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^^ I'm personally not a fan of all these street closures and I'd much rather see the money spent on the Randolph/Gratiot plaza that was created at the same time as Spirit Plaza. A lot of people seem to be happy about this development, though. Maybe seeing the plaza in a permanent state will change my mind.
If the location makes sense and there's decent alternates for traffic, I think they'll work. The only thing is I wish there was a food stand installed otherwise it's more like Hart Plaza in how there's not really any reason to spend time there other than just to sit for a minute on your way to some place else.
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Incredible before-and-after photos of the Metropolitan Building

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I don't think Spirit Plaza is a good idea and I think it's part of the endless line of the city chasing trendy streetscaping projects, over basic maintenance and general quality.

For basic wayfinding, one would expect Woodward to go all the way to Jefferson. There are also very few roads that cross through downtown from midtown. Woodward and Cass are the only two way streets that do, and Cass ends at Cobo, and now Woodward ends before Jefferson as well. (The same problem exists for going east and west through downtown, the Congress/Larned pair is the closest thing but it doesn't reach the west side of downtown.)

The problem with that area, for pedestrians (and cars as well), is the poor design of the intersections. There's too much left turns and lane merging going on in one area. Blocking off the intersection at Woodward and Jefferson around the fist helped this, and I would personally advocate reconfiguring Jefferson to force Michigan lefts at Woodward and Griswold, and then having some basic attention to detail in consideration of pedestrians (curb extensions at pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuges between local and freeway lanes, barriers/landscaping, etc.).

And then there's not really any justification for more plaza space in the first place. Hart Plaza and Campus Martius are right there. Woodward has wide enough sidewalks for street furniture and some activation, not to mention the large open areas around the City-County building.

And then as DetroitSky said, there are opportunity costs. There are so many traffic engineering and pedestrian experience and park problems downtown that $800,000 could make more of an impact with.

Also partially related, I think there are too many buses getting funneled in that area. I think either they should all go to the Rosa Parks Transit Center, or they should make another bus station on the east side of downtown.
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With brownfield financing approval, Midtown high-rise project targets September start

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A large development that's planned to include a pair of high-rise buildings on a vacant Midtown site has received $58.3 million in brownfield reimbursement incentives.

In addition, its community benefits agreement and rezoning have been approved, setting the stage for what the developer of the project known as The Mid says is a September start to construction.

The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved the financing layer for the project at Woodward Avenue north of Mack Avenue on Tuesday, and the Detroit City Council approved the rezoning and community benefits agreement the same day.

Sitting on 3.78 acres of vacant land sandwiched between the Whole Foods Inc. grocery store and The Plaza apartment redevelopment of the former Hammer and Nail building, The Mid project cost has also grown to $377 million, up from the $310 million estimated cost that was disclosed in March when the project was first announced.

"The $377 million associated with the development accounts for all the construction, financing, rezoning and land costs," Emery Matthews, founder and owner of Detroit-based master developer Real Estate Interests LLC, said in a statement.

The Mid's first phase is slated to include a 25-story hotel and condominium building with 225 hotel rooms and 60 for-sale units. As part of a second phase, a 27-story residential tower with 180 apartments is planned, smaller than the 30-story, 250-unit residential tower that was anticipated in March, according to an MSF board briefing document.


^Unfortunate the residential tower shrunk by a few floors, but great construction is planned to begin soon!

Oakland Housing shifts middle-class affordability focus to North Corktown in Detroit

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A nonprofit developer founded in the wake of the Great Depression to create housing affordable for autoworkers, has been quietly developing and financing affordable housing for the middle class in Oakland County for decades and, more recently, in Detroit.

Now it's shifting its focus to Detroit's North Corktown neighborhood.

Oakland Housing Inc. is constructing a $3 million, 14-unit condominium complex to enable middle-income earners to make a permanent home in the neighborhood as property values rise with Ford Motor Co.'s development of the nearby historic Michigan Central Station.

One of the biggest challenges nationally and in Detroit is that construction costs are rising faster than incomes, and that's pricing middle-income people out of homes, Oakland Housing Executive Director Kate Baker said.

There are government programs to help low-income people get into home ownership, she said. Those programs assist people who earn 80 percent or less of area median income. Oakland Housing provides housing and financing targeted to people earning 80 percent-120 percent of median income to ensure mortgages for homes in desirable areas are affordable.


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Local developer wants to buy Joe Louis Arena site

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Detroit — Even as the vacant Joe Louis Arena is dismantled, the plan to figure out what happens next at the riverfront site has taken another unexpected turn.

The bond insurer that gained the property as compensation for losing $1.1 billion in Detroit's bankruptcy no longer wants the property. Bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., or FGIC, is in talks with an unnamed local development group that wants to buy the arena site and an adjacent parking garage and find a new use for the site.

