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Mar 27, 2006, 1:54 AM
I just wanted to start this thread cuz im tired of goin to these threads and seeing all these other cities on it...but allow me some time to get things started, i just wanted to get it on here so people will realize that theres a new thread in town

I start it off with some renderings for the planned projects for the Detroit Riverfront. These are planned projects.

@twater Lofts

Detroit International Riverfront | Chene Park East Development

Detroit International Riverfront | Chene Park West Development

RiverEast - 11 acres just east of the Renaissance Center, rental and condominium units, retail and entertainment usages, proposed.



Mar 27, 2006, 2:15 AM
Looks like a possible Cobo Hall expansion plan is near...


Mar 27, 2006, 4:48 AM
Finally a Dtown thread:cheers:

Mar 27, 2006, 6:37 PM
Glad to see a Detroit thread finally!

Any info on the new riverfront park?

Mar 27, 2006, 11:37 PM
Yes, i've been waiting to get some info on detroit as well. The more rust belt the better.

Mar 28, 2006, 4:17 AM
any renderings of the projects going on in the motor city?

Mar 28, 2006, 4:32 AM
Just get out there and start snapping some pics. I'd love to see Detroit's progress.
Glad to see Detroit here.
Was there a few years ago and saw a great difference during the Super Bowl. I hope to make it up there again this summer.

Polishing up the Rust Belt!

Mar 28, 2006, 4:37 AM
I'll try to put a rough draft together of some of the major projects soon, and Detroiters are going to have to help with construction pictures.

volguus zildrohar
Mar 28, 2006, 4:53 AM
Yes, please.

I was hoping to see some images of what's coming down Detroit's pipeline. When you've got them, toog05, can you put them up in the first post?

Mar 28, 2006, 4:59 AM
awesome! and about time! lets see some pics of the renovation of Woodward Ave and Kennedy Sq and the new downtown YMCA!

Id also like to see new construction in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, like the gentrification of Brush Park, infill in historic Corktown, as well as the planned highrises in the East Riverfront. You guys are all past due on images :)

Mar 28, 2006, 4:59 AM
yes i will be putting some things up soon...just give me a minute

Mar 28, 2006, 6:23 AM
For you RiverNorth, I have some pictures of a few planned/construction projects for residential housing near or in downtown.

Elliot Lofts - Under Construction
The Ellington Lofts is a 55-unit, 5-story building currently under construction on the northeast corner of Woodward and Mack. The development will also feature 12,000 square-feet of ground level retail space. So far Starbucks, FedEx/Kinkos and LaSalle Bank are the only tenants signed to the ground floor space. Completion of the Ellington Lofts is expected in Spring 2006.

Woodward Place@Brush Park - Under Construction
Woodward Place is a 700-unit townhome development going up at Woodward and I-75. Work started in 1999 on the project, with the first units opening in 2000. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in several years.

Eddystone Euro Condominiums - Approved

Mid-Med Lofts - Under Construction

1403 Woodward Lofts (Elliot Building) - Under Construction
Rosemary Aizer plans renovate this 6-story building into 15-18 lofts, ranging in size from 800 sq. ft. for a one bed/one bath unit to 3,100 sq. ft for a three-bed and three-bath penthouse. The ground floor will be renovated into 6,000 square feet of commercial space. Completion is expected by early 2007

Mar 28, 2006, 6:49 AM
Casino proposals...others can add the residential proposals, concepts, and completions.

1. Greektown Casino Hotel - Proposed, 33-35 floors (20-story hotel atop 13-15 story parking garage), 400 rooms, start and completion: 2006-2008?. It is going to be located at the very eastern end of the Greektown district of Downtown Detroit.

[No Rendering Released - Old Proposals Shown Below]






2. MotorCity Casino and Hotel - Under Construction, 17 floors, 400 rooms, start and completion: 2005-2007, location: 2901 Grand River Avenue. This complex will contain 100,000 square feet of casino space, 67,000 square feet of convention space, a 1,200-seat multi-use theater, restaurants and bars, a hotel-top lounge area, and a 4,440-space parking garage.


3. MGM Grand Casino and Hotel - Under Construction, 18 floors (216' tall), 401 rooms, start and completion: 2005-2008, Location: 3rd at Bagley. This complex will feature retail, 100,000 square feet of gaming space, a bingo hall, a spa and pool, conference space, a 5,625-space parking garage, and restaurants.

No renderings, they are keeping it supersecretive. Some construction pictures, though:



Toog, I corrected the first proposal. @twater is a separate development from Chene East and West, I believe.

Mar 28, 2006, 8:33 AM
it's great to see one of these threads for detroit. it looks like there might be quite a bit more to add to it soon as well.

(might want to fix the title though)

Mar 28, 2006, 9:02 AM
I was in Detroit last weekend visiting my grandmother and I got the chance to go around and take some construction pictures.

One Kennedy Square



MGM Grand Detroit Hotel


I'll post more when I can. I've been going to Detroit all my life and his was the first time that I adventured downtown by myself.

Mar 28, 2006, 2:19 PM
It's nice to see that Detroit finally has a construction thread!!! I'd say the only thing that's holding Detroit back is the lack of a couple of supertalls (the RenCen doesn't count) and a legit subway/mass transit system. But it's nice to see that the city is putting up an effort to become world-class!

Mar 28, 2006, 3:55 PM
Looks likewe started our thread just in time for this weeks Model D developemnt update



Construction begins on Vinton Building rehab Downtown
Construction has begun on the rehabilitation of the Vinton Building, a 1917 Albert Kahn-designed skyscraper located at the northeast corner of Woodward and Congress. Interior demolition is underway, asbestos and lead abatement have been completed, and exterior masonry work is to start this

The building’s developer, Vinton Building LLC, is a partnership consisting of 10 individual investors — eight of whom will each own and occupy one floor and two — Robert Porcher and Aaron Alston of RP3 Developments LLC — who will own four floors. The Garrison Company is the project’s general contractor. Norm Davies, the Vinton Building LLC’s secretary as well as future resident of the building’s 10th floor explains: “We've been able to place a premium space into the hands of moderate-level investors using this collaborative partnership.”

The first floor of the Vinton Building will be commercial, the second floor office space, and the remaining 10 floors residential. Each 3,600-square-foot floor will include two furnaces and two air-conditioning units. The 5,600-square-foot basement will be converted into a parking garage with room for one car per living space. The garage will be accessed off the alley.

The Vinton Building was originally built as the headquarters for the Vinton Company, Albert Kahn’s primary construction partner. It recently sat vacant until the City of Detroit issued a Request for Proposal for its redevelopment. Davies expects construction to be complete by December of this year.

Source: Norm Davies, Vinton Building LLC


MSHDA awards loan to 75-unit Willys Overland Lofts in Midtown

The State of Michigan approved a Homebuyer Mezzanine Construction Loan to develop the Willys Overland Lofts on West Canfield between Cass and Second Avenues in Midtown. “The Willys Overland renovation is an integral part of the city’s efforts to revitalize the entire downtown, and we are pleased to be a part of this exciting project,” MSHDA executive director Michael R. DeVos said. “By providing this loan, we are demonstrating our commitment to the redevelopment and success of Detroit.”

