PDA

View Full Version : DETROIT | Development & Construction: Motown Lowdown


Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 [51] 52 53 54

DetroitSky
Aug 3, 2018, 2:51 PM
I also never realized how massive it is.

DetroitSky
Aug 5, 2018, 11:44 PM
The Hamilton renovation eyes fall completion (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/2/17644148/hamilton-renovation-midtown-fall-completion)

This wasn’t a renovation of an abandoned building like we normally see in Detroit. This building was deemed affordable housing, and the developers, Broder & Sachse Real Estate, intend to keep the residents in place. This meant relocating them over this past year (residents couldn’t be in the building while under construction due to elevators and other renovations like HVAC and electrical). A representative for Broder & Sachse Real Estate says that most qualified residents (those making $40,000 or less) plan to move back in, although they can’t release numbers until the renovation is complete.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/gvobmC48KXyqSOJ8FB4Hojs1AwU=/0x0:3000x1688/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x1688)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/11913643/Rendering___Hamilton_Unit.jpg

True North selected as finalist for international architecture prize (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/1/17640462/true-north-selected-finalist-international-architecture-prize)

While Detroit is known for its classic Art Deco architecture, it’s exciting for one of the new development to be acknowledged internationally for design. True North, a community of Quonset huts, has been selected as one of six finalists across the Americas by the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).

The award recognizes “the best built work in the Americas completed between January 2016 and December 2017.” The other finalists represent many different scales, strategies, and purposes.


Exonerated man reopens shuttered coney island in southwest Detroit (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/08/03/exonerated-man-reopens-shuttered-coney-island-his-community/841658002/)

Ten years ago, owning a restaurant was a dream DeShawn Reed never imagined.

In fact, it wasn't possible. At the time, he was still serving a prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit.

Now, Reed is preparing to open D's 24 Hour Coney Island in southwest Detroit to give back to the community and honor the restaurant's former owner, who was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the building on Sept. 1, 2016. The grand opening is set for 5 p.m. Saturday.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/1ef0b7c8152e98651fcc3a342f511f12784467a3/c=477-0-5818-4016/local/-/media/2018/08/02/DetroitNews/DetroitNews/636688369919176376-2018-0731-MO-deshawn301.jpg?width=540&height=405&fit=crop

I also recently came across some Monroe Block renderings (http://www.shl.dk/monroe-blocks/) that I don't believe have been posted before.

http://www.shl.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SHL-Architects_Monroe-Blocks_FM01-banner-1170x555.jpg
It seems like they plan to close Farmer Street to traffic between Bates Street and Monroe Street. This may be the only thing I dislike about the project. Even though most of Farmer is barely used by cars, I'm not a fan of all of these "mega blocks" all over.

http://www.shl.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Urban-Square_banner-1170x555.jpg

http://www.shl.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SHL_Architects_Detroit-Monroe-Blocks_Site-plan-1170x1222.jpg

http://www.shl.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Farmer-Block-1170x828.jpg

http://www.shl.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SHL-Architects_Monroe-Blocks_FM03-1170x1463.jpg
I love the angle of One Monroe here but I hate they didn't include Cadillac Tower at its real size...

http://www.shl.dk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SHL-Architects_Monroe-Blocks_FM02-1170x1463.jpg

While we're on the topic of potentially unseen renderings, SoMA has a more complete and detailed rendering out. This building in particular is directly on the corner of Woodward and Mack. They have a sign up at the site and are leasing office and retail space (http://www.friedmanrealestate.com/property-search/?propertyId=262282-lease) online in this building, the two planned parking garages, and the two existing former Red Cross buildings. I guess they will be receiving some interior renovations.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/buildout-production/datas/2009615/b55c5d8aa556d273b09e9ce47f82cfde9a0f7b01/full.jpg?1525197781
The far right glass box building in the rendering is the site of the West Elm Hotel, which I believe is now pat of SoMA.

animatedmartian
Aug 6, 2018, 12:52 AM
^Also came across an overview sketch of the SOMA site. I wonder if this means they're pretty close to kicking off construction or if this is still just renderings to sell more leases.

https://i.imgur.com/JTumvhx.png

Kinda wish this was closer to the downtown core so it could be taller and not look out of place. Or at least there needs to be a high rise (or a couple) built between Mack and Adams streets that's at least taller than a dozen floors. Something to just least break the monotony of mid-rises in the area and balance out the downtown scale.

LMich
Aug 6, 2018, 8:44 AM
Two of those renderings look very familiar, and a few others look like refinements of what we've already seen for Monroe Block (colors, maybe materials, etc.). We did know from the beginning, however, that they were closing off Farmer to create a better pedestrian flow internally, though.

Really love the angle of the office tower. The residential tower that caps off the end, though...I hope they do a better job. It's a little too Brutalist-inspired for me as they've planned it.

Detroit
Aug 6, 2018, 12:21 PM
I posted this on another board, but I'll post it here too.
Not to give any false hope to rumors, but I've been hearing a lot of rumblings about the purchase and redevelopment of Executive Plaza. Apparently, Holy Trinity Church shares a parking lot with Executive Plaza and the details are being worked out to move forward with a sale/redevelopment. Like I said, this could all just be rumored, but I have no reason to not trust my source.

subterranean
Aug 6, 2018, 6:28 PM
Two of those renderings look very familiar, and a few others look like refinements of what we've already seen for Monroe Block (colors, maybe materials, etc.). We did know from the beginning, however, that they were closing off Farmer to create a better pedestrian flow internally, though.

Really love the angle of the office tower. The residential tower that caps off the end, though...I hope they do a better job. It's a little too Brutalist-inspired for me as they've planned it.

I'm in the same camp as you. The residential tower and even the midrises seem more like afterthoughts given how beautiful and put together the office tower looks. I wouldn't be surprised if these sideshow buildings get a lot more attention later.

The midrise renders look pretty slapdash. If you look closely at the entrances, the bricks don't even align correctly...like someone used the paint bucket feature basically indiscriminately. The paint bucket is the architectural equivalent of "fuck it."

detroiterforlife
Aug 7, 2018, 11:01 PM
Regarding the closure of farmer street I agree, i hate that they're forming a sort of 'super block' even though there will be pedestrian and non motorized access. I think one of the reasons behind it is the repurposing of the theater facade there, they plan to use the arch as a pedestrian 'gateway'.. which i think is awesome because it reminds me of all the archs in european cities .. but i wish instead they put it at the entrance of cadillac square from campus martius and kept farmer open to motorized traffic.

DetroitSky
Aug 9, 2018, 3:55 AM
Another high end retailer opening in the Woodward Avenue shopping district. I love seeing the Merchants Row area coming alive with actual merchants after decades of little to no shopping. I'm sure we can also expect a Shinola store in the Shinola Hotel on that block as well.

Women's fashion retailer Madewell opening in downtown Detroit (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180808/blog016/667961/womens-fashion-retailer-madewell-opening-in-downtown-detroit)

If this is going on the block they think it is, it will probably be either in the Shinola Hotel itself or in the ground floor of the Ferguson Building, which was recently being renovated and is still vacant.

LMich
Aug 9, 2018, 10:36 AM
I am trying not to laugh at this. L. Brooks Patterson is just repeatedly plunging a butcher's knife into irony with this little tantrum. Dude is lucky 2016 was such a good year for his party, because he'd have been gone, otherwise.

In blunt letter, Brooks Patterson attacks CEO group helping Detroit (https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/john-gallagher/2018/08/08/l-brooks-patterson-detroit-businesses/938086002/)

John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press

August 8, 2016

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who has long feuded with the City of Detroit over regional issues, is now sparring with a group of top CEOs trying to rebuild the city.

In a bluntly worded letter typical of Patterson's often pugnacious style, the Oakland leader accuses DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson and other top business leaders of being "self-appointed saviors" trying to steal Oakland County-based businesses for the city.

Patterson sent the July 26 letter to Oakland County Chamber directors, inviting them to a meeting in Patterson's office Thursday afternoon to oppose the business leaders' efforts.

In his letter, Patterson takes aim at DTE's Anderson, who, about two years ago, convened a group of major corporate leaders in metro Detroit to work on economic development issues. The group includes Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, and Christopher Ilitch, head of the Ilitch family network of pizza, sports, entertainment and real estate companies, among many other top leaders.

The group has promoted regional transit as well as other economic development efforts.

"You don't have to read between the lines, it is clear what is happening: these self-appointed saviors for southeast Michigan are in the process of forming an 'economic partnership' to direct business investments to the City of Detroit," Patterson wrote.

"They will have no hesitation about coming into your community and snatching business leads in the righteous cause of 'rebuilding Detroit.' "

:rolleyes: Go home, Brooks; you're drunk.

LMich
Aug 9, 2018, 11:04 AM
Looking through the August 2 Planning Commission agenda it looks like the developers have requested a rezoning for the project bound by Gratiot, Russell and Maple across the street from Trinity Luthern. They want a "Planned Development" district rezoning, which would give them flexibility in designing something very mixed use. We'd talked about this one a few months back, but I have forgotten about it. Anyway, they say they want: "multiple mixed-use buildings with residential, retail, commercial and institutional space, including a parking structure and additional off-street parking spaces." It'll be interesting to see exactly what they have planned here; I can't quite remember if there was talk about infilling this or starting over.

Here is Service Street that travels through the middle of this triangle:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5199/14226561915_aef4b69f57_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nF9Rdg)
Gratiot Service Street (https://flic.kr/p/nF9Rdg) by Sean_Marshall (https://www.flickr.com/photos/7119320@N05/), on Flickr

Service Street a block to the east is much more intact:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1279/4671051461_aab2bfc603_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/87LmS2)
Service St. (https://flic.kr/p/87LmS2) by Michael Doyle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/burnlab/), on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7773/18377852942_d8434d7fce_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/tZZipu)
Service Street (https://flic.kr/p/tZZipu) by Michael G Smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelgsmith/), on Flickr

DetroitSky
Aug 9, 2018, 11:58 AM
Thats the Eastern Market Gateway site. There was a recent thread on DetroitYES (https://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?23427-Eastern-Market-Gateway-Project) showing new, more detailed renderings for the project. It sounds like all or most of the remaining buildings on that block will be demolished. They're also proposing a second phase featuring a high rise at the irregular corner of Gratiot, Rivard and Maple.

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=36279&d=1533055578

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=36280&d=1533055597

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=36284&d=1533055683

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=36285&d=1533055704
Service Street with the high rise dead ending the street

LMich
Aug 9, 2018, 12:56 PM
Woof. They are going to have to do better than that. I don't mind the height, massing, orientation...any of that. But that architecture is going to have to be much more befitting such a visible site. There is too much solid existing architecture in the blocks surrounding this area for something so slap-dash, IMO.

