redevelopment last decade of the corner of site directly on 8 and Woodward centered around a Meijer superstore and other retail outlets including a Jcpenny the project has been successful but is very suburban.

The Magic Johnson lead redevelopment was criticized by community groups as being too auto-centric while some adjustments had been made SFDC is confident that 2018 is the year of a breakthrough. They insist that they aren't making any counter proposals and the group lead by Magic has said from the beginning that they are open to community input so fingers crossed.

Could the redevelopment of the State Fairgrounds gain momentum this year?
This year could be a turning point for the development

By Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit
Feb 19, 2018


One of the areas up for development in Detroit with the biggest potential is the 160-acre site of the former State Fairgrounds. The area could serve as a great connection between Detroit and the suburbs to the north, but development has stalled over the past few years. A community group, the State Fairgrounds Development Coalition (SFDC), believes that real change could start happening this year.

Crain’s (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170702/news/633036/plan-former-state-fairgrounds-site-gets-urban-vibe) reported on slightly updated renderings from the developers last summer.


Shown here in a rendering, the mixed-use development project proposed for the former Michigan state fairgrounds in Detroit will be more walkable, bikeable and urban than a suburban shopping complex.

SFDC wasn’t in favor of the strip mall-like concept proposed by the developers. Instead, SFDC has suggested a METAExpo—Michigan Energy Transportation Agriculture Expo. Instead of a heavy auto-dependent development, SFDC would like to see more walkable streets, green infrastructure, and transit-oriented development.


Feb 21, 2018, 7:38 PM
76-unit housing development planned on Kercheval in West Village

Crain's Detroit Business
February 21, 2018


-Multifamily development planned for West Village

New construction is planned at 8003 Kercheval Ave. at Van Dyke, according to a document obtained from the city of Detroit through a Freedom of Information Act request in relation to the city's pitch for Amazon's second headquarters. The document says 76 units are planned.

Retail offerings have grown in the east-side neighborhood of late. And the new residential project, dubbed "Van Dyke @ Kercheval," would join the recently opened, 12-unit The Coe mixed-use development just south on Coe Avenue.


Detroit-based The Roxbury Group is listed as the developer on the project in the FOIA documents. It declined to comment for this story.

Two buildings sit on land on Kercheval Avenue purchased by an entity connected to Invest Detroit in the Detroit's West Village neighborhood.



Feb 23, 2018, 6:43 AM
I know forumers have asked a few times why there hasn't been any work at the former Serman's building at 1238 Randolph since Gilbert bought it a few years ago. Its been vacant since Serman's closed and there's been no mention of whats going on with it, which is odd for Gilbert. It seems he quickly starts work on his properties. Months back it was mentioned that the awkward intersection of Randolph, Broadway, Gratiot and Macomb Street would be getting a plaza and traffic reorganized to flow better. They mentioned Macomb Street would be cut off from Randolph.

After Gilbert bought the Cash City pawn shop building at Gratiot/Randolph/Macomb about a month ago the shop, almost immediately, began a liquidation sale. With that rather nondescript property becoming vacant, I'm starting to wonder if we could be expecting new construction here with Cash City and 1238 Randolph being demolished, Macomb Street closed off and subsequently built on and the People Mover somehow incorporated as track goes over the sidewalk next to Cash City. There's also parking lots behind Cash City and 1238 Randolph as well for more potential space.

Again, this is pure speculation and I don't know anything. Would be pretty great to see something substantial built there though.

Feb 24, 2018, 12:36 PM
The article is a few weeks old now so the "soft opening" has already taken place.

I know exactly where that building is good to see some more attention coming to that stretch of Grand River there's been a number of new boutique style stores that have opened in the area over the past 2 - 3 years seems ripe for more.

What I'm really looking forward to though is the day when the Grand River - Greenfield mall gets redeveloped i can't imagine the old department store is in too bad of shape there are a number of shops on the ground floor still open. I don't really know all that much about it but i'd love to see that skywalk back in action.

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp. to open multi-use art, retail hub

Crain's Detroit Business
February 01, 2018

The nonprofit Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp. is opening the Grand River Annex in a 1,400-square-foot building it previously owned at 19556 Grand River Ave.

-Grandmont Rosedale nonprofit to open Grand River Annex
-It will house Norwest Gallery of Art
-Grand opening Feb. 10

The Annex is funded for a year through a Kresge Foundation community revitalization grant of a little mroe than $100,000, said Larissa Richardson, program manager for Grandmont Rosedale.

Overall, it will be "centered around community engagement," Richardson said, aiming to draw in neighborhood residents.

The nonprofit will use the space for food- and retail-related events, and it will house the new Norwest Gallery of Art.

The gallery of African-American and African art from local and international artists will host monthly rotating exhibitions starting with "Détroit Noir: A Celebration of The Black Aesthetic" during Black History Month, which begins today. The gallery's name is a tribute to the Norwest Theater on Grand River, said Asia Hamilton, its founder and curator, in a news release.


Feb 24, 2018, 10:08 PM
Affordable housing project planned along Gratiot

Crain's Detroit Business
February 18, 2018

MHT Housing Inc. and the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance recently broke ground on a 52,000-square-foot, four-story building at 9100 Gratiot Ave. to be called the Gratiot Central Commons. It will have 36 affordable housing units and ground-floor retail space facing the street.

-Low-income housing company partnering with faith-based group on 36-unit affordable housing project
-$8.3 million Gratiot Central Commons to have street-facing retail
-$6.5 million low-income housing tax credit subsidizing project

The Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance is partnering with a low-income housing development company to build a new $8.3 million mixed-use building along Gratiot Avenue in an area of Detroit's east side that is outside of the city's targeted areas for revitalization.

Bingham Farms-based MHT Housing Inc. and the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance recently broke ground on a 52,000-square-foot, four-story building at 9100 Gratiot Ave. to be called the Gratiot Central Commons that will have 36 affordable housing units and ground-floor retail space facing the street.

The Gratiot Central Commons will be situated between two existing mixed-use buildings the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance owns at 8900 Gratiot and 9200 Gratiot, creating a seamless stretch of storefronts along a commercial corridor challenged by decades of disinvestment and blight.


Feb 25, 2018, 5:59 PM
A mention of the Monroe Block, but also mainly a story on Bedrock wanting a permanent Eastern Market outpost on Cadillac Square to serve all of the new development.

Downtown Detroit Partnership CEO eyes Cadillac Square for market

By Chad Livengood | Crain's Detroit Business

February 25, 2018

As Dan Gilbert's real estate company prepares to break ground this year on a redevelopment of the Monroe Block, the Downtown Detroit Partnership is starting to contemplate new features to add to Cadillac Square.

DDP CEO Eric Larson is interested in having Eastern Market establish a permanent marketplace building in Cadillac Square for weekday sales of fresh food and locally made products to downtown workers and residents.

"That's a great use for the Cadillac Square," Larson said. "I personally think it would be really fun to get a summer market going in the downtown during the weekday, which doesn't compete with the weekend drive to [Eastern Market]..."

Gilbert's Monroe Block development — bounded by Randolph Street, Bates Street, Cadillac Square and Monroe Avenue — is to include a 35-story building with 818,000 square feet, about 480 multifamily residential units and 170,000 square feet of retail space.


Bedrock had a very successful Christmas/winter market on the square during the holidays.

Campus Maritus (https://twitter.com/campusmartius?lang=en)

Campus Martius (https://twitter.com/campusmartius?lang=en)

BTW, unrelated, but found this graphic on Crain's.


I knew we spent a relative pittance on roads compared to other states, but didn't know it was this much. Anyone know how much borders states spend?

Feb 25, 2018, 6:23 PM
Wow, that looks great!

Feb 25, 2018, 9:46 PM
I know Ohio spends more than we do on its roads not sure the exact figure but they have a simmilar population (slightly larger) but its a common trope now to mention how Ohio spends more has toll roads ext. and they're roads are better than ours.

Granted conditions are better now than they were a couple years ago when we had those two back to back winters that didn't seem to want to end a small increase in road funding was made but even Snyder said that it was a stopgap measure to catch up on maintenance.

If we really want to have better roads we need to spend even more and invest in the more durable form of paving concrete, U of M is working for the state to make a cheaper version but there doesn't seem to be an immediate answer being proposed like everyone of us who has just got another fucking flat desperately wants.

I've had 9 flats in the past 4 years I do drive a more than the average but still this is nuts.

Edit; Better mass transit would get more cars off the roads therefore taking some of the pressure off the pavement advocates should push this point now.

north 42
Feb 26, 2018, 8:21 PM
^ One of the local Detroit newscasts mentioned yesterday that Ohio spent $1 billion more than Michigan last year on roads.

Feb 27, 2018, 4:27 AM
My friends and I came through Michigan to Ohio to catch an Indians game a few years back. I shit you not with the following, but when we crossed in from Canada, his phone lost all signal, and roads became massive ass. We went through Detroit, and whatever other highways to get to Ohio. When we drove into Ohio, as the "welcome to Ohio" sign went past, 1 -the weather went from cloudy and some minor rain to sunny and blue skies in about 10 minutes - 2 - the roads immediately became smooth vs the pot holed riddled nonsense - 3 - his cellphone reception went from 0-1 bars, to 5 bars... the 4 of us still can't figure out what the hell it was that changed everything for the better

I know Ohio spends more than we do on its roads not sure the exact figure but they have a simmilar population (slightly larger) but its a common trope now to mention how Ohio spends more has toll roads ext. and they're roads are better than ours.

Feb 27, 2018, 4:55 PM
Hmm what carrier do you have? I actually had a bit of a reverse fiasco when I was camping at Lakeport state park which is on the coast of Lake Huron about 15 mins north of Port Huron. Anyways during the first night because I was so close to the border my cell service switched over to a Canadian telecom service and same thing went from 4 bars down to 1 with very little to no service. Once I got a mile away from the lake I switched back to At&T which may be the source of the issue itself..