Willys Overland Lofts will consist of 75 units that will range in size from 1,000 to almost 3,000 square feet and will sell starting from the $170,000s. Selected condominiums will have private rooftop terraces, ground floor units will have private patios, and all residents will have access to a common rooftop garden.

Constructed in 1912 for Willys Overland Company, the building also served as a dry goods store, a department store, and most recently, a Detroit Public Schools warehouse. The project is being developed by Midtown Development Inc. and DeMattia Investments II, LLC.

Source: MSHDA

Nine on Third townhomes going up, more units planned in Midtown


Nine on Third is situated facing Third Avenue rather than Canfield Street because, “[That orientation] went towards the character of how the neighborhood was originally planned. It will create an enclosure for the street,” explains Kevin Borsay of Archive DS, the project’s design firm.

The 1,100 square-foot townhouses, which have been designed to complement the Canfield Historic District, will each include two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a balcony, two spaces of interior parking, and will start at $209,000. “The interior brick walls, exposed interior structure, 10-foot ceilings, and exposed spiral ductwork make the townhouses feel very ‘lofty’,” says Borsay. Archive DS anticipates the units to be made available for purchase in May.

The project’s construction partner is Shaheen Enterprises. The team also recently purchased 701 W. Canfield, a vacant multi-family building located across the street from Nine on Third, with plans to create 4 or 5 condo units. “We like this area because of its location within the Canfield Historic District—that’s a big plus. Another bonus is that we’re in the Wayne State police response area,” says Borsay.

Source: Kevin Borsay, Archive DS

Mar 29, 2006, 4:21 AM
For those interested here are some pictures of the new YMCA in downtown Detroit...

Mar 29, 2006, 4:22 AM



Mar 29, 2006, 4:29 AM
They really messed up that design with the aluminium siding. The rendering looked much better, IMO:


Still, a good addition to downtown, but it kind of makes you wish they had never torn the old one down.

Mar 29, 2006, 4:36 AM
you're right the rendering does look much better

Mar 29, 2006, 6:13 AM
Actually it looks almost identical to the rendering. Your photo just shows the far wall that isn't seen in the rendering. (I agree that far wall is too ugly... cheap aluminum) Can you get a photo from the same angle as the rendering?

The only difference I can see is the actual building doesn't have the cool YMCA sign. (maybe just not put up yet?)

Mar 29, 2006, 4:58 PM
actually ur right it does look the same when i take a second look at it, cuz the rendering got the same aluminum siding as well, i just need to get a picture with it at a different angle

Mar 31, 2006, 8:14 PM
Glad to finally see a D Town thread. Liking the catchy thread name too. ;)

Apr 2, 2006, 9:50 PM
If Rock Financial decides to build downtown, Detroit will be on its way.

Apr 3, 2006, 5:58 PM
Look like we have a new rendering of the MGM Grand Casino


Apr 6, 2006, 5:26 AM
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Apr 7, 2006, 2:13 AM
Glad to see a Detroit thread finally!

Any info on the new riverfront park?

The portion downtown is complete: (Well, almost...there needs to be one more link at the Bates Street drain just west of the Ren Cen)

As is much of St. Aubin Marina

Construction continues on the rest:

Apr 7, 2006, 2:28 AM
MGM Grand at the end of February:


Brush Park Gentrification (Ransom Gillis House)
(you should have seen the "before" photo.


Centurion Place (Ferry Street)


New Amsterdam Lofts -- http://www.jonna-detroitlofts.com/

Research Lofts


Apr 7, 2006, 3:28 PM
Latest Greektown Casino rendering:

Let's just hope City Council doesn't vote against it claiming it is 30-stories too high.

the pope
Apr 8, 2006, 4:41 AM
If Rock Financial decides to build downtown, Detroit will be on its way.

small correction: We want quicken loans, not rock financial. Rock is a subsidiary of quicken.Supposedly they'll have a site selected in the next few months for anyone not in the loop (4,000 employees)

Apr 8, 2006, 7:10 AM
A shot from Flickr of the MGM under construction (April 6):


the pope
Apr 12, 2006, 4:29 PM
mgm grand from monday april 10th


Apr 13, 2006, 12:08 AM
Good pictures, does anyone have any pictures of how the MotorCity Casino construction is looking like right now because I heard it was a good view coming from downtown on the Lodge?

the pope
Apr 13, 2006, 1:37 PM
Good pictures, does anyone have any pictures of how the MotorCity Casino construction is looking like right now because I heard it was a good view coming from downtown on the Lodge?

the only view i got of it was from the lodge, so it was hard to snap a pic, but it looks as only the elevator shafts are rising

Apr 15, 2006, 10:33 PM
Excellent work so far...

Makes me want to go out and take some spring pictures!

Apr 15, 2006, 11:42 PM
Excellent work so far...

Makes me want to go out and take some spring pictures!

Well go ahead and snap em, we can use more pictures, it dont hurt!

Marvel 33
Apr 17, 2006, 5:21 PM
Hey guys, sorry for getting off topic here but I was wondering if anybody would be interested in helping out with putting together a list of all the Detroit forumers so I can post it on the How many forumers do we have per city? thread I created on Skybar. I also need it so I know exactly how many of you forumers we have.

You can either post it yourself or you can send me a private message with the names and I'll post it.

Here is a link to the thread: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=103189


Apr 18, 2006, 1:45 AM
This evening (April 17, 2006). Motor City Casino as seen from northbound Lodge Freeway.

This will be a really cool effect coming up the freeway when the two ends are filled in and the building is topped out.

Sorry for the poor quality.

Oh and another thing...I just drove by the future site of the Port Authority Terminal...and...the freakin prominade is finished! lol Needless to say, I was shocked! It is still sectioned off though.

Apr 18, 2006, 2:11 AM
BTW, looking through the Planning Commission minutes for this year, it seems like the city is really moving through all of the tape to get the Port Authority Terminal started.

Apr 18, 2006, 5:47 AM
That's pretty cool I like how it looks as if it's rising right on top of the freeway. I can't wait to see this same view next year when it's lit up like a Christmas tree

Apr 18, 2006, 7:53 AM
Yea that do look good and I heard that the elevator shafts are not done increasing its height. I believe that it still has several more floors to go up to. I think Motor City comin from the lodge freeway downtown is going to make a huge statement and the MGM Grand.

Apr 18, 2006, 5:49 PM
Yah, I should have done a loop and captured what it looked like coming in the opposite direction (from the north) but I was running short on time.

Apr 18, 2006, 11:52 PM
Yea go ahead and do that, too bad I havent been down there lately

Apr 19, 2006, 12:37 AM
Here's the new School of Business Administration at Wayne State University. It will be built on the west side of Woodward and the north side of Palmer.