FGIC "would like to remove themselves from the city of Detroit and sell their interests," said Matthew Walters, the city's deputy group executive for jobs and the economy.

Under the current deal with the city, FGIC needs to find a development partner for the site. The potential new arrangement would mean FGIC exits the deal, said Walters, who briefed an economic committee of Detroit City Council on the plan for the site last week.
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Historic Farwell Building in Detroit reopens after 30 years of vacancy

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Another long-vacant Detroit building has been restored to active use. The Farwell Building, an early 20th Century commercial structure of mostly offices at 1249 Griswold in downtown's Capitol Park district, has reopened after more than 30 years of vacancy.

Originally designed by noted architect Harrie W. Bonnah, the building had a top-to-bottom restoration developed by Richard Karp of Lansing with his partners Richard Hosey and Kevin Prater. Kraemer Design Group of Detroit handled architectural duties.

The building now features a mix of retail, office and residential spaces.








Piquette Plant museum drives toward brighter future with improvements, expansion plans


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As part of an ongoing effort to create as new exhibit every year to educate guests about Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., the museum is also working to add a display that would re-create what a Ford dealership looked like in 1910, Shotwell said. The new exhibit is expected to be completed by December.

The automaker, which is not affiliated with the museum, is communicating with the museum on what was required in a dealership during that time period.

"Our visitors may be amazed that Ford recommended that a palm tree be in each dealership. Yes, you will see lots of palm trees in our photographs of dealerships and yes, you will see a large palm tree in Piquette's exhibit," Shotwell said in an emailed statement. "More research has shown that Ford competitors often had palm trees as well in its dealership showrooms."

The museum takes up 38,340 square feet on the second and third floors of the 67,000-square-foot building. It is shaping up plans to take over a portion of the first floor, now occupied by General Linen & Uniform Service, whose lease expires in 2021. That will bump up its total footprint to 50,300 square feet.


Large international brokerage Savills opens Detroit office

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Savills plc, one of the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage firms, has opened an office in Detroit.

Formerly Savills Studley Inc. until March, the London-based company is open in WeWork space at 19 Clifford St. downtown following the hiring of Gregory Bockart Jr. and Peter McGrath from the Southfield office of Colliers International Inc.

It's the latest large international brokerage to set up its own outpost in the area, following Avison Young and Cushman & Wakefield in the last several years. Other new brokerages have emerged as well.

"Detroit has experienced an exciting transformation that has reimagined downtown and shifted market dynamics over the past 10 years," George Kohl, executive vice president who oversees Midwest operations for Savills, said in a press release. "Bringing on exceptional talent like Greg and Peter reflects the firm's commitment to delivering local expertise globally and deepens our investment in Midwest business hubs."
TCF, Chemical Bank finish merger with eye out for buying more banks

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Chemical Bank completed its "merger of equals" with TCF Bank on Thursday, assuming the TCF brand in becoming the largest Michigan-based bank — one that's got its eyes open for the next acquisition and is aiming to go head-to-head with national banks for commercial banking business in metro Detroit.

"We want to be acquisition-ready," David Provost, the new executive vice chairman of TCF Financial Corp., said in an exclusive interview with Crain's.

But first TCF will be focused on integrating two Midwestern banks with about 500 branches across nine states and building up the TCF brand under a marketing campaign that, in Detroit, is expected to center on the renaming of Cobo Center as TCF Center and building a new downtown Detroit headquarters tower on Woodward Avenue.

The new Detroit-based TCF Bank, which has $47 billion in assets and $35 billion in deposits, becomes the 27th-largest bank in the country following Thursday's financial close of the $3.6 billion all-stock deal.
New 'Smith & Co.' restaurant & Nain Rouge Brewery to open in Midtown Detroit

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DETROIT (WXYZ) — A new restaurant and brewery are heading to Detroit's Midtown neighborhood with the expectation that they will open in the fall. Smith & Co. will open at 664 Selden St. between 2nd and 3rd avenues in September.

According to a press release, the new restaurant will have a menu that focuses on the cultural blend that makes Detroit unique, with local ingredients and a Detroit vibe.

Smith & Co. will be a casual dining restaurant and open every day for dinner, with lunch on Saturdays and Sundays with brunch specials.

The news release also said that craft beer will be part of the new restaurant, featuring Nain Rouge Brewery and a hidden draft list featuring hard-to-find selections from other small, Michigan brewers.

The brewery is also expected to open in the coming months adjacent to Smith & Co., and the two will share a patio with beer sold exclusively at the restaurant, the release said.




