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These huge projects are nice and all, but this city really needs to get it's public school situation under control. If not, we can kiss sweet sweet revitalization goodbye.
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These huge projects are nice and all, but this city really needs to get it's public school situation under control. If not, we can kiss sweet sweet revitalization goodbye.
Absolutely there's no way around it, the city can keep attracting empty nesters and young professionals into greater downtown and a handful of wealthier outer neighborhoods but in order to attract new and retain middle class families the city and state need to come together for a comprehensive long term fix. Of course there are still some good DPS schools and there are good charter schools as well and there are neighborhoods like Southwest Detroit that have been seeing growth but these are the exceptions and this is make or break time. Right now there is more interest in and new development going on than the city has seen in 30 years we have to a degree bipartisan realization that Detroit is the worlds window on Michigan and that we sink or swim together. Snyder has been pushing for a solution and the worlds eye is on DPS with its connection to the Flint water emergency hopefully the additional pressure and attention will force lawmakers to a real long term solution.
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It's seems odd to me, Gilbert and Ilitch should be especially worried about this considering they own most of the real estate and are investing an insane amount of money, how do they expect things to keep moving when the public school system is essential to real estate values. God, I hope something gets worked out soon, I wish there was something I could do to help make a difference but alas I feel totally helpless.
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It's seems odd to me, Gilbert and Ilitch should be especially worried about this considering they own most of the real estate and are investing an insane amount of money, how do they expect things to keep moving when the public school system is essential to real estate values. God, I hope something gets worked out soon, I wish there was something I could do to help make a difference but alas I feel totally helpless.
Yeah you really think they would be doing everything they can to push for a fix of the schools they have both sunk in huge parts of their personal fortunes and legacies into betting on a Detroit rebound. I do have hope though the bankruptcy deal seems to have worked well and fixing DPS i don't think is as big of a problem as the debt crisis that the city was facing. I know in politics that if you are working with someone you don't generally call someone out in public if you want their continued cooperation, but you can still call for education reform. I would really like to think that Gilbert and or Illitch would be working with Duggan like we've seen before in recent history where city problems have been fixed with public-private cooperation i only hope there is also cooperation between Lansing and Detroit on this one.

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DPS emergency manager Darnell Earley to step down

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Oh and i forgot about this when i was toggling the pins of the map provided for the Crain's article not only is the United Artists Building up for renovation but the American Hotel and the "Fine Arts Building" that's the 7 story facade on Adams st. held up by scaffolding.

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Developer plans $5 million project along Detroit's Avenue of Fashion
KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. February 05, 2016.



Can Matt Hessler re-create the success he has found in Detroit’s one-time Chinatown neighborhood far from the boom of Midtown in northwest Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion?

He sure thinks so.

Hessler, who is managing member of Bagley Forest Property LLC, just spent $438,000 on an approximately 34,000-square-foot retail strip at the southwest corner of Livernois Avenue and Seven Mile Road.

It’s there that he plans to spend $5 million, including property acquisition costs, to renovate the building, which contains multiple vacant storefronts and was once home to a B. Siegel Co. department store.

What’s in the future for the property, which he purchased from Farmington Hills-based Howard Schwartz Commercial Real Estate LLC on Friday?

Look for retail stores, restaurants and, yes, even about a dozen apartments ranging from 600 to 1,000 square feet catering to the nearby University of Detroit Mercy students, he said.

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QStride moves headquarters from Troy to downtown Detroit
By Crain's Detroit Business. February 05, 2016.



Technology solutions provider QStride Inc. has relocated its headquarters from Troy to the Fifth Third Bank at One Woodward in downtown Detroit.

QStride’s new offices are in about 3,000 square feet on the 16th floor of the Minoru Yamasaki-designed skyscraper owned and managed by Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC.

The company moved 10 employees to the new space and expects to hire another 30.

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QStride's new neighbors include Amazon’s new regional downtown Detroit office, Lear’s new innovation and design center and the headquarters of online financial news startup Benzinga.

"It is clear that Woodward has quickly become one of the nation’s most innovative technology districts,” said Dan Mullen, Bedrock's executive vice president.

The 29-story One Woodward building is now 100 percent occupied, Bedrock said in a release.
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Posted By Serena Maria Daniels on Mon, Feb 1, 2016.



