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Old Posted May 25, 2006, 11:51 PM
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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 The new North Terminal, while simplistic, looks fantastic, and a huge improvement over the outdated mess currently there.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?
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Old Posted May 26, 2006, 7:40 PM
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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!
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Old Posted May 27, 2006, 12:25 AM
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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 Aesthetically, the whole concrete, 60's concept for Hart Plaza had been outdated for years.
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I read on an article in the newspaper that Wayne Sate would not start on the construction for thier new business school until 2009
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But with the new building being on woodward and palmer its a great additon
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"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.
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Old Posted Jun 9, 2006, 3:35 PM
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^ 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.
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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.
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Old Posted Jun 9, 2006, 9:17 PM
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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
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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.
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Here is a link to the Greektown Construction Infomation...

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060609/def002.html?.v=52

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!
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Old Posted Jun 10, 2006, 8:01 AM
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Finally!!! After years of drama over permanent casinos they are all under construction. For awhile we were wondering if we would ever see them.
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Greektown Casino looks great. I'd love to see something that creative in Vegas, instead of yet another luxuty condo.
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^ Um, Project City Center?
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Anybody have updated construction pics of Motor City or MGM?
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It's about time.
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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).
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Old Posted Jun 13, 2006, 8:10 AM
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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

http://www.modeldmedia.com/developmentnews/default.aspx
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michi, i am getting very upset.

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Teh pope's greatest and most noble virtue is patience. Michi delivers soon.
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