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It’s really weird to see Orleans Landing apartments renting for so much seeing as this was a DDA project partially funded with the forgiveness of part of their debt in the Book Cadillac’s mezzanine financing deal by the state housing authority. I hate Michigan politics.
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Michigan lol, not sure if you've heard about the wonderful tax reform the country just passed...
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Another "mysterious" purchase an eviction in Cass Park in the new "District Detroit" according to Curbed Detroit:

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Public hearing for proposed Cass-Henry Historic District scheduled for this week

By Robin Runyan Jan 8, 2018

A Historic District Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, January 11 to discuss the proposed Cass-Henry Historic District. Last summer, preservationists rallied to protect the Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments on Cass, which are owned by Olympia Development.

The area was first given an Interim Historic Designation, which was then replaced with a Historic District study, which councilman Scott Benson told Curbed would give them the same protection.

A tipster tells Curbed that residents were evicted this weekend at another apartment building in that district, The Claridge at 467 Henry, “due to deferred maintenance on the building’s roof.” That building was one of three that was recently purchased for $8.1 million by a mysterious buyer under the name Cass Village Apartments LLC.

The district is right by Little Caesars Arena and within Olympia’s “District Detroit.” On their website, Olympia has renamed that area “Cass Park Village.”
In other news, Third & Grand in New Center seems to slowly be coming together. Photo from mid-December:


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A reminder of this one courtesy The Platform:





This one started construction back in June.
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I'm not sure I'm ever going to get over this being a criminal waste of a good site, but a developer who has been moving dirt around at the Statler site is finally going to start construction on it this month.

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Junfu Han | Detroit Free Press

City Club Apartments under construction where Detroit's grandest hotel once stood

By Frank Witsil | Detroit Free Press

Janaury 9, 2018

A developer touting Detroit's first newly constructed apartment complex in three decades aims to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday.

The project, now named City Club Apartments CBD Detroit, is among the latest new residential construction in downtown Detroit — and another example of Detroit's revival.

The new development — at Washington Boulevard and Park Avenue — is expected to offer nearly 300 residential units and more than 10,000 square feet of retail at a location that was at one time home to one of the most opulent places in Detroit to get a room, the Statler Hotel.

With a hole that deep, it looks like it's going to have quite a bit of underground parking.
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When this "phase" of the Statler block it was first announced I was okay with it despite it being being pretty lame looking and completely out of scale for that site because the city and that part of downtown were in a different position. Now its pretty obvious we can do much better I'll say needs to remain and in many ways become more business friendly we could debate the merit of what if the city cancelled the project and say handed it over to Gilbert. But this development if it were in the hands of someone else not just Gilbert but a number of other developers who have worked downtown recently I can think of I would expect to have done a better job with the site.



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Highland Park to seek qualified companies for redevelopment

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Crain's Detroit Business
January 08, 2018

Qualified companies are being sought to redevelop nearly 1,000 publicly owned properties in Highland Park.

City leaders in the enclave of Detroit are working with the state and Wayne County land banks to issue a request for qualifications of developers.

They hope to increase home ownership, boost Highland Park's economy and improve efforts to market the city.

The request is an expansion of Highland Park's Neighborhood Improvement Plan to address the loss of residential occupancy.

The land banks have properties within areas identified for redevelopment in Highland Park.

Wayne County Land Bank Executive Director Bali Kumar said that by pooling efforts to attract qualified companies they are "more likely to present attractive opportunities and streamlined options to potential developers."
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...-redevelopment
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Anybody walk by the Hudson's site recently? I'd be curious if they've done any other excavation.
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Anybody walk by the Hudson's site recently? I'd be curious if they've done any other excavation.
I drove by it on Saturday and they had about half of the pedestrian wall up (whatever you call those things).
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I know we have a ton of members from the Detroit area. Is anyone planning on making a render of the new tower at the Hudsons site for the diagram? All of the other cities getting a new tallest have theirs up.
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I know we have a ton of members from the Detroit area. Is anyone planning on making a render of new tower at the Hudsons site for the diagram? All of the other cities getting a new tallest have theirs up.
It would be nice if someone could draw a render of One Monroe Avenue as well.

"PF Michigan, a Planet Fitness franchise group, is planning to spend $2.5 to $2.7 million to open a new Planet Fitness gym in downtown Detroit by May."
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Motown Museum expansion revved up by gift from auto dealers

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Crain's Detroit Business
January 10, 2018





$75,000 gift from Detroit Auto Dealers Association
To be presented during auto show charity preview
To boost $50 million expansion


The Motown Museum's expansion plans have received a little more horsepower with a gift from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.

The Detroit museum on Tuesday announced a $75,000 donation from the organization. It will officially present the gift Jan. 19 during the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview.

The event is scheduled to feature a performance by the Four Tops, one of Motown's earliest and best-known groups.