DetroitSky
Aug 9, 2018, 1:33 PM
Woof. They are going to have to do better than that. I don't mind the height, massing, orientation...any of that. But that architecture is going to have to be much more befitting such a visible site. There is too much solid existing architecture in the blocks surrounding this area for something so slap-dash, IMO.

Yeah, a lot of the new buildings being proposed lately have a strange slightly more modern twist on typical 70s-80s architecture. I’d love to see either something more up to date in appearance and massing or, for this site, something to fit in with the retail blocks just past this site on Gratiot.

LMich
Aug 10, 2018, 1:05 PM
You know, I like almost everything proposed and under construction in Brush Park. So it's really not even that I don't want it to clash with the historic architecture, but if you're going to do that it better be good. In this particular case and location, though, I really would rather see something with some brick or stone included.

subterranean
Aug 10, 2018, 3:41 PM
I love how the second image actually gets the perspective wrong for the buildings. I laughed out lout.

DetroitSky
Aug 10, 2018, 5:49 PM
I love how the second image actually gets the perspective wrong for the buildings. I laughed out lout.

Great, now I can’t unsee that. Haha

Speaking of the second image, does anyone know what the “future urban edge” thing is that’s mentioned at the top?

animatedmartian
Aug 10, 2018, 6:23 PM
Great, now I can’t unsee that. Haha

Speaking of the second image, does anyone know what the “future urban edge” thing is that’s mentioned at the top?

If 375 is to become a surface street boulevard, that opens up a little bit of land for development. The expectation is that the new development will act as a transition between downtown and Lafayette Park.

Or to put it another way, the new development will likely be a mix of mid-rises and townhomes more similar to Lafayette Park rather than something high density like in downtown.

davidberko
Aug 10, 2018, 10:14 PM
If 375 is to become a surface street boulevard, that opens up a little bit of land for development. The expectation is that the new development will act as a transition between downtown and Lafayette Park.

Or to put it another way, the new development will likely be a mix of mid-rises and townhomes more similar to Lafayette Park rather than something high density like in downtown.


I disagree. It's a gateway into downtown on prime land. Needs to be taller. Can't be brush park height or Orleans landing. Gotta be 10-15 stories. No shorter than 8. You've got the towers of Lafayette park in the nearby vicinity. Downtown is gonna grow up and down the river like it was supposed to all along. Can't settle for development that doesn't meet the scale of the neighborhood it's in (city club apartments, etc.).

DetroitSky
Aug 10, 2018, 10:59 PM
If 375 is to become a surface street boulevard, that opens up a little bit of land for development. The expectation is that the new development will act as a transition between downtown and Lafayette Park.

Or to put it another way, the new development will likely be a mix of mid-rises and townhomes more similar to Lafayette Park rather than something high density like in downtown.

Ah, yes, I knew about that. Just never heard it paired with the term "urban edge" before. Theres a map somewhere online that shows what land will be made available to developers if/when the boulevard is built.

animatedmartian
Aug 11, 2018, 12:44 AM
I disagree. It's a gateway into downtown on prime land. Needs to be taller. Can't be brush park height or Orleans landing. Gotta be 10-15 stories. No shorter than 8. You've got the towers of Lafayette park in the nearby vicinity. Downtown is gonna grow up and down the river like it was supposed to all along. Can't settle for development that doesn't meet the scale of the neighborhood it's in (city club apartments, etc.).

Well then there's two options; keep the land empty until market conditions are met that justify building something that big or develop it sooner but on a smaller scale so that it will at least have productive use. Even then, it likely wouldn't happen anytime soon since there's no certain date on when 375 will get converted.

davidberko
Aug 11, 2018, 1:38 AM
Well then there's two options; keep the land empty until market conditions are met that justify building something that big or develop it sooner but on a smaller scale so that it will at least have productive use. Even then, it likely wouldn't happen anytime soon since there's no certain date on when 375 will get converted.

Hmm, I thought they already came to a decision on what to do with 375. That'll be key for the area and future development for sure! I hate being a spectator from the Chicagoland area but I do appreciate this forum and everyone sharing, especially the photo updates. I grew up in Oakland county and lived in Dearborn heights for a spell. Many good memories of going downtown for red wings games at the Joe.

animatedmartian
Aug 11, 2018, 2:08 AM
They're decided that they're going to make 375 into a boulevard (since it would cost just about the same to repave it and rebuild the bridges as planned), but there's currently no money allocated to do it. It's not exactly on the list of priority projects up there in Lansing but it is an expected project.

davidberko
Aug 11, 2018, 4:46 AM
They're decided that they're going to make 375 into a boulevard (since it would cost just about the same to repave it and rebuild the bridges as planned), but there's currently no money allocated to do it. It's not exactly on the list of priority projects up there in Lansing but it is an expected project.

Like with most development in Detroit, it'll be full glacial speed ahead lol. But hey, can't complain. The city truly is heading in the right direction for once. While Dan Gilbert has done so much it's exciting to see other players join up like the Platform and now Ford. It'd be nice if Lansing will follow through on making Detroit a logistics hub. Can't remember which publication I read that in where there was talk about a multi billion dollar scheme to make part of Detroit into this modern day logistics hub.

DetroitSky
Aug 11, 2018, 5:47 PM
Birmingham developer buys New Center building, plans 'smart' homes in Midtown (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180810/news/668181/birmingham-developer-buys-new-center-building-plans-smart-homes-in)

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_colorbox/public/woodward%20building%20bar%20entertainment-main_i.jpg?itok=C1wdjJEN

Check said he plans a "very unique" entertainment concept using the main floor, a basement and a back parking lot that would be converted into a patio. The developer declined to elaborate further, but said he wants to open in about a year and a half.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_colorbox/public/4th-Street-02_i.jpg?itok=X8gNCWvi

Within the last month he also bought five parcels of land in western Midtown for $545,000, clustered on Fourth Street between Willis and Calumet streets. He aims to invest around $4 million, including the 16,125-square-foot land acquisition, to build 16 "smart" townhomes in two phases. He expects they would come online in 12-18 months.

These smart homes are planned a block north of where the "eco homes" are currently under construction by another developer, and a few blocks north of the Midtown West site. Last we heard Midtown West was slated for a spring 2019 groundbreaking.

jonwylie
Aug 11, 2018, 6:37 PM
They're decided that they're going to make 375 into a boulevard (since it would cost just about the same to repave it and rebuild the bridges as planned), but there's currently no money allocated to do it. It's not exactly on the list of priority projects up there in Lansing but it is an expected project.

From what I've heard going to community meetings, the project has money to start in 2020 and be completed by 2022

mind field
Aug 12, 2018, 10:13 PM
The renovation of the David Stott building is nearing completion

https://mobile.twitter.com/BedrockDetroit/status/1028454022330691584

LMich
Aug 13, 2018, 11:23 AM
The renovation of the David Stott building is nearing completion

https://mobile.twitter.com/BedrockDetroit/status/1028454022330691584

From Bedrock (https://twitter.com/BedrockDetroit/status/1028454022330691584):

The lights are back on at The Stott. Purchased in 2015, the historic Art Deco building has been completely restored as a mixed use tower featuring ground level retail, nearly 40,000 sq ft of office space & more than 100 residential units. Pre-Leasing now: http://www.thestottdetroit.com

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkXNe3gXsAAJk-s.jpg

Apartments will be on floors 7-33 with 34 & 35 being a fitness center and shared community space. The lower office and commercials floors are also under renovation, but it started later and they won't have interior build-out until they land tenants.

Amazing stuff. With this one out of the way in a few months, it should leave Bedrock to focus on it's last large renovation target, the Book Tower & Building redevelopment project in addition to the other new construction projects it was packaged with (Hudson Block, Monroe Blocks & One Campus Martius expansion).

DetroitSky
Aug 14, 2018, 6:14 AM
The Stott looks amazing. It'll be interesting to see what office tenants and retail opens there.

Also glad to see this. The Dr. Ossian Sweet house was looking pretty rough last time I saw it a few weeks ago. Good to see another neighborhood project as well.

Dr. Ossian Sweet house recipient of $500K Civil Rights grant
(https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/13/17683312/dr-ossian-sweet-house-recipient-500k-civil-rights-grant)

The City announced today that the Dr. Ossian Sweet house at 2905 Garland in East Village, along with two nearby homes, will be converted to a public visitation site due to a $500,000 award from the African-American Civil Rights program of the Historic Preservation Fund, the National Park Service, and the Department of the Interior. According to the Neighborhoods, exterior improvements will be made to the home, and a study will be commissioned on the neighborhood’s history and its relation to the Civil Rights movement. The site is both a national and state landmark.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/SDc81DNy-Xdymrq7hIDhuSxj4Z0=/0x0:4128x3096/920x613/filters:focal(1734x1218:2394x1878)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/60820813/20180813_112529.0.jpg

LMich
Aug 14, 2018, 9:08 AM
Shinola Hotel & Element Hotel (at the Metropolitan Building) - August 13:

https://i.imgur.com/bq1PNb7.jpg
SpartanDawg (https://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?23134-hudson-Site-Construction&p=554500#post554500)

animatedmartian
Aug 14, 2018, 10:20 AM
28 Grand is such a good filler. Top half looks a little bare compared to every other building though.

That's also some really dark brick on the hotel annex. Looks like it's pretty much black.

Metropolitan Building. Check. Wulitizer. Check. Book Tower. Check. There's a lot to take in in just one picture. :cheers:

DetroitSky
Aug 15, 2018, 4:04 AM
Two Detroit residents, one lifelong and one new, look to start small-scale neighborhood grocery (http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/neighborhood-grocery-081418.aspx)

Wright sees numerous ways a small-scale grocery store could benefit people in his community. There's steady and reliable jobs, which he says will pay a livable wage and create upward mobility and skill training through the culinary arts. Neighborhood Grocery plans on having a kitchen with staff to cook prepared food.

Neighborhood Grocery will also have a "local money multiplier effect," says Burritt, by keeping profits local through purchases from from Detroit farmers and producers. "There may be this one grocery story in the neighborhood, but it can have concentric rings of positive effect."

As of now, Wright and Burritt say they're at least six months from opening, but have leads on a couple of east side buildings. They intend to partner with a landlord who shares their values and help with the build-out. While the Mack Avenue corridor is their preferred location, the project is flexible and many Detroit neighborhoods could use an accessible grocery store that caters to their needs.

http://www.modeldmedia.com/Images/Features/issue594/neighborhood_grocery.jpg?s=f

DetroitSky
Aug 15, 2018, 10:48 PM
Ford’s Corktown campus cost: $740M (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2018/08/14/fords-corktown-campus-cost-740-million/994474002/)

The company expects to occupy the long-vacant depot by 2022.