German LiDAR Supplier Ibeo Automotive Systems Establishes U.S. Subsidiary in Detroit

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Ibeo Automotive Systems, a LiDAR sensor supplier based in Hamburg, Germany, has opened a subsidiary in Detroit to address the growing demand for LiDAR technology among locally based automakers and suppliers.

Located in the PlanetM Landing Zone at 19 Clifford St., the new entity is called Ibeo Automotive USA Inc. Paula Jones, the former director of Gentherm Inc.’s customer business unit, is the new company’s president.

Jones, a University of Michigan graduate, has more than 20 years of experience and has held various executive positions within the automotive and technology sectors.

“We want to achieve greater growth in the U.S. market,” says Mario Brumm, director of global operations for Ibeo Automotive Systems. “Alongside China, it is one of the most important markets for autonomous driving. The incorporation of Ibeo Automotive USA Inc. was a logical next step for us.
DDOT and SMART awarded $2.6 million in federal grants for electric buses

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The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) were just awarded $2.6 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for no emission bus technology. The Federal Transit Administration grants were part of its Low- or No Emission program and will enable the Southeast Michigan transit agencies to purchase six electric buses and build charging infrastructure.

The buses will be purchased from Proterra, a California-based electric bus manufacturer, and DTE Energy will support building the charging infrastructure. The buses will replace some older, diesel buses that the agencies have been using. They’re expected to be deployed in 2021.

DDOT has also been updating its fleet in recent years with newer buses equipped with Wi-Fi.
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By the way, here are some drone shots from the current demolition progress. The stadium is now completely see through and both sets of stair entrances are gone.

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Also, the Helen Deroy apartments at WSU is almost completely demolished. This is this is how it looks as of August 2nd.



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By the way, here are some drone shots from the current demolition progress. The stadium is now completely see through and both sets of stair entrances are gone.

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Thanks for sharing the video! Cool footage. I have memories as a kid going to the Joe for a red wings game and eating crappy Caesar’s pizza lol. Good memories really. But it’s time to move on from the steel barn that thing was. The city can much better use the site for some other TBD use. I’m also GLAD that the insurance company is selling their rights to develop the site. They clearly didn’t want to (asking for extensions over and over again). Hopefully we’ll get a winner with whatever is built there.
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Crews install the last panels of pizza-slice glass at Little Caesars HQ, finally

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After a year's delay, construction crews Monday were installing the final glass panels in on the upper floors of the new Little Caesars headquarters on Woodward Avenue near the Fox Theatre.

Originally expected to be opened last summer, the building was delayed over an apparent problem with the unique pizza-slice wedges of glass that form the facade.

The Ilitch family's Olympia Development has never commented on where the problem lay. There has been speculation that the tower's heating and air conditioning system was causing a vibration that damaged the glass panels.



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Life Remodeled's one-stop Durfee center adds tenants, nears full occupancy

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Life Remodeled has made a name for its ability to mobilize 10,000 volunteers each of the past three years for its six-day cleanup of central Detroit.

But its largest impact in the neighborhood could be yet to come.

The nonprofit has secured lease commitments from three new organizations for the repurposed former Detroit Public Schools Community District school building it's converted into a community center, with public use of gym and auditorium spaces and services to help lift people in the neighborhood out of poverty.

Those leases will bring it to 27 business, government and nonprofit service provider tenants in the Durfee Innovation Society center, and depending on final agreements, could bring occupancy up to 89 percent, founder and CEO Chris Lambert said. He's looking to bring the 143,000-square-foot center to full occupancy by year's end.


Wayne State, Michigan Mobility Institute to launch new mobility center in TechTown

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Wayne State University is partnering with the Michigan Mobility Institute to create a new mobility center focused on autonomous driving, connectivity, smart infrastructure and electrification.

The Center for Advanced Mobility will be folded into the Detroit-based university's College of Engineering and launch this fall, with new course work being rolled out gradually, said Jessica Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Mobility Institute. It will offer a master of science degree in robotics beginning fall 2020.

The center will be housed in the school's 45,000-square-foot Industry Innovation Center, which the university bought last year, in the city's TechTown neighborhood.

The Michigan Mobility Institute, which is the marquee initiative of nonprofit Detroit Mobility Lab, will advise Wayne State on its mobility curriculum through partnerships with companies in Southeast Michigan and beyond, Robinson said. The classes will be administered by Wayne State. The goal is to create a bridge between the classroom and field by "bringing together OEMs, suppliers and startups."


Brilliant Detroit opening 7 new neighborhood sites this year in expansion push

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The free programs are geared to children from birth to age 8 or third grade and their families. They range from breast feeding support for new mothers and community baby showers to developmental and educational programs, parenting and financial literacy programs for adults.