As a resident and taxpayer I would like to apologize for my roads :worship:

Maybe next time take I-96 all the way to M-14 and take that to US-23 south from there I've been on all 3 within the past few months there's a lot of fresh pavement. ;)

A few years ago when the conservative elements of the Republican controlled state legislature were putting up a fight on how to fund a "temporary road funding fix" it was the vivid images of the the divide that you could see when crossing the Ohio border on US-23 or I-75 appearing all over the media that made them climb down. I have family in on the northern fringe of Toledo in Monroe County and I'm glad they fixed up US-23 with new concrete I'm not sure how I-75 is now other than there are several big repair projects essentially the emergency funding bill was to take care of the most urgent repairs.

Now that we can see that the temporary fix was just that a stopgap and more revenue needs to be raised or we will be here in another 2-3 years.

Feb 27, 2018, 9:39 PM
At the time, my buddy had an iphone somethingerother (can't remember which one, but it was nearer 4 than current) and was with rogers. I had a flip phone at the time, and two others had non-smart phones too.

Feb 28, 2018, 8:02 PM
Ah hmm I can say from recent experience that my cellular network around here isn't kind to old phones. Idk if what I had happen to me recently (a different incident than what I had mentioned) was the first stage of the infamous throttling down of old iphones (had a 5c till last month). It seems though that companies have the ability to suppress the service of old phones to force people to get new ones, in Italy apple is being called out I believe for "throttling down the service of old iphones".

On related note Icahn Automotive is jumping at the opportunity to "expand its footprint" in Metro Detroit in the wake of this years pothole season by opening new Pep Boys auto-repair shops. haha

Feb 28, 2018, 9:11 PM
Aw snap got a twofer here not only do we seem to have a legit plan for a major theater chain to open in city but Curbed where I came across this article had a pic of the Book Tower from Gratiot all cleaned up which I had yet to come across a good one of. Curbed had a link to the Crain's article and speculation about the location so I posted the Crain's article and the Curbed pic, the curbed article can be found here.


Emagine, Big Sean plan to open movie theater, live music venue in Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business
February 27, 2018


-Downtown location planned but not yet selected
-Cinema would also include new music venue
-New option for city without a multiplex

Emagine Entertainment Inc. and Detroit-raised rapper Sean "Big Sean" Anderson are opening a new movie theater in downtown Detroit.

Although the Troy-based company has not yet determined a precise location for the theater, which would also include a new music venue, it would provide a new movie option in a city where few exist.

"There is no major movie theater in the city of Detroit — this makes no sense to me," Big Sean said in a statement to Crain's. "I feel that it is necessary to build a theater in the city, not only because of the joy and inspiration movies will bring to people's lives, but I hope this theater will become a hub of creativity — a place for intimate concerts, lectures, meetings, and other events."

An entity tied to Paul Glantz, the founder and chairman of Emagine, has been accumulating property in Detroit's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, buying a building with a mural saying "We Kahn Do It!" on its eastern wall at East Milwaukee and Brush Street and a handful of small proximate parcels since, according to city land records


Mar 1, 2018, 2:29 AM
Some updates from the past few months. I have a few to put in the Metro Detroit thread as well.


IHOP/Applebee's, Jefferson and Brush

Shinola Hotel, Farmer Street building

1508 Woodward

Alley side of the Downtown Synagogue showing the new fire escape. They received a donation they used to replace the former fire escape, renovate the kitchen, add two bathrooms and begin planning for a comprehensive renovation.

Free Press Building

The Selden

I posted about this before, and I'm still not sure what the plans are or the buildings' exact addresses. Cass between Selden and Parsons.

It was reported awhile back that Greektown Casino would be renamed Jack casino and receive new rooftop signage. The Greektown name appears to be staying. The new signage is installed. A Starbuck's also recently opened in the ground floor.

Pop + Offworld, a barcade similar to nearby Ready Player One, opened last summer in the second floor of Checker Bar. Seen in the photo is a sign saying "we're getting a facelift". I hope they remove those tile and rock facades to reveal the historic facade underneath.

David Stott Building

The Woolworth Building on the right has been having its facade worked on for the past few weeks. I've also noticed that the Fowler Building on the left has had lights on in various windows over the past few nights. Would be nice to see it brought back online.

The Siren Hotel preparing to open at the Wurlitzer Building

Renovations still underway at the Hemmeter Building, where Lear Corp. is opening a satellite headquarters.

2600 Cochrane Street, another project I can't find anything about. Appears abandoned in Google Maps images but is definitely renovated and occupied now.

Detroit PAL's The Corner Ballpark progress along Cochrane Street near Michigan Avenue.

1 Griswold Street being renovated for use by the Church of Scientology.

Renovation just began at Harvard Square.

St. Charles School being turned into condos, West Village.

The Coe, recently opened in West Village

Construction began recently on the formerly vacant upper floors of the Lawyers Building, to be apartments.

Shinola Hotel

Book Tower

Little Caesar's HQ

One Eleven West

The Eddystone

Temple West

WSU Mile Ilitch School of Business

Chili Mustard Onions, Detroit's first vegan coney island, opening April 1 at 3441 Brush.

The Kelemen

Rainbow Child Care Center, Mack at Brush. The renderings are surprisingly nice for this project. It'll fit in well with the historic homes around it.

262 Mack Avenue condos

Construction at Children's Hospital of Michigan

Dinan Building in Eastern Market.

The following are City Modern photos from yesterday, 2/27:

124 Alfred Street

Some carriage houses with townhouses being built behind. A corner of one of the townhouses can be seen at left.

440 Alfred Street

3 renovations on Alfred Street seen from Brush

Mar 1, 2018, 2:35 AM
Man. This is so exciting. Great update, and thanks.

deja vu
Mar 1, 2018, 5:04 AM
Awesome update.

Glad that the Greektown Casino name is staying. Sounds a lot better than 'Jack'.

Had no idea parts of City Modern were that far along.

And a vegan Coney Island? Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose?

Mar 1, 2018, 4:58 PM
Thanks DetroitSky! What an update!!! Shows that there's so much going on in Detroit. I'm so glad that the Greektown signage remains as well.

I just took a quick look at the prices for available units in The Selden...$400K yikes!!

Mar 1, 2018, 9:03 PM
It's worth repeating great update and thanks again Detroitsky! Btw just fyi the Shinola Hotel pic is missing because part of left IMG was accidentally cut off during posting it looks like this IMG] .

Some updates from the past few months. I have a few to put in the Metro Detroit thread as well.


Down to brass tax though.

Really I love any pic that has the cleaned up Book Tower in it but this is a particularly nice one being taken at the right distance and angle to capture the grandness of the detail on the main (northern) face of the building.

Book Tower

I'm also really glad you went out and got some infill shots like The Kelemen here I had no idea about it.

The Kelemen

The 262 Mack Avenue condos I think I would have to say is my favorite amongst the infill projects I didn't know about.

262 Mack Avenue condos

Oh I most certainly did enjoy!

Thanks for getting shots of City Modern and The Rainbow Child Care Center as well :tup:

Awesome update.

Glad that the Greektown Casino name is staying. Sounds a lot better than 'Jack'.

As am I they ripped out the heart and soul of Greektown back in the 90s (Trappers Ally) to build the casino the least they can do is keep the name Greektown.

I agree though I like Greektown better too I can also understand why marketing execs would want to change the name with Greektown Casino constently being in 3rd place of the 3 casinos.

This is me reading the tea leaves so take it with a grain of salt but with the Gratiot Jail site in Gilbert's hands now an expansion of the Greektown entertainment district of some kind seems to me to be a natural next step for redevelopment of the site. The local chamber of commerce has been screaming for it since who knows at least as I can remember the neighborhood has one of the best reputations in the region it would be easy to build off imo. Who know's though I was thinking that his successful acquisition of the site changed the calculus on the name of the casino because he plans to expand the entertainment district which would build increased name recognition.

Have a lil update of my own from Crain's good news for Lower Woodward.
Broder & Sachse to move from Birmingham to Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business
March 01, 2018

-Real estate developer to relocate to downtown Detroit
-Firm is taking up 6,000 square feet in Arts League Building
-Office opens Monday


The Birmingham-based firm announced Thursday it plans to move its acquisition, development and property management operations to the Arts League Building. The 6,000-square-foot office on the third floor will open Monday, it said in a news release. Sachse Construction and Development Co. LLC is also headquartered in the 1528 Woodward Ave. building.

Broder & Sachse plans to step up collaborations with groups in downtown to create more opportunities, the release said.


Some Detroit projects under Broder & Sachse's belt include The Scott at Brush Park, The Albert-Capitol Park, The Hamilton Midtown Detroit and Orchestra Place.


Mar 1, 2018, 11:37 PM
Glad you all enjoyed the update!

Thank you Docta_Love for letting me know the Shinola Hotel photo wasn't showing up - I just fixed it.

mind field
Mar 2, 2018, 2:35 AM
Thank you for the pics DetroitSky! :cheers:

I'm assuming the few lights on at night in the Stott Tower are still construction lights and not from residents actually living there? I know the building is supposed to be ready for occupancy this year, but I haven't heard anything about residents moving in yet.

Mar 2, 2018, 2:49 AM
Thank you for the pics DetroitSky! :cheers:

I'm assuming the few lights on at night in the Stott Tower are still construction lights and not from residents actually living there? I know the building is supposed to be ready for occupancy this year, but I haven't heard anything about residents moving in yet.

That was my thought as well, the pic below it (the one with the Woolworth facade work) has a bit of the Book Building and a lil tower portion but it also has construction lights although it's obvious there is work going on behind some.

Yeah I'm not sure though haven't heard anything about tenants moving in but there is prolly a timeline on one of Beadrock's webpages if anyone is so inclined to look.

Mar 2, 2018, 3:10 AM
wow, detroit is looking good--great new construction pics, thanks!

Mar 2, 2018, 3:21 AM
Both the Stott and Book are still under renovation. There aren't any occupants yet.

Thanks for looking!

Mar 2, 2018, 2:03 PM
^Yeah figured that was the case although what made second guess myself is the top floors were renovated a couple years ago for a restaurant / night club type deal. With seemingly endless stream of major projects being announced and my attention constantly being grabbed figured I could of missed something. haha.

Here's a Packard Plant update seems that Fernando Palazuelo hasn't been sitting on his ass good to see some numbers and dates.

