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Old Posted Nov 6, 2014, 3:52 PM
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He said that jokingly. Obviously his job is to benefit Oakland County. And aside from the obvious irony of Detroit taking back jobs from Oakland County, I think what he said was relatively harmless.
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The Whitney's lobby is gorgeous, looks like something you would see in Paris.
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Old Posted Nov 6, 2014, 8:07 PM
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Work on the Dequindre Cut extension via WDET 101.9 FM's facebook page:


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Old Posted Nov 6, 2014, 11:40 PM
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Awesome. I can't wait to see the completed project. I especially can't wait to see something happen with those buildings. A pathside cafe would be ideal.
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Old Posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:52 PM
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Oh man that looks sweet even the way it is now with the old industrial building's overhang and the new bridge in between the two buildings but yeah there's a really exciting amount of potential with this new extension. Especially how its gonna hook up with the midtown greenway and Eastern Market.
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Great pictures on this thread! I have a question that I've been thinking about for a long time. Will there ever be a skyscraper in Detroit that will surpass the Ren Cen in height?

Now I understand that if this were to ever happen, it wouldn't be in the near future. I'm 19 years old and Detroit has gained and lost so many treasures since 1995.

I remember my Dad telling me how amazing it was to see the Ren Cen rise on the riverfront. Yes I know it messed with our Art-Deco skyline, but hey I'm proud to have the complex and GM downtown.

In my lifetime, I can't see any skyscraper surpass the Ren Cen. We've also only had two skyscrapers completed in the last 21 years, One Detroit Center and Greektown Casino.

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Old Posted Nov 13, 2014, 9:41 AM
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Conceptual renderings of a revived Packard Plant:

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Nadau Lavergne Architects Present Proposal to Revitalize Detroit’s Decaying Packard Plant
Rory Stott | November 11, 2014

Nadau Lavergne Architects, the winning team of the Reanimate the Ruins international ideas contest, have shared with us their proposal to revive Detroit‘s historic Packard Automotive Plant, the former factory which has become an icon of the city’s post-industrial decline. By developing a proposal which frees the land from unwanted structures and knits the colossal 1 kilometer-long building back into the urban landscape, Nadau Lavergne Architects have created a design which returns both a sense of community and some economic hope back to the building.
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http://www.archdaily.com/566080/nada...packard-plant/
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Old Posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:14 PM
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Height is overrated anyway. I love tall buildings, BUT I'll take DC style density over a single tall building. I'd rather have five 12 story buildings than one 60
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I agree; think of the impact on downtown Detroit with five 12 story or ten 6 story buildings filling in surface parking lots. Detroit's skyline is pretty nice as it is; we need more density!
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I agree; think of the impact on downtown Detroit with five 12 story or ten 6 story buildings filling in surface parking lots. Detroit's skyline is pretty nice as it is; we need more density!
So long as we're wishing, can we get 50 -12 story buildings in downtown Detroit?
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Lol that wishful spirit... Well, the US as a whole is yet showing off an interesting growth rate again, so further imrpovement in the short term seems realistic, especially if the local business community remains involved. The city could certainly use some more dense fabric of midrises, that would be essential. But as I meant once in a thread dedicated to the RenCen, more highrises around are necessary to embellish the skyline. Today, that fight over the tallest building in the universe is surely vain and laughable, but it's still cool to have a bunch of highrises nicely packed, huh.
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Detroit is partaking in a nation-wide trend, and if they pay attention to what is and isn't working around the country the city should see a huge turn-around. We're already light years ahead of what was conceivable in 08.
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North America is finally breaking out of the recession 6 years later. Its exciting to think what we will see in the coming years after a half decade of very little. Low oil prices, if they stick around, are going to help manufacturing centres like the rustbelt too.
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Wow.. I can't believe what's going in Detroit!! I lived in the city from 2002-2004 then moved to Windsor, but commuted to the city everyday for work until the end of 2007. I am seriously blown away with the resurgence of development. I haven't checked out the forum in a very long time, as for a lot of years there were next to no real updates, but I've looked over the past couple of years worth of projects and proposals and as I said am blown away. Awesome
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Gilbert's Bedrock, Meridian Health to buy Compuware building in Detroit
By Jay Greene, Tom Henderson and Kirk Pinho. November 17, 2014



Bedrock Real Estate Services and Meridian Health plan to jointly purchase the 1.1 million-square-foot Compuware Corp. headquarters building at Campus Martius in Detroit for $140 million to $150 million, Crain’s has learned.