It looks like another new restaurant development is headed to the Cass and Peterboro area, this time in the form of a food hall made out of shipping containers. To be known as ShipYard Detroit, the founders James Therkalsen, Jonathan Hartzell, and Timothy Tharp (of Grand Trunk Pub and Checker Bar, who is serving as a limited partner) plan to repurpose 19 foot former freight boxes to create an 11,600 square-foot, two-level space, that will have room enough for about five restaurant venues, two bars, a pop-up gallery, communal dining area, and a huge television for sports-watching, etc.

Sale of the three vacant lots at 460, 468, and 474 has not been finalized yet, but co-founder Therkalsen tells us he expects the team will close within the next 60 days. He adds he is hopeful for a mid to late summer opening date.

Behind the project is architectural firm Independent Arch and Three Squared, the engineering company that also built a condo building made of empty container condos in North Corktown.

Therkalsen tells us the team is looking for a mix of "elevated street food" vendors, so not quite a food truck, but also not necessarily over-priced fare. As for booze, ShipYard Detroit will hold the liquor license and manage the bars.

The area appealed to the founders because of its close proximity to the Red Wings arena, M1 Rail, and Wayne State University, as well as its neighbors, which now include 8 Degrees Plato and Iconic Tattoo (and soon two restaurants, The Peterboro and Jim Brady Detroit). The group had originally vied for a location in Corktown, but the deal fell through.
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After 3 years in the making its good to see this project finally beginning work.

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February 9, 2016
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It's been a few years in the making, but the Foundation Hotel is finally starting to take shape in the old Detroit Fire Department Headquarters on the corner of Larned and Washington. Michael Kitchen, from the Aparium Hotel Group, tells us they're targeting an opening for Winter 2016/17.



Aparium Hotel Group won the city-led RFP in early 2013, and have since bought the adjacent building, which was home to Pontchartrain Wine Cellars. Construction has recently started to convert these two buildings into a top of the market hotel for Detroit, including a ground-floor restaurant in the former apparatus room and ballroom that will overlook the skyline.



The Foundation Hotel promises to show off the great history and businesses in Detroit. This includes using local beer and food purveyors in the restaurant, enlisting local artisans and craftsman in the renovation, and maintaining the historic nature of the building. Many of the Fire Department elements will be used in the design, including keeping the doors used for the fire engines.



The hotel will have 99 guest rooms, along with meeting spaces on the lower levels. And yes, there will be a glass enclosed ballroom at the top of the former Pontchartrain Wine Cellars.

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Florida developer plans $130 million project with 200 apartments in Troy
By KIRK PINHO. Crain's Detroit. February 12, 2016.



The Golden Corridor landscape in Troy could dramatically change if a Florida developer gets its hands on a key – but struggling – office property at Big Beaver Road and I-75.

A $130 million project is planned to renovate the 297,530-square-foot City Center office building and construct 200 new high-end apartments on land surrounding the building, according to Chuck Whittall, president of Unicorp National Developments Inc., the Orlando-based developer who has the City Center building under contract.

“Like a W Hotel, but residential,” Whittall said Friday morning when he was characterizing the planned apartment project.

The City Center building, which Unicorp has under contract after being the $20 million high bidder in an online auction earlier this week, is about 41 percent occupied.

Current tenants such as the Morton’s steakhouse and The Melting Pot restaurants have leases that will be honored, Whittall said.

Also included in the project is the planned demolition of an approximately 300-space parking garage on the site and replacing it with a new parking deck and surface parking lots totaling 1,300 to 1,400 spaces, Whittall said.

The site is not being used to its best potential at this time, Whittall said.

“We are going to create several restaurant out-parcels, make it kind of urban, more pedestrian friendly along the road, more apartments and really create more development there,” he said.

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Didn't know that building was only 41% occupied.

I wonder what changes they would make to the facade.
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I'm happy Troy is starting to learn it's lessons after years of urban planning failures. It will still take a lot more work before that stretch of Big Beaver is walkable and urban but I like that some of the more painful parking lots are being redeveloped with storefronts closer to the street and it sounds like this redevelopment will follow suit. I also hope they can revamp the facade. Its in need of some tlc.
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Wayne State University to add housing; other local colleges gain residents
By CHAD HALCOM. February 14, 206. Crain's Detroit.