And the Engineering Develoment Center located at Warren and 3rd Street.

I have no idea when the two projects are suppose to break ground, but I think I recall hearing summer of 06.

Apr 19, 2006, 1:02 AM
Wow, some very nice architecture, there! The first one will be a breath of fresh air to the Woodward streetscape. Michi, where can I find more information on the first building in particular? I see the architect of the second one, but would like some more information.

Apr 19, 2006, 1:12 AM
You know, LMich, Woodward REALLY needs large structures lining it to "shrink" its width. Even though the Palmer area is primarily a residential focused street, this really needs to happen to continue the focus of importance that Woodward and the university have.

You can find more information here:

I still have yet to read through it all.

Apr 19, 2006, 1:35 AM

Yeah, short of reducing lanes on Woodward (which seems like it will never happen in my lifetime), the only other way to make it more human-scaled is to build large buildings right to the street. I'm sure you noticed, but the setbacks of the museums and the like in the cultural center (and other areas along Woodward) can make the thing feel a mile wide. Just look at how wide the tiny Woodward Place at Brush Park make the street feel.

Apr 20, 2006, 1:02 AM
I'm not sure why this is breaking news, but nonetheless...

Breaking news
Welcome center under construction in southwest Detroit
Leaders hope it will boost Mexicantown

April 19, 2006

In the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge, construction crews are humming, putting into reality a 30-year-old community dream for an international welcome center and marketplace to anchor the booming neighborhoods of southwest Detroit.

After three decades of talk, 10 years of development and almost a year of construction, concrete and steel beams are finally up for the $17 million, 45,000 square-foot Mexicantown International Welcome Center and Mercado.

The long-awaited project that will feature a public plaza and mercado — or marketplace — with three restaurants and vendors selling Latino-influenced products and wares, is expected to be completed by August and open to the public by November.

I saw the progress on this the other day and it look pretty good from far away. I hate the street patterns in that area, but hopefully with all the new bridge approach reconfiguring, things will fall into place nicely.

Looks like yet another photo I need to go out and fetch. :)

Apr 20, 2006, 1:37 AM
Hey guys, sorry for getting off topic here but I was wondering if anybody would be interested in helping out with putting together a list of all the Detroit forumers so I can post it on the How many forumers do we have per city? thread I created on Skybar. I also need it so I know exactly how many of you forumers we have.

You can either post it yourself or you can send me a private message with the names and I'll post it.

Here is a link to the thread: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=103189

Thanks!Though I haven't lived in Detroit for 5 years, but after growing up their, I still consider myself a Detroiter. I don't know if that counts though.

Apr 20, 2006, 2:10 AM
I'm not sure why this is breaking news, but nonetheless...

Breaking news
Welcome center under construction in southwest Detroit
Leaders hope it will boost Mexicantown

April 19, 2006

In the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge, construction crews are humming, putting into reality a 30-year-old community dream for an international welcome center and marketplace to anchor the booming neighborhoods of southwest Detroit.

After three decades of talk, 10 years of development and almost a year of construction, concrete and steel beams are finally up for the $17 million, 45,000 square-foot Mexicantown International Welcome Center and Mercado.

The long-awaited project that will feature a public plaza and mercado — or marketplace — with three restaurants and vendors selling Latino-influenced products and wares, is expected to be completed by August and open to the public by November.

I saw the progress on this the other day and it look pretty good from far away. I hate the street patterns in that area, but hopefully with all the new bridge approach reconfiguring, things will fall into place nicely.

Looks like yet another photo I need to go out and fetch. :)

It's about damn time. lol Weren't they supposed to have started in 2003?

Apr 20, 2006, 2:28 AM
Yah, I don't know what happened. You would have thought this was the Book Cadillac. Just evidence that Detrot development takes FOREVER!!...The Ellington is just getting annoying. Skyscrapers in Chicago started before Ellington have been open for 16 years now. ;)

Apr 20, 2006, 3:21 AM
What happened was what happens to most projects here lack of $$$. A lot of this was financed with donations and it's not high profile like the Riverwalk it just took longer to raise it than expected. This isn't even breaking news it not like they just started working it. But eh it's par for the media around here, a day late and a dollar short

Anyway I really like what WSU is building on Woodward. It's too bad they killed South University Village WSU could've had a really great presence

Apr 20, 2006, 3:31 AM
Yeah, WSU definitely look some steps backwards in killing South Village and the whole Chatsworth Annex debacle.

Apr 20, 2006, 4:16 AM
Yea I'm looking forward to seeing WSU developments take place

Apr 20, 2006, 4:08 PM
Yah South University Village was a real disappointment. The developer was from Chicago and was SO excited to build a presence in Detroit. They wanted to bring a piece of "Chicago" to Midtown Detroit.

The reason WSU dropped the ball was because they thought occupancy numbers were too risky.

I sat through a presentation by the developer and what impressed me most was his selling of "eyes on the street" type of development...meaning zero-setbacks, no parking garage presence, retail, residential, commercial, garden space, etc...

This is something I believe Midtown is severly lacking which is why there's so many car thefts, break-ins, and other petty crimes that are nonsense. To build housing is only one fraction of the total pie. To build a quality environment in which to live makes up the bulk of the rest. And like I said, we could really use some of what that developer from Chicago was advocating here because evidently, we don't really know how to do it.

Apr 21, 2006, 4:37 AM
Some more from www.modeldmedia.com


24-unit Chesterfield Apartments ready for tenants
The redevelopment of the Chesterfield Apartments, a 24-unit income-restricted apartment building on Cass just north of MLK Boulevard, is complete and the building is now accepting tenants. The Chesterfield underwent extensive and high-quality renovations as mandated by the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation (CCNDC), the project’s developer.

Pat Dorn, CCNDC’s director, describes the project as “a total gut rehab, which means that each unit was brought back to four walls, all new mechanical in the building, and preserved hardwood floors throughout except the first floor terrazzo. We used any interior brick wall for the aesthetic effect, all counters are marble, [we used] oak cabinets, and there are ceramic tiles in the bathrooms.”

The renting process, which is managed by Pinncale, is completely income driven. The allowable income levels range from $18,582 for one person to $26,562 for four persons, the maximum number of residents allowed in each two-bedroom apartment.

Dorn stresses the necessity for income-restricted housing in Midtown. “In order to keep a mix in any neighborhood, you need to reserve good housing for lower income people. This is a neighborhood with high levels of potential employers like Wayne State, Detroit Medical Center, casinos, and downtown. It’s a good, safe place for people to get started.”

For information about the Chesterfield, contact Pinnacle at 313-831-2878.