During a community meeting last month, Ford announced its plans include two parking decks — one structure located near the former site of Tiger Stadium and another behind the building, officials said.

Leaders are also moving ahead on other aspects of the Corktown project, which features the Grand Hall, open to the public, along with retail space. The 18-story tower is expected to have offices as well as residential space on the top two floors.

The automaker also is developing other buildings on the campus, including the former Detroit Public Schools Book Depository on Dalzell Street.

Here's an article from last month that gives more details on the planned parking garages. (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/07/16/ford-parking-decks-corktown-michigan-central-depot/789847002/)

DetroitSoldier on DetroitYes (https://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?22905-Illitches-announce-another-new-development-behind-Eddystone&p=554610#post554610) posted this photo of Google signage going up on Little Caesars Arena earlier today:

https://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=36369&d=1534343977

DetroitSky
Aug 18, 2018, 1:00 AM
Here’s what the hotel rooms at the Metropolitan Building will look like (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/17/17722992/element-detroit-rooms-metropolitan-building-preview)

When finished, the hotel will have 110 one- and two-bedroom hotel rooms, 2,000 square feet of meeting space on the second-floor mezzanine, approximately 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and lower level, and a rooftop bar and patio.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/38TfKHryQR_cCrpGyq-21trmE84=/0x0:5760x3840/920x613/filters:focal(2420x1460:3340x2380)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/60897063/MPTN_071.0.jpeg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/OudavipvfNP-0dFgvjqfm6X4HBc=/0x0:1500x1000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:1500x1000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12201761/MPTN_077.JPG

Second Best Bar has also opened (https://www.freep.com/picture-gallery/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/08/13/second-best-bar-opens-detroit/979379002/) in the former Heidelberg Project space at 42 Watson in Brush Park

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/08/13/PDTF/f6119e75-c354-44f5-b155-8cceb22e7ccc-SecondBest-126.jpg?width=680&height=510&fit=bounds&auto=webp

Chris Stritzel
Aug 18, 2018, 3:59 AM
Here’s what the hotel rooms at the Metropolitan Building will look like (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/17/17722992/element-detroit-rooms-metropolitan-building-preview)



https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/38TfKHryQR_cCrpGyq-21trmE84=/0x0:5760x3840/920x613/filters:focal(2420x1460:3340x2380)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/60897063/MPTN_071.0.jpeg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/OudavipvfNP-0dFgvjqfm6X4HBc=/0x0:1500x1000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:1500x1000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12201761/MPTN_077.JPG



The Metropolitan Building sure has come a long way from what it was last year. The more old buildings that are rehabbed, the better. On a different note, I wonder if Bedrock ahs considered putting a hotel into the Hudson's development. That location would be prime for a extremely luxurious hotel.

detroit_alive
Aug 20, 2018, 12:50 PM
On a different note, I wonder if Bedrock ahs considered putting a hotel into the Hudson's development. That location would be prime for a extremely luxurious hotel.

I've heard they are considering a hotel in a portion of the tower. But keep in mind the Bedrock is the developing partner for the Shinola Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel right next door.

DetroitSky
Aug 21, 2018, 12:27 AM
Bedrock is also potentially adding an upscale hotel in the Book Tower two blocks away.

Detroit
Aug 21, 2018, 6:17 PM
Something is happening at Hotel Fort Wayne.

http://i.imgur.com/yVe02gi.jpg (https://imgur.com/yVe02gi)

DetroitSky
Aug 22, 2018, 4:00 AM
Building briefs: Park Avenue design, David Stott rents, new WSU apartments opening (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/21/17763436/building-detroit-park-avenue-design-david-stott-rent-wsu-dorms-open)

The Park Avenue Building in Grand Circus Park was in rough shape earlier this year, as pieces of the building started falling on the sidewalk below. Rino Soave, owner of Novi-based Infinity Homes & Co bought the building in April, and redevelopment plans have been in the works.


Courtesy of Kraemer Design Group
Kraemer Design Group, who works on many downtown buildings, will serve as architect, designer, and historical consultant on the project. It’s in the early stages right now, but plans call for “...upscale and refined apartment residences to be designed above approximately 5,000 square feet of first-floor retail.“ KDG will determine the number of residential units as they study the building. Also expect facade and fire escape rehab, along with stabilizing historical elements of the building.

I've been noticing some minor work being done on the Park Avenue Building the past month or so. The old restaurant signs on the corner have been removed and there were a few dumpsters in the alley behind it loaded with junk from the floors.

Students at Wayne State will have a pricey new option this fall. The first phase of the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments is set to open this weekend, with units ranging from “$1,139 per month for a single room in a four-bedroom apartment and $1,504 per month for a one-bedroom apartment,” according to Crain’s. These units are fully furnished.

The next phase will open next June, which will bring a total of 841 beds (individual apartments and shared living options) to the campus.


Photos: Inside the Mike Ilitch School of Business (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/21/17763614/mike-ilitch-school-of-business-photos-tour)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/IwIUnZJLWd2iqvfa9XixWZAE9IY=/0x0:3000x2000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12337405/MISB_116.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/9vmfmus0C2paJqcYfCpdSBI_4w4=/0x0:3000x2000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12337483/MISB_112.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ruSNGBBF4omz63GywES1GODXCGA=/0x0:3000x2000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12337471/MISB_138.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/XnZGEuBdFawUq98yXSert6shftc=/0x0:3000x2000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12337461/MISB_127.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/99hUx1Hbwa3N9FGKF8adU-0-bFA=/0x0:3000x2000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12337515/MISB_143.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Cvqn0x8MY3fovq66ya3grSmvJwk=/0x0:3000x2000/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3000x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12337451/MISB_108.jpg

An inside look at the transformation of the Detroit riverfront (http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/detroit-riverfront-transformation-082018.aspx)

Set to break ground in the near future is Atwater Beach. Although it won't allow for swimming access, the beach will feature sand, a grassy area dotted with trees, a playscape, and a performance shed. A new pedestrian bridge and a floating barge café will connect a crucial gap of the RiverWalk, allowing for uninterrupted travel from Stroh River Place to Chene Park East.

Some time in the first quarter of 2019, the Conservancy will break ground on the old Uniroyal site. The 43-acre plot of land separates Mt. Elliott Park, the eastern end of the RiverWalk, from Belle Isle. Several years and millions of dollars of environmental remediation for the once heavy industrial site will soon pay off, allowing the RiverWalk to connect to Belle Isle and its MacArthur Bridge.

But Wallace says that the Conservancy has received easements from property owners to extend the RiverWalk and connect the gap interrupted by Riverfront Towers and other parcels of land there.

And more are coming. A mixed-use redevelopment of the historic Stone Soap building could see a groundbreaking within months. Another is the $40 million senior housing complex from Presbyterian Villages of Michigan.

LMich
Aug 22, 2018, 8:10 AM
I would love if terraces on buildings along Woodward became a thing as they infill the avenue.

BTW, where is Presbyterian Villages building? Is it around Eastern Market? My mind wants to remember, but I can't.

Detroit1800
Aug 22, 2018, 2:03 PM
Something is happening at Hotel Fort Wayne.

http://i.imgur.com/yVe02gi.jpg (https://imgur.com/yVe02gi)

Are they just boarding up the windows or taking them out?

Detroit
Aug 22, 2018, 6:48 PM
Are they just boarding up the windows or taking them out?

Unfortunately I wasn't around long enough to find that out. I was passing by on my way to a meeting. I couldn't remember if the windows were boarded up or not.

DetroitSky
Aug 22, 2018, 11:07 PM
They’re just boarding up windows. I just drove by and there’s more boarded up in the lightwell than in the photo posted. Big surprise there. I honestly doubt we’re going to see any of the redevelopments or new construction announced by Olympia anytime soon, if at all. I wonder if threatened to fine them for leaving it open so long or if this is just to appease them after the Eddystone missed its deadline.

Also, LMich, I think the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan development will be near their Thome Rivertown development they've been building in phases, but I haven't heard any actual details.

LMich
Aug 23, 2018, 8:50 AM
Also, LMich, I think the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan development will be near their Thome Rivertown development they've been building in phases, but I haven't heard any actual details.

Okay, so maybe I hadn't heard of this one, then. Do you know the preliminary specs on this one? It looks like there are two or three surface lots directly across the street they could build a slim, rectangular building on like their current property.

DetroitSky
Aug 24, 2018, 12:29 AM
Okay, so maybe I hadn't heard of this one, then. Do you know the preliminary specs on this one? It looks like there are two or three surface lots directly across the street they could build a slim, rectangular building on like their current property.

Unfortunately I don't have any more information. The mention in the article was the first I've heard of it.

On solid footing, Belle Isle Aquarium plans expansion
(http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/belle-isle-aquarium-expansion-082118.aspx)
^^^ This headline is misleading, but good news regarding the aquarium either way:

According to the Detroit News, all but a handful of tanks will be open by the end of the year, filled with aquatic species from as far as the Congo River Basin. "[W]ith its operations now securely in the hands of the nonprofit Belle Isle Conservancy," writes Maureen Feighan, "the aquarium continues to reinvent itself with new exhibits and structural improvements."

Other potential improvements include new signage, a walkway connecting the aquarium to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, and a new water reservoir system and an electrical system upgrade so tanks can be automatically filled instead of manually by its staff of volunteers.

The ultimate goal is having all 56 tanks in operation, which aquarium curator Paul Shuert says they are on track to do by next summer.


This article (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/23/17760618/corktown-storefront-renovation-bagley-trumbull) mentions two new builds by the same developer near the corner of Trumbull and Bagley in Corktown:

The next step is to build, and Mulloy plans to start soon. On Bagley, they own the lot right next door. It’s skinny, but it can fit a retail space with an apartment above it. In the past few years, they’ve considered building another larger property on the adjacent lot on Trumbull—now their parking lot. It’s still a possibility, but they’ll first build on Bagley, with hopes that it will finish next year.

Wayne State's most expensive student housing opens this week (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180821/news/668921/wayne-states-most-expensive-student-housing-opens-this-week)

Students will start moving in Saturday to the 407-bed, 11-story center tower of Wayne State University's newest and priciest apartment complex.

The first phase of the three-building, $111 million mixed housing-retail project is coming online for the fall semester.

The other two connected buildings comprising Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments are still under construction and are expected to open in June 2019. The entire complex is to be the largest student housing structure on the Detroit campus, with 841 total beds in 406,800 square feet, university Chief Housing Officer and associate vice president Tim Michael said during a tour Monday.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/gallery_photoswipe/public/anthony%20wayne%20drive%20apartments-01_i.jpg?itok=EhiMO2_4

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/gallery_photoswipe/public/anthony%20wayne%20drive%20apartments-08_i.jpg?itok=v6aEd0E1

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/gallery_photoswipe/public/anthony%20wayne%20drive%20apartments-10_i.jpg?itok=8oT6Mh_K

Supino Pizzeria owner buys building in New Center for new restaurant (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180821/news/668981/supino-pizzeria-owner-buys-building-in-new-center-for-new-restaurant)

Dave Mancini of Supino Pizzeria in Detroit's Eastern Market bought a building in the city's New Center neighborhood and is planning a restaurant.