There are also family bonding activities like movie, karaoke and game nights and "literacy nights" that turn reading into fun, like using a recipe to make a tasty treat, outdoor play areas for children, community gardens and a signature orange door at each house.

Central to the model is buy-in from the community. Brilliant Detroit builds relationships in the neighborhood, then seeks an invitation to bring its programs there. It hires local residents to help renovate its houses, seeks their input on unique needs in the area and hosts monthly dinners to build community.

Located near Livernois and McNichols, the house in the Fitzgerald neighborhood is Brilliant Detroit's seventh in the city and the third it's opened so far this year.

Brilliant Detroit plans to open four more before year's end, and by the end of 2023, another 13 for a total of two dozen homes across the city to help fill gaps in high need areas, co-founder and CEO Cindy Eggleton said.
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Well, we got some disappointing, yet not terribly surprising, news today. Regardless of what gets built there, it will be nice to have another occupied block downtown. I personally feel like it might end up being the state's tallest, just not 912 feet.

Hudson's site tower may not be the city's tallest after all, Bedrock says

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Detroit's planned tallest new building may no longer in fact be the city's tallest when it opens on the old Hudson's site in a few years.

Officials from the Bedrock real estate firm said Wednesday that switching the programming of the planned skyscraper tower on the Hudson's site from all residential to partly a hotel may change the height of the tower, depending on the needs of whatever hotel operator is chosen.

Renderings shows the design for Bedrock's planned Hudson's site project.
Renderings shows the design for Bedrock's planned Hudson's site project. (Photo: Bedrock)
"I think it's fair to say it's open," Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Bedrock, said Wednesday during a media briefing and hard hat tour of the Hudson's construction site.

The planned height has evolved over the past two years, from an initial estimate of 734 feet (just a few feet higher than the Renaissance Center), then perhaps 800 feet tall, and finally about 912 feet. But all the previous estimates were viewed as approximate until a final program was fixed.

Bedrock now estimates that the Hudson's site project will open in 2023, about a year later than was estimated at groundbreaking in 2017.
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During a wide-ranging discussion of Bedrock's four "transformational" projects mapped by business Dan Gilbert in the heart of downtown Detroit, Guziewicz and other Bedrock officials also said:

With the switch of the Hudson's tower to partly hotel, the idea for a public observation deck at the top has been scrapped, Guziewicz said. Building the viewing platform would have required one too many elevator shafts that would have cut down on usable space lower in the tower.
The office, retail and residential mixed-use project on the Monroe Block is undergoing design revisions. Actual construction, which was to have been underway by now, is scheduled to start in early 2020.
Bedrock's addition to the rear of the One Campus Martius building, formerly the Compuware headquarters, is about 60% complete. The extension should be ready for occupancy late this year and will include office and rentable event space.
Renovations continue to the historic Book Tower, a vacant office tower that dates to the 1920s. Exterior restorations are nearly complete and interior renovations are ongoing, with completion scheduled for 2022.
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Market opens in former liquor store near Little Caesars Arena that sold for $3.25 million

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A former party store in The District Detroit that sold for $3.25 million two years ago is seeing new life as a market.

ZZ Market & Grill opened Tuesday at 210 Henry St., around the block from Little Caesars Arena. The high-end market will cater to the downtown lunch crowd and fans attending sporting events with fresh grab-and-go meals, snacks, beer and liquor.

The new market occupies prime real estate that netted big bucks after the previous owners of Paul's Place liquor store held onto it while the arena district took shape around it. Salem and Ayser Toma bought the building in 1999 for $200,000 and it sold for $3.25 million in 2017, according to city property records.

The buyer was IWH Real Estate Ventures LLC, which is registered to Isaac Hanna. Hanna is chairman of Madison Heights-based Wireless Giant, which operates 60 mobile phone stores around the country.

Isaac Hanna's nephew Dominic Hanna manages the market. Dominic Hanna said restoration of the building, built in 1890, began about one year ago and cost nearly $2 million. He said he "is sure" his uncle received offers from developers to buy the property, but he and his uncle saw an opportunity in creating something the neighborhood lacked.


This Crain's article mentions a new residential development by the DMC:

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A Grand Rapids-based developer plans to enter the Detroit market with a $5 million residential project in Midtown.

Mosaic Homes aims to start construction in October or November on 10 for-sale condominiums on the southwest corner of John R. Street and Forest Avenue, across from the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. The complex will also include 1,000 square feet of live/work space, said Brad Rottschafer, president of Mosaic.

The development, consisting of six townhomes and four lofts with rooftop decks, is expected to take about a year to construct. Rottschafer said the project has received all approvals and just a construction permit is needed to proceed.

