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Old Posted Apr 7, 2015, 4:05 PM
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Not a suprise considering its location but it looks like work may start in 90 days on the old fire station converting it into a 100 room boutique hotel.


Foundation Hotel: $29M Firehouse Remod Arrives Soon
Monday, Apr 6, 2015, by Paul Beshouri



With plans for 100 rooms and a decor theme that celebrates Detroit history, the Foundation could begin construction within 90 days, reports the Free Press. A job listing for a hotel manager pegs the ETA at spring 2016.

http://m.detroit.curbed.com/archives...otel-rehab.php

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Old Posted Apr 10, 2015, 6:17 PM
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Detroit Bucharest Grill a personal favorite of mine is to open its third location in Milwaukee Junction by summer, according to Bridge Magazine.

Bucharest Grill to Open Third Shawarma Shack by Summer
by Brenna Houck Apr 6, 2015
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The Bucharest Grill's third location in Milwaukee Junction will open by summer, according to Bridge Magazine. Eater first confirmed that workers were renovating the site for a new Bucharest in December. The magazine heralds Milwaukee Junction as "Detroit's next hot neighborhood." Writer Bill McGraw adds that developers are beginning to buy up land in the area with ideas for "condos, apartments, a bar, restaurant, art gallery, and spaces for work and events." Bucharest Grill currently operates two locations, one on Park Avenue and another off Michigan Avenue in Corktown.
http://detroit.eater.com/2015/4/6/83...aukee-junction


Crumbly Castle & Abandoned Bank Pitch Rehab Plans
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, by Paul Beshouri
Curbed Detroit



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We seldom miss the monthly thrill-ride know as the Detroit Historic District Commission, and tonight's agenda could be a doozy. Three major rehabs are being proposed for buildings in TechTown, Midtown, and West Village. A couple are familiar, including a warehouse on 2nd Avenue developers wish to convert into lofts. Roughly 138 years after it was originally constructed, the ruined Scott Mansion is also looking for rehab approval. The newcomer is the abandoned Detroit Savings Bank in West Village, where a rehab and a new addition are both on the table.


Here's the proposed conversion on second.

http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...2ea139dd00981c
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2015, 4:49 PM
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did some driving this morning, noticed Gilbert is moving supplies to the planned garage space on monroe, looks like he is getting ready to start construction. also the medical building next to the professional plaza is now laying some cement for foundation work
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It's just a small bit of news, but I still thought that it would be worth mentioning:

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Detroit Athletic Club reaches 100, marks it with sculptures
April 12, 2015 | Dustin Walsh

The Detroit Athletic Club will celebrate its centennial on April 24 with strong membership and a new sculpture park.

The Albert Kahn-designed club is also completing rooftop renovations to create a restaurant, lounge and meeting rooms, which are expected to open in July.

The nonprofit club has spent nearly $60 million in restoration and construction projects over the past 17 years, said Executive Manager Ted Gillary.

It hasn't always been easy. Private clubs have been under stress across the country. Some have closed locally, including the Renaissance Club and Detroit Club.

But despite some ups and downs over the years, the DAC remains the city's most prominent locale for current leaders to caucus.

Cindy Vizza, publisher and senior director of knowledge for the Washington D.C.-based National Club Association, said the recession shook out many clubs.

"A lot of closures occurred for the lower- and middle-tiered clubs," Vizza said. "Clubs like the DAC, with rich history and membership, survived intact and are now taking on new growth."

The $2.3 million sculpture project, which will be placed on the island bisecting Madison Avenue in front of the club, represents the club's original mission of supporting amateur athletics.

Nine-foot statues of a second baseman throwing a runner out at first, two runners and a football running back donning the number 20 were commissioned by the club's foundation and sculpted by A. Thomas Schomberg. His most famous work is the Rocky statue in Philadelphia.

A fourth sculpture — a female swimmer — will be installed in the circular drive entryway of the club. The DAC trained female Olympic hopefuls decades ago.

But it's the brass of DAC membership that has cemented its legacy in Detroit history.
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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...ith-sculptures
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2015, 9:21 AM
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I was walking past this building a few weeks ago and wondered whatever happened to the Merchants Row expansion.