The $50 million expansion will be built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and famed "Hitsville U.S.A." sign.

The museum is located where company founder Berry Gordy — a former auto plant worker — launched his music empire. The label started in 1959 and scores of stars and hits were created before Motown relocated to California in 1972.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...m-auto-dealers
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^ Are the other houses that front the museum privately occupied, and will they stay that way? Or are they also going to be part of the museum 'complex'?
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The two homes on the right (which are treated as one building - 2648 W. Grand Blvd) of the entrance are the existing museum. And the other three houses (2654, 2656 and 2658 W. Grand Blvd) are adminstrative offices, storage, etc.


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May Mobility steers to market with new tech licenses, plans to double workforce

By TYLER CLIFFORD
Crain's Detroit Business
January 10, 2018



May Mobility led an autonomous shuttle service pilot with Bedrock LLC employees in downtown Detroit last October.


-May Mobility to add more than 40 employees
-Company gets license to five technologies from UM Tech Transfer
-Firm plans to move into larger headquarters this year


The Ann Arbor-based firm got access to five technologies from the University of Michigan's Technology Transfer Office that CEO Edwin Olson says will improve driving accuracy of its line of green-and-white driverless shuttles. The licenses are a key part in May Mobility's strategy to get its cars on public roads.

Focused on growth, May Mobility is looking to add 40 workers to its staff this year. The current 15-person office, heavy with engineers, is making room for more engineers as well as sales, content creation and customer operations. Olson co-founded the company in 2017 with COO Alisyn Malek, a Crain's 2014 Twenty in their 20s honoree, and Chief Technology Officer Steve Vozar after working together on autonomous vehicle projects with Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., Detroit-based General Motors Co. and Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp.

"We've gotten big enough that we're going to need an HR person," Olson told Crain's. "We're already bursting at the seams at our first place, we're going to have to get some more real estate. We're looking now," but he did not name the broker that is representing the company.

UM Tech Transfer Director of Licensing Bryce Pilz says bringing these kinds of jobs to Ann Arbor instead of Silicon Valley is significant as Michigan works to attract people to the state.

"The autonomous vehicle field marries two sectors — the auto sector that started here and the tech space that is perceived as being on the West Coast," he said in a statement. "Both hotbeds are competing to be the center of autonomous vehicle development."





May Mobility says it landed licenses it believes will help get its shuttles on the market. One of those technologies that May licensed will help the vehicles with motion and behavioral planning. It will let a car understand how its own actions can influence what other people do in situations such as merging on a freeway, Olson said. This could include maneuvering potholes that pepper many roads in metro Detroit.

"It's important to understand how nosing up on a car might change the behavior of that car," he explained. "That's a piece that's missing from a lot of autonomous vehicle research."

Other licenses offer camera calibration, accurate localization without a powerful computer and accurate positioning systems based on radios. A license for inertia censors will allow the company to "extract higher-quality data out of the standard sensors everyone is using," Chief Technology Officer Steve Vozar said in the release.

May Mobility wants to carve its way into the market by doing what other autonomous-focused companies have yet to explore. Olson says the firm has prioritized small routes to target customers that need short-distance travel that's safe and personal. The company bused Bedrock LLC employees in a square block in downtown Detroit from the First National Building in Cadillac Square to employee parking last October in a pilot program with the Dan Gilbert-owned property management firm.

May Mobility's goal is to contract its transportation services to corporate, medical and college campuses.

"A lot of companies are basically trying to build, essentially, an autonomous Uber, but it's really hard. You'd almost have to be able to handle almost any road in the city," Olson said. "We want to find relatively small routes that make business sense today and to get going. Highly constrained routes where there is only a handful of city routes you have to care about."


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"Outside of the life sciences, this is far and away the most successful startup we've had at the University of Michigan in raising that first round of funding so quickly," Pilz said in a statement. "That speaks a lot about Ed and his team."
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...lans-to-double




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Robertson Brothers to build 100 homes on former school sites in Ferndale

By ANNALISE FRANK
Crain's Detroit Business
January 11, 2018



The 72-unit, 4.39-acre Parkdale Townes development is bounded by Fielding Street, Allen Road, Garbutt Park and Gardendale Street just north of Eight Mile Road in Ferndale. Bloomfield Hills-based Robertson Brothers Co. is building townhouses that are likely to start at around $200,000.


-Ferndale Public Schools sold two former school properties for $1 million
-Robertson Brothers Co. to build 100 houses and townhouses on sites
-Demolition of Taft Digital Learning Center building underway


A Bloomfield Hills-based developer is giving new life to former school properties in Ferndale with plans to build 100 houses and townhouses on two sites.

Robertson Brothers Co officially bought the sites, formerly home to Wilson University High School and the Taft Digital Learning Center, in September through a request for proposals process that started about three years ago, said James Clarke, the developer's president and co-owner, and Jordan Twardy, the city of Ferndale's community and economic development director.

