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Old Posted Jun 13, 2007, 11:15 PM
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Supposedly, the current proposal for the Lafayette has failed, and the city will be marketing it to other interested developers. As for the Argonaut, I have no idea, but to be honest, I don't think the developers have any real want to redevelop it or they would have put out more information on the project, by now. Just making a guess, but I think they may have simply bought the building realizing rising property values to flip it, but who knows?
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Old Posted Jun 14, 2007, 12:17 AM
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I hope the Argonaut Building doesn't rot away before its reuse is determined. From what I understand, GM took very good care of that building when they were headquartered next door.
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Hi guys, did you read the Detroit News saturday about the makeover of Hart Plaza ? That's great news, I hope they'll find the money soon ! The project COULD be completed within two years. The Ford Auditorium is a useless eyesore anyway. Now the expansion of Cobo Center! For when the groundbreaking of the @water lofts and the Watermark?
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That little birdie has been chirping around for years now. lol
This little birdie works pretty close with Mr. Dan Gilbert.
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I hope the Argonaut Building doesn't rot away before its reuse is determined. From what I understand, GM took very good care of that building when they were headquartered next door.
They did. Quite amazing, considering the local history on preserving older structures... but this was privately done, so I digress...
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This little birdie works pretty close with Mr. Dan Gilbert.
Gilbert, himself, has been saying (or implying) for what? Two years now? That he is on his way downtown.
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The potential suitors haven't kissed his ass enough yet.
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Old Posted Jun 21, 2007, 12:48 AM
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A few additions from Wednesday, June 20, 2007.

New street signage on the riverfront.


Given healthy interest, the Watermark is scheduled to break ground at the end of June. However, I haven't heard the lastest in terms of comitted purchase agreements.


The Greektown Casino expansion will include a section that will be built OVER the westbound lanes of Lafayette Avenue.


I didn't think I'd really like the skywalk, but it's kinda cool how it sorta looks to just disappear into the buildings on the left side of the photo. Plus, it doesn't obstruct any views, and you can't see it until after you pass the People Mover track.


It's not an illusion. It appears to slant slightly downward toward the left.


The Old Ste. Mary's School House is the building on the right that will be connected to the garage via the skywalk.


Next to the school house is the site of the old Lavdas Building. A structure will be built here to connect to the current casino facility seen on the right.




Looking north down St. Antoine. The school house is on the left.


Southbound St. Antoine.


Ren Cen wanted some attention as always.


The current height of the hotel...zero...not counting the actual floor.


The Griswold site still a flatty.


The site of the garage at the South University Village project has finally broken ground. For a "village", it sure does look like the garage is going to take up the majority of the land. I doubt it, but hopefully there will be retail space on the ground level facing Forest Street.


Nothing new here...darn it.


I think this is pretty close to the angle shown in the rendering for the South University Village.


See the Greektown Garage?

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this is so wrong.
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It does suck that they defaced the building, but it's better than tearing down the entire structure...
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Which is what I think the casino was originally considering.
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great pics...i wish detroit would get some more skyscrapers though
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River Days Pictures

Here are some pics from the River Days:









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Old Posted Jun 27, 2007, 5:05 AM
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I finally took sum pics

dont b so harsh on the comments , this is my first time...but any constructive critisism would b good




rare skyline views, it'll be even better with the greektown casino









guess where i was











at greektown....hhhhmmmm looks tasty


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GM will build luxury condos on riverfront

Construction of high-rise near RenCen to start in '08

Sharon Terlep / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. struck a deal with a prominent development firm to build luxury condos at the epicenter of Detroit's riverfront, a move that comes as efforts to rebuild the city's long-neglected waterfront are coming together.

GM said Wednesday it will give the Houston-based Hines real estate firm six acres just east of the automaker's world headquarters in the Renaissance Center in exchange for a cut of the future profits from the development.

If the plan comes together as envisioned, the developers eventually would build 600 luxury condominiums that would sell for roughly $300,000 to $1 million.

Hines will build the project in phases, starting with a high-rise condo tower on a one-acre plot next to the RenCen. If that's successful, more will follow on three more adjacent parcels....
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I wonder what they mean by high-rise?? Crain's says the first tower will have 80 units and on such a small chunk of land, hopefully it will be somewhat tall. Eitherway....as cool as the project sounds, a little too rich for my blood.
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I doubt it'll be very tall. If there are about five units per floor, that means it probably won't be more than 20 stories and will probably be less than 200 ft. If they use several floors for parking (which I would hope they don't do) it might be taller, but not by much. I assume that depending on how successful this initial building is, the other buildings will be larger or smaller.
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The signs have been pointing toward this happening for awhile, but it nice to hear actual confirmation that they're close to wrapping the deal up.