Source, Pat Dorn, Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation


Oddfellows Halll renovation 75 percent complete in Southwest Detroit
Southwest Detroit Business Association’s (SDBA’s) redevelopment of Oddfellows Hall is proceeding at a rapid clip with 75 percent of the project completed, according to Larry Ladomer of L. W. Ladomer & Company, the project’s developer. “It’s been very fast-paced in spite of the fact we’ve run into some obstacles. We ran into structural problems — the structural steel had to be lowered — and soil conditions required us to put in larger [concrete] pads than were originally designed for the columns.”

The 15,000 square-foot building, located on Vernor at Springwells, was constructed for the Detroit branch of the Oddfellows, a fraternal group of do-gooders that migrated to the U.S from their native England in 1819. The project was awarded a Cool Cities designation from the State of Michigan in 2004 to be utilized as a cultural and community center, which, as Ladomer notes, “was very fitting. This building was built in 1917 to help people, [and] SDBA is going to do same thing.”

The building is three stories tall although the front half of the structure has only two floors because the Great Room, a 3,200 square-foot open space, has such high ceilings. Notable features of the space include a ring of lights comprised of 31 brass flower petals that had been covered up by a dropped ceiling and a narrow plank maple floor laid in an unusual log cabin design. The first floor will be leased out for retail, and the rear two upper stories will be made available to local nonprofits.

The Oddfellows Hall features a state-of-the art geothermal heating and cooling system that utilizes 45 wells drilled to a depth of 250 feet to circulate heat away from the building in the summer and towards the building in the winter. Ladomer notes that the system “is extremely environmentally clean—there is no gas in the building, it’s a totally electric building, but our heating and cooling costs will be 50 percent or less than it would be with a conventional system.”

Although the initial cost of installing a geothermal system can initially be up to three times as expensive as a conventional one, Ladomer says that rising energy costs mean that payback occurs in only six years. “You have to ask yourself, am I going to build for now, or build for the future?” The project is expected to be complete by the end of May; its architect is Lis Knibbe of Quinn Evans Architects.

Larry Ladomer, LW Ladomer & Company, owner’s representative for Southwest Detroit Business Association


City OKs brownfield credits for Crystal Lofts in Midtown
Brownfield tax credits to be used towards the redevelopment of the Crystal Lofts located on Woodward at Watson have been approved by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and are now waiting for approval at the state level. Dwight Belyue, owner of Belmar Development Group, says the project budget is being finalized and Phase One construction will begin within two months.

Phase One of the Crystal Lofts consists of 17 lofts ranging from 950-2,200 square feet and 14,000 square feet of first floor retail space. Belyue says, “The building used to be the Crystal Ballroom, with a ballroom on the second floor and retail on the first floor.”

Belyue plans to develop the remainder of the 3100 block of Woodward, and is currently evaluating the site plan with architects Hamilton Anderson Associates. Preliminary plans for Phase Two call for 150-175 residential units, additional retail space, and the construction of a new headquarter building for the King David Lodge of the Masons.

Dwight Belyue, Belmar Development Group


Historic Kahn print shop in Midtown to become retail/medical complex
The Michigan Economic Development Authority approved a plan for the city of Detroit to capture state and local taxes valued at about $350,000 to support the redevelopment of a historic structure next to the Bonstelle Theatre. Designed by Albert Kahn in 1912 and built in 1919 as a print shop, the building, located at 3408-3414 Woodward Avenue, has sat vacant for decades.

The developer, PPM Acquisitions of Troy, plans to convert the 32,000 square-foot building into a retail complex. PPM’s Adam Nyman describes their vision: “There will be office and medical uses on the entire second floor, 5,300 square feet of retail on the first floor, and the remainder of the first floor will be indoor parking.” The building, made of poured, reinforced concrete, will be taken down to its shell during the rehab. The estimated cost of the project is $2.4 million.

This is PPM’s first Detroit project. Nyman explains his company’s decision to invest in Midtown by noting, “It’s a beautiful building, and what caught my eye was its proximity to the best of Detroit: downtown, Wayne State, the Cultural Center, the library, Detroit Medical Center. Really, everything going on in Detroit is going on in this area.”

Source: Adam Nyman, Developer, 3408-3414 Woodward

Apr 21, 2006, 4:44 AM
I'm inpresed to see some cranes but not really when its on a casino. I am hopen maybe some new high rise residence and comercial. But non the less I'm happy detriot isn't as dead as alot of people say it is.

Apr 21, 2006, 5:03 PM
Edgy new art museum headed to Detroit

Opening date is set for October at Woodward and Garfield among several art galleries.

Joy Hakanson Colby / The Detroit News

An impressive and ambitious group of Metro Detroit art-world movers plans to open a museum on the edge Detroit's cultural center this fall.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will be located in a 1920s building on the southeast corner of Woodward Avenue at Garfield Street, said Marsha Miro, volunteer acting director of the museum's founding board. The museum will be near a strip of galleries that includes CPop and the Detroit Artists Market.

The influential board includes Townsend Hotel owner Keith Pomeroy, arts advocate Julie Taubman, fashion boutique owner Linda Dresner, and video producer Danialle Karmanos.

The museum will concentrate on the art of today, while the Detroit Institute of Arts maintains an encyclopedic collection that goes back to prehistorical time. Also, the new museum will not build a permanent collection but will stage special exhibitions.

While some insiders are excited about the venture's prospects, others are dubious about its financial feasibility. But, all agree the need is there.

Gilbert Silverman, an internationally respected collector of contemporary art and a Detroit Institute of Arts board member emeritus, believes it will be difficult for a young museum to survive on its own during a soft economy when all arts organizations are competing for shrinking funds.

He said he's heard seasoned museum veterans estimate that such a venture would need a $20 million endowment to yield the $1 million needed for annual operating funds. Instead of being independent, Silverman argues, "it should be part of the DIA."

But Barbara Kratchman, president of ArtServe Michigan, an art advocacy group, is confident of the museum's success.

"If you look at who these people are, they're younger people who can afford to bring substantial resources to the museum, and it will attract other people like them," she said. "There are many young collectors who want to learn more about contemporary art."

George N'Namdi, owner of the G.R. N'Namdi gallery, is thrilled about the museum.

"It's something we've needed in our community for a long time. A lot of other communities have contemporary museums but we don't have one. There will be challenges (in getting MOCAD off the ground), but they're going about it in a very positive way and they have the ability to accomplish what they've set out to do.

"It will broaden the base of patrons for art," N'Namdi said. "The DIA can't get everyone to come out. If anything, this will provide the kind of positive competition that helps everyone grow."

The DIA, which is struggling to complete its $158 million renovation project by fall 2007, is not a likely partner.

Said DIA director Graham W.J. Beal: "I have had conversations with the MOCAD people over the past couple years. But we are not formally involved."

Michelle Perron, director of the nearby Center Galleries on the campus of the College for Creative Studies, welcomes the museum. "The potential this project has for reinvigorating the arts in our community is great. I have high hopes for their success," she said.

"There's been a burning need for a contemporary museum here," said Detroit artist Mitch Cope, who is acting curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. "Other cities like Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Cincinnati all have such institutions."

