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Remember the fiasco with The Griswold senior apartments? Well, there's likely more situations like that to come.
Very interesting read. Duggan needs to get some city department on this to develop a plan. It just shows how fast the inner-city is rising in value; kind of amazing to see it's happening this quickly. The good thing is that there is plenty of land and vacant or underutilized properties not that far outside the core that could fairly quickly be developed for such housing.
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The Detroit Transportation Corporation announced a few days ago that it's finally closing down the Grand Circus Park People Mover station for a complete reconstruction. I'm sure the timing of this was spurred by the on-going renovation of the connected David Whitney Building, but the ostensible justification is to make it completely ADA compliant. Along with making it so, they are also doing both an interior and exterior renovation.

I believe they are currently putting out a bid for a general contractor, so I'm not sure if the new station has even been design yet. It'll be interesting to see what they come up with, but it will be certainly be better than the current outdated design. This general area will become quite a small transit hub in the future. The station will be joined by the south-bound streetcar station directly to the south, and eventually the Woodward BRT south-bound station to the north.
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I hope they keep around this guy.


Read all about it by Steve Pepple, on Flickr
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The city has issued (and re-issued) RFPs for the Brewster Rec Center and properties in Brush Park. Crain hints a possible upcoming RFPs for the rest of the Brewster site as the last tower is nearing demolition completion this week.

http://www.degc.org/degc-news/pdd-se...reation-center

http://www.degc.org/degc-news/pdd-se...-redevelopment

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...d-housing-site
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Wha? Didn't we just get through discussing that the city was looking to tear down Brewster-Wheeler? What changed that quickly? Or, was it that they were either looking at renovation or demolition, and I misunderstood?

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Metro Detroit home construction permits at highest level since 2006 in July

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DETROIT, MI – There were 469 single-family home building permits issued for Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne counties in July, marking the highest total for the month since July 2006.

That’s according to the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan and reported in the Southeastern Michigan Residential Building Activity Report, released Monday. In 2006, there were 718 new single-family home construction permits approved for four-county area.

The July 2014 rate, a rise of 6 percent over July 2013, also marked the fourth consecutive month that single-family permits exceeded a 400-permit threshold.

Oakland and Macomb counties accounted for a large chunk of the new construction permits, at 215 and 191 permits, respectively.

The HBA/ASA New Housing Permit Forecast projects 2,296 permits to be issued from August to January of this year, which would represent an annual increase of 7 percent.
The title is kind of misleading, but the main point being that housing (and thus population) continues it's steady comeback in Metro Detroit. Kind of weird that this particular organization includes St. Clair County instead of Livingston. I'd expect the numbers to be even stronger had they included Livingston instead of St. Clair.
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Wha? Didn't we just get through discussing that the city was looking to tear down Brewster-Wheeler? What changed that quickly? Or, was it that they were either looking at renovation or demolition, and I misunderstood?
Well, the way the city put it: "If no one comes up with a plan, we're going to demolish this building."

So basically, if no proposals come through for this RFP, then it's kaputs.

But the thing is that the quote was made a good week or so before the RFP was put out. So it pretty muched looked like the city was more eager to demolish it before any possible proposal could have came up.

They'll learn to nuance words and actions a little more carefully in time, I guess.

That makes me wonder, then, what their actual plan with Park Avenue is.
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The more I think about it after my post, the more I imagine this is just them going through the motions. I'd take the administration's first words at face value. You'd hope this blight removal push is a way to scare developers into redeveloping these properties, or at least properly securing them. But, that doesn't seem to be the intention. The intention actually seems to be demolition.

The guy from Preservation Detroit made a really good point about the push to demolish the Park Avenue, and that is that you're essentially rewarding the slumlord for his negligence in that he may have to eventually pay the demolition costs (and that's been a really big "if" in Detroit), but in both the short and long term, he knows gets a site free of a building he can now develop. That, and he has to pay less taxes on an empty site, so there is really no major downside to the property owner.

I think Brewster-Wheeler will be harder to save, so I guess I'm less disappointed by that, now, if that's the route they are going. The push for the Park Avenue, however, seems incredibly short-sighted, particularly considering the occupany/vacancy rate for apartment buildings in the greater downtown area. Redeveloped, this building would be filled in a few months at the very most.
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I keep hearing suggestions that Detroit ought to be more forceful with blight-penalization rather than outright demolition. Though haven't the slumlords caught on that they can just argue with the city in court over those? It does seem like a lose-lose situation for the city and the slumlord has more power than he should. Plus Michigan prevents the city from seizing property purely for economy reasons. I really can't imagine how else to city could go about doing handling this.
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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...leanup-planned

Orleans Landings, Ducharme Place, and the El Moore all got approval today by MSF. Construction on Orleans landings is expected to start next month.
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I saw somewhere else that the site of Orleans Landing will have to be remediated before they can start any construction, but I'm happy to see all of this starting to pick up. Maybe, this will spur GM to revist their plans for their land next door to the RenCen (i.e. RiverEast). That was fairly close to happening before the recession hit, and the concept was pretty ambitious. It really does seem like a no-brainer, and GM is a developer with the means to make what they want happen.
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While this doesn't exactly measure up in size and scope to some other recent developments nonetheless this could do as much as a major office or residential development in terms of showcasing the rebirth of the city. Its just been announced that WXYZ-TV is opening up a new glass fronted studio in the Chase Tower fronting Campus Martius.

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http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detr...wntown-detroit
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They snuck this project in the freep article:

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“You have probably tens of thousands of people that ultimately want to live in downtown and Midtown. I think we’re a long way from a saturation of the market,” said developer Christopher Jackson. He plans to break ground next spring on The Mondrian @ Midtown, a $26.6-million building at 3435 Woodward.
http://www.freep.com/article/2014082...opment-credits
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Well, this was quick:

FD Lofts Building Has Sold 23 Condos Since June, 7 Are Left


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Honestly, stuff like this makes you wonder if there will ever be a more organized effort to deliver more housing to the inner-city given the demand (apartments and condos, alike), or if we're just going to keep seeing these fits and starts by individual developers. And, then the other question is whether it would be better to center residential development in certain places to begin with, or if the organic model of what's going on is better.
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