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Old Posted Dec 9, 2014, 1:42 AM
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Yea, it's not a bad idea, it's just the execution that would be difficult. Plus there's no real way of knowing how much supply would have to be reduced in order to have enough demand to incur high rise development on any specific scale. If demand is slow-growing, it's still more economical to have low to mid-rise development even with the reduced supply. There might not be enough contiguous vacant land to take out of the market to have any meaningful impact. Keep in mind, some residential areas are being reused for modern industrial parks, so to a certain extent supply is already being taken out of the residential market just not with greenspace.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 1:39 AM
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I don't think removing the supply in some areas of the city would necessarily have a major effect on other areas of the city. If the city took Brightmoor "off the map", I don't think that would necessarily increase the land value in the Greater Downtown area or even in the adjacent Rosedale Park area.

Granted taking Brightmoor off the map has other benefits, such as reduced cost of services, etc. I think ultimately rather than taking certain properties off the map, the city should put a moratorium on new construction in all but a select few neighborhoods. The county shouldn't actively sell or auction properties in the neighborhoods with a moratorium except for industrial/commercial ventures. Then the city should make an effort to focus all new residential development in a few key neighborhoods that are best served by city services.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 2:52 AM
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@Guiltyspark is right. I don't like seeing those five story "Rochester" developments going up anymore than the next guy, however Detroit has so many vacant lots, the city has to get a bunch of these infill projects first before we start to see cranes in the sky again.
Ironically, I was in Rochester when I wrote that comment. Well, Rochester Hills.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 5:01 PM
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Breaking News!!!!!!! Little Caesars will build an 8 story HQ right next to the Fox!

http://www.freep.com/story/money/bus...alsh/20184917/
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 5:06 PM
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^Ah, you beat me to the post.

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Little Caesars to build 8-story downtown HQ next to Fox
By Tom Walsh and By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, December 10, 2014



A quarter century after moving its corporate hub from the suburbs to the Fox Theatre building in downtown Detroit, the Ilitch family is unveiling plans this morning for a new 8-story office tower next door, more than doubling the size of the Little Caesars pizza headquarters campus.

Company executives, including founders Mike and Marian Ilitch, are sharing the news with employees in a theatrical presentation today in the Fox Theatre and lobby.

Along with a new arena for the Ilitch-owned Detroit Red Wings hockey team, the new 205,000-square-foot Little Caesars structure will be one of 14 new buildings in the Ilitches' expansive $650-million arena district development, which aims to transform dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and Midtown into a world-class sports and entertainment district.

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http://www.freep.com/story/money/bus...alsh/20184917/
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 6:50 PM
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Given the listed 205,000 sq/ft size at 8 stories, this should take up a big chunk of that surface parking. Assuming a consistent floor plan, the building dimensions should be approx 90' x 285'.



Also, I hate that faux-historical referencing of the Fox Theater Building. It will inevitably look cheap in comparison. Hope the just go for a refined modern look with quality materials.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 9:10 PM
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[QUOTE=animatedmartian;6838412]^Ah, you beat me to the post.

Haha I guess, but you were able to at least get the article up on the forum rather than just a link.
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 10:35 PM
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I'm so done with Detroit. We're reading more and more articles like the one above and yet we're still destroying faster than we're building. The Hammer and N ail building, seriously? For what? Another 5 story building straight out of Royal Oak? meanwhile a one story Humane Society building is the biggest news we have to report on. Is anybody else concerned that the skyscraper is simply becoming obsolete in this town? Massive swaths of the city are basically clean cut so whats the purpose of a tall building? when the inner ring finally does redevelop its going to look like Van Buren Township.
I think it's worth noting here that much of the recent demand for residential has been gobbled up by renovations of previously vacant architectural gems. So dont be too discouraged by the quality of recent developments.
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2014, 8:00 PM
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After seeing its power turned back on and starting on the removal asbestos and other hazardous materials we finally have confermation the former Hotel Strathmore is to become 129 new apartmets by 2016!


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Strathmore Hotel Officially Begins Rehab, Sets 2016 ETA
Thursday, December 11, 2014, by Paul Beshouri



According to Midtown Inc, the Strathmore will complete the transformation from blight monster to 129 apartments in 18 months.
http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...rathupdate.php


And in other news DTE is moving forward with their transformation on what they are calling West Downtown the mini campus martius is planned to be a focal point for the area around their campus which is planned to be redeveloped in conjunction with the Illitch's as part of one of the 5 new neighborhoods of the arena district.


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DTE Restores Vacant Salvation Army Building; Mini Campus Martius to Begin Construction Soon
Friday, December 12, 2014, by Paul Beshouri



The former Salvation Army Building—an Art Deco nugget on Bagley Street—has been reborn as Navitas House. After months of renovation, DTE Energy just announced that Navitas (latin for "energy") now has an energy efficient interior and a butterfly garden



The company also announced that the new park we've been calling Mini Campus Martius will break ground this coming spring. The space was cleared of asphalt and buildings over a year ago.
http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...ction-soon.php

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Old Posted Dec 12, 2014, 9:58 PM
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I really want someone to come along and renovate the Leland into some decent apartments in the next few years. Maybe this park will be a catalyst. Granted, it would be really nice if they did something with the parking lot surrounding the Leland. I know it would probably include a few levels of parking, but at least have ground floor retail...

They also need to turn first street into a two way street with only one lane in each direction and dedicated on-street parking along the curbs.
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2014, 10:25 PM
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I suspect there will be some good downtown views from the south exposed Strathmore.
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Old Posted Dec 14, 2014, 3:54 PM
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Whoo building implosion. Implosion starts at 13:30 mark.

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Another angle, starts at 15:00.

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Old Posted Dec 14, 2014, 4:28 PM
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In other demolition news, the City of Detroit is demolishing 200 vacant structures a week. However, demolition companies are now facing shortages of equipment and labor. If the city's goal is have at least 10,000 a year, contractors (at this point) are expected to see a 25% shortage in labor and equipment, says Adamo.

http://www.freep.com/story/money/bus...ggan/20360959/
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Old Posted Dec 16, 2014, 8:36 AM
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Detroit's David Whitney Building facade lighting commemorates its redevelopment

DETROIT, MI-- Downtown Detroit's David Whitney Building marked its return with a lighting ceremony of the building's facade Monday evening. The renovated 1915 Daniel Burnham-designed building on Grand Circus Park has been 'inactive' for 13 years.

The Aloft-branded accommodations of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will open its 'Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney Building' Thursday, Dec. 18 along with the w xyz sm bar, re: mix lounge and Re-fuel, grab-and-go food shop.

According to a press release the David Whitney Building, "will welcome their first residents before year's end."

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/in...incart_gallery
Amazing addition to skyline.

Maybe it's neighbor across the street will take a hint and finally adds some lights.
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Old Posted Dec 16, 2014, 2:19 PM
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New renderings for the Tiger Stadium site. This proposal is by Larson's Realty Group and was chosen by the city. Architecturally, it's a lot better than the previous proposal by Roxbury, however, the overall site has less density. Financing and fundraising has to be completed by the end of 2015. Construction will start in 2016 (or earlier if financing is secured more quickly). By 2017, everything should be complete and ready for residents and businesses, which by the way 20% and 60% respectively will be subsidized.







There's also the PAL HQ who will be the ones to maintain the field.





Source: http://www.mlive.com/business/detroi...ected_for.html

In other news, Cobo's video screen entrance is just about ready for glass. Photo via DYes.


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