Later this year, he is expected to present a "Shrinking Cities" exhibit at the new museum in collaboration with Cranbrook Art Museum.

This isn't the first contemporary art museum in the area.

The Museum of New Art, which has operated for 10 years in Detroit and Pontiac, is struggling and artist Jef Bourgeau has supported it out of his own pocket for most of that time.

Meanwhile, plans for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit are being finalized. It will rent space from the Manoogian Foundation, which owns the building. Masco Corp. head Richard Manoogian, one of the main supporters of the Detroit Institute of Arts, is not involved financially with the new museum, according to Lillian Bauder, Masco vice president and DIA board member emeritus.

"The Manoogian Foundation stipulates that the building must play a civic and cultural role in the community," Bauder said. "MOCAD had the right qualifications to rent the space because they will show art of high quality."

Andrew Zago, who has offices in Detroit and New York, signed on as the architect for the new museum. "Initially, the project will be modest," Zago said. "We will do what is necessary to get the 20,000 square feet of space ready for showing art."

Zago described the one-story building as "structurally sound with 18-foot ceilings." He added that it originally served as an automobile showroom.

Miro said New Yorker Klaus Kertess, a well-known dealer, art writer and educator, is working on an inaugural exhibit of installations featuring such nationally known artists as Kara Walker, Barry McGee and Nari Ward.

"We want to bring in people from outside with independent voices," Miro said.


Apr 27, 2006, 1:38 AM
The latest on the 1001 Woodward Condos is construction to start in 5 weeks.

There's also been mentioning of the hotel/conference center for WSU at the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren (Utrecht)...or however you spell it.

And 5 years for the Woodward Village thing. :rolleyes:

Apr 28, 2006, 7:51 AM
It's about time I was starting to worry that 1001 was going to stall

Some good news on the Eastern Market redevelopment plan:

Eastern Market revival planned

For control, nonprofit vows to put $30M into venue

Louis Aguilar / The Detroit News

April 27, 2006

DETROIT -- Eastern Market, one of the nation's oldest farmers' markets and site of some of the best people watching in Metro Detroit, is on the verge of a radical makeover.

The city of Detroit is poised to turn over control of the 115-year-old open-air market to a public-private group that vows to invest $30 million in renovations and lure a new wave of private development to the surrounding neighborhood.

The nonprofit group, to be called Eastern Market Corp., wants to attract crowds to the area seven days a week all year by using the same formula that now draws tens of thousands of people to Eastern Market on Saturdays during warm weather.

The corporation plans to tout the products of local farmers and specialty food retailers and create a scene that will attract everyone from working-class immigrants to well-heeled suburbanites and young hipsters, much as Flower Day at the market, coming May 21, does every year.

"We are not going to take away any of the ambience, we are going to enhance it," said Edward Deeb, chairman emeritus of the Eastern Market Merchants Association, which represents 172 area businesses and is one of several key groups backing the changes. "More stores, more restaurants, more specialty and ethnic foods but, most of all, the city and the businesses working together."

Before the makeover can get under way, the Detroit City Council must approve establishing the Eastern Market Corp. and turning over management of the market to the corporation, which organizers expect to happen within two months. Organizers and city officials have been hammering out details for two years. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a major supporter of the change.


Apr 28, 2006, 9:12 AM
Just an image that would be great to include from the article for those that may not know the area:

An architect's drawing shows improvements to market sheds and the streetscape (see bottom photos), including new canopies on the R. Hirt Jr. Co. building.

May 1, 2006, 5:52 PM
There's also been mentioning of the hotel/conference center for WSU at the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren (Utrecht)...or however you spell it.

I've heard some talk of this too. I think I would miss that retail strip. There has to be a better location, one that doesn't involve killing the little bit of retail on Woodward.

May 1, 2006, 6:46 PM
Well, the immediate corner (the red barn itself) can go, but the rest should be saved. There's no reason (parking included) that we have to destroy that block.

May 1, 2006, 9:42 PM
Why should it be saved when something bigger/better can put it place. An at least midrise hotel replacing low rise commercial buildings should not be looked at as destruction it should be looked at as development.

May 2, 2006, 1:00 AM
I do not support the destruction of Utrecht unless it is relocated to another place in the area! Where else am I supposed to get supplies from?

May 2, 2006, 1:20 AM
A Model D Update:

First six Bonnie Bridge Villa townhomes nearly complete in Woodbridge


The first six units of the Bonnie Bridge Villa townhouse development are nearly complete, with the model set to open within the month. Buyers can expect to move in as early as August of this year. The second phase of 10 townhouses will begin construction as soon as the model is complete, with completion targeted for early 2007.

Bonnie Bridge townhouses will sell in the low-mid $200,000s. “We’re looking at offering quite a few incentives to buyers such as closing cost assistance,” says Chandra Broadnax of GMAC Real Estate. The project’s developer is Belmar.

Source: Chandra Broadnax, GMAC Real Estate

May 2, 2006, 1:20 PM
those bonnie bridge townhomes have been going up for sooooo long. unfortunately, they look as bad in person as they do in the photo.

oh well, not all new developments can be winners...

more from www.modeldmedia.com

Natural food shop to open next to organic bakery in Midtown


Willis just west of Cass will add a natural food market to its retail strip, which also includes Avalon International Breads, when Good Wells opens its doors within the month.

Operations manager James Woods says the story will be stocked with “organic produce and staples for people into health foods and natural foods.”

Currently under construction, Good Wells has long been a goal of the group working to open the store. Woods says, “Just about everybody involved are strict vegetarians and are also active in … helping to improve the health of the community. So, having a small, natural, health-food place in the heart of the community has been a dream of all of ours.”

The store will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also carry pre-made salads and sandwiches and supplements.

Source: James Woods, Good Wells

Martini lounge planned for Carlton Lofts in Brush Park


An upscale martini lounge is under development in the Carlton Lofts building in Brush Park. Partners Julian Hill and Chico Sorrell have teamed up on the project, which they aim to have open by Thanksgiving.

The 4,000-square-foot lounge will be designed by Johnny Janviriya whose resume includes Crave, Congress Lounge, and Mosaic. Hill owns the Celebrity Car Wash on Woodward; Sorrell formerly represented companies such as Corvousier, Level Vodka and Mumm while previously working for a marketing company in New York. He says, “The next logical step was ownership.”

“The Brush Park area is historic and there are beautiful buildings being renovated,” Sorrell says of the location. He credits Carlton developer Jim Wickenheiser with vision to take a chance on their project. “This will bring value not just to the building, but to the whole community. We’re going to do this the right way.”

Source: Chico Sorrell, Carlton Lofts Lounge project

May 3, 2006, 2:03 AM
It is not the demolition of Utrecht that I'm condoning, it's the demolition of the building and then offering the store a new place to relocate to...even if it was in the same location after the new construction.

