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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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
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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...


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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
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Old Posted May 3, 2006, 2:03 AM
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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.
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MAKING A DESTINATION IN DETROIT: Riverfront poised for growth spurt

Major projects to start construction soon

May 6, 2006

BY JOHN GALLAGHER
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

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.

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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
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does anyone have any casino update pictures?

i haven't been back in a while, and I don't think i will be.........
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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.
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I was told that come June we will start to see signs of life at Greektown. Be patient.
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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.

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Hey, new renderings unveiled today for the North Terminal at DTW. To be completed in 2008.



Not very impressive, but new nonetheless.

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Old Posted May 25, 2006, 7:09 PM
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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:
http://www.waynefirst.wayne.edu/

By the way, I graduated from MSU with Lavie, the grad student mentioned in the article. It's a small world after all.
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Detroit is building like crazy with much more to come!!!

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


























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