Revamp of former Detroit Packard car plant in cleanup phase

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


-14,000 yards of debris hauled from the site
-121,000-square-foot administration building renovation scheduled to be complete in 2020
-Plan is to transform space into mixed-use development over 10-15 years

It's been nearly a year since developers began a more than $300 million revamp of the former Packard car plant in Detroit into a multi-use project they hope will include apartments, shops and galleries.

Developers have already spent $4 million on the pre-development and cleanup of the Packard Plant, the Detroit News reported.

Workers have hauled away 14,000 yards of debris from the site, which has been mostly vacant for decades, said Kari Smith, the project's director of development through site owner Arte Express Detroit. Some of the material has been salvaged for future use, she said.

"We've salvaged all the wood on the floors," Smith said. "There's arches and dentil work on the bottom floor. That's been kept. ... There wasn't much because it was scrapped pretty significantly."


"It will function like a mini city," she said. "There will be commercial, restaurants, eventually residential. There will be several uses."


Note thanks to detroiturbex for doing the photo tour that this rendering came from. In it the I-94 Industrial park rendering from 2014 the Flex-N-Gate building is nearly completed the ArcelorMittal building not included.


ArcelorMittal to mark grand opening of Detroit facility

By Associated Press
Crain's Detroit Business
February 19, 2018

(I-94 Industrial park rendering from 2014 the ArcelorMittal building not included)

A company that makes high-strength, laser-welded steel blanks for the auto industry will mark the grand opening of its $83 million facility in Detroit next week.

Mayor Mike Duggan and business leaders are expected to attend the Feb. 26 event at ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Detroit — the company's first wholly-owned Michigan manufacturing operation.

The 313,000-square-foot facility is in the I-94 Industrial Park on the city's east side. The 186-acre industrial park is a prime site for new manufacturing operations in Detroit.

The company said 85 employees currently work at the site and another 40 jobs are expected to be added over the next five years.


Good to see although I'm not sure I would have added this story if it wasn't tied into the previous one. The rendering is from a curbed article last summer covering the ground-breaking.


Flex-N-Gate's new Detroit plant to prioritize city residents for jobs

Crain's Detroit Business
January 22, 2018

-Flex-N-Gate to prioritize Detroiters for 400 jobs at new auto parts plant.
-Construction of 450,00-square-foot plant is 60 percent complete.
-Earlyproduction on metal-stamping presses to begin in April.


Flex-N-Gate plans to hire more than 400 people to work inside its new 450,000-square-foot auto parts plant in the I-94 Industrial Park on Detroit's near-east side. There's space on the 30-acre section of the I-94 Industrial Park to build a 280,000-square-foot addition, said Bill Beistline, vice president of global procurement for Flex-N-Gate.


Auto part supplier Flex-N-Gate has committed to hiring Detroiters first for the 400 jobs the company is creating with the construction of a new parts plant in the city's I-94 Industrial Park that's expected to begin early metal-stamping production by April.



Public-private effort to reopen Detroit's only campground

Crain's Detroit Business
February 22, 2018

-Scout Hollow in Rouge Park to reopen this spring
-City, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and Sierra Club are teaming on the -project
-Camping will be open to youth groups; gear will be available for loan


The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Sierra Club and Detroit Parks and Recreation Department are teaming to reopen Scout Hollow, a Rouge Park camping area that has been closed for more than a decade.

The secluded, heavily wooded 17.4-acre camping area is overgrown with tall grass and frequented by deer and wild turkeys.

But a $200,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation and $20,000 from the Oakland, Calif.-based Sierra Club — which has been working with Friends of Rouge Park for several years — will fund efforts to clear some areas and create three camping sites at Scout Hollow. Each will be able to accommodate 30 campers.


The local Fox station did a piece on the campground too here's a screen grab of the site which is floodplain next to the Rouge River and (temporarily) underwater at the time the story was done.



Mar 5, 2018, 7:15 AM
Some smaller neighborhood projects I've photographed the past few days:

Regency at Chene nursing home, 2295 E. Vernor, near Eastern Market

Hunt Street Station, which is directly east of the Regency at Chene site

2845 & 2853 Gratiot Ave. I saw someone, though I can't remember who, mention on DetroitYes he owns these properties and has been restoring them.

Earlier today I stumbled on these restorations in the North End. They're all a block north of E. Grand along Horton Street centered around the intersection of Horton and Brush.

277 Horton

320 Horton

402 Horton

404 Horton

Throwing this in here. Cass Community United Methodist Church in Cass Corridor had its facade power washed about a year ago, but I didn't notice until recently. Looks like it could use some more cleaning, but at least its not black anymore

I posted a few in the Metro Detroit thread as well.

Mar 6, 2018, 2:53 PM
Wasn't sure I'd post these given all of the windows had a protective film over them. Anyways, here are some views from inside the first apartment building at City Modern in Brush Park.
http://i.imgur.com/r9HtknI.jpg (https://imgur.com/r9HtknI)
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The North One
Mar 6, 2018, 3:33 PM
It's really starting to take shape now! Can't wait to see all that urban walkable infill surround the Ransom Gillius house.

Mar 6, 2018, 5:20 PM
It's really starting to take shape now! Can't wait to see all that urban walkable infill surround the Ransom Gillius house.
Brush Park is a very exciting place right now! Hopefully the momentum can continue into surrounding areas.

Mar 6, 2018, 5:27 PM
Great updates! Nice window into what's happening in the Motor City.

Mar 7, 2018, 2:13 PM
The Detroit Board of Education voted to sell land last night that clears the way to the jail project to move out of downtown to Midtown freeing up key downtown land for a mixed-use redevelopment.

Romain Blanquart | Detroit Free Press

Detroit school board OKs selling land for Wayne County jail project

By Lori Higgins | Detroit Free Press

March 6, 2018

The Detroit Board of Education has agreed to sell a piece of property that will be used for the Wayne County jail project. The decision comes just three weeks after the board initially couldn't muster enough votes to OK the deal.

The board voted 5-1 to OK the sale during a special meeting Monday night.


Though from what the article says, this project was going to go foward with our without this 1.34 acres of additional land. The article also reports that the school district had bought the property intending to use it for parking for their adjacent warehouse, but that the land was never developed, so it's not as if they needed it or had any plans with it. This takes it off their hands.

Detroit's Downtown Market is returning for the spring and summer after a successful winter!

Downtown Detroit Markets to return in spring, summer

By Candice Williams | The Detroit News

March 6, 2018

Following the success of the Downtown Detroit Markets this winter, small-business owners, artists and entrepreneurs are invited to apply to participate in a similar concept this spring and summer.

More than 50 small businesses will have an opportunity to test market their products before investing in long-term spaces, according to officials with Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund.

The residencies will last from April to September in two locations in the city’s downtown.



Mar 7, 2018, 4:08 PM
Wayne County just released new renderings of the jail project in Midtown. This is one project I almost don't care how it looks so long as they finish it, already. The only thing I'm interested in is what Gilbert comes up with for the current jail site downtown.




Wayne County announced Wednesday morning that it will build a $553-million justice center as a solution to the “long-stalled” Gratiot jail project.

County Executive Warren C. Evans announced a tentative agreement with Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures to build the center, which is expected to be completed by spring/summer 2022 and will house a 2,280-bed jail, offices for the sheriff's department, prosecutor's staff, and administration, and a criminal courthouse and juvenile detention facility.

The new site will be located between the I-75 Service Drive and East Warren Avenue on property that is being acquired from the city, according to a news release.


deja vu
Mar 8, 2018, 1:49 AM
^ The new jail renderings look alright to me. And that's great news about the downtown markets getting a reprise this spring / summer!

Mar 8, 2018, 3:51 PM
I imagine this is going to be a fairly major development whenever they released plans for it.


Joint venture buys former Friends School site in Lafayette Park for redevelopment

By Kirk Pinho | Crain's Detroit Business

March 7, 2018

The site of the former Friends School in Detroit's Lafayette Park neighborhood has a new ownership group planning to redevelop its 4 acres.

A joint venture between Birmingham-based developer Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services (which is moving to downtown Detroit), Southfield-based developer Woodborn Partners LLC and Farmington Hills-based builder Hunter Pasteur Homes closed on the purchase Wednesday for an undisclosed price. All three are mixed-use and residential developers active in projects in greater downtown Detroit.


Border & Sachse has done quite a bit of development around the greater downtown area, lately, so there isn't much doubt this is going to happen. I'd like to see at least one high-rise from this. Lafayette Park was envisioned as towers-in-the-park, might as well carry that original vision through instead of the continued low-rise and townhome stuff.

Mar 11, 2018, 12:13 AM
Anyone able to get some pictures of Detroit City Club Apartments?

Mar 11, 2018, 7:46 AM
DetroitGuy423 (https://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?18141-City-Club-Apartments-Taking-place-of-Stalter-Hotel/page10) over at DetroitYes.com got this picture a few days ago of the site:


Mar 13, 2018, 1:32 AM
Glad to see efforts to get Lee Plaza renovated moving forward after a false start the other year, a few years ago I was doubting whether the building would ever be saved.

3 groups bid to redevelop historic Lee Plaza in Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business
March 12, 2018

-City owns historic and long-vacant high-rise on West Grand Boulevard
-Plans include blend of mixed-income residential with ground floor commercial
-One bid received for Woodland Apartments near Highland Park

Lee Plaza on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit was built in 1928 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

The city of Detroit received three proposals to redevelop a historic but long-vacant high-rise on West Grand Boulevard in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood.

Those submitting bids to redevelop the 15-story Lee Plaza were Detroit-based Central City Integrated Health Inc.; Globe Energy Moneta LLC, which is registered with the state in Detroit; and a joint venture between New York-based L+M Development Partners and Detroit-based The Jean-Baptiste Group, according to John Roach, Mayor Mike Duggan's director of communications.

"All three proposed some blend of mixed-income residential with ground floor commercial and activation of adjacent lots for parking and outdoor space," Roach said in an email Thursday. "We expect to make a decision and begin sale negotiations within the next 1-2 weeks."


