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Speaking of the bid it seems I missed a bit about the Qline, from Curbed Detroit;

"-Detroit’s expanding bus service would also serve workers. Additionally, the QLine would be extended to 8 Mile and down East Jefferson."
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The city really needs a Water Taxi regardless of Amazon, it would be extremely useful.
In what ways would this be useful? For international crossings?
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Speaking of the bid it seems I missed a bit about the Qline, from Curbed Detroit;

"-Detroit’s expanding bus service would also serve workers. Additionally, the QLine would be extended to 8 Mile and down East Jefferson."
I’ve also seen news reports stating the line is 6 miles long. Yeah, right. In both directions.
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In what ways would this be useful? For international crossings?
Yes, as well as another way to access Belle Isle with stops all along the riverfront. Could possibly even go to Grosse Pointe Park.
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A water taxi would be an excellent idea, and definitely something I'd use. It'd be really great to pedestrians an cyclists. You don't always want the hassle of trying to take your car through the tunnel or across the bridge, or even bother with the tunnel bus. Sometimes, you might just be downtown at Hart Plaza and want to hop across the border really quickly. And, really, even just a stop at the Port of Detroit public dock would be enough. You don't want to bog it down with too many stops. Maybe some seasonal stops on Belle Isle.
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2015 Woodward and Fisher vs 2017 Woodward and Fisher

In 2015 I took a before picture of Little Caesars Arena.
Woodward and Fisher, Detroit 2015 by Keith Lindsey Jr, on Flickr

And then after in 2017:
Woodward and Fisher, Detroit 2017 by Keith Lindsey Jr, on Flickr
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A little more around Little Caesars Arena

LCA on the right, the future One 11 West on the left (along with the garage):
IMG_5809 by Keith Lindsey Jr, on Flickr

Future One 11 West:
IMG_5814 by Keith Lindsey Jr, on Flickr

Hotel Eddystone:
IMG_5820 by Keith Lindsey Jr, on Flickr

Future One 11 West in background and Arena Lofts in foreground:
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LCA turned out way better than I ever anticipated. I'm really looking forward to seeing Woodward in person in a few weeks.
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It's great to see these photos. Is there any current activity at the Hotel Eddystone?
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It's great to see these photos. Is there any current activity at the Hotel Eddystone?
Good question, I didn't see anything from the outside so far.
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It's great to see these photos. Is there any current activity at the Hotel Eddystone?
The exterior has been cleaned, broken windows removed and I've seen work lights on at night throughout the entire building.
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I'm actually less concerned about the Eddystone, which has been open to the elements for years than I am that they still haven't done anything but building the shells of One 11 West and the Arena Lofts. I can't wrap my mind around that.

Big development in the works in Corktown.

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Residential development deal brewing in Corktown

By Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News

December 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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QLine to permanently extend night hours

By Shawn D. Lewis | The Detroit News

December 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

This summer, we reported that the Viola Building, on a prominent location in Eastern Market, was up for sale for $1,995,000. We’ve just learned that the building was sold; according to selling agent Steven Silverman from Friedman Real Estate, it went for just under its asking price.
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The St. Rita apartment building in the North End was listed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 2017 and is undergoing a renovation. Lowell over at Detroityes is the one who gets credit for highlighting this cool project


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American flags fluttered down from the windowless openings at 35 Owen in Detroit last month at the groundbreaking for the St. Rita Apartments. More than 100 years old, the building will be redeveloped by Central City Integrated Health (CCIH) into 26 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for low-income residents. It's a win for the community, a win for the residents who will call the building their home, and a win for the historic structure that has been vacant for over a decade.
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There've been questions about some of the numbers coming out of DPD but over all it does seem there has been a sharp drop in crime, violent as well as nonviolent.

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Detroit on pace for fewest homicides since ’66

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Dec. 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“That’s something that doesn’t get talked about, but emergency room doctors do a phenomenal job of saving lives,” he said. “A lot of those cases would be homicides in years past.”
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Health food kitchen, boutique to move in as Midtown Detroit seeks to fill in New Center block

By ANNALISE FRANK
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January 02, 2018


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The pair plans to open a Mediterranean restaurant in the 6535 Woodward Ave. space. Hollyday and Hansen don't yet have a name or an opening date to announce, Hansen said, but he estimated that renovations will wrap up around early 2019.
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Hudson-Webber Foundation donates $500,000 toward Motown Museum expansion

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January 01, 2018


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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So I was looking through the December meeting of the planning commission and came across a special district review (as you'd expect, a special review for certain types of zoning districts in this case a PCA (Public Center Adjacent)) for some new construction planned for the downtown campus of Wayne Counnty Community College (WCCC). I see well over a year ago they announced an expansion, but I wonder if this is a new thing and then specifically what exactly they are planning to construction?
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^ Good question there was a lot of media attention when WCCC announced the downtown expansion and a possible new campus at 8 & Woodward but I don't recall hearing much since.


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Jeffersonian residential high-rise gets new owners, renovations planned

By KIRK PINHO
Crain's Detroit Business
January 05, 2018




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


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

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

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

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

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

The building is about 90 percent occupied, Barbat said

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Barbat has been making inroads into Detroit real estate in recent years, redeveloping the annex of the St. Regis Hotel in the New Center area into the Regis Houze apartments, plus the former Hotel Briggs, which was turned into Briggs Houze, among other projects in the city.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...ations-planned



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Highland Park sustainable living community taking shape

By ANNALISE FRANK
Crain's Detroit Business
January 05, 2018


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


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


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

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

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





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

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

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

A previous Kickstarter campaign raised approximately $244,000 in 2016 ....
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...y-taking-shape


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By Alan Stamm
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January 3rd, 2018





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

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

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

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

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

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










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

http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/artic...wntown_detroit
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The thing that struck me is that he is at a height of 600ft in the video. the observation deck on the future Hudson tower will be around 800ft. The views are going to be incredible!

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