Oakland University last expanded its student housing in 2014 with the opening of Oak View Hall; the university has plans to further expand its student housing.

The traditional college experience is having a renaissance in Southeast Michigan, so much so that public universities are planning major investments in new and improved campus housing this year to accommodate the trend.

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Wayne State University hosted a mandatory pre-proposal meeting last week for developers, student housing real estate investment trust executives and others interested in an estimated $100 million new student housing development project. The university is seeking proposals to build two apartment buildings along Anthony Wayne Drive by 2019 on the campus's northwest side and demolish the nearby Helen DeRoy Apartments — a net gain of more than 430 beds for university students.

Proposals are due by March 16. If all goes well, the university hopes to have a final development plan ready for its board of governors to review in September, and open the first phase of new apartments by fall 2018, said Tim Michael, associate vice president of business and auxiliary operations and chief housing officer at Wayne State.

Washington, D.C.-based Brailsford & Dunlavey Inc. is consulting with the university on the project. Michael said Wayne State is looking for a public-private partnership, where a developer would pay to build the project, lease property from the university and possibly act as property manager, to be reimbursed out of future student housing fees.

"We don't anticipate using any tuition or student fees to pay for the project," he said.

Michael estimates about 20 companies sent representatives to last week's meeting — a condition for bidding on the project. Wayne State is also converting the former Thompson Home that once housed its School of Social Work and will offer housing for up to 65 students, and plans a renovation that will add more than 150 new beds to the current Chatsworth Apartments.

All told, the university expects to expand housing capacity from about 3,100 today to 3,760 by 2022, Michael said.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...-colleges-gain

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Blossoms to branch out, bar on tap in storied Midtown space
By SHERRI WELCH. February 14, 2016. Crain's Detroit.



The owners of Birmingham-based florist Blossoms plan to bring a store back to Detroit this spring in the former Willis Showplace Bar building they've owned for more than 30 years in what is now Midtown.

And they've leased the former bar space in the building, a former jazz hot spot shuttered in the mid-1970s for prostitution, to a West Coast investor who plans to reopen it this summer as a bar called Shag.

"We've lived in the city for 35-40 years and seen it at its worst," said Norm Silk, who owns Blossoms with partner Dale Morgan.

"When we moved here ... we had a vision of what it could be. I think we're finally seeing that reality and ... we just wanted to be part of it."

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Silk said he and Morgan have invested about $400,000 since last July to renovate and restore their 1949 Art Moderne building at Third and W. Willis Street.

They put on a new roof and stripped the remodeled elements added to the exterior over the years, along with layers of paint, to reveal the original, enameled steel panels in burgundy, peach and green, Silk said.

"It's not as perfect as if you built something brand new," he said. "It's got little chips, but that's really what Midtown is all about — it's embracing the old and polishing up what's there."

Inside the 4152 storefront Blossoms will occupy and the adjacent retail space at 4154, the building owners installed new bathrooms, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, with Keego Harbor-based Barrett Building Co. serving as contractor.

Renovations are nearly complete, with another inspection set for the end of this month, Silk said, and expected occupancy by mid-March.
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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...-midtown-space

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Shinola plans cafe, production space on Selden Street in Midtown
By KIRK PINHO. February 10, 2016. Crain's Detroit.



One of the key steps has been taken toward a 35,000-square-foot redevelopment of three Selden Street buildings in Midtown into a so-called “Innovation Corridor” and up to 20 new apartments.

An entity affiliated with Midtown Detroit Inc. – AG Selden LLC – received Detroit City Council approval Tuesday for an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act district to waive property taxes on a building at 666 Selden St.

Part of the project is expected to be the renovation of a building at 634 Selden into space for Shinola/Detroit LLC with a café as well as manufacturing of music equipment such as headphones, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

More specifics on that project had not yet been determined, the spokeswoman said.

The building is referred to as the Creamery Building in a Midtown Detroit document submitted to the city as part of the OPRA designation process.

The building at 666 Selden St., referred to in Midtown Detroit document as the Welding Building, is expected to contain restaurant, retail and film production space.

Another building at 644 Selden St. and referred to in the Midtown Detroit document as the Casket Building, is expected to get a third floor that will include 18-20 new residential units, according to the document. The first and second floors would be for retail and production space, according to the document.