The Woodlands Apartments RFP received one bid from Marlton, N.J.-based The Michaels Organization. The group is one of the largest affordable housing developers and managers in the country. Affording to the National Affordable Housing Management Association, it is the fifth-largest in the country with more than 32,000 units under management.


With plans for a Big Sean backed multiplex seemingly brewing and the indications possibly pointing to Milwaukee Junction as the location a number of real estate moves have been made in the neighborhood lately.

3 neighboring Milwaukee Junction commercial buildings list for sale

By Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit
Mar 2, 2018


One area that’s prime for renovations is Milwaukee Junction, between the North End and the Art Center in Midtown, just east of Woodward. The area has an industrial past, and now houses art galleries, lofts, and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Across East Grand Boulevard, the North End is seeing higher real estate prices. Across Woodward on the Boulevard sits the Fisher Building and a slew of development activity in New Center.

O’Connor Real Estate has just listed three commercial buildings along East Grand Boulevard, near the popular Jam Handy event space. The building with the Illuminated Mural also sits nearby, and that building will soon be redeveloped by The Platform. These buildings are listed separately at $415,000, $325,000, and $450,000.

O’Connor also added some renderings of what the block could look like in the future.


Mar 13, 2018, 11:39 PM
I'm actually pretty excited about this the area was hurt when the course closed but that general area has been pretty stable with it's fair share of well maintained middle class & working class neighborhoods. A re-imagining of the Rouge Park System especially with new flood control measures is a good idea and this piece of land would be challenging to redevelop on because most of the property is flood plain other than the 7 Mile frontage.

There's talk about developing the aforementioned area but currently Lasher & Grand River is the center of redevelopment efforts in the area now.

Detroit plans $1.94 million purchase to turn closed Rogell Golf Course into park

Crain's Detroit Business
March 13, 2018


-Several city departments would partner for property rehab
-City sold course to church group in 2007 for $2.1 million
-Pending City Council approval


"The Detroit Water and Sewage Department would install the storm water structure; that's the first step," Jemison said. "The next piece is the park and that would be part of the city's strategic development fund."

In addition to initial grooming, the park would require significant maintenance — a costly enterprise complicated by its position in the Rouge River floodplain. As part of the purchase, the city would address the property's storm water management challenges. It ties into the city's plan to create a comprehensive green storm water infrastructure strategy for the neighborhood along the Grand River corridor.

The proposed park would sit on 70-80 acres of land and cost $3.5 million to build, Jemison said. Developable land fronting Seven Mile Road totals about 35 acres. An overhaul of the park's drainage is estimated to cost $6 million to $7 million.

The proposition involves a partnership between city departments. Open space and nature trails would be developed and overseen by the General Services Department, storm water infrastructure would be maintained by the Water and Sewerage Department, and the Housing and Revitalization Department would take the lead on future development.

Development would be handled through open bids and requests for proposals and might not take place for years. Jemison said the development would ideally be public-private and mixed-use.


JV buys Park Shelton retail space; facade improvements planned

Crain's Detroit Business
March 13, 2018


A joint venture of Sturgeon Bay Partners LLC and Millennial Partners LLC has purchased the Park Shelton's 21,000 square feet of retail space and plans cosmetic upgrades.


The purchase price was not disclosed. Gibbs, son of Birmingham-based urban planner Robert Gibbs, said facade improvements are expected and that the capital expenditure budget is north of $100,000.

"We see this as a long-term hold and really just want to improve the building and work with the Historic (District) Commission to clean up the limestone, do some other storefront improvements and bring life back to the exterior," said Gibbs, who last year purchased a Midtown apartment portfolio consisting of 63 units across three buildings with more than $1 million in renovations planned.


Good to see "affordable" housing continue to be pushed by the city as Duggan had noted at the Mackinaw Policy Conference last year potentially one of the biggest challenges the city will be facing is that many HUD tax credits for affordable housing are going to expire.

Detroit plans to preserve, create 12,000 affordable housing units with new $250 million fund

Crain's Detroit Business
March 12, 2018

The former Transfiguration Catholic school building in Detroit on Syracuse Street north of Hamtramck will be redeveloped into a 23-unit apartment building that will be 100 percent affordable housing at 60 percent of the median area income.


In a news release, the city said the fund would be made up of $50 million in grant funding; $150 million in low-interest borrowing; and another $50 million in city and federal funds over the next five years. Some of the funding is expected to come from CDFIs, shorthand for community development finance institutions, traditional financial institutions and philanthropic groups. A fund manager is expected to be chosen this year.


The city says an estimated $800 million — with $550 million through LIHTC, debt and equity — is needed to support its affordable housing goals, including $300 million for preservation and $500 million for new development. There are approximately 22,000 affordable housing units in the city, and the federal requirements for them to remain affordable are expected to expire for about 10,000 of them by 2023, according to the city.

An affordable housing unit is one that is affordable to those making 80 percent of less of the area median income for the entire metro Detroit area, which last year was about $54,900 for a family of four and $43,950 for a two-person household.


Mar 14, 2018, 7:38 AM
I've heard absolutely nothing pointing to Milwaukee Junction as a site for the new Emagine Theater, and it wouldn't make any sense as the district stands now. It's certainly not the kind of business that goes into an area with that much underused space as a catalyst project, either.

Anyway, looks like The Siren in the Wurlitzer has a "soft opening" on Friday or Saturday.

Mar 14, 2018, 1:42 PM
Any idea where the Monroe Block will start.Earlier reports said Jan 18.

Mar 14, 2018, 8:54 PM
I've heard absolutely nothing pointing to Milwaukee Junction as a site for the new Emagine Theater, and it wouldn't make any sense as the district stands now. It's certainly not the kind of business that goes into an area with that much underused space as a catalyst project, either.

I posted this article back in February when Big Sean announced his partnering with Emagine with his goal to be some kind of live music venue - multiplex theater idk what they have in mind and it's not proof of anything but seems to point to some kind of interest in the area by Emagine.

Can't say I don't agree that Milwaukee Junction would be a surprising location for this kind of development but maybe we don't have enough information yet as to what the parties involved are wanting or intending.

An entity tied to Paul Glantz, the founder and chairman of Emagine, has been accumulating property in Detroit's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, buying a building with a mural saying "We Kahn Do It!" on its eastern wall at East Milwaukee and Brush Street and a handful of small proximate parcels since, according to city land records.


Btw found a sweet pic of the Fisher Building from the air I posted yesterday it over in the found pic's aerial pic's thread but I felt like I should post it here too since we're talking about the general area. ;)

https://www.smugmug.com/search/?q=detroit&c=photos#q=fisher+building+detroit&i=28 *Edit

deja vu
Mar 15, 2018, 1:35 AM
Awesome photo.

Mar 15, 2018, 8:15 AM
Any idea where the Monroe Block will start.Earlier reports said Jan 18.

A construction bid outreach meeting was held in early January. It's always either been "early 2018" or "spring 2018." I believe the state doesn't sign off on these Gilbert projects - they are seeking some state financing - until their March meeting at the end of the month, though they don't have the agenda up for March at the Michigan Strategic Fund's website, so I'm not sure if it's still on the agenda.

That is truly an awesome shot. I see my dad's family's old neighborhood

Mar 19, 2018, 9:20 PM
HOLY SHIT! I hope its true!

Sources: Ford pursues deal to buy, redevelop Michigan Central Station

Crain's Detroit Business
March 19, 2018


Ford Motor Co. is in discussions to purchase the dilapidated Michigan Central Station in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood just outside of downtown, Crain's has learned from multiple sources familiar with the negotiations.

The exact status of negotiations is unknown. But two sources familiar with the matter said a deal for the Dearborn-based automaker to redevelop the 500,000-square-foot former train station off of Michigan Avenue owned for decades by the Moroun family could come as soon as next month.

If a deal comes to fruition, it would mark Ford's biggest step back into the city where it was born, three months after announcing that it was going to put more than 200 employees just down Michigan Avenue in The Factory at Corktown building. A redeveloped train station could house more than 1,000 workers, depending on the layout.

"At this time, Ford is focused on locating our autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle business and strategy teams, including Team Edison, to The Factory in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood," Ford spokesman Said Deep said Monday in a statement to Crain's. "While we anticipate our presence over time will grow as our (autonomous/electric vehicle) teams begin moving downtown in May, we have nothing further to announce at this time."


Last year, Samhat said the Moroun family had spent more than $8 million over the past five years abating the building, constructing a freight elevator in the shaft of the depot's original smokestack and installing 1,100 windows.


One source familiar with Ford's pursuit of the train station said the move is aimed at building a workplace in an urban setting that can attract younger workers to the automaker.


Mar 19, 2018, 9:30 PM
Wow that would be awesome!

mind field
Mar 20, 2018, 2:16 AM
HOLY SHIT! I hope its true!



Wow, this is incredible news. I hope nothing gets in the way of this happening.

Mar 20, 2018, 3:26 AM
I've gone from regular poster to mostly lurker... but the reporting on MCS/FoMoCo has me literally jumping for joy.

Way to go, Detroit! Hope this happens!

Mar 20, 2018, 1:34 PM
Demolition for Monroe Blocks project to begin in June from Crains (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180320/news/655701/demolition-for-monroe-blocks-project-to-begin-in-june)

Dan Gilbert's Bedrock LLC is anticipated to begin demolition in June on a pair of buildings downtown that will make way for a large underground parking garage for his planned $830 million Monroe Blocks development.

Documents filed last week week with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality say the buildings at 1000 Farmer St. and 815 Bates St. will be torn down using an excavator following removal of asbestos; the abatement is expected to begin in a few weeks.


The existing two buildings total about 43,000 square feet, according to the DEQ documents. Bedrock's transformational brownfield plan submitted to the state for tax incentives says the project is expected to include three levels of underground parking with approximately 1,200 parking spaces across the 3.66-acre site and below Cadillac Square.

I didn't realize they were planning parking below Cadillac Square. I wonder how that's going to work in terms of construction.

Mar 21, 2018, 1:41 AM
The Detroit News article about Ford's plans initially seemed to be a bit more cautious than the Crain's article but it was soon updated to say they have heard the same as Crain's. It also had another lil nugget in it that Ford has been looking to acquire property around the train station as well.