The residential units will cost $300,000 to $600,000. They have not been sold yet.
The same article has photos of the Henry Glover House project and the Buhl Building's facade work:





First unit in ‘reverse gentrification’ fourplex is complete, lists for $620K

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Last year, builder Joe Ventimiglia and designer Michael Coffindaffer began renovating a fourplex on East Grand Boulevard in Islandview, but there was a catch. While three of the four units were vacant, the fourth was still occupied by owner Lorraine Griffin, who’d been in the home nearly 50 years.

Instead of pressuring Griffin to sell, they decided to renovate her home, for free, along with the others as part of the group’s Saint Paul on the Blvd development. The group installed new windows, a roof, a facade, and electrical system.

“Because she stuck it out, she deserves to enjoy the rebirth of the building. She also has the opportunity to have the value change from $10,000 to $300,000 for her,” Ventimiglia told Fox 2 Detroit last year.

Moreover, the developers say they’ve hired over a dozen local residents to work on the project, many of whom had few carpentry skills and got on-the-job training.

Because of how the developers have included residents in the development, they’ve dubbed the process “reverse gentrification.” As neighborhood home values increase, they’re hoping this is a way for locals to stay, as opposed to be displaced.

The first of the three completely-rehabbed units has just finished and is listed through Max Brook Realtors for $620,000. The other two will hit the market in the fall.




^This stretch of East Grand has a lot of renovations going on besides this one. It's really encouraging.

Detroit job growth puts it among 20 ‘superstar’ cities in U.S.

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Detroit is regularly said to be in the midst of a “revival.” Certainly there have been plenty of buildings undergoing construction, businesses opening, and changes to the city’s infrastructure. But how else to quantify it?

Using federal data, Reuters analyzed 378 metropolitan areas in the United States from 2010 to 2017 and found that Detroit was among the top 20 cities to experience significant job growth. It was one of only two from the Rust Belt, the other being Grand Rapids.

The analysis found that nearly 40 percent of all new jobs generated in the U.S. went to the top 20 metro areas. A significant drop-off takes place from there—the next 20 only accounted for 10 percent of new jobs.

Metro Detroit came in at number 10, accounting for 1.73 percent of job growth. Los Angeles-Anaheim at 4.79 percent was the area with the highest percentage of total job growth.
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They're literally taking a soundbite from Bedrock that mostly deflected the question with "maybe, probably" and running it into headlines. We already knew the tower was still under design changes, this is nothing new.
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Well, we got some disappointing, yet not terribly surprising, news today. Regardless of what gets built there, it will be nice to have another occupied block downtown. I personally feel like it might end up being the state's tallest, just not 912 feet.
I agree that 700-800 sounds likely based on how bedrock was talking to the press today. The cost is the same so the height hopefully wont be lower than the 1st plan of the tower that was 727ft
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They're literally taking a soundbite from Bedrock that mostly deflected the question with "maybe, probably" and running it into headlines. We already knew the tower was still under design changes, this is nothing new.
Exactly. All he really said was that the final height will largely be determined by the needs of whatever hotel goes into the tower. They have about 500,000 sq ft of space in the most recent design of the tower set aside for hotel. I’m guessing that if they can’t find a hotel operator that is willing to take up that much space, then the tower will be shorter.
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I don't have a photo right now, but it looks like work has begun for the Cambria Hotel. The parking lot is being broken up.

A reminder of what it will look like:


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I don't have a photo right now, but it looks like work has begun for the Cambria Hotel. The parking lot is being broken up.

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Thank you for the update. Drove by it last week and was beginning to get worried it was another Ashton fail.
Saw work has started on the parking garage on the SoMa site by the soon to be West Elm Hotel on Woodward.
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Troy-based Rehmann to open Detroit office in newly renovated Farwell Building

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Troy-based financial services firm Rehmann is opening its first office in the city of Detroit to appeal to employee preferences and grow its client base.

The company will begin to pull workers from its offices around metro Detroit to a 6,000-square-foot space in the newly renovated Farwell Building in Detroit's Capitol Park. After Labor Day, the office is expected to be fully operational with 30 employees, said Bryan Kearis, principal of the firm.

"A lot of our associates are interested in working in the city," he said. "We felt it was a great strategic move for us. We've always done business in Detroit, and we will continue to penetrate the Detroit market."

The employees will come from offices in Troy, Farmington Hills and Ann Arbor. Rehmann has a total of 900 employees at more than 10 offices in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. About half of them work in Southeast Michigan, Kearis said.


Ima owner plans new restaurant in Midtown at former Sweet Lorraine's site

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The owner of Ima is planning a new Japanese-inspired restaurant in Midtown in the former space of Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Brewz.