Skyfan, I'm not sure you are aware of the size of that block. It is HUGE! On Woodward and Hancock, there is an historic building, and I think the building that Domino's and Radio Shack is in is also historic underneath the tin facade. Further back on Hancock is the an old apartment building, Blimpie's Sub Shop, turning the corner is Church of Christ Scientist, and a whole strip of retail on Warren up to another location of historic buildings.

Wayne State needs to preserve its history like all other college campuses do around the country and world. The retail on that block can go and then be replaced with a nice mix-use like the hotel and conference center would offer. But all of that can fit on that huge square without having to demolish the history.

I would love to see the corner demolished and replaced tomorrow with a nice, midrise, iconic hotel that would redefine Woodward.

May 6, 2006, 4:59 PM
MAKING A DESTINATION IN DETROIT: Riverfront poised for growth spurt

Major projects to start construction soon

May 6, 2006


Detroit is closer than ever to getting the riverfront it deserves.

With a burst of construction and family-friendly programming, the city's east riverfront will take major strides this summer and fall toward becoming the lively, year-round destination long envisioned.

The improvements will help transform a long-neglected industrial strip into what planners hope will be an upscale district of homes, shops, restaurants and public parks.

Years of planning and fund-raising are about to pay off. For starters, another 2 miles of the RiverWalk will be built. That will include two pavilions -- tented structures -- offering food, restrooms, bicycle rentals and other amenities.

By this time next year, the RiverWalk will extend over 75% of the waterfront from Joe Louis Arena to Belle Isle, says Faye Alexander Nelson, president and chief executive of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the nonprofit group that is building it.

Meanwhile, construction is expected to begin on some or all of the four major residential and retail projects planned for the east riverfront.

They are backed by General Motors Corp. and development teams that include Detroit athletes and businessmen Dave Bing and Jerome Bettis.

For Detroiters who live and work along the waterfront, the RiverWalk and new development can't come soon enough.

Mark Rieth, owner of the Atwater Block Brewery on Jos. Campau near the river, says the new projects should mean a surge in business.

"Really what we need here more than anything else are the condos and the foot traffic," Rieth said. "We do a decent lunch business, and we need to do more at night. The RiverWalk's going to be great."

Public and private leaders say the work will have benefits far beyond the riverside. In Cleveland, the waterfront entertainment district known as the Flats preceded later downtown revitalization. In San Antonio, the famed River Walk became the city's trademark attraction.

"Hopefully the riverfront will spur other development throughout the city," said Dwight Belyue, a Detroit developer whose @water Lofts retail-residential project on the east riverfront should get started this year.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, partnering with GM and the Kresge Foundation, announced the RiverWalk plans in late 2002. Much of the time since has been consumed with engineering and design, raising money and obtaining title to various parcels of land.

This year will mark a major transition. The cement silos that marked the east riverfront for decades have all been demolished and the sites cleared. Construction equipment and supplies are visible at many points, and work is under way.

Kilpatrick's top development aide, George Jackson, president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., said the changes will be historic.

"This transformation from industrial to a more user-friendly neighborhood is going to have an impact not only on the people who are going to live in this district, but this is going to be a destination spot."

New construction marks only part of the progress to come this year. Also on tap:

EVENTS: The riverfront conservancy launches its family-oriented programming this summer. It's still in the planning stages, but look for a mix of concerts, cultural events, school trips and environmental programs.

The centerpiece will be a an event or festival, probably in late July, to celebrate the riverfront. Ideas are being developed, Nelson said.

The conservancy is soliciting suggestions for its programming. To offer some, call the conservancy at 313-567-4333 or visit www.detroitriverfront.org and click on Feedback.

"We really want to kick up very aggressively the promotion of the riverfront so people know that it's open and it's real and that they can come down and enjoy themselves," she said.

"While there is a wonderful passive opportunity if you just want to come down, sit on a bench and check out the boats in a beautiful environment, we're also going to be proactive and programming the waterfront because we want this to be a destination point."

AMBASSADORS: Beginning this summer, the conservancy will station people along the RiverWalk. Like the volunteers who made Detroit's Super Bowl XL effort a success, these ambassadors will wear easily recognizable shirts, caps or jackets and will greet visitors and provide orientation.

MEMBERSHIPS: While access to the RiverWalk will remain free, the conservancy hopes to begin signing up members beginning in June. Benefits are being determined; they might include tickets to events as well as caps or shirts.

Membership levels will range from $10 a year for students and seniors to $75 for families and into the thousands of dollars for corporate levels.

As part of the membership drive, the conservancy will begin selling commemorative bricks and pavers to be installed on the RiverWalk. Bricks will go for $100, and the larger pavers for $500.

For information about memberships, programming and volunteer opportunities, visit the conservancy's Web site.

The conservancy has set a deadline of 2008 to have the entire east riverfront finished. That assumes, though, that there will be some resolution to the years-long dispute over who cleans up the Uniroyal site near Belle Isle. There will be a gap in the RiverWalk until that question is answered.

Meanwhile, the west riverfront, stretching from Joe Louis Arena to the Ambassador Bridge and beyond, remains a puzzle. The conservancy hopes to take on its redevelopment but so far doesn't have control of the land or money to do it.

It also needs a champion like GM or the Kresge Foundation, which spearheaded the east riverfront work, to tackle it.


May 17, 2006, 5:48 PM
Detroit DDA approves Book Cadillac renovation deal; closing expected in early June

By Robert Ankeny

11:54 am, May 17, 2006

After years of stops and starts, the renovation and rehabilitation of the Book Cadillac Hotel moved a step closer Wednesday with the Detroit Downtown Development Authority approving a development agreement with JTMK-Cadillac Ltd., an Ohio partnership controlled by The Ferchill Group of Cleveland.

Final closing is to take place in early June on all facets of the $175 million project, with 17 layers of financing, Ferchill attorney Anthony Saulino Jr. of Butzel Long P.C. told the DDA board. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2008.

The one-time 800-plus-room hotel, opened in 1925 and closed since 1984, is to be converted into 450 hotel rooms, with the upper nine floors converted to 67 condominium units ranging from 750 square feet to 3,000 square feet. The hotel will be a Westin-branded Starwood operation.

The exterior facade is to be restored to its original design, said Gary Brown, project manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. The DEGC staffs DDA projects.

Developers will construct a three-story auxiliary building on the north side of the existing hotel, to include a banquet hall, kitchens, swimming pool and fitness facilities, Brown said.

Plans for the hotel call for a major entrance and enlarged retail space on the ground floor, with escalators to the second-floor registration area.

A Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark Corp. subsidiary withdrew from a plan in 2004 that called for a $150 million renovation, but remediation and interior demolition work continued and is substantially completed, Saulino said.

Also approved by DDA Wednesday is a 528-space parking garage east of the Book Cadillac at 150 Michigan Ave. To be built by an investment group affiliated with Walbridge Aldinger Inc., the $17.4 million structure will be bought by the DDA with spaces resold and leased for condominium owners’ use

the pope
May 19, 2006, 6:40 PM
does anyone have any casino update pictures?

i haven't been back in a while, and I don't think i will be.........