Multiple sources told The Detroit News on Monday that the automaker has been negotiating to amass property around the train station, as well as buy the train station itself. Part of that move would be for Ford to either purchase or occupy the abandoned book depository near the train station, one source with knowledge of the negotiations said. An announcement is expected on the deal by May.


Mar 21, 2018, 6:29 PM
Detroit to pay $7 million for 90 percent of state fairgrounds site

Crain's Detroit Business
March 21, 2018

-City paying $7 million for 142 acres; Magic Plus paying about $472,000 for 16 acres
-Detroit expects to issue RFP for site by the fall
-City Council needs to approve the purchase


Half of the city's $7 million purchase price would be paid up front, while the remainder would be paid once it's redeveloped.

David Williams, senior adviser to Mayor Mike Duggan on his Planning, Housing and Development team, said Wednesday morning that environmental assessments and due diligence on the property should happen in the next several weeks, and the city expects to issue a request for proposals or start to market the property for sale by the fall.

"Primarily we see this as a job creation opportunity," Williams said. "It is one of the largest developable parcels in the city. Those companies, those developers are all looking for a place that could employ hundreds if not thousands of people.

"We honestly think it is a win for everyone. Magic Plus is able to develop a smaller, more manageable site and we at the city are going to drive the rest of the site."


Down at The Corner, new ballpark to open

Crain's Detroit Business
March 18, 2018

-Detroit PAL to open new ballpark on site of old Tiger Stadium this weekend

-Corner Ballpark presented by Adient will be home to youth sports, concerts, popup markets and a new workforce training program

-The year-long program will give young adults tools and connections to break into sports and entertainment, hospitality


As it hosts youth sports games, outdoor markets, concerts, car shows and other events, the stadium will serve as a workforce training site for 17 young adults, many of them former Detroit PAL participants.

Detroit PAL chose the young adults ages 18-30 from over 350 who applied for paid positions in the yearlong program.

The new training program expands on Detroit PAL's longtime focus on youth development through sports.

It gives participants a chance to make connections in the sports and entertainment world through Detroit PAL's relationships with the city's professional sports teams.



First look: Lumen Detroit gets set to open in Beacon Park in Detroit
LePages move away from Belgian menu before April opening

Crain's Detroit Business
March 19, 2018

Beacon Park anchor restaurant Lumen Detroit is to open the first week of April at 1903 Grand River Ave. in the city's downtown area next to DTE Energy Co.'s headquarters. It seats 150 on its outdoor patio area on the edge of the park.

The 4,000-square-foot restaurant at 1903 Grand River Ave. seats 125 indoors. Sliding glass walls accordion out to the corners of the restaurant to mingle the dining room with a 150-seat outdoor patio in warmer weather.

A rooftop harbors an additional 45 seats, views of the city and a sustainable plant bed surrounding the dining area.

The husband-and-wife team own and operate Lumen with their son Scott LePage and his wife Susanne. The family also operates Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills, Big Rock Chophouse and Griffin Claw Brewing Co. in Birmingham and an incoming Griffin Claw in Rochester Hills.

They hired Sarah Stricher as Lumen's general manager and William Hollie as kitchen manager, and worked with Big Rock Chophouse Executive Chef Gabby Milton on the menu.


Beacon Park is a 1.5-acre green space on Cass and Grand River avenues. Its operator, Downtown Detroit Partnership, hosts concerts, movie nights, pub nights and other events there. DTE developed the park with the intention of creating a "beacon" for the surrounding community and for downtown development to spread northwest along Grand River Avenue.





Mar 21, 2018, 10:35 PM
Updates from the past week or so:


Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building

The Siren Hotel's main entrance

1515 Broadway, which is part of The Siren Hotel development.

Shinola Hotel's building on Farmer Street

Shinola Hotel's Woodward buildings

City Club Apartments

Philip Houze

Stevens Building

Farwell Building

Marquette Building

Free Press Building

Work has been occurring at Theodore Levin US Courthouse the past year or so

Little Caesar's headquarters

Facade work continues at the Detroit Life Building

A small project I've been watching at 436 W. Columbia Street. This was dilapidated until last summer.

Grinnell and Fisher Arcade buildings

New Center

Seward Apartments/Wellington Place

Third & Grand

Henry Ford Hospital's Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, directly across Grand Boulevard from the main campus

1306 Holden Street. This is directly north of Lincoln Street Art Park.

10 Atkinson Street, The North End. Woodward is directly to the right in the photo.


2236 14th Street

2060 Wabash Street


WSU Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments

3153 Woodward and the Pierce Building

Brush Park

Regina Apartments

Patterson Terrace

64 Watson Street

229 Edmund Place

Alfred Street in the City Modern development

The North One
Mar 21, 2018, 10:42 PM
I didn't expect the triangle glass on the LC HQ to look so good.

Thank you for the amazing update.

Mar 22, 2018, 12:12 AM
awesome showcase of detroit's recovery. wow!

mind field
Mar 22, 2018, 1:15 AM
In an article in today's free press about Ford possibly buying the MCS, or becoming a tenant in a renovated MCS, Mayor Duggan was quoted as saying there are several more major announcements forthcoming in the next few months! I wonder what he has up his sleeve? :cheers::cheers::cheers:

Mar 22, 2018, 7:56 AM
Looks like the media have already started releasing their interpretations of the 2017 county-level estimates. This one bodes particularly well for Detroit's number when the sub-county estimates are released in a few months. Wayne County went from having the third highest net lost in 2016 to the ninth largest lost in 2017; it's percentage loss lessened to an even greater percentage. It ranked (-2,982) in between Anchorage (-3,020) and Kanawha County, WV (-2,804)

Wayne County population loss at 2-decade low

By Christine MacDonald | The Detroit News

March 22, 2018

Wayne County’s population drop last year was its smallest in two decades, a period over which it often led the nation in decline, a Detroit News analysis of census estimates shows.

Michigan’s largest county, home to Detroit, lost about 3,000 residents as of July 2017, according to yearly estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

While still posting the nation’s ninth largest decline, Wayne lost significantly fewer people than the home counties of the Rust Belt and Midwest cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Even Hawaii’s Honolulu County had a bigger decline.


Of comparable central urban counties, it's percentage loss between 2016-2017 (-0.16%) was less than St. Louis (-1.44%), Baltimore (-0.86%), Cuyahoga County (-0.39%), Cook County (-0.38%), Allegheny County (-0.36%), and Milwaukee County (-0.34%).

The Detroit MSA added 7,133 residents in that period mostly on the slow-down in loss from Wayne County (and thus Detroit), after having posted basically no growth in 2015-2016.

deja vu
Mar 22, 2018, 11:08 AM
^ That's good news about the population estimates. And thanks DetroitSky for another great photo update. I particularly appreciate seeing all of the remodels / restorations of the smaller, lesser known projects around town. A good clue to everyone else out there that this resurgence isn't just about big shiny new towers (although a few of those are ok too).

Mar 22, 2018, 8:20 PM
^ That's good news about the population estimates. And thanks DetroitSky for another great photo update. I particularly appreciate seeing all of the remodels / restorations of the smaller, lesser known projects around town. A good clue to everyone else out there that this resurgence isn't just about big shiny new towers (although a few of those are ok too).

I'm glad the smaller project photos are appreciated. They're usually projects I stumble across when driving somewhere but I feel they should be posted for the same reason you mention.

Mar 23, 2018, 5:19 PM
Updates from the past week or so:


Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building

Such a unique building and beautiful building looking at it now as it's restoration moves into the final stages it's amazing to think how many times this building almost meet with the wrecking ball since it was abandoned in the late 70's. Just like the Farwell Building great to see 'em making a comeback along with the James Scott Mansion it really shows that as long as their is a will just about anything can be saved.

Wayne State University board to vote on $65 million Hilberry Theatre expansion project Friday

Crain's Detroit Business
March 23, 2018

-Plan calls for new lobby, jazz center, learning space and performing arts labs to serve 20,000 students
-Gretchen Valade donation $9.5 million toward the project
-Historic David Mackenzie House will be moved


Wayne State University's board of governors is to vote Friday on contracts and funding for its $65 million Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex project, which calls for uprooting a historic house on its campus.The blueprint calls to relocate the David Mackenzie House that is next door to the Hilberry Theatre, which is due for a facelift. The house would be moved from its current spot on Cass Avenue between Forest Avenue and West Hancock Street to the corner of Forest and Second avenues on the same block where there is a a parking lot, according to the proposal to be considered at 3 p.m. Friday meeting.

Preservation Detroit it has been headquartered at the 1895 Queen Anne residence for four decades. The group was formed in 1975 in a student-led effort to stop the university from demolishing historic WSU properties, including the David Mackenzie House. It was unclear if the nonprofit will remain in the house after it is moved. Preservation Detroit did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but said in a Facebook post that "the university currently has no future plans for the house ..."


Mar 23, 2018, 6:21 PM
Ended up missing a couple articles from curbed & deadline detroit. The P.A.L. Ballpark / The Corner looks a bit empty as of now but I believe there is a second phase to the development sometime in the near future.

Sneak peek inside The Corner Ballpark at the old Tiger Stadium
Now home to the Willie Horton Field of Dreams

By Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit
Mar 23, 2018



The corner of Michigan and Trumbull has a long, storied baseball history. It was first known as Bennett Park, then Navin Field in 1912. As capacity grew, the name changed to Briggs Stadium (where the Lions also played) in the 1930s, and then, of course, it became Tiger Stadium. The Tigers moved to Comerica Park in 2000 and the future of the stadium was unclear for years; demo started in 2008. For years, a volunteer group called the Navin Field Grounds Crew maintained the field, where eventually vintage baseball games were played again and visitors could stop by and bask in nostalgia.

Redevelopment plans came and went, and finally, in 2016, ground broke on the first development at the site—a new headquarters and ball field for the Detroit Police Athletic League, who serves 14,000 youth a year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, and photographers Michelle & Chris Gerard stopped by to see the new playing field at the old ballpark.

The stadium and headquarters are the result of a $20 million fundraising campaign by Detroit PAL. The new development includes the 8,500-square-foot headquarters and banquet hall, plus the new baseball field, which maintained dimensions of the old field. After a highly debated decision, the field was made of artificial turf instead of grass.