Mancini bought the building at 6519 Woodward Ave., Sue Mosey, executive director of area nonprofit and developer Midtown Detroit Inc., confirmed to Crain's. Mosey did not respond to questions on timeline and purchase price.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/new%20center%20buildings%20woodward-main_i.jpg

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles plans second location for Woodward Avenue, owner says
Queen Lillian II LLC, The Platform LLC in advanced negotiations to develop project together (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180823/news/669156/kuzzos-chicken-amp-waffles-plans-second-location-for-woodward-avenue)

Ronald Bartell said he's signed a five-year lease for a 4,000-square-foot location in a to-be-built mixed-use development called The Woodward @ Midtown, which has long been planned by Detroit-based developer Queen Lillian II LLC. The site is at Woodward Avenue at Stimson Street just south of Mack Avenue across from The Bonstelle Theatre.

Construction of the building, which will include ground-floor retail and several stories of residential units along Woodward Avenue, is expected to take 18 months after work begins this fall, Bartell said. His own restaurant build-out will take 60 days, which leads to an opening in early 2020, he said.

Bartell has not yet hired a restaurant designer, but said he plans to have a larger kitchen. That's a lesson from the first Kuzzo's, whose kitchen isn't large enough to handle food demand at times, he said.

LMich
Aug 24, 2018, 4:28 PM
The Platform is proposing another building in New Center. Their The Boulevard across the street is well under construction and includes 231 apartments and commercial space.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_colorbox/public/ThePlatformNewDevelopment-main_i.png?itok=CHB-Aeb7

Another Platform development: 304 apartments, 28,000 square feet of grocery in New Center (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180824/news/669186/another-platform-development-304-apartments-28000-square-feet-of)

By Kirk Pinho, Crain's Detroit Business

August 24, 2018

A Detroit-based developer has revealed plans for a new multifamily mixed-use building with a grocery store and hundreds of residences in the city's New Center area.

The Platform LLC, headed up by Peter Cummings and Dietrich Knoer, expects to build 304 units and a 28,300-square-foot grocery store on what is a surface parking lot immediately west of the Fisher Building it co-owns.

Update on The Boulevard

July 25

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Di-KBmJUUAAACy0.jpg
The Platform (https://twitter.com/ThePlatformDET/status/1022187418257158144)

August 16

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dku6n-PWwAYdMeU.jpg
The Platform (https://twitter.com/ThePlatformDET/status/1030122393384230914)

DetroitSky
Aug 26, 2018, 5:15 AM
Updates from the past month:

July 28

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/939/43658098112_b703c7e76c_k.jpg
Rocco's Italian Deli opened in June 2018 at 3627 Cass

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/941/41896544300_2550689fa1_k.jpg
Not sure when this was done, but this old Chinatown sign was restored on Cass and Peterboro. This is the last remnant of Detroit's last Chinatown.

July 29

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/940/43724817281_9a55d876a0_k.jpg
Franklin Lofts

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/855/41915948570_1b4eb3b03a_k.jpg
Book Tower

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/940/41915936810_9e2cbe4cea_k.jpg
G-Star RAW is now open

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/929/42820763695_2069f0e362_k.jpg
Detroit Is The New Black storefront work

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/933/42820746515_7cca7bf02e_k.jpg
The Detroit Thermal steam vent on the block of Woodward, John R, Farmer and Grand River has been incorporated into Shinola Hotel's new building. Thought this was interesting and a lot better than the huge silver vent that was there before

Aug 1

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/859/28858658107_44e51db484_k.jpg
Work continues on Tirana Grille in Briggs Houze

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/855/43747014532_43668ef06b_k.jpg
Floyd Furniture on Division Street in Eastern Market seems to be expanding

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/940/42891407525_1dd907de53_k.jpg
Viola Building

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/862/41986070190_e82bf65609_k.jpg
A bar called Collect is opening on the second floor of Gather restaurant on Gratiot in Eastern Market. It will also include rooftop seating.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/861/43794784901_e7f84270fd_k.jpg
2315 Orleans Street

August 14

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1811/42232752520_c94e0a777e_k.jpg
Detroit Pistons Performance Center

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1837/44041763751_dd45a143e7_k.jpg
City Club Apartments CBD Detroit. There's a large tower crane on the site now.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1796/42232742950_1fbd3515ca_k.jpg
Fisher Arcade Building base

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1777/30173818448_8205e48b78_k.jpg
Grinnell Brothers Building base

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1836/42232724420_1de9819f72_k.jpg
The Skillman/Downtown library had a pipe burst several months ago. I guess repair work has been ongoing and it may reopen by Labor Day, according to the sign on the door

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1819/43993287192_cd1e406385_k.jpg
The fencing surrounding the roadwork I thought may have been preliminary work for One Campus Martius' addition now has Bedrock banners on it

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1817/30173878418_5ea05eee7a_k.jpg
8300 Woodward Avenue. This place had a Value World store in it until about a year ago. It was for sale for awhile, and now there seems to be terra cotta work being done and a dumpster in back. I hope they open those second floor windows.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1814/44041798841_f022048022_k.jpg
114 E. Euclid Street

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1779/30173870538_870aaec864_k.jpg
30 E. Philadelphia Street apartments

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1811/42232771210_95440c0d14_k.jpg
8414-8420 Brush Street. There's an identical corner building to the right that has not seen any renovations and still sits abandoned.

August 19

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1876/30278759608_3fa5ad9dd2_k.jpg
Lake Okonoka habitat restoration on Belle Isle. This project includes access to the Detroit River, a new picnic shelter, and some new bridges.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1851/44097657462_b07431a2b1_k.jpg
Regency at Chene

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1812/43427255784_a87761e1b3_k.jpg
Fail jail demolition

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1899/29208318947_bda3123dda_k.jpg
Here's a rendering for St. John's Ministry Center renovation that I posted about in my last update.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1853/43427242954_318a800084_k.jpg
Little Caesar's HQ expansion. Not very much has changed on the outside, but there have been workers here daily.


https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1820/44145770241_0bb6e7fa0f_k.jpg
Looking up the Woodward Avenue pizza slice facade.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1879/30278725308_9f34a24859_k.jpg
Fyfe Building's ground floor renovation is complete

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1862/30278720208_717670d670_k.jpg
Mootz Pizzeria & Bar is coming soon to Library Street in the Z Lot garage

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1862/44145765871_d0e420e244_k.jpg
Columbia Street

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1875/44145758621_637355f0a2_k.jpg
Infill on Columbia between the Fox and the Detroit Life Building

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1812/44145748881_09e2d0ffff_k.jpg
Patterson Terrace

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1873/44097572632_d09f1e9183_k.jpg
Aurora Apartments

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1860/44145730441_30630f39c6_k.jpg
64 Watson

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1847/43427178624_dc5bdcdeab_k.jpg
Second Best Bar

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1811/30278650658_5fc0b06a83_k.jpg
59 Harper Avenue

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1861/44145707111_5e370bd8c6_k.jpg
222 Harper Avenue

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1896/29208221477_d6a5ee89f9_k.jpg
Baltimore Station 2

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1851/30278604178_6f19a0c230_k.jpg
The Boulevard

August 20

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1833/43427133514_a540ef574a_k.jpg
2702-2704 W. Grand Boulevard

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1884/44097507452_06e3c438cf_k.jpg
Henry Ford Hospital Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion. There's a parking garage in the rear thats maybe 4-5 floors as well

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1836/44145648551_6cf2bf03d7_k.jpg
St. Rita Apartments

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1899/42336996890_acded141ea_k.jpg
220-222 Kenilworth Street

August 21

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1815/30321863628_b9842b2d83_k.jpg
5764 Woodward Avenue appears to be undergoing some work

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1865/30321854228_7b5f8d22f7_k.jpg
89 E. Edsel Ford Freeway. I'm just as confused on the paint colors as you are.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1831/30321848028_b3c21f4f6b_k.jpg
Boulevard Hostel

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1889/43283195515_f45ebd5c3d_k.jpg
Woodbridge Estates senior apartments

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1836/43283189505_7d7cf66606_k.jpg
The Corner

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1848/30321830388_72de2a34ce_k.jpg
WCCCD Downtown Campus expansion

August 22

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1852/42399610900_3bd8632c14_k.jpg
This parking garage at 65 W. Baltimore Street seems to be having work done

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1844/29270982357_79b42e7cee_k.jpg
Baltimore Station

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1875/29270977467_af388e6b94_k.jpg
Urbanum Furniture

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1885/42399589670_4fc1266b93_k.jpg
Ferne Boutique and the Kitchen. Ferne opened this past Friday.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1863/43301591815_082c8efb99_k.jpg
Two of the eco homes on Fourth Street. There's another one thats getting walls, but the rest are still foundations.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1896/29270960617_e6eb4130dd_k.jpg
4100 Third Street

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1820/29270951757_b24587cb04_k.jpg
Book Tower

August 25

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1878/44270442741_77e7f0d7a6_h.jpg
1306 Holden Street

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1879/44270449931_f7def4274d_k.jpg
Laferte Terrace on W. Warren and Vermont Street in Woodbridge

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1860/43364586795_0f8bc74545_k.jpg
1938 W. Warren Avenue, about half a block away from Laferte Terrace

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1880/44270463631_75ccb7dd5b_k.jpg
644 and 634 Selden Street

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1880/44270470081_19898b57a3_k.jpg
Lawyers Building

cityguy
Aug 26, 2018, 10:27 AM
WOW.Fantastic update.

caldor120la
Aug 26, 2018, 3:20 PM
DetroitSky, Thanks for your August update just great. I'm sure the photos are enjoyed by many around the country. Again thanks

deja vu
Aug 26, 2018, 7:08 PM
Love seeing all of the evidence of Detroit's many neighborhoods stabilizing and growing. What's up with that Little Caesar's HQ facade? It looks like some of the gaskets between the pizza slice windows are popping out / coming loose.

LMich
Aug 27, 2018, 8:05 AM
My family used to shop at 8600 Woodward. I think it was a Purle Heart thrift store back in the 80's. So glad to see them hopefully restoring it and keeping the fantastic terra-cotta facade.

Great to see all of the infill in New Center, too.