Meridian’s Sean Cotton, chief administrative officer, said the Detroit-based managed care company plans to move its nearly 1,000 employees into four floors by the end of 2015 and to expand into another two floors by 2019, when the company is expected to double in size.

At closing next month, Cotton said Meridian and Bedrock will form a yet-unnamed joint venture that will purchase the landmark Compuware building from the IT company.

Selling the headquarters building has been part of Compuware's "corporate transformation plan," Compuware CEO Bob Paul said.

When the deal closes, it will be the largest single-building office deal in Michigan this year, and the second largest overall deal in terms of cost, second only to the $177.5 million sale of the Southfield Town Center to New York City-based 601W Cos. in May.

The building is also expected to change names.

Bedrock is a real estate firm founded in 2011 by Dan Gilbert that specializes in purchasing, leasing, financing and managing commercial space. It has located more than 120 tenants to downtown Detroit.

The Compuware building purchase, which also includes an attached 3,000-space parking deck, will give Dan Gilbert co-ownership of the 11-year-old building where Quicken Loans Inc., of which he is founder and chairman, has leased about 240,000 square feet of space across four floors since 2010. The company will occupy an additional floor and 60,000 square feet.

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Earlier last year, for those unaware, Merdian originally wanted to build their own tower next door. But then Compuware was broken up and subsequently that opened up space in the building making a new tower unnecessary.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2014, 10:08 AM
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Now this did surprise me. I knew that Compuware probably wouldn't keep the building for much longer, but I did not expect this combination. I wonder if Gilbert is going to be removing employees from the building to make way for Meridian, or is there already enough space for both? It's also interesting to note that now Bedrock will own (or partially own in this case) every building on Campus Martius except Ernst & Young. I wonder if they will make a bid for the Monroe Block in lieu of Meridian's switch.
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Now this did surprise me. I knew that Compuware probably wouldn't keep the building for much longer, but I did not expect this combination. I wonder if Gilbert is going to be removing employees from the building to make way for Meridian, or is there already enough space for both? It's also interesting to note that now Bedrock will own (or partially own in this case) every building on Campus Martius except Ernst & Young. I wonder if they will make a bid for the Monroe Block in lieu of Meridian's switch.
Compuware is downsizing to 130,000 square feet. Plenty of room being made for Quicken and Meridian.
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Hopcat set to open December 13th. Walls muralized by local artists. Plus construction of LTU center in the background.







Photos by Steve Neavling from Motorcity Muckracker.

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Much better than the East Lansing location from the outside. Happy they have expanded to Detroit.
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Surprising amount of shrinkage going on in Southfield. The high-rise hotel next door was demolished not too long another and there's another still standing high-rise hotel closer to the Lodge that looks ready for demolition as well. Not to mention a hefty bit of low-rise office buildings along 8 Mile were demolished at some point in the past few years.

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OCC to demolish 17-story office building in Southfield
By Kirk Pinho. November 21, 2014.



Oakland Community College expects a 296,000-square-foot building in Southfield that it purchased earlier this year for $2.5 million out of bank foreclosure to be demolished next month.

Janet Roberts, executive director of marketing and communications for OCC, said $1.6 million is budgeted to tear down the 17-story North Park Plaza building directly west of the OCC Southfield campus south of Nine Mile Road and east of Northwestern Highway.

The building is expected to be imploded and cleanup and other work on the site, such as debris cleanup and planting grass seed on the land, is expected to be complete by May, Roberts said.

Sitting on 11.5 acres and built in 1972, the building was bought because OCC “didn’t want to be landlocked” if an expansion of the quickly growing Southfield campus, where about 4,000 students are enrolled this semester, is needed, Roberts said.

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