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The Platform is quite the change from the former Big Boy. Another great thing about it is its location direction at the entrance to Belle Isle.
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The Platform is quite the change from the former Big Boy. Another great thing about it is its location direction at the entrance to Belle Isle.
The Platform is actually the development firm. Cass & York is one of their projects on Cass Avenue in New Center, where most of their developments have been located. They are behind the Big Boy redevelopment project by Belle Isle, but thats a different project than Cass & York.
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The Platform is actually the development firm. Cass & York is one of their projects on Cass Avenue in New Center, where most of their developments have been located. They are behind the Big Boy redevelopment project by Belle Isle, but thats a different project than Cass & York.
Ah okay, haha. I had to check myself at first make sure that my memory wasn't playing tricks on me The Platform does sound like the name of a project even though I was pretty sure there was more than one project that had the name The Platform attached to it.

Was looking through their timeline and found a pic of the progress at the Baltimore Station redevelopment project work on building a third floor had begun as of March 13th.


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@ Docta_Love, I agree the name sounds more like a project itself than a development firm. They're also behind the Third & Grand project not too far from Baltimore Station and the rumored 30+ floor tower at Grand Boulevard and Woodward.
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Haha I appreciate the sanity check @Detroitsky, The Platform has a lot of projects coming down the pipeline in multiple neighborhoods. They also have a project in Lafayette Park too they're looking at taking on.

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Masonic Temple begins $3.7 million renovation

By KIRK PINHO
Crain's Detroit Business
April 08, 2018

-Masonic Temple begins a $3.7 million renovation, to be complete by the end of the year
-30,000 square feet of space on upper floors to be leased
-Upgrades will allow more events to take place at the same time


Since 1939, Detroit’s Masonic Temple has been the largest Masonic temple in the world.



In addition to the improvements to the 96-year-old building on Temple Street, the Masonic Temple Association, which owns the property, wants to reposition or find new uses for the 55,000-square-foot East Tower. Those uses could range from office space to a boutique hotel or residential if redeveloped.

The work includes renovations of existing restrooms and installation of additional restrooms; sound insulation improvement; upgrades to heating and cooling systems; and updates to two large kitchens. On the exterior, masonry restoration and limestone façade cleaning are planned.

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The temple fell on hard times several years ago. In 2013, Detroit-born rocker Jack White paid off $142,000 in back taxes it owed, saving the venue from auction. Reportedly, White's mother served as an usher at the theater, which takes up a full city block and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...ion-renovation
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Great news about the Masonic Temple! I'm excited to see the facade cleaned up. With the size of the concerts they hold there, I'd imagine a boutique hotel would be a nice addition.

However, the article incorrectly states that the Masonic Temple "takes up a full city block". It only takes a second to look at a map and see it only takes up a third of the block. The 11 story American Hotel, four apartment buildings, a two floor commercial building on Cass and a large parking lot take up the rest of the block. What ever happened to quality reporting?
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Ah, yeah your right I didn't catch that at first to be honest I was more interested in the bit about Jack White's mom. haha.

Definitely sloppy however I really hope they restore the old school sign's on the American also for anyone wondering where the east tower is at the Masonic it's the part right next to the American in the rendering below.

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Good news for Jefferson Ave. long overdue in terms of the current traffic demand on the road.

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City to reduce lanes, make room for cyclists on East Jefferson

By ANNALISE FRANK
Crain's Detroit Business
April 09, 2018

-$1 million project to slow speeds, separate bike traffic from cars
-To shrink car traffic from three to two lanes each way
-Work between Lakewood and Rivard streets to start in May



Changes include adding bicycle lanes with a protective buffer between them and the roadway, designating on-street parking, slowing speeds, adding more pedestrian crossings, re-striping the road and reducing traffic from three lanes each way to two. The cost will be drawn from state transportation funds, the city department said. A construction lane-closure schedule is yet to come.

Detroit also aims to start community engagement work in the next two months for bike lane improvements funded through a separate bond program, the planning department said. The city had introduced in October a $125 million plan to revamp and beautify nearly two dozen commercial corridors, Crain's has reported.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...east-jefferson
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Looks like we have a winner in the West-riverfront park contest, I'm glad they picked Michael Van Valkenburgh.


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New York-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to transform Detroit's West Riverfront Park

$50 million transformation planned along the Detroit River

By SHERRI WELCH
Crain's Detroit Business
April 10, 2018

-$50 million transformation planned along the Detroit River
-Winner chosen from four semi-finalists culled from pool of 80 design firms
-Renowned architect Sir David Adjaye added to the team





The landscape architect designed the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and Maggie Daley Park in Chicago.

Its team was made even stronger by the addition of Sir David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates, who completed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and has been named among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People as one of the greatest architectural visionaries of modern time.





MVVA's ideas included a series of pavilions for lively programs along the edge of the park, a native-animal-themed playground, a cove with a beach for swimming in the summer and iceskating in the winter, a fishing pier, performance space and a sports house.