Some elements of the old ballpark have made it to the new field, including the green chairs behind home plate and the old flagpole, which has been repainted and sits at the far end of center field. Sponsorship is key to this whole development (including naming sponsors Adient and Meijer), and a Kar’s Nuts flag—along with the American flag—will fly from the old flagpole.





3 Detroit Golf Courses Will Stay Open After All

March 20th, 2018
Deadline Detroit


After the Detroit City Council last week failed to approve a management contract for three Detroit's municipal golf courses — Chandler Park, Rackham and Rouge Park — the city administration said it might have to shut them down.

Now all is well.

The council voted to approve a $180,000 management contract for the courses, which now will remain open.

Read more from the Detroit Free Press (https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/03/20/detroit-golf-courses-council/440999002/)

F1 Tommy
Mar 23, 2018, 6:22 PM
Great looking update on the last page. Good to see the Detroit come back!!

The North One
Mar 25, 2018, 8:17 PM
Are they still using demolition permits as part of their methodology?

Mar 26, 2018, 3:40 AM
Are they still using demolition permits as part of their methodology?

Who are you asking about?

Mar 26, 2018, 3:44 PM
Does anyone know if the apartments, townhouses, and retail development for the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, or is the PAL field of dreams all the development planned for now at the old tiger stadium site

Mar 27, 2018, 9:56 PM
Partially collapsed Grosfield Building to be renovated in $4 million mixed-use project

Crain's Detroit Business
March 26, 2018

-Total of four buildings in southwest Detroit to be redeveloped
-20 lofts, retail or restaurant space planned
-Warehouse Development specializes in historic renovations


Detroit-based Warehouse Development, which specializes in historic renovations, is doing preliminary work and plans to redevelop four buildings at 3365 and 3363 Michigan Ave., just west of Corktown.

The $4 million Grosfield Lofts project includes the three-story, red-brick Grosfield Building, which has a distinctive corner turret and dates back to at least 1893, and two other buildings along Michigan Avenue. The three total approximately 27,000 square feet.



Work is expected to officially begin in a month or two and take nine to 12 months to complete.

Ground floor space along Michigan Avenue could be used for four retail shops or a larger restaurant concept, Mooney said, adding that he's already had interest in the latter.

A fourth building behind the three along Michigan is 4,000 square feet and could be used for either restaurant space or another, larger residential unit, Mooney said.



The problem with City Airport is that the main runway isn't long enough to accommodate 747's and is flanked by cemeteries at both ends which have proved difficult to try and relocate in the past.

I agree with the consultants that I'd like to see commercial service return to the airport at the same time I'm also all for more industrial development say to the west of City Airport which wouldn't require selling off parts of the Airport. On the other hand if commercial service is brought back the Chandler Park area could really benefit from because of the demand for retail and hotel services.

Consultant urged against redeveloping Detroit airport

Crain's Detroit Business
March 25, 2018


-First option: $23.2 million, bring the airport up to good working condition.
-Second option: $37 million to $50.4 million, making the airport "the premier destination for general aviation aircraft in metro Detroit."
-Third option: $83 million, bring air carrier service back to the airport

A draft report commissioned by the city suggests that the Coleman A. Young International Airport should remain just that — a general aviation airport — rather than funneling large chunks of it off to developers for new industry and jobs.

Rather, between $23.2 million and $60 million should be spent on improvements ranging from the bare minimum to bring the airport up to current standards to improvements that would attract commercial carrier service back to the airport after a nearly two-decade hiatus, according to the draft report.


"Phase No. 1 is basically gathering the facts," Howbert said. "When we got some of the work-in-progress drafts from the consultant, we basically said they skipped ahead. I think they just got ahead of themselves. They produced a document that wasn't consistent with what we wanted. Phases No. 2 and No. 3 are really going from the basic facts from Phase No. 1 and looking forward into the different scenarios."

Those scenarios are as follows, Howbert said: "Maintain it as it is as an airport and bring it up to good repair; Scenario No. 2 is to maintain the airport with a single runway with some development around it; and Scenario No. 3 is closing it entirely" and redeveloping its 264 acres.


But Detroit would likely face an uphill legal, political and budgetary battle if Duggan moved to sell off all or part of the airport land.


For years, the airport has operated at a loss. The airport had $2.43 million in expenses in fiscal 2017, compared to $701,000 in revenue, for a $1.73 million loss. It lost $2.02 million in fiscal 2016 on $477,000 in revenue and $2.5 million in expenses.

Two factors appear to be contributing to those losses: increasing and "extremely high" utility costs growing to 57 percent of the fiscal 2017 budget, and low fees that aren't generating enough revenue.


The Best Forumer
Mar 28, 2018, 4:52 PM
Are they still using demolition permits as part of their methodology?

I think so but I'm not sure.

Mar 29, 2018, 5:47 PM
Comcast installs 70-mile fiber ring in Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business
March 28, 2018

-New fiber ring cost $1.85 million to install
-Allows businesses of all sizes access to network capacity of up to 100 gigabits per second
-Comcast has invested $37 million in fiber statewide over the past three years


The new ring encircles the city and can deliver network capacity of up to 100 gigabits per second for local businesses of all sizes in all parts of the city, said Irma Clark, senior director of marketing strategy and development for Comcast Business — a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based telecommunications conglomerate.

The company now has fiber installed "up and down nearly every street in the city," said spokeswoman Michelle Gilbert. What that means for businesses is better access to ethernet, internet and advanced voice solutions, especially for companies that have data centers, multiple branches or demand a lot of bandwidth.

Gilbert said 10 gigabits per second is the gold standard for the average business, but 100 gigabits will eventually become the new standard as technology progresses and business demands grow.

"In Detroit, in particular, we've made a lot of investments," Clark said. "We recognize that fiber is going to enable the growth Detroit is seeing and is going to meet demands of that growth."


Mar 29, 2018, 9:21 PM
As much as I can't stand Comcast, I guess that is good news.

Mar 30, 2018, 8:33 AM
Elton Park in Corktown is coming along nicely, and Curbed Detroit did a little update of it (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/3/29/17164232/elton-park-rises-corktown-construction). Photos of courtesy of Michelle & Chris Gerard (http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com/).





Reminder of what it will look like at completion:


In total. the first phase adds 137 retail units to the neighborhood and a bit of retail/commercial space. In the rendering, I believe this includes the old Checker taxi warehouse, the building behind (The Robertson) the two small twin-looking buildings that will front Trumbull, and the building behind (The Crawford) The Robertson. So, basically, the largest buildings of the project. Phase II will include 2100 and 2120 Trumbull south of the Checker warehouse, and then a three-story, Irish-inspired row of homes on 8th Street directly behind The Robertson.

Mar 30, 2018, 6:27 PM
Albert Kahn Associates to move from namesake building to Fisher Building

Crain's Detroit Business
March 28, 2018


The Albert Kahn Associates architecture firm is moving from the Albert Kahn Building to the Fisher Building in May.

The company, whose namesake was perhaps the most important architect in Detroit history, is taking about 33,000 square feet spread across the fourth floor of the Fisher Building, plus the entirety of the 18th and 19th floors of the 1928 skyscraper on West Grand Boulevard, said Alan Cobb, president of Albert Kahn Associates.

It is vacating the Albert Kahn Building at 7430 Second Ave. as an unidentified buyer plans to convert it into 200 or so apartments plus first-floor restaurant space, said Alan Cobb, president of the firm.

"We are growing, hiring in all disciplines. We didn't want to be locked into the Albert Kahn Building that's being converted into residential," he said. "We are growing (our space) by about 10 percent. It will adequately handle the people we have now."

The 290,000-square-foot building is owned by a joint venture between Detroit-based The Platform LLC, New York City-based HFZ Capital Partners and New York City-based Rheal Capital Management, which is owned by Detroit native John Rhea. The Platform is run by Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer. The joint venture purchased the building along with the iconic 635,000-square-foot Fisher Building in 2015 for $12.2 million and had planned a large-scale redevelopment of the Kahn building.


Mar 30, 2018, 6:41 PM
This sounds like a good move for them and will allow them to increase their workforce. I used to work in Cadillac Place and that whole area is just really dead and not that fun of an area to work in. Saving grace being proximity to Midtown for lunch. Hopefully New Center continues to densify and begin to thrive in its own light.

Apr 4, 2018, 8:33 AM
^ Here, here.

Speaking of also a formerly dead area continuing to add density, a number of projects planned for the area beyond the signature City Modern development.

Detroit puts up nearly 1 acre of Brush Park land for 80-plus unit housing development

Crain's Detroit Business
April 02, 2018



A request for proposals says the asking price for the land, which is generally bounded by Brush, Watson, Beaubien and Erskine streets, is $1.2 million. It just northwest of Dan Gilbert's under-construction City Modern development with more than 400 for-sale and for-rent residential units in the neighborhood and sits in the heart of an area rapidly developing with new housing.

The RFP, bids for which are due by May 14, says the city wants at least 80 units on the site, with at least 20 percent of them affordable for those making 80 percent or less of the area median income.


In Brush Park and immediately to the east, no fewer than about 1,800 residences have been completed, are under construction or are in the planning phases in the neighborhood, which once housed some of the city's wealthiest families.

Other projects include at least another 700-plus residential units on the site of the former Brewster Douglass housing projects; 300 units near the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center; and 100 or more units on a U-shaped property bounded by Brush Street, Watson, Beaubien and Wilkins streets. Detroit-based Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services LLC completed the 199-unit, $65 million The Scott at Brush Park development in 2016.


Apr 4, 2018, 6:25 PM
A crew from Livonia based Ram Construction was out at Michigan Central Depot last week and by Friday had install a small scaffolding or a buck hoist to allow workers to carry out an inspection of the building. Seems that Crain's got this information from the same source that broke the news about Ford's interest in the building so this seems to be a part of the decision making process at the very least.

Also wow! Construction activity is up 28% year over year as of February in the metropolitan area.

Construction equipment at Michigan Central Station | Building activity increases

Crain's Detroit Business
March 30, 2018

Lights were on in the Michigan Central Station on Wednesday morning.


