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Old Posted Aug 21, 2006, 4:49 PM
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I really like some of those plans Detroit has for its waterfront. Esp with that one LMich posted with the highrises along the waterfront. Its really coming along nicely up there.
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2006, 3:42 AM
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Speaking of Mid Med lofts when did the steel start going up? Driving up Woodward today I noticed a crane in the area today, circled back and was surprised to see the new skeleton coming together. It seemed like there had been no progress there for the longest time.
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2006, 7:38 PM
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I don't know if this is great but it adds jobs I guess...
heres the link. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pb...1/newsletter04





Salvation Army makes deal to buy Detroit land for center

By Sherri Begin

6:00 am, August 24, 2006




The Salvation Army/Eastern Michigan Division has negotiated purchase agreements with the city of Detroit and the Detroit Housing Commission for 30.24 acres in Detroit for construction of a 100,000-square-foot community center.

The center would be named for Joan Kroc, the late wife of McDonald’s Corp. founder Ray Kroc who left the Alexandria, Va.-based Salvation Army network $2 billion late in 2003 for construction and endowment of community centers across the country.

The Southfield-based affiliate received tentative approval for $50 million of the bequest early in 2005, provided it could secure land for it, obtain commitments for donor support and meet other criteria as part of a lengthy application process.

The nonprofit had until mid-August to work out the purchase agreements or it stood to lose the funds.

The land purchase agreements received approval from the Salvation Army’s regional office in Des Plaines, Ill., last week , said Russ Russell, executive director of development at the local Salvation Army.

The Detroit City Council must approve the city’s agreement before it becomes final, said Douglass Diggs, director of the Detroit Planning and Development Department.

Under the tentative agreement with the city, The Salvation Army will pay $10 for 11.78 acres at Conner and Frankfort on the east side of Detroit, Diggs said.

“It’s a significant investment The Salvation Army would be putting into the property with the construction of the facility and the programs they’ll be offering,” he said.

“It will provide a valuable recreational opportunity for the citizens of the east side of the city of Detroit.”

The project won’t fail entirely if the City Council does not approve the agreement, Russell said, because The Salvation Army could build the center entirely on the HUD land.

Under terms of the agreement with the Detroit Housing Commission, The Salvation Army will pay $10 for 18.46 acres of land owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided it builds on the land within two years, Russell said.

If it takes two to four years to build on the HUD land, the nonprofit would pay $10,000 for it, he said.

In addition to securing land for the center, The Salvation Army must also get final approval of a 1,500-plus page application that details construction plans, programs for the new center and fundraising goals, among other things, from its regional office, Russell said.

“We’re hoping that our application will be approved before the end of the year,” he said. “Once that is approved, we’ll start with our (fundraising) campaign the first of next year.”

The nonprofit has set a goal to raise an additional $48 million to support construction and operation of the center.

Provided it can raise that amount within two years, it plans to break ground on the new center late by early 2009, Russell said.
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2006, 7:50 PM
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Some more stuff...

Anna Scripps Whitomb Conservatory closing for repairs
http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll /arti...608140334/1025

Westin Book-Cadillac's new website
http://westinbookcadillacresidences.com/
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2006, 8:11 PM
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WOW! This is the best Detroit thread I've seen in a while
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I wanna rehash what I said about the building on Garfield. It is not going to be redeveloped like the one on Canfield. I do know that the church(I believe St.Paul's) bought it though.

To tell you the truth I'm not sure what day exactly they began the steel work. Since my friends building is right next door I've followed just about every other piece of progress. I havn't been at his place much th elast few weeks so I've missed alot as of late.

All I know is that this is one of my favorite developments going up in the city.
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Does anyone have any pics of the greektown hotel site? Has any ground work started yet? Any MGM and motorcity construction updates?

If you can post them thank you.
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The streamlined area on the front of the Moter City Casino looks like an art deco recreation. Its great, but whats with the rocket at the left?
I'm not from Detroit but a big muscle car enthusiast. I think that "rocket" is supposed to symbolize an old automobile tail light. Like the ones you would have seen on some of the old Chevys back in the 50s.

I like the design and I am also pleased to finally see a Detroit thread!
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2006, 8:07 PM
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Oh! That makes sense.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2006, 9:55 PM
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Some more stuff...