Ima Midtown will open in the 3,700-square-foot building at 4870 Cass Ave. as the largest restaurant yet for chef Mike Ransom, who also owns Ima locations in Corktown and Madison Heights. Ransom said the new restaurant will open in the fall.

The full-service restaurant will feature a Japanese-focused menu with staples from the other locations, including noodle soups and small plates. The Midtown restaurant, however, will have a larger snack menu and entertainment on the weekends to cater to the student crowd.


^This photo's a few years old. The building has had its original brick and limestone facade restored.

Longtime barber opens her dream business on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion

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And on Monday, Dawn Sanford, with a $55,000 award from Motor City Match, joined current store owners seeking to keep the district's history alive amid hopes of growth and change.

Sanford, a Saginaw native and barber in Detroit for 32 years, is opening Shears & Shaves Barber and Spa, a grooming and spa service she hopes will serve residents in the neighborhood. By choosing the Avenue of Fashion for her new venture, Sanford will continue to seek compassion through barbering, she said in a news release.


Frozen custard counter now open in downtown Detroit

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A new custard shop will start handing soft serve cones and floats through a service window in downtown Detroit Monday.

Huddle Soft Serve is a new venture from Lea and Kyle Hunt, the folks behind Gather restaurant in Eastern Market. Expect vanilla, chocolate and twist frozen custard topped with sprinkles, sea salt or mini chocolate chips for 50 cents more. Choose a cup or a cone for $4, or upgrade to waffle cone for $5.


SpaceLab Detroit opens a second co-working space



Units at modern townhome development in North Corktown hit the market

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Developed by Michigan-based Bondy Construction & Design, the North Corktown 11 is—you guessed it—11 townhomes on Cochrane Street in North Corktown. The homes start at $337,000 and go up to $417,000.

All the units have fairly similar floor plans that range in dimensions from 1,179 to 1,566 square feet. Each has a first floor with a living room, kitchen, half-bath, and porch; and a second floor with two bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. There’s an optional upgrade for a rooftop deck and wet bar on the third floor.

The townhomes are fairly customizable and can be outfitted with a suite of extra finishes, fixtures, and upgrades. Each comes with a detached one-car garage.

The developer declined to say how much the development will cost, though it is receiving a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone tax abatement for new construction which will be passed on to any buyers that become owner-occupants. HOA fees will be $240 per month.

Currently three of the 11 units are already reserved.


C3 Industries in Ann Arbor Opens Detroit Cannabis Dispensary, California’s STIIIZY Expands to Michigan

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Ann Arbor’s C3 Industries, a cannabis producer and retailer, has opened its first dispensary, High Profile, in Detroit. This is the first of 15-20 dispensaries the company plans to open in the next two years, and the next two locations will be in Ann Arbor and Grant (north of Grand Rapids).

The Detroit location is at 20327 Groesbeck Highway, near Eight Mile Road.


Detroit’s Las Vegas Stone & Flooring Opens New, 6,000-square-foot Showroom

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Detroit-based Las Vegas Stone & Flooring has opened a new, 6,000-square-foot showroom at 11343 Schaefer Highway on the city’s northwest side that features more than 12,500 unique items from around the world.

Inspired by the one-stop-shop concept, the showroom offers customers a vast selection of products that have been hand-selected by Las Vegas Stone & Flooring’s experts at wholesale prices.
^This building looks abandoned on aerial maps. Glad another unused building has been brought back to life.

Exclusive: Detroit FinTech Bay to Open in TechTown Detroit, Launch Flagstar Mortgage Tech Accelerator as First Cohort

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Detroit FinTech Bay today announced it will open its doors in TechTown Detroit on the campus of Wayne State University. The first cohort will be the Flagstar Mortgage Tech Accelerator, which will launch in September.

The partnership comes a year after the global firm FinTech Consortium announced the presence of a Bay in Detroit.
Renovation of Jeffersonian Houze Apartment Building in Detroit Completed

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Barbat Holdings in West Bloomfield Township has completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of the historic Jeffersonian Houze. Amenities include a co-working space, dog spa, Olympic-sized swimming pool, volleyball courts, fitness center, yoga room, 24/7 concierge, and up to three-bedroom floorplans.

The building is located in the so-called Gold Coast at 9000 E. Jefferson Ave., and is close to the Detroit River, Indian Village, Pewabic Pottery, and Waterworks Park.

“Where some of the other properties in the Houze Living portfolio are capturing the millennial demographic who want a true urban lifestyle in a walkable neighborhood, Jeffersonian Houze attracts a wider range of people who want to be part of the vibrant and growing riverfront community,” says Joe Barbat, chairman of Barbat Holdings.
Detroit’s Rebel Nell, York Project to Open Joint Brick-and-mortar Location

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Detroit’s Rebel Nell, which creates jewelry using fallen chips of street art and employs women facing barriers, and York Project, a streetwear company that helps those who are homeless, plan to open a brick-and-mortar retail space in Detroit.