It's not actually scaffolding, per se, but either way, work is being done. You can see a pair of images below — the one on the left from Wednesday, before the platform was installed, and the other from late Friday morning, which shows the platform toward the top of the long-vacant depot.

A representative of the Moroun family, which has owned the train station for decades, said inspections of the building are taking place.

"From time to time we do inspections on the building," said Michael Samhat, president of the family's Crown Enterprises real estate company. "Whether it's scaffolding or buck hoist, it's there for inspection reasons." He declined to elaborate on the nature of the inspections or why there was truck from Livonia-based RAM Construction Services parked in front of the building on Thursday. I emailed a RAM representative Thursday and received no response.


Year-over-year construction activity is up 28 percent in the metropolitan statistical area for February, and cumulative year-to-date is up 92 percent, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.


Hot security startup Duo Security opens office in Downtown Detroit

Matt Burns

Duo Security is opening a new office in Downtown Detroit, expanding from its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan . The company will immediately relocate 30 team members to a shared space in Bamboo Detroit in the Madison Building and by the end of the year, plans on moving into a 9,000 square foot space to accommodate additional employees.

This is a big win for Detroit.

Duo Security is one of the hottest security startups in the space and arguably one of the largest in the state of Michigan. The company raised a $70 million series D in late October 2017, placing its valuation north of a billion. Duo employees 350 people in Ann Arbor, Michigan and an additional 250 in other offices around the world. Through it all Duo has remanded loyal to Ann Arbor but the talent and excitement in Detroit is impossible to ignore.

"Metro Detroit has more engineers per capita than any region in the US next to Silicon Valley," CEO and co-founder Dug Song tells TechCrunch. "And while our college town of Ann Arbor is a cornerstone of innovation in the region, the urban area of Detroit is nearly 4 million people strong. Jon Oberheide and I have been eager for Duo to help play a role in the city’s growing momentum and support ongoing efforts to bolster the region’s technology profile."


Apr 6, 2018, 8:19 AM

A new mural will ‘rise’ at Detroit City Club Apartments

By Robin Runyan, Curbed Detroit

April 5, 2018

A Brutalist building in downtown Detroit is about to get a colorful makeover. First reported in the Detroit Free Press, a new mural by acclaimed artist Beverly Fishman will soon go up on the side of Detroit City Club Apartments.

The new mural called “Rise” will be 170-feet-tall on the north side of the building, which will face the under-construction City Club Apartments at the old Statler Hotel site. Detroit City Club Apartments is also next to the Book Tower, also currently undergoing a significant renovation.

The Free Press states that the mural will be painted by Motown Sign and—depending on the weather—work should start in the next ten days.


BTW, had no idea that The Platform had an actual model of Cass & York in their sales office:

The Platform (https://www.facebook.com/pg/PlatformDET/photos/?ref=page_internal)

The Platform (https://www.facebook.com/pg/PlatformDET/photos/?ref=page_internal)

deja vu
Apr 6, 2018, 2:59 PM
BTW, had no idea that The Platform had an actual model of Cass & York in their sales office:

The Platform (https://www.facebook.com/pg/PlatformDET/photos/?ref=page_internal)

The Platform (https://www.facebook.com/pg/PlatformDET/photos/?ref=page_internal)

That's a really tight looking model. Lot's of detail but not gaudy.

Apr 6, 2018, 7:36 PM
There's been crews out at the former jail site grading & laying down crushed stone as the site is going apparently to be temporarily used as a staging area for men & machinery for the hudson's project.

No demo yet: Jail site activity related to Gilbert's downtown projects

Crain's Detroit Business
April 06, 2018

-Agreement allows Gilbert affiliate access to site
-Site being used for construction parking and prep
-Gilbert has deal with Wayne County to redevelop Gratiot Avenue jail site


The site is being used for construction parking for the Hudson's site project as well as the Shinola Hotel project, said Gabrielle Poshadlo, senior communications manager for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC.

Construction on the Hudson's site project at Woodward Avenue and Grand River is expected to result in the city's and state's tallest building, an 800-foot residential tower, and a platform building with multiple uses, including office and event space.

Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Ventures LLC, and the county struck a deal last month to have an affiliate redevelop the Gratiot Avenue jail site and build the county a new $533 million criminal justice complex at East Warren Avenue and I-75. Officials said last month that demolition of the jail is expected to happen this summer or fall. The project was halted years ago due to cost overruns.


Apr 6, 2018, 9:20 PM
The Platform is quite the change from the former Big Boy. Another great thing about it is its location direction at the entrance to Belle Isle.

Apr 6, 2018, 10:38 PM
The Platform is quite the change from the former Big Boy. Another great thing about it is its location direction at the entrance to Belle Isle.

The Platform is actually the development firm. Cass & York is one of their projects on Cass Avenue in New Center, where most of their developments have been located. They are behind the Big Boy redevelopment project by Belle Isle, but thats a different project than Cass & York.

Apr 6, 2018, 10:56 PM
The Platform is actually the development firm. Cass & York is one of their projects on Cass Avenue in New Center, where most of their developments have been located. They are behind the Big Boy redevelopment project by Belle Isle, but thats a different project than Cass & York.

Ah okay, haha. I had to check myself at first make sure that my memory wasn't playing tricks on me The Platform does sound like the name of a project even though I was pretty sure there was more than one project that had the name The Platform attached to it.

Was looking through their timeline and found a pic of the progress at the Baltimore Station redevelopment project work on building a third floor had begun as of March 13th.


Apr 7, 2018, 4:42 AM
@ Docta_Love, I agree the name sounds more like a project itself than a development firm. They're also behind the Third & Grand project not too far from Baltimore Station and the rumored 30+ floor tower at Grand Boulevard and Woodward.

Apr 9, 2018, 12:59 AM
Haha I appreciate the sanity check @Detroitsky, The Platform has a lot of projects coming down the pipeline in multiple neighborhoods. They also have a project in Lafayette Park too they're looking at taking on.

Masonic Temple begins $3.7 million renovation

Crain's Detroit Business
April 08, 2018

-Masonic Temple begins a $3.7 million renovation, to be complete by the end of the year
-30,000 square feet of space on upper floors to be leased
-Upgrades will allow more events to take place at the same time

Since 1939, Detroit’s Masonic Temple has been the largest Masonic temple in the world.


In addition to the improvements to the 96-year-old building on Temple Street, the Masonic Temple Association, which owns the property, wants to reposition or find new uses for the 55,000-square-foot East Tower. Those uses could range from office space to a boutique hotel or residential if redeveloped.

The work includes renovations of existing restrooms and installation of additional restrooms; sound insulation improvement; upgrades to heating and cooling systems; and updates to two large kitchens. On the exterior, masonry restoration and limestone façade cleaning are planned.


The temple fell on hard times several years ago. In 2013, Detroit-born rocker Jack White paid off $142,000 in back taxes it owed, saving the venue from auction. Reportedly, White's mother served as an usher at the theater, which takes up a full city block and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Apr 9, 2018, 3:57 AM
Great news about the Masonic Temple! I'm excited to see the facade cleaned up. With the size of the concerts they hold there, I'd imagine a boutique hotel would be a nice addition.

However, the article incorrectly states that the Masonic Temple "takes up a full city block". It only takes a second to look at a map and see it only takes up a third of the block. The 11 story American Hotel, four apartment buildings, a two floor commercial building on Cass and a large parking lot take up the rest of the block. What ever happened to quality reporting?

Apr 9, 2018, 11:56 PM
Ah, yeah your right I didn't catch that at first to be honest I was more interested in the bit about Jack White's mom. haha.

Definitely sloppy however I really hope they restore the old school sign's on the American also for anyone wondering where the east tower is at the Masonic it's the part right next to the American in the rendering below.



Good news for Jefferson Ave. long overdue in terms of the current traffic demand on the road.

City to reduce lanes, make room for cyclists on East Jefferson

Crain's Detroit Business
April 09, 2018

-$1 million project to slow speeds, separate bike traffic from cars
-To shrink car traffic from three to two lanes each way
-Work between Lakewood and Rivard streets to start in May


Changes include adding bicycle lanes with a protective buffer between them and the roadway, designating on-street parking, slowing speeds, adding more pedestrian crossings, re-striping the road and reducing traffic from three lanes each way to two. The cost will be drawn from state transportation funds, the city department said. A construction lane-closure schedule is yet to come.

Detroit also aims to start community engagement work in the next two months for bike lane improvements funded through a separate bond program, the planning department said. The city had introduced in October a $125 million plan to revamp and beautify nearly two dozen commercial corridors, Crain's has reported.


Apr 11, 2018, 1:00 AM
Looks like we have a winner in the West-riverfront park contest, I'm glad they picked Michael Van Valkenburgh.

New York-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to transform Detroit's West Riverfront Park

$50 million transformation planned along the Detroit River

Crain's Detroit Business
April 10, 2018

-$50 million transformation planned along the Detroit River
-Winner chosen from four semi-finalists culled from pool of 80 design firms
-Renowned architect Sir David Adjaye added to the team



The landscape architect designed the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and Maggie Daley Park in Chicago.

Its team was made even stronger by the addition of Sir David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates, who completed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and has been named among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People as one of the greatest architectural visionaries of modern time.



MVVA's ideas included a series of pavilions for lively programs along the edge of the park, a native-animal-themed playground, a cove with a beach for swimming in the summer and iceskating in the winter, a fishing pier, performance space and a sports house.



The conservancy is in the quiet stage of a $100 million-$150 million campaign that will include the money needed for work on the west riverfront.

As it raises money for the West Riverfront Park's $50 million transformation, MVVA will solicit public feedback to hone its design for the park. The conservancy exceeded its $140 million fundraising goal for the east riverfront, closing out the campaign in 2016 after raising $163 million.

If all goes as planned, it hopes to begin work on the West Riverfront Park in the spring of 2020, said Marc Pasco, director of communications. But between now and then it will need to complete the last pieces of the east riverwalk.