May 19, 2006, 7:24 PM
I will soon....maybe Sunday night or Monday.

The Greektown Garage should have begun demolition at the beginning of May, but there is still no sign of activity at that site. :(

May 22, 2006, 5:06 PM
I was told that come June we will start to see signs of life at Greektown. Be patient.

May 23, 2006, 1:20 AM
Motor City will be done by then! It is a little further along than seen here:
This was as of April 28.

You can see some of the structural steel.

There's a new restaruant in River East called Currents. It's an English-themed restaurant and is pretty good (tastey). I think it has a roof-top deck.

...more to come shortly.

the pope
May 23, 2006, 2:13 PM

May 25, 2006, 6:20 PM
Hey, new renderings unveiled today for the North Terminal at DTW. To be completed in 2008.


Not very impressive, but new nonetheless.


May 25, 2006, 7:09 PM
Here comes Wayne State.

The most exciting in my opinion is the new Business School Building. It will fill a HUGE MEGA BOHEMITH void on Woodward Avenue across the street from a Sonoco gas station.
WSU will build a $30 million building for the business school with 19 classrooms, 25 group study rooms and 82 faculty offices.

If it's going to be completed in 2008, construction should begin very soon.

Here's the other projects as well...

And the Wayne First Campaign website:

By the way, I graduated from MSU with Lavie, the grad student mentioned in the article. It's a small world after all.

May 25, 2006, 9:49 PM
Detroit is building like crazy with much more to come!!!

Here are some more renderings of the new terminal...














May 25, 2006, 11:51 PM
Oh, boy! :)

This is a lot of great news. The new North Terminal, while simplistic, looks fantastic, and a huge improvement over the outdated mess currently there. It will match, in an odd way, the new McNamara Terminal. I'd like to see more good modernism in Detroit, as opposed to the so-so or bad modernism (i.e. 1 Kennedy Square :))

I think I asked this before, but, who is the architect of the new Business School, or is this just a preliminary rendering done by someone they hired, recently?

May 26, 2006, 7:40 PM
An amphitheater will replace Ford Auditorium at Hart Plaza. I don't think this is such a good idea as there is already and amphitheater at Hart Plaza and just down the river at Chene Park.

I think the city should be more creative!

May 27, 2006, 12:25 AM
Chene Park had to be moved if they hope to make the east river residential. The new amphitheater is simply a relocation of Chene Park to Hart Plaza, and will expanded Hart Plaza's capabilities. IMO, Hart Plaza has need major upgrades for years. Aesthetically, the whole concrete, 60's concept for Hart Plaza had been outdated for years.

May 27, 2006, 6:36 PM
I read on an article in the newspaper that Wayne Sate would not start on the construction for thier new business school until 2009

May 27, 2006, 10:41 PM
But with the new building being on woodward and palmer its a great additon

Jun 1, 2006, 6:07 AM
"Historic Kahn print shop in Midtown to become retail/medical complex"

is this where a red cross clinic used to be?

the loss of utrecht would be aweful. where else would ccs and wayne state artists go for their supplies? i'm hope they're looking to relocate somewhere in the near area.

Jun 9, 2006, 3:35 PM
^ I don't think Utrecht would ever leave the retail scene in Midtown. I think it would just have to relocate if that corner was ever redeveloped (which I hope it is).

HEY, the Greektown garage begins demolition today (Friday, June 9). It's going to be a crazy buncha months with traffic backups on already backed up Monroe Street.

Jun 9, 2006, 4:17 PM
Great News!

The Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel in downtown Detroit will reopen as a Doubletree hotel after its $73 million renovation project.

Pick-Fort Shelby restoration plans humming
Developers find no major surprises with project for apartments, hotel, conference center.

Dorothy Bourdet / The Detroit News

John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- Engineers and environmental experts are sizing up the historic Pick-Fort Shelby on Lafayette as plans to restore the building as a hotel move forward.

"What you see right now is some preliminary stuff going on. We don't want to have to do something (to the building) that we didn't anticipate doing," said Emmett Moten, one of several local investors on the project's development team.

The recent flurry of activity is a good sign the hotel is on track for the $73 million renovation project, which has been in the works for several years.

So far, workers haven't run into any major surprises, Moten said. Plans include a 204-suite hotel, a 40,000-square-foot conference center and 63 apartments that may be later sold as condos.

"I think it's going to do great in the marketplace," Moten said.

Developers hope to finalize the purchase of the property and start construction in time to complete the hotel by December 2007.

The apartments, which will average 1,200 square feet, should be finished by spring or early summer of 2008.

Moten said the views from higher floors will be well worth the wait. "It will blow your mind once you get up there and all those apartments have a view of the river," he said.

The hotel, built in 1918, was once a landmark in the city's central business district but was closed in the 1970s.

Renewed interest in the building is a positive sign for the city, said Michael O'Callaghan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"If developers are actually going to put money into renovating an old hotel … it signifies health," he said. "It indicates that people believe that downtown Detroit is rebounding."

Despite a weak corporate base in Detroit, convention organizers and leisure visitors are now giving the city a second look, O'Callaghan said.

"The leisure picture is changing to our favor, and I think some of that can be credited to the Super Bowl," O'Callaghan said.

Hotel consultants say the conference center's certification by the International Association of Conference Centers is also likely to draw more business. Although Michigan ranks last in the United States in hotel occupancy, Metro Detroit is doing better than the rest of the state, O'Callaghan said.

Another bright spot is the Hotel Pontchartrain. The 25-story hotel is scheduled for a $12 million renovation that will add 54 suites and make over its 364 guest rooms, ballroom, 13 meeting rooms, lobby and restaurant, while adding a health and fitness complex and indoor pool. All mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems also will be refurbished.

The Fort Shelby will operate as a DoubleTree hotel, a Hilton Hotels Corp. brand.

The development group heading the project includes Moten; developer Leo Phillips; Eugene M. Curtis and Associates, an income property brokerage firm in Birmingham; and Rich Curto, principal of RSC & Associates LLC, a real estate investment and development firm in Chicago.

This is a very important project, because as you can see from the map, the P-F-S is on the west side of downtown which has not enjoyed the same kind of reinvestment as the Woodward Corridor and areas east of it. There is little-to-no residential in that section of the CBD.

Jun 9, 2006, 9:17 PM
While this project isn't a done deal it's to good see some progress. This project has been somewhat overlooked with most people focusing attention on the B-C

Jun 10, 2006, 12:40 AM
Yeah, it's not a done deal. This same thing was done on the B-C a few years back. They are simply looking to see if the restoration will cost what they thought it would. Hopefully, the damage doesn't surpass, greatly, what they originally expected. That's why they are holding on on finalizing the sell, I assume.

Jun 10, 2006, 6:42 AM
Here is a link to the Greektown Construction Infomation...