SupaK
Aug 27, 2018, 10:44 PM
Thanks DetroitSky for the awesome update. I just moved to Houston from the Detroit area so I've been monitoring this forum heavily to see these projects work their way into reality!

DetroitSky
Aug 28, 2018, 2:35 AM
I'm glad you all enjoyed the update!

Atwater Beach officially breaks ground along Detroit’s East Riverfront (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/27/17786296/atwater-beach-breaks-ground-detroit-east-riverfront)

Atwater Beach won’t be a swimming beach—the currents are too strong in the river. When finished next summer, the site will have a sandy beach; green spaces for picnics; a musical garden for kids; many seating areas; a shed with a garage door opening for shelter, special events, food and beverage, and retail; and a floating barge with food and drink options.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/VbbLqWfostdV6HJsGQ0J4VFuyNo=/0x0:4228x2703/920x613/filters:focal(1776x1014:2452x1690)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/61042599/Atwater_Axo_Perspective.0.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/HdwHPIaxN4nxqWl0_0T3W2FmsQk=/0x0:3332x2156/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3332x2156)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12584727/Atwater_Beach_Barge.JPG

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/752_Z2HGFM9tNnd8huXrfKglDAU=/0x0:3840x2160/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:3840x2160)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12584787/Atwater_Mixed_Use_Facility.jpg

The Detroit Skybridge creates rainbow of moving colors between two iconic buildings (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/27/17786472/detroit-skybridge-photos-downtown-iconic-skyscrapers)

Rain only slightly dampened festivities Saturday night, as a new public art installation was unveiled 16 stories above the street. The Detroit Skybridge—the work of artist Phillip K. Smith III—lit up an unused walkway between the Guardian Building and One Woodward. Missed it? No worries. The installation is permanent.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/iEMW6p7juZw0llgexQuMh_qXOTI=/0x0:2048x1536/920x613/filters:focal(752x499:1078x825)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/61036065/PKS3_Skybridge_Lance_Gerber_5___3000px.0.jpg

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/zLekFcm2-0bn9oI_lioG4S7rRQs=/0x0:1536x2048/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:1536x2048)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12563303/PKS3_Skybridge_Lance_Gerber_4.jpg

Detroit Foundation Hotel named one of ‘World’s Greatest Places’ by Time (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/24/17777090/detroit-foundation-hotel-named-worlds-greatest-places-time)

National outlets have noticed. Time just released its “World’s Greatest Places 2018,” including places to visit, stay, and eat. Along with Giraffe Manor in Kenya, a Treehouse in Sweden, and an EcoCamp in Chile, the Detroit Foundation Hotel has made the list. The short write-up says that the hotel is “proof that Detroit is bouncing back,” and quotes Aparium’s Michael Kitchen saying, “This is a great American city, and we don’t let American cities die.”

Ford completes purchase of former brass factory for Corktown campus (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180822/news/669026/ford-completes-purchase-of-former-brass-factory-for-corktown-campus)

September 2011 for $270,000, according to Detroit land records.

It is slated to be demolished later this year to make way for a 290,000-square-foot, four-story building, Richard Bardelli, program manager for Ford Land, said last week during a public meeting of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee on the Ford campus project. What will rise at the former brass factory is 247,500 square feet of office/lab space along with 42,250 square feet of commercial space.

The train depot is expected to be turned into about 313,000 square feet of office space, about 42,000 square feet of residential space spread across 40 or so units, 43,000 square feet of commercial space and 60,000 square feet of event space.

The book depository, designed by Albert Kahn, is expected to be transformed into 205,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

Major construction work on the train station is expected to begin early next year, with a year being spent stabilizing the building and another two years spent restoring it. Major work on the book depository is expected to begin early next year.

WeWork adds another floor in 1001 Woodward (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180821/news/668961/wework-adds-another-floor-in-1001-woodward)

The expansion brings WeWork's total footprint in Detroit to around 85,000 square feet and 11 floors between 1001 Woodward and Bedrock's Merchants Row at 1449 Woodward Ave.

WeWork plans to open the new space Nov. 1, according to a company spokesman.

WeWork has more than 1,500 desks in downtown Detroit. The company declined to say how many are occupied. Its clients include Planet M Landing Zone, Techstars Mobility, Pinterest and May Mobility.

The expansion brings the 283,000-square-foot office tower to nearly 100 percent occupancy.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_colorbox/public/wework%201001%20woodward%20tower_i.jpg?itok=mZPKh9ZN

$2.4 million mixed-use redevelopment planned for Midtown (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180807/news/667921/24-million-mixed-use-redevelopment-planned-for-midtown)

A $2.4 million mixed-use redevelopment in Midtown is the next move for the minds behind Detroit Shipping Co.

Developers are aiming to convert the 13,000-square-foot vacant building at 3700 Third Street into 10 single-unit apartments on the second floor and 6,500 square feet of restaurant/retail space on the lower level, said Jonathan Hartzell, 42, developer on the project.

The first confirmed tenant in the building is Slyde Detroit, a fast-casual slider eatery that's been on the hunt for a space to open in the city. The rest of the space will be filled by a retailer Hartzell declined to name as negotiations are in process.

Hartzell said he anticipates work on the mixed-use redevelopment will start in around 45 days and be complete with stores open by next spring. He said a rental rate for apartments has not been decided but they will be market value.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_colorbox/public/main_image/8134771/midtown_mixed_use_rendering_photo.jpg?itok=C1q5q5u2

detroiterforlife
Aug 28, 2018, 3:08 PM
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/sites/default/files/styles/core_colorbox/public/Woodward%20at%20Midtown%20project_i.png?itok=mCoie8pO


http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180828/news/669536/long-stalled-woodward-midtown-project-to-begin-in-october

"Construction on a long-stalled mixed-use development near Detroit's Midtown neighborhood is now anticipated to begin in October, according to the project's developer and the state."

DetroitSky
Aug 28, 2018, 11:13 PM
Developers celebrate progress of Packard Plant cleanup (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/08/25/developers-celebrate-progress-packard-plant-cleanup/1023252002/)

The first phase of the project broke ground in May 2017, which included revitalizing the administration building and a nearby building. The project is estimated to cost $23 million and developer Fernando Palazuelo is financing the entire project himself.

Palazuelo touted the progress they have made in the last year having ripped up the floor, cleared asbestos and saved historical contents from the former auto plant administration building at 1580 East Grand Blvd.

While working to restore the administration building, developers at Arte Express are working in conjunction on the Packard Plant Brewery in a nearby building. The project was announced earlier this year and is expected to be completed at the same time.

Palazuelo said the 20,000-square-foot brewery will have three levels, a semi-outdoor patio, a garage-opening style facade and is a shared project with Atwater Brewery.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/08/25/PDTN/d8ac5bad-6d1a-4ca4-9d9a-bac7787133a2-IMG_2788.jpeg?width=534&height=401&fit=bounds&auto=webp

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/08/25/PDTN/1829ce49-864e-4ce7-9bea-ae787233fa55-IMG_2783.jpeg?width=540&height=405&fit=bounds&auto=webp

From food truck to storefront, Caribbean restaurant Norma G's Cuisine opens in Jefferson-Chalmers (http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/NormaGsOpening.aspx)

Norma G's Cusine is slated to open its doors to the public today, Tuesday, Aug. 28. The restaurant has built a steady following while operating as a food truck these past few years. This is the first brick-and-mortar location for the business.

Lime squeezes into Detroit’s scooter-share market (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/8/28/17792028/lime-scooter-share-market-detroit)

Looking at the app early Tuesday afternoon, we see most in downtown and Midtown, with a few in Corktown, Lafayette Park, the east Riverfront, and one all the way up in Highland Park.

PHL10
Aug 29, 2018, 11:14 AM
Wow, that photo update above is really impressive!

DetroitSky
Sep 3, 2018, 10:34 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed it, PHL10!

Detroit church school opens as community center (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/09/02/detroit-church-school-saint-suzanne-cody-rouge-community-center/1136415002/)

After nearly six years, a Detroit parish is re-opening a closed school as a community center with services under one roof at Cody Rouge.

On a mission to empower families and youth, and touting the center as a "rebirth" for the church and community, the St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center re-opened in July.

The new space, a 50,000-square-foot facility with 24 classrooms, is in a 72-year-old school building at 19321 West Chicago on Detroit's west side.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/08/30/PDTN/127c037e-6794-459a-a606-5a944638d966-083018-tm-Church_Reopen073.jpg?width=534&height=401&fit=bounds&auto=webp

Breithaupt trade school set to reopen after makeover (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/education/breithaupt-trade-school-set-reopen-after-makeover)

A second vocational-education high school Detroit is set to reopen this week after receiving millions of dollars in renovations underwritten in part by local corporations and philanthropic foundations.

The Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, 9300 Hubbell Ave., on Detroit's west side has undergone extensive interior and exterior updates this summer as part of a three-year effort to revitalize the city's languishing career and technical education schools to address workforce needs.

Last summer, a group of business executives led by DTE Energy Co. Vice Chairman Dave Meador breathed new life into Randolph Technical High School, renovating classrooms, buying new equipment and supplies for the construction trades classes and starting evening training classes for adults to better utilize the facility.

The rehab work was coordinated by Mayor Mike Duggan's workforce development office, which has forged a partnership with the Detroit school district to make capital and program improvements to Randolph and Breithaupt high schools.

Toma Detroit wins $50,000 Hatch Detroit prize (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/entrepreneurship/toma-detroit-wins-50000-hatch-detroit-prize)

McIntosh anticipates they will bank as much as $900,000 behind the project, including buying the 2,000-square-foot building. Their blueprint seeks to add 800 square feet to the structure for a kitchen and handicap-accessible bathrooms. When it opens sometime in late 2019, Toma Detroit will dish up Colombian and Mexican cuisines.

Southfield’s IoT Company Guardhat Moves Headquarters to Downtown Detroit (http://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/Annual-2018/Southfields-IoT-Company-Guardhat-Moves-Headquarters-to-Downtown-Detroit/)

Guardhat, an Internet of Things (IoT) industrial safety technology developer, Wednesday announced it will move its headquarters to 1520 Woodward Ave. in Detroit from its Southfield office. The new space is located between Witherell and John R streets.

Guardhat specializes in developing wearables, infrastructure, and software platforms to provide a safer and more productive work environment. The company has satellite offices in Colorado, Chicago, India, and Paris.

“Detroit continues to be a leading driver of innovation and technology, making it the ideal place to coordinate our business operations as we continue to scale,” says Saikat Dey, CEO of Guardhat. “Detroit’s established manufacturing industry and developing tech community provide the perfect backdrop for Guardhat, as represented by the city's adept manufacturing identity and intelligent software ingenuity.”

kcexpress69
Sep 4, 2018, 3:35 AM
Some awesome updates here!! :tup: So much progress has been made in Detroit. If this continues, Detroit will look radically different by 2030!!