Wednesday afternoon, Sue Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit, said it was premature to make any specific announcements about future uses of the buildings.

About $1.5 million so far is planned in renovations to the vacant buildings, including updated plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems and windows, the document says.

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Time lapse gif of the Griswold Apartments.


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^Great to see The Griswald progressing so quickly after years of delay. I know that there have been plans to refresh and remodel Hart Plaza floating around perhaps this will end up being the first step of a larger effort.

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February 13, 2016
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Detroit Free Press



"We'd like to see something going on every week," Connors said. "That's what we're working toward. It's going to take a while to catch on, but we've got interest from companies that work downtown doing specific events for their employees."

Programming Cobo Square is part of a broader effort to enliven downtown streets with more activity. It's also a trend showing up in convention centers around the country.

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“The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority began on a mission of regional cooperation and through the success of this renovation, became an example of what is possible when people work in consensus," he said. "Cobo Square will continue this important mandate, bringing people throughout the metro Detroit region together in community celebrations.”

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I thought they were only adding 4 floors to the Griswald, why does it look like they're adding steel for a 5th floor?
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I thought they were only adding 4 floors to the Griswald, why does it look like they're adding steel for a 5th floor?
You must be thinking of one of the older designs. The current one was always 5 floors.

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$50M Apartment, Retail Complex Planned in Detroit’s New Center Neighborhood




Construction on a new $50 million apartment building that will be located west of the Fisher Building in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood — called Third and Grand — will break ground in the fourth quarter of this year, with leasing expected to begin in mid 2018.

The 231-unit apartment building in New Center will be located at the northwest corner of West Grand Boulevard and Third Avenue, a property he purchased from the Henry Ford Health System in 2015. He says the development will also offer 20,000 square feet of commercial space and a parking structure with about 350 spaces.

Cummings adds that he has four to five more deals in the pipeline in Detroit.

“Our company is really dedicated to creating a series of residential and retail opportunities along the Woodward corridor,” he says. “All of the locations we’re looking at and have either under agreement or under contract are within the two to three block walk of a light rail station.”
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Surprised this wasn't bigger news. Here's another rendering from the architect's website:


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You must be thinking of one of the older designs. The current one was always 5 floors.

Ugh, good grief that is soooo ugly! What an abomination to all the beautiful historic architecture surrounding it.
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From a razed building to a park building, 30,000 bricks in Midtown will be repurposed
KIRK PINHO. February 23, 2016.


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Last week, the city issued a demolition permit for the former Marie Apartments building at 438 Selden St. at Cass Avenue, a step which will clear the way for a new mixed-use development by the Detroit-based Ferlito Group LLC, which plans to begin razing the 1924 building on Monday.

Replacing the vacant and blighted 16,500-square-foot building: a new 22,000-square-foot building with a dozen for-sale condominiums, a new office for Ferlito Group and a new high-end restaurant, said Mike Ferlito, project developer for Ferlito Group.

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Ferlito said Tuesday morning that the restaurant will be about 3,800 square feet and 800 square feet of office space for the company will be on the second floor.

The condominium units would all have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The sale prices for the units have not yet been determined because exact details on things like finishes have not yet been finalized.

The building would also feature full rooftop amenities with a gazebo and fireplace, as well as an area for dogs.

Financing for the project has not yet closed, but it’s being funded by a conventional construction loan and equity, Ferlito said.

An Historic District Commission meeting is planned for March 9 for approvals on the project, Ferlito said.

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About 30,000 reclaimed bricks from the razed building will be used by Detroit-based Green Garage LLC in a brand new community park that’s expected to open by Christmas, according to Ken Flaherty, who is procuring reclaimed material for the park next to its El Moore building at Second Avenue and Alexandrine Street, a little over a block northwest of the new Ferlito building.

“It’s like a mini Bryant Park in New York City,” Flaherty said.

“It’s not going to be full of swing sets and concrete and crap like that. We are going to have a stage, food, a lot of focus on children’s learning activities. Instead of selling plants, we are going to teach people in the community how to plant them.”

Green Garage, founded in 2011, incubates environmentally sustainable and community-focused businesses.

Construction on the park is expected to start in May.

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Construction update on the Scott in Brush Park.







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