Construction Begins on Permanent Greektown Casino
Friday June 9, 3:30 pm ET
New Parking Garage Done by 2007, Hotel by 2008

DETROIT, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction began today on the permanent Greektown Casino resort, with completion of the new 3,100-space parking garage scheduled for mid 2007 and the new 400-room hotel and gaming floor expansion by mid 2008.

City of Detroit leaders joined with Greektown Casino owners and managers at a "Building Bashing" ceremony to mark the start of construction. They watched as heavy construction equipment began demolishing the aging parking garage and apartment building that currently occupy the land at Monroe and I-375 where the new casino garage and hotel are being built.

In addition to the new hotel and parking garage, the permanent Greektown Casino complex will include a 25,000-square-foot gaming floor expansion (increasing the gaming floor to 100,000 square feet), a 1,500-seat entertainment theater, meeting and convention room space, a spa and additional restaurants. The hotel and garage will connect to the casino via moving and elevated walkways.

The total project budget is $475 million, which includes $275 million already invested in the current Greektown Casino and $200 million for the new hotel, parking garage and gaming floor expansion.

"With this groundbreaking, we celebrate more jobs and revenues for Detroit and our state, the start of a magnificent new resort destination in the heart of Detroit, and additional resources to support programs and services for members of the Sault Tribe," said Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, owners of Greektown Casino.

The permanent casino-resort will be located in Greektown, downtown Detroit's most popular entertainment district. The casino resort is within easy walking distance from Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, and Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

"This is a significant day for the City of Detroit and an historic moment for Greektown Casino," said Marvin Beatty, a local Greektown Casino investor. "The permanent Greektown Casino resort will be a world-class destination that will attract more visitors to Detroit and the Greektown District, create more jobs, and generate more revenues for the city and for public schools across Michigan."

Located at 555 E. Lafayette Avenue, Greektown Casino features nearly 2,400 slot machines and 92 table games in 75,000 square feet of luxurious Mediterranean-themed gaming space.

Greektown Casino continues to set the gaming standard in Michigan and remains the industry's leader in implementing technology to improve guest service. Greektown is home to the city's first and largest live poker room, and was the first Detroit casino to implement coinless slot machines and Ticket-in, Ticket-out redemption stations -- keeping the casino on the cutting edge of gaming entertainment and customer service technologies.

Greektown Casino opened on Nov. 10, 2000. For five consecutive years, readers of The Detroit News voted Greektown Casino Michigan's "Best Casino." Detroit Free Press readers have also consistently named Greektown as the city's "Best Casino."

In addition to being named "Best Casino," Greektown Casino also placed first in other categories in The News' reader survey, including "Best Slots," "Best Wait Staff Outfits," "Best Craps Tables," "Best Blackjack Tables," "Best High Rollers Area," "Best Casino Restaurant," and "Best Casino Entertainment."

Downtown Detroit is about to see the most cranes it has seen in a long time at once! :)

Jun 10, 2006, 8:01 AM
Finally!!! After years of drama over permanent casinos they are all under construction. For awhile we were wondering if we would ever see them.

Jun 10, 2006, 5:48 PM
Greektown Casino looks great. I'd love to see something that creative in Vegas, instead of yet another luxuty condo.

Jun 10, 2006, 9:19 PM
^ Um, Project City Center? ;)

Jun 11, 2006, 10:18 PM
Anybody have updated construction pics of Motor City or MGM?

Jun 11, 2006, 10:42 PM
It's about time.

Jun 12, 2006, 12:22 AM
Anybody have updated construction pics of Motor City or MGM?
Yes, as of Friday evening, I do. I will post them as soon as I get the opportunity...hopefully tomorrow (Monday), but definately shortly there after.

I think Motor City is just about topped out and looks really good (height-wise) from all of the freeways around it (especially the Fisher and the Lodge).

Jun 13, 2006, 8:10 AM
Some good news in this weeks Model D

16 luxury loft rental units going into Lafer Building downtown


Construction has started in the 9-story Lafer Building downtown to turn the 1916 building into 16 high-end loft units for rent, with first-floor space for office and retail.

Mercier Development is renovating the building on Broadway between Gratiot and East Grand River. The Garrison Co. is doing the construction work.

Each floor will have two units — one with 1,800 square feet, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and the other with 1,500 square feet, two bedrooms and one bathroom. All will have an open floor plan, granite countertops, and other luxury finishes.

A unique feature for residents will be secured elevator access to their lofts, so the lifts drop them off right into their own apartments. "It's very New York-ish in style," says Michael Mercier, who is partnering with his son, Daniel, on the project.

Mercier says the lofts will be for rent, but they plan to convert the building to condos within the next five years, when they will add balconies to the smaller units.

He expects construction to be finished by the end of the year, and says rents will start around $1,250. A web site will go up in a few weeks with floor plans and more rental info. In the meantime, call (248) 244-0007 for more information.

Mercier says he put a sign in a window of the building advertising the space, and so far has had at least 60 people ask to be updated on the building. "There’s much greater interest than even I expected," he says.

"It’s just a wonderful feeling that I’m getting about all these dynamics taking place," Mercier says. "I'm really enjoying investing in the city and seeing all the great things that are taking palce. I think there’s a really bright future."

Sources: Michael Mercier of Mercier Development/Mark Wilcox of the Garrison Co.

Bates Street project finished as construction on RiverWalk's pavillions, boardwalk moves forward
A key piece to putting together the 5 1/2-mile RiverWalk along the Detroit River has been finished at the end of Bates Street, and crews are working on pavilions and other portions of the pathway.

The plan is for the walking and biking trail to extend from the Ambassador Bridge to just past Belle Isle’s MacArthur Bridge.

So far, you can travel a half mile on the RiverWalk, uninterrupted. But by the end of the year, there will be about 2/12 miles of consecutive walkway complete, representing about 75 percent of the East Riverfront project, says Faye Nelson, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

“If you go out now you see all that construction,” she says. "There’s major visible construction under way."

At the foot of Bates Street, a structural repair has been completed — a critical step to make way to build a boardwalk for the RiverWalk, Nelson says. The repair also fixes part of the city’s sewer system, preventing sewage backups from polluting the Detroit River. The work was made possible through efforts of the congressional delegation, the City of Detroit and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Other RiverWalk work going on now includes:

At the foot of Rivard Street, crews are building a plaza — one of four planned for the RiverWalk. It will be open to public in May 2007. It will include special water features including a water carousel.
Work is also under way at the plaza for Gabriel Richard Park, at the far-east end of the RiverWalk. It will include water features and a butterfly garden.
Crews are also putting in the boardwalk area in front of the Talon, Omni and Stroh, UAW-GM Center for Human Resources and Harbortown properties.

Sources: Faye Nelson, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; City of Detroit


the pope
Jun 15, 2006, 2:16 AM
michi, i am getting very upset.


Jun 15, 2006, 6:18 PM
Teh pope's greatest and most noble virtue is patience. Michi delivers soon.