DetroitSky
Sep 4, 2018, 5:47 AM
Finally it seems like a Hart Plaza renovation is in the works.

Hart Plaza next for a redo? Planners hope to liven up acres of asphalt (https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/john-gallagher/2018/09/02/hart-plaza-future/1132386002/)

Now the City of Detroit is beginning to mull how to enliven Hart Plaza, including whether to scrap the current design that hails from the 1970s and start over with something entirely new.

Mayor Mike Duggan's administration told me it's way too early to talk about a new future for Hart Plaza. There are no solid plans yet and probably no money to accomplish any if there were.

But it's well understood among professionals who follow the revitalization of Detroit's waterfront that the city's planners are looking at a big change there. For despite the crowds that fill the plaza for special events like the jazz fest, a redo of Hart Plaza is badly needed and long overdue.

I'm sure Dodge Fountain restoration will be part of the plan. Hopefully the Detroit Zoo aquarium on the site of Ford Auditorium are part of the plan as well. Seems that would add more pedestrian activity on the east side of the plaza.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/08/31/PDTF/53bf2a17-d110-457f-9231-5c5cc37d0787-hart-plaza-detroit-19.JPG?width=540&height=405&fit=bounds&auto=webp
Hart Plaza today.

animatedmartian
Sep 4, 2018, 1:55 PM
The thing I worry is that any new design might actually have too much green space. There are good examples of plazas that use paved open space really well while still able to hold large crowds.

Scanning for examples, I think something equivalent but not quite is the area in front of the Ferry Building in San Francisco. There's a major thoroughfare that cuts through but the open space still allows connection between the city and the waterfront (or at least the building). Plus there's a streetcar stop. In Detroit, you could probably have Jefferson split in a similar way with less lanes on either side but enough space in the middle to add plaza space and possibly a streetcar stop (if the Qline line is to be extended up Jefferson anyway).

After dealing with Jefferson like that, I think that would allow more flexibility on what you could actually do with the park/plaza itself. Above all else, I think there needs to be a little hot dog stand or some sort of small restaurant thrown in there because it's actually kind of far from all the other eateries like around Campus Martius.

LMich
Sep 4, 2018, 2:28 PM
Food would have to come later when they can figure out how to attract people a redone plaza during off-event days. As it is, the mobile food stands and such work just fine. An all-weekday, year-round concession stand would not work, right now. If you just need something to eat, the RenCen is right down the street or promenade.

I honestly don't think it needs a major reworking, or that such a thing would change it's function given it's location. It's an events space, and a pass-through or lunc-spot when it's not. I'm not really sure it can (or should) be anything else. Maybe a little rearranging, a bit more grass, but that's about it as far as I'm concerned. Unless they are going to build some housing on the old Ford Auditorium site, or expect this to be a hang-out for all of the new housing/hotel space they hope to have at the Joe site, there is no amount of rearranging chairs that's going to change what it is.

subterranean
Sep 4, 2018, 4:07 PM
Hart Plaza is just entirely too underwhelming, cold, and run-down for its location. I think the programming of this park may need to be rethought, too. I would love to see not only the land from Ford Auditorium included in a redesign, but also a cap put on the entrance to the tunnel to Canada. Get the police parking lot out of there or put it underground. Bring the terminus of the QLine down into the park. Connect it better with Cobo. Then take all that surface parking east of the RenCen and make that all into a park. you can see that shit from space, time to go.

LMich
Sep 4, 2018, 4:37 PM
Well, that was quick. This morning council unanimously approved (https://twitter.com/StoriesFromDet/status/1036986093961453568) the renaming of Chene Park to the "Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheatre." Mayor Duggan has just announced the propose name change at the funeral on Friday, and they held her tribute concert there on Thursday. From the Freep (https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2018/09/04/aretha-franklins-name-chene-park-okd-city-council/1190812002/):

The name change will be completed before the 2019 season begins next summer, and the mayor said that the city would provide money, through bonds and fundraising efforts, to make needed improvements at the 30-year-old park.

DetroitSky
Sep 4, 2018, 9:56 PM
Hart Plaza is just entirely too underwhelming, cold, and run-down for its location. I think the programming of this park may need to be rethought, too. I would love to see not only the land from Ford Auditorium included in a redesign, but also a cap put on the entrance to the tunnel to Canada. Get the police parking lot out of there or put it underground. Bring the terminus of the QLine down into the park. Connect it better with Cobo. Then take all that surface parking east of the RenCen and make that all into a park. you can see that shit from space, time to go.

Agreed. It’s due for upgrades. The fountain needs a restoration, the loose and uneven blocks that form most of the surface of the plaza are becoming a hazard, there’s graffiti throughout the plaza, most of the features look old and worn, and it’s underused most of the year.

If the Detroit Zoo builds the aquarium on the Ford Auditorium site, as they said was being considered months ago, that could take up the police parking lot as well and allow entrances and sidewalk cafes along the Riverwalk. There could also be cafes and shops along the east side of the plaza in the aquarium.

LMich
Sep 5, 2018, 8:57 AM
Second time the aquarium brought up. While not impossible, Duggan was out very quickly that he doesn't really support the Ford Auditorium site; so no one should be hanging their hats on that site. It was pretty much shot down as soon as the Detroit Zoo announced this is a potential location.

Anyway, this is a neat shot of the alley in between the Shinola and its addition that also shows the work being down on the Metropolitan. The picture is from early August:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkK3bMVUcAEJHg5.jpg
Shinola Hotel (https://twitter.com/ShinolaHotel/status/1027585357934747653)

This will open before the end of the year.

subterranean
Sep 5, 2018, 3:54 PM
^ Cool shot

Jasoncw
Sep 6, 2018, 1:11 AM
The reason Hart Plaza is in the state it is in now is because the city ran it into the ground.

There's tons of deferred maintenance, and an accumulation of poorly considered additions (light poles, security cameras, manholes, utility boxes, etc.).

They do a good job of filling the summer with events, but they need to work on activating the various program areas outside of events. Everything that people say Hart Plaza lacks was already incorporated into the design, it just doesn't get used. There are intimate secluded tree lined paths, a grassy knoll overlooking the river, multiple performance spaces, ice skating rink, iconic interactive fountain, permanent commercial spaces, spaces for food trucks...


And while I can't personally say that I'm in Hart Plaza very often, I think most of the complaints about the design of the park don't hold water, and I don't think the people who are making the complaints have been there outside of events. Wandering through it, it's not bad at all, and it's easy to see the inherent potential, and it's also never been anywhere near as dead as people say it is whenever I've been there.

LMich
Sep 6, 2018, 9:38 AM
Interesting little development on the far east side.

Flower farms transform vacant lots on Detroit’s east side (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/9/4/17819208/flower-farms-transform-vacant-lots-detroits-east-side)

A vacant lot in a neighborhood can summon a number of reactions: despair, anger, apathy. But many Detroiters are finding ways in which a vacant lot can lift up a community and inspire—even create a place for sanctuary.

Last week, we visited the Garden Detroit in Jefferson-Chalmers, with both a corner lot with hoop house and a plot of nine vacant lots transformed into a lush garden. The land and the flora is indeed inspiring.

Nancy Weigandt and Tom Milano of the Garden Detroit had been cleaning up vacant land as volunteers for years. Both experienced gardeners, they understood the potential for turning blighted land into a place of beauty, and started working with the Land Bank to acquire vacant lots. They intended on planting vegetables, but neighbors worried they might attract rats, so now flowers create a sanctuary on the lots on Manistique Street.

Garden at the home plot on Newport:

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/yhsl_HTUUNZOZ26UwCNpiI30edg=/0x0:2048x1365/920x613/filters:focal(1140x423:1466x749)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/61136423/DetroitAbloom_123.0.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com/)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/4CTDoOLgBmrNkcd9DSlikEz8Hzc=/0x0:2048x1365/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:2048x1365)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12786533/DetroitAbloom_125.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com/)

...and the garden over at Manistique:

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Z-tGieF4Ze401SLgi8DZsFkEJ1c=/0x0:2048x1365/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:2048x1365)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12785715/DetroitAbloom_136.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com/)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/GDQtIap-sWnMyLTR27j8rFHCnok=/0x0:2048x1365/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:2048x1365)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12785709/DetroitAbloom_139.jpg
Michelle & Chris Gerard (http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com/)

They sell cut flowers around town and at events, apparently.

mousquet
Sep 6, 2018, 4:44 PM
They sell cut flowers around town and at events, apparently.

Ah ouais, it's much like the Dutch do. That's alright; flowers are pretty and can sometimes feed ladies' souls in some old-fashioned way, but you also have to fill in stomachs from time to time.
I always find veggies and fruits are actually pretty convenient in that respect...

Don't overlook advanced organic agriculture. It's not just a peasant/redneck thing.
I hear there is a whole lot of future, and money to make in that business.

It's hugely marketed where I am. Even laughable sometimes, quite frankly.
They would do any scam to have their stuff labelled 'organic' these days.

Detroit1995
Sep 6, 2018, 5:13 PM
Any update on the Monroe Block development? Demolition on the two buildings at the site was supposed to take place in June, but hasn't as far as I know. The funds have been secured since March too.

seabee1526
Sep 6, 2018, 5:26 PM
Any update on the Monroe Block development? Demolition on the two buildings at the site was supposed to take place in June, but hasn't as far as I know. The funds have been secured since March too.

Great question, I hope that we have answers soon. I'm sure there are many delays and hoops to jump through, we'll just have to be patient.

The last update I saw at Hudson's is that they were still in the demo / stabilization phase at the site. I really hope they can work the foundation before the weather gets bad so they will be ready for construction in the spring.

DetroitSky
Sep 6, 2018, 7:20 PM
Any update on the Monroe Block development? Demolition on the two buildings at the site was supposed to take place in June, but hasn't as far as I know. The funds have been secured since March too.

There has been some work done on the interior of those two buildings, probably in preparation for demolition. No traditional demolition has begun, though. They also recently dismantled the skate park next to the National Theatre. Those are about the only happenings at the Monroe Block site.

Seabee, the garage at the Hudson’s site has been scraped clean and they’ve been removing debris. I’d imagine foundation work and construction of the new garage isn’t far off. They seem to be on schedule.