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Detroit close to snagging Quicken headquarters

City, state work to seal downtown deal as early as this month


A blockbuster deal valued north of $200 million to deliver Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans Inc. headquarters to downtown Detroit isn't yet done, but it looks like it could be as early as this month.

All the signs are there:

Gilbert, promising something "big" should Quicken green-light the move, told me last month that "before Aug. 1, we will have something to talk about. We're still going through things."

At last week's rooftop party downtown to view holiday fireworks, the chairman of the mortgage lender and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers hung with Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and chatted with Paul W. Smith on 760-WJR, hardly the behavior of a CEO trying to quash speculation.

The mayor visited Gilbert's suite at an Eastern Conference Finals game in Cleveland. And the mayor, deeply involved in talks to woo Quicken, its 45-year-old co-founder and 5,000 employees from Livonia, can't say enough good things about Gilbert.

"Dan Gilbert is a person who dives in head first," Kilpatrick told me Thursday. "He's not one of those business leaders who won't be involved. He's special, and we need a lot of that energy in the business community. If he decides to move his company here, he could be integral to our transformation."

Yes, he could be, mostly because of what Quicken's decision would say about its assessment of where Detroit is, where it's headed under Kilpatrick and how Quicken could be a part of it. As Michigan wallows in its single-state recession, Detroit is emerging as a bright spot still attracting investors and fixing festering eyesores like its riverfront.

Kilpatrick won't discuss details of a would-be deal, saying, "The best thing about the negotiations is they have been very private and that's what has moved this process. It's gotten us closer to a decision sooner. The conversations are going well. I'm hopeful, but we're not at the finish line yet."

Yet sources familiar with the private discussions tell me Quicken, state and local officials have crafted a package worth more than $200 million. The total includes Quicken's investment in its new headquarters, state and city incentives, potential "renaissance zone" credits depending on the final site, as well as tax abatements on property that right now is generating little to no tax revenue at all.

Egos, vision, rivals weighed

The most likely sites for the headquarters of Quicken, parent of mortgage lender Michigan-based Rock Financial, are the so-called "Hudson's site" on Woodward, just north of Compuware Corp.'s headquarters, and the "Statler site" at Washington Boulevard and Grand Circus Park.

The final choice -- should the only alternatives be Hudson's or Statler -- likely would be made after the financial package is complete and a public commitment is made, experts tell me.

The decision is potentially rife with corporate politics and big, entrepreneurial egos. It's partly a choice between two generations of Detroit business and sports moguls, each drivers behind Detroit's steady downtown redevelopment.

Compuware Chairman Peter Karmanos Jr., owner of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, has urged Gilbert to move downtown, preferably next door -- which, coincidentally, would land Michigan's hottest corporate prospect in Karmanos' neighborhood and not near property controlled by the Ilitch family.

Sources familiar with the situation tell me the Hudson's site is larger and would be less expensive to develop. But locating a headquarters there, especially for a CEO like Gilbert who wants to go "big" with a game-changing downtown development play if he goes at all, could be overshadowed by Compuware's presence on Campus Martius.

Ilitch Holdings CEO Christopher Ilitch and his brother, Atanas, who heads the family's Olympia Development Co., represent the next generation of Ilitches -- bullish on Detroit, scions to the owners of the Tigers, Red Wings and MotorCity Casino, eager to invest more and perhaps build a new hockey arena downtown.

Quicken-ing more change

With the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel renovation moving ahead at the other end of Washington Boulevard and little else along there redeveloped, the Ilitches are anxious to see Gilbert on the Statler site, alongside their United Artists building they are co-marketing with the city-owned Statler site.

The Statler is smaller and likely would be more expensive to redevelop into a corporate headquarters. But its position on Grand Circus between Washington and Bagley would give Gilbert and Quicken the chance to be the kind of catalyst for change Compuware has been for Woodward and Campus Martius.

Where Quicken ends up downtown is less important than whether it ends up downtown instead of staying in the suburbs or decamping for Cleveland or somewhere else.

Besides the obvious economic boost to Detroit, it would be hard to overstate the psychic lift Quicken's decision would give to the city and Gov. Jennifer Granholm, whose development victories like bringing 1,000 Google jobs to Ann Arbor have been overshadowed by Pfizer Corp.'s exit and Comerica Inc.'s headquarters move to Dallas.

Privately held Quicken doesn't add 200 jobs a month, deliver steady double-digit loan growth and generate enough cash for its co-founder to buy the Cleveland Cavaliers and other businesses by making stupid business decisions for the wrong reasons.

That Quicken appears poised to make a move on Detroit says as much about its leadership as it does about what's going right in Detroit -- and that's refreshing.

Daniel Howes' column runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can reach him at (313) 222-2106, dchowes@detnews.com or http://info.detnews.com/danielhowesblog. Catch him Fridays with Paul W. Smith on NewsTalk 760-WJR.

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