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Old Posted Jan 31, 2016, 9:57 PM
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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

Ann Zaniewski,
Detroit Free Press
February 2, 2016

http://www.freep.com/story/news/2016...ving/79690856/
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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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Address: 44 -48 West Adams Ave
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https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...M.kVlnTAN3GIEg
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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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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...oreUserAgent=1

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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.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...wntown-detroit

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Shipping container food hall coming to Cass Corridor
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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Foundation Hotel Sets Sights on Winter 2016-17 Opening
February 9, 2016
by Robin Runyan
Curbed Detroit



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.

http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2...el-detroit.php
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