DetroitSky
Sep 8, 2018, 1:08 AM
First three houses in Fitzgerald redevelopment hit the market (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/9/5/17824278/fitzgerald-redevelopment-homes-for-sale-hit-market)

Earlier this summer, the group closed on 128 parcels to really get the work started. Ella Fitzgerald Park opened recently, offering new green space in the neighborhood. Now, three of the first for-sale houses are listed. They’re priced on par with Rehabbed & Ready houses—a Land Bank program—between $55,000 and $90,000.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/nTT_HfG8WTKr_hB0bCejzG_TRMk=/0x0:4359x3367/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:4359x3367)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12795659/Front_1.JPG
16230 Lilac Street

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/XQgl3w1gWHiXCZiKkp1Gsv-Ezwo=/0x0:4776x3456/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:4776x3456)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12795887/Front_2.JPG
16557 San Juan Street

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/KdRtcAnooiX1pFidH7xThXC4oW8=/0x0:4735x3456/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:4735x3456)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/12795967/Front_3.JPG
16770 Tuller Street

Big Sean movie theater: Two sites in contention, massive screen planned (https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/2018/09/05/big-sean-narrows-detroit-movie-theater-search-two-sites/1206722002/)

The rapper and his partners at the cinema chain Emagine Entertainment have narrowed their search to two sites in the city, Emagine CEO Anthony LaVerde told the Free Press.

LaVerde wouldn't name the sites in play, but said he hopes to announce the final choice by year's end.

"We're waiting to see which site makes the most sense economically," he said.

Crain's Detroit reported in June that the Michigan Central Station was among the sites in contention. The train station, purchased by Ford in the spring, is undergoing an extensive, years-long renovation.

The $20 million movie complex will include 10 to 12 auditoriums, including one with a 120-foot-wide, 65-foot-tall screen, LaVerde said. That theater would seat up to 1,000.

They also announced the complex's name: The Sean Anderson Theatre Powered by Emagine.

State grants $205K to East Jefferson Meijer development to remove contaminants (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/09/07/state-brownfield-grant-east-jefferson-meijer/1226740002/)

The state environment department has granted $205,000 to revitalize three East Jefferson Avenue properties, including the future site of a Meijer.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said Friday it awarded a brownfield redevelopment grant to East Jefferson Development LLC to remove contaminated soil on three properties in the 1400 block of the avenue. The developer is building a $60 million multi-story retail and apartment building there.

Frita Batidos restaurant to open in District Detroit near Fox Theatre (https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/dining/2018/09/06/frita-batidos-restaurant-open-district-detroit-near-fox-theatre-eve-aronoff/1211483002/)

The Detroit Frita Batidos comes under the wing of Olympia Development and will be part of a new shopping and dining destination within District Detroit, the Columbia Street promenade, between the Fox Theatre and the forthcoming Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additional tenants for the 40,000-square-foot, pedestrian-friendly strip will be announced at a later date.

Expect the menu at Detroit’s Frita Batidos to be similar to the Ann Arbor location, 117 W. Washington, with Cuban-inspired pressed sandwiches, churros, salads, burgers, milkshakes and alcoholic drinks. There are also plans for a Frita Batidos Airstream trailer food truck to serve at Woodward and Columbia.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Michigan to Add 10 Locations in 5 Years, First in West Bloomfield Township (http://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/Annual-2018/Fred-Astaire-Dance-Studio-Michigan-to-Add-10-Locations-in-5-Years-First-in-West-Bloomfield-Township/)

“We are excited about opening our second studio, in what will be the first of a long line of dance studios across the state,” says Evan. “We plan to have 10 more studios within the next five years. We’re already in discussions with potential investors and managers about locations in Detroit.”

Podcast Detroit expands as metro Detroit's appetite for audio medium grows (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/news/podcast-detroit-expands-metro-detroits-appetite-audio-medium-grows)

Earlier this month, the pair opened their latest podcast outpost — inside the new Detroit Shipping Co. in Cass Corridor — bringing the total number of studios to six, across three locations.

I had stated in previous updates that part of Farmer Street outside One Campus Martius was closed off and it seemed like it was for the addition of One Campus Martius. This link verifies that it is. (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180810/news/668156/another-effort-to-capitalize-on-mcs-sale-tactical-preservation-in) They're planning on installing a tower crane there. The permit was issued August 9th.

Hey, so Dan Gilbert's Bedrock LLC received another building permit from the city yesterday for its addition to One Campus Martius. Work should start this year on the $95 million, 310,000-square-foot addition. I told you in this space a month ago about another building permit that was issued for the project, that one to install a foundation for a tower crane on Farmer Street downtown. The crane is expected to arrive in about a month and be at the site through March as it installs the addition.

DetroitRises
Sep 9, 2018, 2:07 PM
https://imgur.com/gallery/QhsVtkK

Pictures I took of the City Club development on 9/8/18. I know it’s not a tall building but I was really surprised by all the lumber going up so soon.

davidberko
Sep 9, 2018, 6:56 PM
https://imgur.com/gallery/QhsVtkK

Pictures I took of the City Club development on 9/8/18. I know it’s not a tall building but I was really surprised by all the lumber going up so soon.


I just gotta say, it's embarrassing to see any kind of wooden construction going on in a downtown core lol. Oof. Oh well

The North One
Sep 9, 2018, 6:58 PM
Color every major US city embarrassed then?

davidberko
Sep 9, 2018, 7:06 PM
Color every major US city embarrassed then?

I'm just saying. Have you seen much of the country? Lived near a major city with a downtown (other than Detroit)? I live close to Chicago. There ain't no wooden structures going up. That's the kind of construction that has its place in the suburbs or the midtown part of a city, not the core. Just an observation. That being said, I am very glad Detroit is building on long-since vacant land such as this site. High time. Eventually they'll get taller developments but I guess we have to be grateful and learn to settle while Detroit is just beginning to turn things around.

The North One
Sep 9, 2018, 7:20 PM
Yes I have, you've got wood construction going on in cores like Seattle, this isn't new or unique, nobody is "settling". This weird stigma on wood construction is dumb, you realize a lot of the 19th-century/very early twentieth buildings downtown are structured with wood right?

Chicago builds parking podiums everywhere, I don't really care what materials they're using.

DetroitRises
Sep 10, 2018, 12:20 AM
Yes I have, you've got wood construction going on in cores like Seattle, this isn't new or unique, nobody is "settling". This weird stigma on wood construction is dumb, you realize a lot of the 19th-century/very early twentieth buildings downtown are structured with wood right?

Chicago builds parking podiums everywhere, I don't really care what materials they're using.

Personally, I don’t have anything against wood construction, but the developer was calling this a high rise development at its groundbreaking. If housing is in such high demand by the workers downtown why is this just a typical mid-rise being built on a historic site in the city. The older city club Apartments directly behind the new building are highrise apartments, not a 6-7 story building. This building really does seem like it was designed for midtown or new center.

I am very happy to see any development in Detroit but historic sites should be save saved for historic buildings. It’s not like there a shortage of parking lots with no historic value the developer could have chosen for this type of building. Imagine if Dan Gilbert was only building the podium without the highrise portion on the Hudsons site.

animatedmartian
Sep 10, 2018, 12:53 AM
I still think it'll be awhile before Detroit sees a rush of any new skyscrapers. There's still a lot of issues that hold the city back politically and economically that make (true) high rise building plausible in only a few exceptional cases.

The North One
Sep 10, 2018, 1:20 AM
You're forgetting that there are residential skyscrapers coming online to meet the demand they're just not new construction (The Stott, Book Tower, etc.) We have to wait for these older buildings to come back before you start seeing a highrise boom downtown. There are plenty of parking lots which is exactly why I'd rather see more human-scaled urban-friendly development to fill them and create more of a streetscape rather than concentrating things in a few vanity skyscraper condo towers.

Shoulda, woulda, coulda; the Statler site probably deserved something better but it is what it is.

davidberko
Sep 10, 2018, 2:17 AM
I still think it'll be awhile before Detroit sees a rush of any new skyscrapers. There's still a lot of issues that hold the city back politically and economically that make (true) high rise building plausible in only a few exceptional cases.

Yup, agreed.

The Detroit is dying thread on DetroitYes is a good go-to on the city's issues. Taxes need to be reformed and the stupid no-fault insurance has got to go!

The North One
Sep 10, 2018, 2:29 AM
Detroityes is an awful dated relic full of bitter boomers, a total no-go zone. You want good information and discussion go to the Detroit subreddit.

davidberko
Sep 10, 2018, 2:43 AM
Lol wow, I'd watch it, you may have triggered some "boomers" who follow this thread. Too funny. I'll definitely check that subreddit out though! Sounds like a good place to go.

animatedmartian
Sep 10, 2018, 3:34 AM
Yup, agreed.

The Detroit is dying thread on DetroitYes is a good go-to on the city's issues. Taxes need to be reformed and the stupid no-fault insurance has got to go!

Detroit's been dying for 60 years according to some people. :rolleyes:

Taxes and insurance are a bit of a detriment, but not so much as a lack of transit and the on-going brain-drain. Detroit isn't good at retaining college educated workers or attracting the companies that want to hire them.

A lot of job opportunities are still in manufacturing or engineering which isn't bad, but it's mostly tied to the auto-industry which isn't exactly a pro-urban industry.

DetroitSky
Sep 10, 2018, 7:51 AM
Lol wow, I'd watch it, you may have triggered some "boomers" who follow this thread. Too funny. I'll definitely check that subreddit out though! Sounds like a good place to go.

The North One is correct about DetroitYes. Years back it was a much more positive environment on that site. Nowadays it’s mainly grumpy aging suburban baby boomers who have barely left metro Detroit and barely know how things work out of state. Many of them voice their opinions on things they really don’t know anything about.

LMich
Sep 10, 2018, 7:52 AM
Detroityes is an awful dated relic full of bitter boomers, a total no-go zone. You want good information and discussion go to the Detroit subreddit.

Yeah, I don't want to get too off topic, but that place has become an utter mess. The site creator seems not to bother with it much, anymore, and you can really, really tell as the current editors basically have an "anything goes" attitude. The site always had its curmudgeons with their undertones of racism, but the trolls have been allowed to guide a lot of the discussion over there these days.