Apr 11, 2018, 7:51 PM
Mixed-use development in Milwaukee Junction to be complete by summer 2019

Crain's Detroit Business
April 11, 2018

-Detroit-based The Platform LLC is the developer of Baltimore Station
-First phase is leasing, expected to open this summer
-Second phase slated for 138 apartments with 9,000 square feet of retail


Detroit-based developer The Platform LLC plans its two-phase Baltimore Station project in Detroit's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood to be complete by summer 2019.

The first phase of the project has 23 loft apartments on Woodward Avenue with 10,000 square feet of first-floor retail in a pair of rehabilitated buildings while the second phase is slated for 138 apartments with 9,000 square feet of retail. The second phase, construction on which began this week, is expected to cost $29 million, according to a news release.

Retail tenants in the $7.6 million first phase, construction on which began a year ago, are Woodpile BBQ Shack and an unnamed bakery.

The project began as a class project by three University of Michigan graduate students in professor and developer Peter Allen's class. Later, the three — Dang Duong, Myles Hamby and Clarke Lewis — were hired by The Platform, which has been developing mixed-use projects in and around the New Center area, as well as neighborhoods including Islandview and northwest Detroit, among others.



Proposals sought to make Warrendale-Cody Rouge neighborhood more child-friendly

Crain's Detroit Business
April 10, 2018

-City issues RFQ for planning and design consultants
-Project engages DTE Energy, GM, Quicken Loans, Skillman Foundation
-Design firms will be contracted through Invest Detroit

The city of Detroit is seeking planning and design consultants to foster a child-centric environment in the Warrendale-Cody Rouge neighborhood, officials announced Monday.

The ideal plan would attract new developments to the west side neighborhood that can improve mobility, housing, education, health and public safety for the area. The city seeks proposals that give residents access to public spaces such as parks, playgrounds and other accommodations that can serve children across all ages.

To help stabilize the area, officials want to tear down blighted homes and maintain affordable housing. Health, safety and local schools are an important focus on development plans, as well.


Design firms will be contracted through Invest Detroit. Detroit-based organizations DTE Energy Co., General Motors Co., Quicken Loans Inc. and the Skillman Foundation are responsible for garnering investments for the project and working with Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance to roll out the redevelopment plans, the release said.


Apr 12, 2018, 4:07 AM
A cornice is back on the Grinnell Building after 60 years
Apr 11, 2018 at 8:34 AM by Robin Runyan

Back in 1958, many cornices on historic buildings in Detroit were removed due to falling pieces and modernization efforts. Historic preservationists and cornice lovers of the world, rejoice! Cornices are making a comeback downtown.

Source: https://detroit.curbed.com/platform/amp/2018/4/11/17224402/cornice-comes-back-grinnell-building-60-years

Apr 12, 2018, 5:38 AM
The Scott Mansion in Detroit undergoes dramatic renovations
Apr 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM by

The 1890s structure is on scheduled to reopen in late June to apartment renters. Wochit

Source: https://www.freep.com/videos/money/business/2018/04/11/-scott-mansion-detroit-undergoes-dramatic-renovations/33753619/

Apr 12, 2018, 9:38 AM
Was looking through this week's council agenda, and see that Studio Live in New Center is moving forward. This is the renovation and addition to the historic WJBK-TV studio building on Woodward in New Center between Bethune and Lathrop.


They are requesting a rezoning for the block which for some reason despite being right on Woodward in a central business district, was zoned the second lowest commercial zoning in the code. Anyway, the plan will add two stories on top of the existing studio building, and build an 8-story, 105-foot addition behind it totaling 145 new apartments, some ground floor retail, and about 87 parking spaces. All of the new stuff is setback from Woodward so as not to overwhelm the historic studion building. The rezoning is largely being requested to allow multi-family residential (and more of it) and less parking on the site by-right (B-5 doesn't require any off-street parking).

Good to see this one still moving forward. This is keeping with their late-2018 ground breaking.

Apr 14, 2018, 1:19 AM
They are requesting a rezoning for the block which for some reason despite being right on Woodward in a central business district, was zoned the second lowest commercial zoning in the code. Anyway, the plan will add two stories on top of the existing studio building, and build an 8-story, 105-foot addition behind it totaling 145 new apartments, some ground floor retail, and about 87 parking spaces. All of the new stuff is setback from Woodward so as not to overwhelm the historic studion building. The rezoning is largely being requested to allow multi-family residential (and more of it) and less parking on the site by-right (B-5 doesn't require any off-street parking).

Good to see this one still moving forward. This is keeping with their late-2018 ground breaking.

LMich, the property isn't on Woodward but a block west on 2nd Avenue and right across the street from a single family residential area, which may have something to do with the zoning.

Here's a few photo updates from the past few weeks of various lesser known projects. I got to see the lobby of The Siren Hotel/Wurlitzer Building but was asked not to post my photos online by employees. If you get a chance to take a look inside, I highly recommend it. Definitely unique.

Corktown Lofts, a Bedrock project on Fort Street near downtown.

Wayne County Community College has started on their downtown campus expansion.

St. Rita Apartments

A renovation I came across of a formerly dilapidated building at 18600 Woodward, near 7 Mile.

Land clearing has begun for the American toll plaza for the Gordie Howe International Bridge. This photo barely hints at how massive an area is being leveled.

Apr 16, 2018, 3:05 AM
36 loft apartments coming to the North End



Apr 16, 2018, 9:38 PM
We're getting our first conceptual look at what a Joe Louis Arena redevelopment could look like.

Big week for the riverfront | PHOTOS: JLA site concepts | Week in CREview

Crain's Detroit Business
April 13, 2018



Here are two concepts for what could come to the Joe Louis Arena site. Important to remember: These are concepts from September 2016, and things have changed since then.


FGIC subsidiary seeks mediator for Joe Louis Arena development dispute with Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business
April 12, 2018


A bankruptcy-era creditor suing the city of Detroit is asking a federal judge to appoint a mediator to resolve a dispute over a development timeline for the vacated Joe Louis Arena property.

Gotham Motown Recovery LLC, a subsidiary of New York City-based Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp., filed the motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Tucker on Thursday morning. The 12-page motion says Gerald Rosen, the retired judge who was the mediator during Detroit's historic Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case, "is willing to act as mediator" to settle the dispute, which stems from the city granting a 180-day extension of a development agreement timeline rather than 24 months as Gotham requested.

Rosen confirmed to Crain's that he would be willing to serve as mediator.

"The City should be compelled to mediate this dispute on an expedited basis because a prompt resolution is decidely in the best interest of the parties," the filing says. "There is undoubtedly a negotiable solution to the current impasse. However, given the City's apparent unwillingness to engage directly with Gotham, a mediator is necessary."


Construction underway on final phase of Woodbridge Estates in Midtown

Crain's Detroit Business
April 12, 2018

-Crews to build 80 units for seniors
-Final phase to bring total to 567 mixed-income units
-Citizens Bank provided a loan and equity investment in the project


Construction on the final $16.9 million phase of Woodbridge Estates in Detroit's Midtown is underway.

Crews are laboring to erect 82,000 square feet of 80 units for seniors to cap off the last of nine phases. About 28,000 square feet will be carved out for common space including a theater room, salon and exercise room in the building at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and the John C. Lodge Freeway Service Drive.

Providence, R.I.-based Citizens Financial Group Inc. provided nearly $23 million to fund the project, $10 million of which is a construction loan. The loan was granted to Woodbridge Estates IX Limited Dividend Housing Association LLC, a partnership between Bingham Farms-based The Slavik Co., Fenton-based Premier Property Management LLC and the Detroit Housing Commission. The housing commission is supporting the project with a $3.7 million Hope IV loan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.



Apr 17, 2018, 12:30 PM
Opened earlier this month, but Lumen, an American restaurant in Beacon Park, is looking really nice; hopefully the food and service live up to the architecture. Photos from The District Detroit (https://twitter.com/DistrictDetroit/status/981998687755829250) twitter page.





Apr 17, 2018, 1:35 PM
Such slow going on this one, but here are some shots of Third & Grand in New Center.

April 10

The Platform (https://twitter.com/ThePlatform313/status/983772083971936256)

April 17

Kirk Pinho (https://twitter.com/kirkpinhoCDB/status/986214823556939777)

Apr 17, 2018, 2:31 PM
West Elm gets another shot:


New upscale West Elm Hotel coming to Midtown Detroit

By JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press

April 17, 2018

Detroit will soon gain another new upscale hotel.

Furniture and home décor retailer West Elm plans to build a 130-plus room hotel at Woodward and Eliot Street in Midtown, next to the Bonstelle Theatre, on a lot that is now a parking lot.

The project's developer, the Detroit-based Roxbury Group, announced the hotel plans Tuesday morning. Groundbreaking is expected later this year, with an opening date sometime in 2020.

The West Elm Hotel is the latest in a series of new and soon-to-open Detroit hotels, most of them around 130 rooms or smaller.



The Roxbury Group is in discussions with Wayne State to potentially include the Bonstelle Theatre in the West Elm Hotel plan. The university is preparing to relocate its theater program to another building.

"It's been a bit of a forgotten jewel in Detroit, so we hope that can come to pass," Di Rita said of the Bonstelle.

The hotel also would be a neighbor to a proposed mixed-use commercial and residential project that is being developed by Birmingham-based Professional Property Management.

Adam Nyman, an official with Professional Property Management, said there are no available plans or details yet regarding that potential project, which is dubbed SOMA for South of Mack Avenue.

* The Siren Hotel, 106 rooms, 1509 Broadway, opened this month.
* The Shinola Hotel, 130 rooms, 1400 Woodward, expected to open this fall.
* Element Hotel by Westin, 110-room extended-stay, 33 John R St., expected to open this fall.
* Potential hotel near Little Caesars Arena, no firm details or groundbreaking date have been released.

deja vu
Apr 17, 2018, 6:46 PM
Lumen looks great! Part of it is the views and surrounding urban context. And that would be great if the Bonstelle could somehow be integrated into the West Elm Hotel.

Apr 17, 2018, 8:23 PM
That explains why WSU was so quiet about future plans for the Bonstelle upon it being decommissioned. Its interesting to note that in the rendering it has a new facade obviously inspired by its original facade before Woodward was widened.