A grand opening ceremony will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the new location – 1314 Holden St. (three blocks south of Henry Ford Hospital). Regular business hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Report: Detroit, Grand Rapids Included in the Top 20 Metro Areas Nationwide

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In a recent ranking of metropolitan areas by Reuters, Detroit and Grand Rapids were recognized among the top 20 “superstar” metro areas nationwide.

Reuters analyzed federal data to rank the top 20 out of 378 metropolitan areas by how their share of national employment changed from 2010 to 2017. This data also revealed that 40 percent of the new jobs generated during that time went to the top 20 places, along with a similar share of the additional wages.

Those cities ranked in the top 20 represent about a quarter of the country’s population and are concentrated in the fast-growing southern and coastal states, with the exception of Detroit and Grand Rapids.


Jazz revival: Bringing back Red's Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor in North End

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Unfortunately, a major setback happened last year when the roof caved in. Although the space had been shuttered for four years, the roof’s condition was a surprise. The area was cordoned off as they decided what to do; supplies were destroyed as the space wintered without cover.

But the delay, Hebron says, allowed them to take another look at the plans. Plans for a flat roof have been replaced with plans for a green roof to capture storm water and provide water for the white birch alongside the building. The space will also use solar power.

The updated plan is to complete the roof first, and then proceed with building out the space. Remaining Kresge funds of $75,000 will help, along with funds from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, but there are more dollars to be raised to get the space stabilized and open, says Hebron. Despite the major work to be done, she still sees a 2020 opening.

The community will then look for additional funding for the design of the speakeasy in the back of the building.
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The historic bell tower at Mariners' Church of Detroit is being restored

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The tower that holds the church bell that chimed 'til it rang 29 times is being renovated.

Work on the bell tower at Mariners' Church of Detroit at 170 E. Jefferson Ave. is scheduled to be completed by the first week of September, weather permitting.

It holds the Brotherhood Bell, best known for chiming 29 times to commemorate the lives lost in the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck of 1975 on Lake Superior (and referenced in the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald").

Improvements include repairs to the structure of the bell's frame, along with a new controller and carillon, and new roofs above and below the bell enclosure, according to Ken Morse, trustee and chairman of Mariners' Church.


Atwater Beach opening soon, extending Detroit's network of family friendly public spaces

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When the new Atwater Beach opens along Detroit's east riverfront in a few weeks, it will create more than the latest new attraction on the popular RiverWalk.

It will also create the latest installment in Detroit's growing network of non-motorized public spaces that includes new parks, greenways, protected bike lanes, and more.

To be sure, Detroit's public space network remains fragmentary in many ways, and the policy of creating more is subject to political dissent, as was seen in the recent 5-4 vote at City Council to make Spirit Plaza in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center permanent. Certainly the city's embrace of protected bike lanes and other greening strategies have drawn plenty of criticism from motorists who don't like sharing the road.

But Mayor Mike Duggan's team and its partners, including philanthropic foundations that put up the cash and nonprofits like the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, which builds and operates the RiverWalk, continue to push ahead. And the more venues like Atwater Beach that are added, the more valuable the public space network as a whole becomes.






First look at 64 Watson, new luxury condos in Brush Park

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A unique development in Brush Park is nearly complete.

The Devon Building on Watson Street, built in 1905, was torn down and a new one rebuilt in its place that faithfully recreated the original’s facade. Now, construction has wrapped up on 64 Watson, which contains six luxury condos, and the first tenants are set to move in soon.

The three-story building has an attractive brick and stone cream exterior with an arched front entrance. The units themselves range in size from a 734-square-foot one bedroom for $384,900 to a two-story, 2,450-square-foot penthouse with a private elevator that costs $1.57 million.

All the units have nice finishes and features—quartz countertops, kitchens with waterfall edge islands and nice appliances, hardwood floors, a bathroom with a soaking tub, etc. They also come with a parking spot (the penthouse has two) in a detached garage, and many have downtown-facing private balconies.




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Even though a lot of the developments we get in Detroit aren't as major as most other cities, I personally find smaller bits of news like this really encouraging:

Detroit Body Garage plots to move, double space in Detroit's Villages area

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Detroit Body Garage, a gym in the West Village neighborhood, is moving from a former bank building to an actual garage.

Founder Terra Castro plans to uproot her business late this year, moving its collection of fitness classes to a 2,400-square-foot car garage on the edge of the near-east-side Villages neighborhoods. Castro would more than double her space, allowing her to offer two classes at once and grow community programming.