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Robertson Brothers wants to attract middle-class home buyers and young professionals seeking their first homes, Clarke said. The company buys unused property in densely populated areas to redevelop, as opposed to creating "cornfield developments" in more rural areas.

BY THE NUMBERS

Parkdale Townes:





-72 1,200-square-foot and 1,500-square-foot townhouses for purchase
-Expected to start at around $200,000
-One- and two-car garages
-On 4.39 acres
-Land development to start in the spring
-To finish first model in late summer
-Developer Robertson Brothers Co. to receive tax increment financing -reimbursement of $2.8 million over 10-15 years





Wilson Park Village:





-28 standalone 2,097-square-foot homes for purchase
-Three bedrooms, two and a half baths
-Cost between $350,000 and $400,000
-On 4.25 acres
-Robertson to receive tax increment financing reimbursement of $1.6 million

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...chool-sites-in
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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...tower-downtown

January 11, 2018 5:16 p.m. UPDATED 59 MINUTES AGO
Crowne Plaza hotel owners plan 28-story second tower downtown
By KIRK PINHO

-Second Crowne Plaza tower would rise 28 stories, 338 feet
-Project would take three years to complete
-Second tower was part of original plans in 1965



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The owners of the Crowne Plaza Downtown Detroit Riverfront hotel downtown are planning a 28-story second tower that would rise about 338 feet, taller than the existing 25-story building.

The owner, a Mexican and European investor group called Operadora de Servicio Para Hoteles de Lujo, submitted documents to a Detroit City Council committee saying that the second tower for the hotel formerly known as the Hotel Pontchartrain would have 448,300 square feet with typical floors of about 15,900 square feet.

Construction would start this fall or winter and be complete in 2021, a document provided to the Detroit City Council's Planning and Economic Development standing committee says. When complete, there would be about 150 permanent workers in the tower.

Gerardo Carreno, asset manager for Crowne Plaza, said the tower would have approximately 498 rooms and cost north of $100 million. Crain's first reported on the renewed conversation about a second tower in 2015.
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That's great to here about Crowne Plaza. It was always built with the idea that it would be expanded, so now it looks to finally be happening. Between this and the proposed highrise apartment tower(s) at the site of JLA, that should really bring up the western riverfront skyline. At 338 feet, these are going to be some super-tall floors compared to the existing hotel, which at 25 stories is just a bit over 250 feet.

Looks like they are going to be quick in building City Club:

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Detroit apartment complex to feature market, pet store

By Candice Williams | Detroit News

January 11, 2018

Detroit — A boutique hotel-style lobby with 24/7 concierge, a gourmet market, pet store and restaurant are among the amenities planned for an apartment complex on the former site of Statler Hotel.

Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday afternoon for the upcoming City Club Apartments CBD Detroit on Washington Boulevard in the city’s downtown. The event took place at the David Whitney Building, which is across the street from the site where construction began in September.
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The City Club Apartments CBD Detroit will have 288 apartments and penthouses and 13,000 square feet of street-level retail space. Furnished short-term rentals will also be available when the building opens in late 2018. The project is expected to be complete during the second quarter of 2019. CBD stands for Central Business District.






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Partners plan restaurant, $1.25 million development in McNichols-Livernois corridor

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Crain's Detroit Business
January 12, 2018



Joe Marra (left) and Ken Brown met through Detroit's Motor City Match program and became business partners with a plan to develop abandoned storefronts on McNichols Road near Livernois.


-3,100-square-foot restaurant planned to open in the spring
-Partners plan to redevelop almost an entire block of McNichols
-Project to focus on providing jobs and boosting community spirits


When Joe Marra first drove down McNichols Road just west of Livernois Avenue in Detroit, he was baffled to see abandoned storefronts lining the commercial corridor.
The Livernois-McNichols area has long been troubled by population decline and lack of investment, but with the anchoring University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College, and the burgeoning Fitzgerald neighborhood and nearby Avenue of Fashion, 53-year-old Marra saw opportunity in the forlorn facades.

"I saw the buildings and thought, 'This is insanity,'" he said.



Ken Brown (left) and Joe Marra inside the space at 7526 W. McNichols Road, which will be home to Simply Breakfast restaurant.


Marra and Brown met last spring through Detroit's Motor City Match program. They connected right away and cooked up an ambitious plan: a $1.25 million development aimed at providing jobs for residents and boosting community morale.

Brown won a $50,000 grant from Motor City Match to help push the vision forward. He plans to invest $200,000 to open and operate Simply Breakfast restaurant at 7526 W. McNichols Road, part of Marra's bundle of storefronts and formerly home to a Sanders shop and Winkelman's store. Brown also purchased a 20 percent equity share in the other space.