A vacant building on the corner of Trumball and Merrick is going to be renovated into the Woodbridge Tavern. Not skyscraper news, but it still gets another building renovated.

A Biodiesel facility is going to be built in the New Center on Baltimore Avenue. The architect will be the Albert Kahn Associates. It will make $35M in sales.
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Old Posted Sep 12, 2006, 3:29 AM
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A REAL MOTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD: New Detroit development pays homage to musical greats

September 10, 2006

Email this Print this BY MARISOL BELLO

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER





Off the Lodge Freeway and down the road from Wayne State University, where 13 hulking public housing towers once loomed over Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood, construction is booming in one of the city's largest residential complexes.

Along Miracles Boulevard and Contours Lane, newly christened streets in the 47-acre development that were named in honor of the city's past Motown greats, new townhouses and rental apartments are under construction.

Almost all of the 47 single-family homes in the mixed development have been sold and 32 more are being built. All 118 rental apartments that have been built are leased and another 160 or so are under construction.

Three of the towers that used to make up the Jeffries housing project were left standing and converted into senior housing. All are occupied.

In another 2 1/2 years, the developers of Woodbridge Estate hope to finish the ambitious project, complete with luxury houses and condominiums, community parks and a playground.

But for the residents who live there, the development is a sign of the city's rebirth and offers another opportunity for those who want to stay and invest in Detroit.

"It causes people to feel more self-respect and dignity," said Lorenzo Houston, who bought a four-bedroom house in the development two days before Christmas last year. "For all the things happening in the city now, this is a sign that the city is on its way back up."

Last year, Houston and his wife thought about leaving the city after a family tragedy. They looked for homes in the suburbs, but nothing quite fit. They stumbled onto Woodbridge Estates and were sold on it after they saw its large new houses, proximity to downtown and handsome tax breaks.

And they're not alone.

Tom Wilson moved into a four-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath house on Aretha Avenue last year. The 59-year-old accountant moved from Southfield after he added up the benefits of a 69% tax break that would cut the taxes on the new house from $9,000 a year to $2,500.

"That's what made the deal," Wilson said. "I went around the city. The east side, there's a lot of development there. But I just love these."

Wilson is still working on the home, furnishing it and finishing the basement. He's hopeful as more families move in, that the value of his home will go up.

His neighbor down the street, Pastor Sidney Griffin, is giddy about the increasing value of his home. He estimated that in the year he's been there, the value of his house jumped by about $20,000.

The impact is even greater around the neighborhood, where he said homeowners with historic houses outside of the development are reinvesting in their properties.

"It's a beautiful thing," Griffin said. "It's an experiment. And just like with any experiment, we're praying and trusting it will work. Right now, it's a new fresh start. We'll see how it goes."

Contact MARISOL BELLO at 313-222-6678 or bello@freepress.com.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2006, 9:44 PM
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Motor City Casino - The yellow portion is the gaming space along Grand River Avenue.


North Facade - From the looks of the renderings, it appears that the rows have some sort of lighting (perhaps neon). I'm wondering if that would be added to the slots between each floor (in the gray portion).


Peering underneath




Oops, how did that get in there?


The south facade is a bit further behind.


Looking north from Michigan Avenue over the Lodge Fwy.


MGM Grand:
Peeking out among the buildings.


From the west. Between us sits the Lodge.


From Bagley (Corktown)




Northbound 3rd Street at Michigan Avenue.


Just a few more floors to go.


Greektown Casino Site. Monroe at St. Antoine. Work ensues on a daily basis.


From the back:


MidMed Lofts - Looking south
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That thing'll make for some interesting views off the freeway. Thanks for a much needed photo update.
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I haven't been that way in a while. Glad to see how far they are on the Motor City Casino.
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Thanks for the pictures, everything seems to be coming along quite well.
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but where is the rocketship, i take it, that it is yet to land.
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Not development news, but there is tons more Detroit coverage in the Bird's Eye View department (local.live.com)
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http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll.../BIZ/609200390

Illitch plans to build on empty lots between woodward and comerica park
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2006, 8:20 PM
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More small news...
The Kronk Gym people are looking at a new location around Grand River and the Southfield Freeway.

The Broderick Tower has gotten state tax credits for it's renovation.

More small updates to come...
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