Detroit Body Garage has outgrown its 1,000-square-foot gym in a former Detroit Savings Bank on Kercheval Avenue at Van Dyke, about a mile away, Castro said. Her current landlord is Detroit-based Banyan Investments LLC, led by Aamir Farooqi. Crain's requested comment from Farooqi regarding future plans for the building, which was also vacated last year by wine bar Brix.

As well as business growth, Castro said rent price was "absolutely a factor" in her decision to move. But she declined to disclose financial specifics.

"I'm going to find what keeps my business financially healthy," she said. "It's about this business growing and not getting in the hole."

Detroit Body Garage grew sales by 30 percent over the past year, said Castro, who sees the themes of her business as "movement and community." As of June, it was seeing around $11,000 in sales a month. The gym gets more than 1,000 visits per month. Last summer it saw around 800-900 visits in a month, Castro previously told Crain's.

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Big Sean has happy kids on his hands as he unveils studio at Boys & Girls Club in Detroit

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Big Sean's latest Detroit investment was already humming with action Saturday, as eager neighborhood kids filled his new production studio on the city's west side.

The rapper's $100,000 facility at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys & Girls Club had them donning headphones, manning audio workstations, tinkering with DJ controllers, and running the lighting gear on a small performance stage. Big Sean looked on smiling as young singers and dancers covered songs by Lizzo and others.

Funded by his Sean Anderson Foundation, the remodeled space follows a fully equipped recording studio he opened at his alma mater Cass Tech in 2015.

“The west side of Detroit is my old neighborhood," he said Saturday, an afternoon full of selfies and hugs with young fans as he unveiled the facility. "It’s a full-circle moment when your neighborhood supports you and holds you high, and you’re in a position to be able to hold it up in your own way and take it further.”


Millennial Detroiter to open brunch 'loft' in Rivertown

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One of the city's newest restaurant owners is 24-year-old Micah Jenkins, and she wants to up the game when it comes to brunch in Detroit.

For the past several months, she's been working on the Breakfast Loft, a brunch and breakfast restaurant on the third floor of 1440 Franklin in Detroit's Rivertown neighborhood. The building is also home to Steve's Soul Food; owner Steve Radden is Jenkins' mentor, she says.

Micah Jenkins will officially open the Breakfast Loft for brunch and breakfast on Sept. 8 in Detroit's Rivertown.
Micah Jenkins will officially open the Breakfast Loft for brunch and breakfast on Sept. 8 in Detroit's Rivertown. (Photo: Jasmine Graham)
Her parents know Radden, who opened his restaurant more than 30 years ago, and he hired Jenkins to help him with some branding for his businesses. Jenkins studied advertising and marketing at Michigan State and has her own marketing business.

"We started just bouncing ideas off each other," she said. "What if there was this place where we can kind of bring in the older generation and the younger generation and I thought the best thing (was) to do it over breakfast."
First privately-negotiated CBA in Detroit’s history signed for NW Goldberg development

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A bit of development history was made in Detroit today.

For a soon-to-be-constructed development at Lincoln and Wilbur streets in Northwest Goldberg, the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative (WGBC) negotiated a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Philadelphia-based developer Grasso Holdings. The groups are calling it the first privately-negotiated CBA in the city’s history.

To date, all other CBAs came about through the city’s Community Benefits Ordinance, which requires developers to negotiate an agreement with a Neighborhood Advisory Council if a project costs more than $75 million or receives over $1 million in public benefits.

In the case of this development near the Lincoln Street Art Park, the parties came to the table willingly.

So far, few details have been released about the project, though Grasso said it’s going to be a mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and several stories of residential housing. The company hopes to start construction by the end of the year.


^Well this came out of nowhere. I've always thought the area around Holden and Lincoln could be a really cool arts district.

New coworking space catering to artists opening on Detroit’s east side

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When she was in her 20s, Denise Moore was deeply engaged with her artwork, mainly landscapes. Then “life happened,” as she puts it. Now 30 years later, she’s not only getting back into art but creating a space for other artists with her new art gallery and coworking space in East English Village.

ZAB Cultural Collective at 16927 E. Warren Ave. is a space where “creatives can come and collaborate with other artists,” Moore says. ZAB will also offer workshops, classes, performances, spoken word poetry, which all are services “that a lot of people in our neighborhood probably can't have access to … (and we want to make everything really affordable. As far as the, uh, the events that we have in the workshops and things like that.”

Beyond the office area, there’s a performance space and gallery where member artists can have their own exhibitions.

In addition to the artists’ amenities, ZAB Cultural Collective will have the typical coworking features, such as desks to use for the day, dedicated desks, and free coffee, tea, water, and WiFi.
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