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Vacant Valpey Building Braces For 42-Loft Restoration




There's reason to believe the Valpey Building is about to join the conga line of historic rehabs happening along Woodward Avenue. Over the weekend, the Lofts at Merchants Row warned its tenants that work would soon begin on a 42 loft expansion. It sounds like the $10M rehab plan announced in 2013 will finally get rolling, and it should be a pretty good show. The building originally opened in 1896 as L.N. Valpey & Co Reliable Footwear, designed by Donaldson and Meier. Last we heard, the rehab plan involved restoring at least one of Valpey's long-lost balustrades (they look like balconies in the historic photo), but it's unclear if that's still the plan.

http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...estoration.php
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Restaurant, built on historic basketball court floor, highlight of Brewster Wheeler Rec Center plans
By KIRK PINHO. April 14, 2015.



Two development teams — one of which includes a Crain Communications Inc. executive — have been selected to redevelop the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center site at 2900 St. Antoine St. in a planned mixed-use project.

Several real estate and restaurant investors — including KC Crain, restaurateur Curt Catallo, Livonia-based Schostak Bros. & Co. and John Rhea, managing partner at RHEAL Capital Management LLC — plan a nearly $50 million redevelopment of the 6.2-acre Brewster Wheeler site off I-75 south of Wilkins into a mixed-use development that includes a new restaurant and meeting space, 100 to 150 multifamily residential units, as well as 1 acre of green space.

The project, which will be announced at 12:30 p.m. today, is expected to create over 300 permanent jobs, 120 of which are expected to be full-time, and at least 20 percent of the residential units will be classified as affordable housing.

Crain, executive vice president/director of corporate operations for Crain Communications, parent company of Crain’s Detroit Business, is co-owner of the Vinsetta Garage restaurant in Berkley with Catallo, who also owns the Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop restaurants in downtown Clarkston.

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The project will celebrate the Brewster Wheeler heritage by naming aspects of the building after Wheeler and memorializing Louis at the building, which early last year had been slated for demolition until Duggan opted to seek development options for the site.

The developer selection was originally expected Oct. 15 following a request for proposal process that began in August.

Once the development plan is approved by the Detroit City Council, the developers have 12 months to begin construction.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...r-highlight-of

Also, according the the city, Brewster Street will be reconnected to St. Antoine and here's a rendering for the new housing across from the rec center between Alfred and Brewster.


https://www.facebook.com/45474090460...2075866540918/

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Capitol Park Building renovation progress, April 12, 2015.

Capitol Park Building Renovation by detcypher urbex, on Flickr
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Chea boy! I've always thought that was one of the cooliest views in the city, it's starting to look real sexy with all those new windows! N speaking of lookin good with new windows here's an update on the former Strathmore Hotel.


Strathmore Shows Off Hundreds of New Windows
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015, by Paul Beshouri
Curbed Detroit



http://m.detroit.curbed.com/archives...ew-windows.php
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Detroit shipping container project finally under way
By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press.





First proposed in 2008, an innovative project to use empty shipping containers to build new housing in Detroit is finally getting underway.

Construction began this week on a three-story model unit on Trumbull in the Corktown neighborhood. Built by a firm called Three Squared, the project is designed as the first of several larger shipping-container projects to come in the district, now that the effects of the Great Recession and other challenges have finally been overcome.

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http://www.freep.com/story/money/bus...town/25888803/
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Big news at the Packard plant today the display group has already begun renovations at building #22 of the Packard plant installing a new roof, sandblasting and installing a security system. Display Group will move their corporate hq and manufacturing into the historic building 22 which was built in 1939 to produce the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine which was used in such aircraft as the P-51 Mustang fighter of ww2.

For those of us who didn't pay attention in history class the P-51 played a decisive roll in winning the war because of its super efficient Rolls Royce Merlin engine that allowed the allies for the first time to provide fighter escorts for the slow vulnerable heavy bombers all the way to targets deep in Nazi Germany and later Japan.

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http://www.wxyz.com/news/renovations...-packard-plant
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