The conservancy is in the quiet stage of a $100 million-$150 million campaign that will include the money needed for work on the west riverfront.

As it raises money for the West Riverfront Park's $50 million transformation, MVVA will solicit public feedback to hone its design for the park. The conservancy exceeded its $140 million fundraising goal for the east riverfront, closing out the campaign in 2016 after raising $163 million.

If all goes as planned, it hopes to begin work on the West Riverfront Park in the spring of 2020, said Marc Pasco, director of communications. But between now and then it will need to complete the last pieces of the east riverwalk.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...sform-detroits
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Mixed-use development in Milwaukee Junction to be complete by summer 2019

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April 11, 2018

-Detroit-based The Platform LLC is the developer of Baltimore Station
-First phase is leasing, expected to open this summer
-Second phase slated for 138 apartments with 9,000 square feet of retail



Detroit-based developer The Platform LLC plans its two-phase Baltimore Station project in Detroit's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood to be complete by summer 2019.

The first phase of the project has 23 loft apartments on Woodward Avenue with 10,000 square feet of first-floor retail in a pair of rehabilitated buildings while the second phase is slated for 138 apartments with 9,000 square feet of retail. The second phase, construction on which began this week, is expected to cost $29 million, according to a news release.

Retail tenants in the $7.6 million first phase, construction on which began a year ago, are Woodpile BBQ Shack and an unnamed bakery.

The project began as a class project by three University of Michigan graduate students in professor and developer Peter Allen's class. Later, the three — Dang Duong, Myles Hamby and Clarke Lewis — were hired by The Platform, which has been developing mixed-use projects in and around the New Center area, as well as neighborhoods including Islandview and northwest Detroit, among others.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...lete-by-summer



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Proposals sought to make Warrendale-Cody Rouge neighborhood more child-friendly

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Crain's Detroit Business
April 10, 2018

-City issues RFQ for planning and design consultants
-Project engages DTE Energy, GM, Quicken Loans, Skillman Foundation
-Design firms will be contracted through Invest Detroit

The city of Detroit is seeking planning and design consultants to foster a child-centric environment in the Warrendale-Cody Rouge neighborhood, officials announced Monday.

The ideal plan would attract new developments to the west side neighborhood that can improve mobility, housing, education, health and public safety for the area. The city seeks proposals that give residents access to public spaces such as parks, playgrounds and other accommodations that can serve children across all ages.

To help stabilize the area, officials want to tear down blighted homes and maintain affordable housing. Health, safety and local schools are an important focus on development plans, as well.

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Design firms will be contracted through Invest Detroit. Detroit-based organizations DTE Energy Co., General Motors Co., Quicken Loans Inc. and the Skillman Foundation are responsible for garnering investments for the project and working with Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance to roll out the redevelopment plans, the release said.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...ood-more-child
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A cornice is back on the Grinnell Building after 60 years
Apr 11, 2018 at 8:34 AM by Robin Runyan

Back in 1958, many cornices on historic buildings in Detroit were removed due to falling pieces and modernization efforts. Historic preservationists and cornice lovers of the world, rejoice! Cornices are making a comeback downtown.
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The 1890s structure is on scheduled to reopen in late June to apartment renters. Wochit
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Was looking through this week's council agenda, and see that Studio Live in New Center is moving forward. This is the renovation and addition to the historic WJBK-TV studio building on Woodward in New Center between Bethune and Lathrop.



They are requesting a rezoning for the block which for some reason despite being right on Woodward in a central business district, was zoned the second lowest commercial zoning in the code. Anyway, the plan will add two stories on top of the existing studio building, and build an 8-story, 105-foot addition behind it totaling 145 new apartments, some ground floor retail, and about 87 parking spaces. All of the new stuff is setback from Woodward so as not to overwhelm the historic studion building. The rezoning is largely being requested to allow multi-family residential (and more of it) and less parking on the site by-right (B-5 doesn't require any off-street parking).

Good to see this one still moving forward. This is keeping with their late-2018 ground breaking.
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They are requesting a rezoning for the block which for some reason despite being right on Woodward in a central business district, was zoned the second lowest commercial zoning in the code. Anyway, the plan will add two stories on top of the existing studio building, and build an 8-story, 105-foot addition behind it totaling 145 new apartments, some ground floor retail, and about 87 parking spaces. All of the new stuff is setback from Woodward so as not to overwhelm the historic studion building. The rezoning is largely being requested to allow multi-family residential (and more of it) and less parking on the site by-right (B-5 doesn't require any off-street parking).

Good to see this one still moving forward. This is keeping with their late-2018 ground breaking.
LMich, the property isn't on Woodward but a block west on 2nd Avenue and right across the street from a single family residential area, which may have something to do with the zoning.

Here's a few photo updates from the past few weeks of various lesser known projects. I got to see the lobby of The Siren Hotel/Wurlitzer Building but was asked not to post my photos online by employees. If you get a chance to take a look inside, I highly recommend it. Definitely unique.