Detroit
Sep 10, 2018, 12:30 PM
I just gotta say, it's embarrassing to see any kind of wooden construction going on in a downtown core lol. Oof. Oh well

The Himelhoch Building is made completely of lumber. I'd say that is in a prominent downtown location.

animatedmartian
Sep 10, 2018, 1:23 PM
The structural steel of WCCCD Health Center is complete and on schedule to open in 2019.

https://scontent.fdtw1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/41465043_1157613431059033_3314389192460468224_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=f2fc7d708e5761ce8a5d003f0f34f160&oe=5C35BA11

https://scontent.fdtw1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/41394980_1157613424392367_2343137082123223040_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=f6b5adc4379e92b4243a5477ee7d0690&oe=5C22A183

https://scontent.fdtw1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/41510430_1157613407725702_1870154538795663360_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=6c6021ad9cbc16b05c6d5827e5c7fd26&oe=5C339930

https://scontent.fdtw1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/41456610_1157613727725670_5352265610073997312_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=80af2f68af29a18586bc734c88e5d5d4&oe=5C2C8716

https://www.facebook.com/neumannsmitharchitecture/posts/1157614464392263

DetroitSky
Sep 10, 2018, 9:15 PM
Some renderings have been released of Tiger Towns at The Corner (http://www.robertsonhomes.com/tiger-towns-at-the-corner), located on Trumbull along The Corner Ballpark.

http://www.robertsonhomes.com/images/uploaded/507623619865626_tiger_town_site_plan-web.jpg

http://www.robertsonhomes.com/images/uploaded/354242045897990_2_unit_-web.jpg

http://www.robertsonhomes.com/images/uploaded/270659607835114_7_unit_front_balcony_-web.jpg

LMich
Sep 11, 2018, 8:05 AM
I'm...confused. The renderings look like something a high schooler would do. And, I like the placement of the units along Trumbull, but what is going on with the interior-facing units? Am I crazy?

animatedmartian
Sep 11, 2018, 8:33 AM
It's really plain and basic design, yes, but very typical of contemporary mid-range townhomes. Seems like this developer mostly has properties out in Oakland County and this is their first one in the city.

LMich
Sep 11, 2018, 8:42 AM
Well then that explains it. Detroit's urban developers are doing way better stuff than developments like this, now, so it kind of took me aback a bit. The stuff in the immediate neighborhood is better designed.

Wait, where is this? Is this north of The Corner?

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/vY2PMD0eTA8p5EHmkmzutUPUbkk=/0x0:3600x2025/920x613/filters:focal(1693x518:2269x1094)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/59663949/2018_0503___StreetC.0.jpg
Curbed Detroit (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/5/8/17330758/the-corner-mixed-use-development-breaks-ground-corktown)

hybrydy
Sep 11, 2018, 1:26 PM
Well then that explains it. Detroit's urban developers are doing way better stuff than developments like this, now, so it kind of took me aback a bit. The stuff in the immediate neighborhood is better designed.

Wait, where is this? Is this north of The Corner?

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/631c5291f79ff9c3bc5c350b0e90f903a405d1f6/c=0-145-3000-1833/local/-/media/2016/08/17/DetroitNews/B99430359Z.1_20160817221154_000_GJB13CM99.1-0.jpg?width=3200&height=1680&fit=crop
Photo: Rossetti

The project, announced in 2014 in tandem with the Detroit Police Athletic League’s $20-million youth sports stadium, has changed slightly in two years. About 10 townhouses were added to the plans. The new buildings hook around right field off Trumbull instead of trailing north to Interstate 75.

The design aims to replicate the neighborhood that would have been on Trumbull long before Tiger Stadium. Larson said his project is slightly behind schedule.

The townhouses will be for-sale units. Twenty percent of the apartments will qualify as affordable housing for buyers who earn about 80 percent of the annual median local income.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2016/08/17/tiger-stadium-housing/88930712/

subterranean
Sep 11, 2018, 6:23 PM
I'm just saying. Have you seen much of the country? Lived near a major city with a downtown (other than Detroit)? I live close to Chicago. There ain't no wooden structures going up. That's the kind of construction that has its place in the suburbs or the midtown part of a city, not the core. Just an observation. That being said, I am very glad Detroit is building on long-since vacant land such as this site. High time. Eventually they'll get taller developments but I guess we have to be grateful and learn to settle while Detroit is just beginning to turn things around.


Actually, this isn't accurate. There is a movement now toward building wood high-rises, and Portland has one. (https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/first-wood-highrise-building-portland) Recently there was plans to build the tallest wood structure anywhere, with laminated wood, but costs proved to be too high (https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2018/07/16/plans-for-record-setting-timber-tower-in-downtown-portland-fall-through/). But, I think with the way things are going with the price of steel, we are going to see a lot more development, high-rise and otherwise, that uses wood. I guess only time will tell.

Jasoncw
Sep 11, 2018, 7:24 PM
The site planning for Tiger Towns isn't very good, but I can see how they arrived at that. They lined Trumble with townhouses, which I suppose makes sense. The left side of the site plan is the freeway service drive, so it makes sense to turn away from that. But combining it all together you end up with a development dominated by garage doors and driveways. The older perspective image has a better site plan which makes the perpendicular townhouses into something similar to a courtyard apartment right off of Trumble, but the change is how they fit in the 10 extra units.

imo if they had taken a woonerf approach for the north section they could have had both the front entrances and parking accommodated in a central courtyard which would have connected to Trumble. And then each of the units could have also had an enclosed backyard.

But I will complement the development for having the front doors on the street, with each unit having a defined front garden area. Individually maintained front gardens (the different plantings in the site plan seems to indicate this is the intention) is a way in which residents take ownership and express ownership of their home, and the variety of those expressions is something that helps make a place feel like a "place".

davidberko
Sep 11, 2018, 7:44 PM
Actually, this isn't accurate. There is a movement now toward building wood high-rises, and Portland has one. (https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/first-wood-highrise-building-portland) Recently there was plans to build the tallest wood structure anywhere, with laminated wood, but costs proved to be too high (https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2018/07/16/plans-for-record-setting-timber-tower-in-downtown-portland-fall-through/). But, I think with the way things are going with the price of steel, we are going to see a lot more development, high-rise and otherwise, that uses wood. I guess only time will tell.

I would not feel safe in a timber tower lol. Fireproofing, soundproofing? Concerete and steel will always be better for height. But your point stands, nevertheless.

Rizzo
Sep 11, 2018, 8:39 PM
I would not feel safe in a timber tower lol. Fireproofing, soundproofing? Concerete and steel will always be better for height. But your point stands, nevertheless.

Engineered wood maintains greater strength in a fire than SFRM on steel. It has to do with the sustained rigidity of wood. You can still top the floor decks in concrete for sound resistance and a nice level floor.

DetroitSky
Sep 12, 2018, 1:54 AM
James Scott Fountain to get $400K in updates (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/9/11/17846004/james-scott-fountain-belle-isle-400k-updates)

Updates will include repairing marble on the stairs, replacing damaged lighting, fixing leaky pipes, and resealing some marble joints.

Crain’s reports that this is one of many updates to come on the island. The Aquarium and Conservatory would be next for updating, including assessing the heating and cooling system, signage, and bathroom fixes in the aquarium. Additional funding could lead to “new restrooms for the conservatory, a gift shop and a catering kitchen,” which would help out the conservatory as an event space.

First rental units now leasing at the Selden Corridor Initiative (https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/9/11/17843322/first-residential-units-open-selden-corridor-initiative-midtown)

Midtown Detroit Inc. tells us that they don’t have exact pricing at 644 Selden worked out yet—although they’ll be rented around market-rate—since much of the site is still under construction. The units are one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartments ranging from 1,210 to 1,388 square feet with an open concept layout, balconies, heated bathroom floors, in-unit washer and dryers, and access to a shared rooftop deck.

The 14 4th Street Ecohomes coming in the development will be delivered in groups. Midtown Detroit Inc. tells us that the first group will come later this year or in the first quarter of next year, while the rest will come in summer 2019. These are selling for over $300 per square foot.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/zCV2wFWvZC5e7pszr-LUA5SL2k4=/0x0:3000x2000/920x613/filters:focal(1260x760:1740x1240)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/61274931/2J7A9676.0.jpg

Developer to get more time to save historic Palmer Park building (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/construction/developer-get-more-time-save-historic-palmer-park-building)

The city of Detroit plans to give the owner of an apartment building in a historic district of Detroit's Palmer Park neighborhood more time to save the structure.

A demolition notice was posted on the red-bricked, 93-year-old Delmar building at 17111 Second Ave. in late August, prompting concerns about its survival. It looks intact from the front, but the collapsed roof remains a concern.

Owner Kathy Makino, founder of Detroit-based Shelborne Development Corp., said she has struggled to finance a mixed-use redevelopment there. She said she wants to move forward, but would hand off the project to another developer if they felt they would have more success.

"It would be preferable to see this owner preserve and rehab the building," Garcia said in the statement. "To that end, the Housing & Revitalization Department will speak with the owner to explore options for saving the structure."

Makino intends to redevelop the Delmar and nearby Merton Manor in a combined $8 million, 48-unit senior housing project with retail called Unity Square.

She purchased the Delmar from the Wayne County treasurer in 2009 for $1,200, according to city records. Makino's Shelborne Development has spent $300,000 removing graffiti, cleaning up the site, boarding it up, on carrying costs, performing due diligence and completing financing applications for funding, she said.

https://crain-platform-cdb-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/styles/width_792/public/delmar%20apartments%20palmer%20park-main_i.jpg

Former Purple Gang hub near Detroit riverfront sells to NYC investor (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/former-purple-gang-hub-near-detroit-riverfront-sells-nyc-investor)

Work such as roof improvements and window replacement will begin soon and take place over the next six months, said Wasterlain, who is a former president and CEO of ORIX Capital Markets LLC in Dallas and chief investment officer of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. He declined to disclose the capital expenditure budget.

The Lewarchiks purchased the building in 2007 for $298,000, or about $10.64 per square foot, according to city property records. It was listed for $2.6 million, or $92.86 per square foot, the Friedman listing says. It sold Monday for $2.125 million, or $75.89 per square foot.

https://crain-platform-cdb-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/styles/width_792/public/ElevatorBuilding_i.jpg

University of Michigan mulling larger footprint in Detroit (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/voices-chad-livengood/university-michigan-mulling-larger-footprint-detroit)

The university's purchase earlier this year of the rest of the Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building in Midtown could give rise to a "more substantial" physical presence in Detroit for the maize-and-blue, UM President Mark Schlissel told Crain's.

Schlissel sees an opportunity to expand from UM's tiny outpost at the Detroit Center on Woodward Avenue and make the 77-year-old Rackham building the university's "home base" in Detroit with a yet-be-defined larger mission in Michigan's largest city.

"We're trying to look for partners who are willing to work with us on this," Schlissel said in an interview last week after speaking at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon.

LMich
Sep 12, 2018, 9:13 AM
Photo: Rossetti

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2016/08/17/tiger-stadium-housing/88930712/

Okay, thanks. This makes me feel much better about this. I was having a difficult time orienting myself from the site plan posted.

hybrydy
Sep 12, 2018, 11:42 AM
[B]Developer to get more time to save historic Palmer Park building (http://www.crainsdetroit.com/construction/developer-get-more-time-save-historic-palmer-park-building)

https://crain-platform-cdb-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/styles/width_792/public/delmar%20apartments%20palmer%20park-main_i.jpg



i wish udm would get involved to reboot palmer park. the buildings that have been rehabbed look amazing. students used to dominate that rental area, but alas that building looks the same since i came to town in '03.