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-Focus on community -



The neighborhood has been garnering more attention as the city and its partners target it for redevelopment with a vision from the playbook of Midtown Detroit Inc., which seems to have found an effective formula in the Midtown neighborhood.

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Down the block from the planned restaurant, Detroit Mercy's community engagement arm Live6 Alliance has an outreach post set to open early this year next door to Detroit Sip, which opened in November. The nonprofit group is in transition after parting ways with its former co-director over clashing opinions on how to revitalize the neighborhood.

For their part, Marra and Brown said they intend for their project to be completely community-oriented, a shared vision that cemented an unlikely business partnership.

Marra, a bit of a wanderlust who has traveled to 48 states and 40-plus countries, sold his tree trimming business in New Jersey and moved to Detroit in 2011. He met most of his neighbors by cleaning up local streets and being active in block clubs.
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A freedom of information act request by Crain's Detroit has dug up some very interesting tid-bits like a rendering of Windsor's waterfront campus and how other cities in the region Flint and Toledo tried to partner up. Very long article with some play by play and a podcast for those who chose to or can read it.


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The frenetic race to build Detroit's Amazon bid

By CHAD LIVENGOOD and KIRK PINHO
Crain's Detroit Business
January 14, 2018





The Detroit-Windsor proposal for Amazon rested on five main selling points listed at the top of an Oct. 18 nine-page response to the online retail and tech company's Sept. 7 request for proposals:

-"A seamless path to a walkable campus of 8 million+ square feet in the heart of downtown Detroit."
-"One campus in two countries on a busy international border."
-"50 million people and many of the world's leading education institutions within a five-hour drive."
-"Significantly lower operating costs across labor, taxes and real estate."
-"An incentive package ... that doesn't require any new legislative action."

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Suburban leaders in Southfield and Pontiac were eager to put forward their biggest tracts of unoccupied land — the abandoned Northland Mall and the Pontiac Silverdome, respectively — as possible sites for a sprawling office park.

Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, publicly floated a "multiple footprint" approach for Amazon to spread 50,000 new employees across several campuses around metro Detroit.

Flint business leaders wanted to put forward a long-shot bid. A representative of a Lucas County, Ohio, commissioner had floated Toledo as a possible bid partner.

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The Chicago playbook

One of Gilbert's contentions has been that Amazon is considering cities based not on their metropolitan statistical area, but instead what is in the five-hour radius that surrounds them.

That may have been a notion at least inspired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to emails. A Sept. 26 Business Insider story quoted the former Barack Obama chief of staff as touting Chicago's pull from universities outside its MSA, such as the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) and the University of Iowa (Iowa City).

"See below for article from Rahm Emanuel," the DEGC's Aaron Turk wrote in an email. "Tipping his hand a bit in terms of Chicago's strategy and messaging ... Mike (Quinn of Boston Consulting Group) and Jed/Basil, note how Rahm is defining Chicago's talent pipeline — claiming a 4-5 hour radius as well, including Ann Arbor."

"I also vote on the talent that we broaden to include Canadian schools in a five hour drive," Jed Howbert, executive director of Duggan's Jobs and Economy Team, wrote Sept. 27. "We should take credit for the entire area around Detroit and Windsor."

Gilbert soon began talking about how Detroit and Windsor could geographically draw college-educated talent from Chicago universities, Ontario's University of Waterloo and even Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, which is just a few minutes under a five-hour drive from Detroit

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Crossing paths with Bezos

Nearly three months after Detroit's proposal was sent to Amazon, the marketing project is still being refined as Gilbert's team and business and government leaders await word from Seattle on whether Detroit has made it past the first round of cuts.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, Gilbert and Bezos crossed paths at the star-studded Summit LA17 conference in Los Angeles. Athletes. CEOs. Politicians. All came to the City of Angels to participate.

Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was on stage with Dhani Jones, a University of Michigan graduate who founded and is partner of Cincinnati-based Qey Capital.

On the same stage later, Bezos had a conversation with his brother, Mark, a marketing executive.

During the conference, Gilbert got a chance to sit down with Jeff Bezos — 16 days after Amazon's economic development office was flooded with more than 200 HQ2 submissions.

Gilbert and Bezos had met a few times before in the summers for the last decade or so at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference in Idaho that draws millionaires and billionaires in media, tech and other industries.

To Gilbert, the previous conversations with Bezos had been pleasant exchanges of "'Hey, how ya doin', 'what's going on.'"

But they had never truly had an in-depth discussion.

This was Gilbert's first chance to make his elevator pitch for Detroit to the world's second-richest man. To the guy he and his team had become obsessed with.

Instead, Gilbert asked Jeff Bezos about Amazon's culture, a common line of questioning for the Quicken Loans founder and chairman during untold numbers of fireside chats and other conversations over the years since moving downtown.

Bezos brought up Detroit.

"What you're doing is really good."
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...its-amazon-bid
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