Corktown Lofts, a Bedrock project on Fort Street near downtown.


Wayne County Community College has started on their downtown campus expansion.


St. Rita Apartments


A renovation I came across of a formerly dilapidated building at 18600 Woodward, near 7 Mile.


Land clearing has begun for the American toll plaza for the Gordie Howe International Bridge. This photo barely hints at how massive an area is being leveled.
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36 loft apartments coming to the North End



https://detroit.curbed.com/2018/4/13...ming-north-end
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We're getting our first conceptual look at what a Joe Louis Arena redevelopment could look like.

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April 13, 2018





Here are two concepts for what could come to the Joe Louis Arena site. Important to remember: These are concepts from September 2016, and things have changed since then.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...Bidio%5D=83083


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FGIC subsidiary seeks mediator for Joe Louis Arena development dispute with Detroit

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Crain's Detroit Business
April 12, 2018



A bankruptcy-era creditor suing the city of Detroit is asking a federal judge to appoint a mediator to resolve a dispute over a development timeline for the vacated Joe Louis Arena property.

Gotham Motown Recovery LLC, a subsidiary of New York City-based Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp., filed the motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas Tucker on Thursday morning. The 12-page motion says Gerald Rosen, the retired judge who was the mediator during Detroit's historic Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case, "is willing to act as mediator" to settle the dispute, which stems from the city granting a 180-day extension of a development agreement timeline rather than 24 months as Gotham requested.

Rosen confirmed to Crain's that he would be willing to serve as mediator.

"The City should be compelled to mediate this dispute on an expedited basis because a prompt resolution is decidely in the best interest of the parties," the filing says. "There is undoubtedly a negotiable solution to the current impasse. However, given the City's apparent unwillingness to engage directly with Gotham, a mediator is necessary."
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...opment-dispute



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Construction underway on final phase of Woodbridge Estates in Midtown

By TYLER CLIFFORD
Crain's Detroit Business
April 12, 2018

-Crews to build 80 units for seniors
-Final phase to bring total to 567 mixed-income units
-Citizens Bank provided a loan and equity investment in the project



Construction on the final $16.9 million phase of Woodbridge Estates in Detroit's Midtown is underway.

Crews are laboring to erect 82,000 square feet of 80 units for seniors to cap off the last of nine phases. About 28,000 square feet will be carved out for common space including a theater room, salon and exercise room in the building at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and the John C. Lodge Freeway Service Drive.

Providence, R.I.-based Citizens Financial Group Inc. provided nearly $23 million to fund the project, $10 million of which is a construction loan. The loan was granted to Woodbridge Estates IX Limited Dividend Housing Association LLC, a partnership between Bingham Farms-based The Slavik Co., Fenton-based Premier Property Management LLC and the Detroit Housing Commission. The housing commission is supporting the project with a $3.7 million Hope IV loan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...tes-in-midtown
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Opened earlier this month, but Lumen, an American restaurant in Beacon Park, is looking really nice; hopefully the food and service live up to the architecture. Photos from The District Detroit twitter page.







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Such slow going on this one, but here are some shots of Third & Grand in New Center.

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West Elm gets another shot:

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New upscale West Elm Hotel coming to Midtown Detroit

By JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press

April 17, 2018

Detroit will soon gain another new upscale hotel.

Furniture and home décor retailer West Elm plans to build a 130-plus room hotel at Woodward and Eliot Street in Midtown, next to the Bonstelle Theatre, on a lot that is now a parking lot.

The project's developer, the Detroit-based Roxbury Group, announced the hotel plans Tuesday morning. Groundbreaking is expected later this year, with an opening date sometime in 2020.

The West Elm Hotel is the latest in a series of new and soon-to-open Detroit hotels, most of them around 130 rooms or smaller.



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The Roxbury Group is in discussions with Wayne State to potentially include the Bonstelle Theatre in the West Elm Hotel plan. The university is preparing to relocate its theater program to another building.

"It's been a bit of a forgotten jewel in Detroit, so we hope that can come to pass," Di Rita said of the Bonstelle.

The hotel also would be a neighbor to a proposed mixed-use commercial and residential project that is being developed by Birmingham-based Professional Property Management.

Adam Nyman, an official with Professional Property Management, said there are no available plans or details yet regarding that potential project, which is dubbed SOMA for South of Mack Avenue.
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* The Siren Hotel, 106 rooms, 1509 Broadway, opened this month.
* The Shinola Hotel, 130 rooms, 1400 Woodward, expected to open this fall.
* Element Hotel by Westin, 110-room extended-stay, 33 John R St., expected to open this fall.
* Potential hotel near Little Caesars Arena, no firm details or groundbreaking date have been released.
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Lumen looks great! Part of it is the views and surrounding urban context. And that would be great if the Bonstelle could somehow be integrated into the West Elm Hotel.
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That explains why WSU was so quiet about future plans for the Bonstelle upon it being decommissioned. Its interesting to note that in the rendering it has a new facade obviously inspired by its original facade before Woodward was widened.
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