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toog05 Mar 27, 2006 1:54 AM

DETROIT | Development & Construction: Motown Lowdown
I just wanted to start this thread cuz im tired of goin to these threads and seeing all these other cities on it...but allow me some time to get things started, i just wanted to get it on here so people will realize that theres a new thread in town

I start it off with some renderings for the planned projects for the Detroit Riverfront. These are planned projects.

@twater Lofts

Detroit International Riverfront | Chene Park East Development

Detroit International Riverfront | Chene Park West Development

RiverEast - 11 acres just east of the Renaissance Center, rental and condominium units, retail and entertainment usages, proposed.

toog05 Mar 27, 2006 2:15 AM

Looks like a possible Cobo Hall expansion plan is near...

MsuMix Mar 27, 2006 4:48 AM

Finally a Dtown thread:cheers:

homestar Mar 27, 2006 6:37 PM

Glad to see a Detroit thread finally!

Any info on the new riverfront park?

sullymon54 Mar 27, 2006 11:37 PM

Yes, i've been waiting to get some info on detroit as well. The more rust belt the better.

JBinCalgary Mar 28, 2006 4:17 AM

any renderings of the projects going on in the motor city?

UrbaniDesDev Mar 28, 2006 4:32 AM

Just get out there and start snapping some pics. I'd love to see Detroit's progress.
Glad to see Detroit here.
Was there a few years ago and saw a great difference during the Super Bowl. I hope to make it up there again this summer.

Polishing up the Rust Belt!

LMich Mar 28, 2006 4:37 AM

I'll try to put a rough draft together of some of the major projects soon, and Detroiters are going to have to help with construction pictures.

volguus zildrohar Mar 28, 2006 4:53 AM

Yes, please.

I was hoping to see some images of what's coming down Detroit's pipeline. When you've got them, toog05, can you put them up in the first post?

Rivernorth Mar 28, 2006 4:59 AM

awesome! and about time! lets see some pics of the renovation of Woodward Ave and Kennedy Sq and the new downtown YMCA!

Id also like to see new construction in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, like the gentrification of Brush Park, infill in historic Corktown, as well as the planned highrises in the East Riverfront. You guys are all past due on images :)

toog05 Mar 28, 2006 4:59 AM

yes i will be putting some things up soon...just give me a minute

toog05 Mar 28, 2006 6:23 AM

For you RiverNorth, I have some pictures of a few planned/construction projects for residential housing near or in downtown.

Elliot Lofts - Under Construction
The Ellington Lofts is a 55-unit, 5-story building currently under construction on the northeast corner of Woodward and Mack. The development will also feature 12,000 square-feet of ground level retail space. So far Starbucks, FedEx/Kinkos and LaSalle Bank are the only tenants signed to the ground floor space. Completion of the Ellington Lofts is expected in Spring 2006.

Woodward Place@Brush Park - Under Construction
Woodward Place is a 700-unit townhome development going up at Woodward and I-75. Work started in 1999 on the project, with the first units opening in 2000. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in several years.

Eddystone Euro Condominiums - Approved

Mid-Med Lofts - Under Construction

1403 Woodward Lofts (Elliot Building) - Under Construction
Rosemary Aizer plans renovate this 6-story building into 15-18 lofts, ranging in size from 800 sq. ft. for a one bed/one bath unit to 3,100 sq. ft for a three-bed and three-bath penthouse. The ground floor will be renovated into 6,000 square feet of commercial space. Completion is expected by early 2007

LMich Mar 28, 2006 6:49 AM

Casino proposals...others can add the residential proposals, concepts, and completions.

1. Greektown Casino Hotel - Proposed, 33-35 floors (20-story hotel atop 13-15 story parking garage), 400 rooms, start and completion: 2006-2008?. It is going to be located at the very eastern end of the Greektown district of Downtown Detroit.

[No Rendering Released - Old Proposals Shown Below]

2. MotorCity Casino and Hotel - Under Construction, 17 floors, 400 rooms, start and completion: 2005-2007, location: 2901 Grand River Avenue. This complex will contain 100,000 square feet of casino space, 67,000 square feet of convention space, a 1,200-seat multi-use theater, restaurants and bars, a hotel-top lounge area, and a 4,440-space parking garage.

3. MGM Grand Casino and Hotel - Under Construction, 18 floors (216' tall), 401 rooms, start and completion: 2005-2008, Location: 3rd at Bagley. This complex will feature retail, 100,000 square feet of gaming space, a bingo hall, a spa and pool, conference space, a 5,625-space parking garage, and restaurants.

No renderings, they are keeping it supersecretive. Some construction pictures, though:

Toog, I corrected the first proposal. @twater is a separate development from Chene East and West, I believe.

cabasse Mar 28, 2006 8:33 AM

it's great to see one of these threads for detroit. it looks like there might be quite a bit more to add to it soon as well.

(might want to fix the title though)

BVictor1 Mar 28, 2006 9:02 AM

I was in Detroit last weekend visiting my grandmother and I got the chance to go around and take some construction pictures.

One Kennedy Square

MGM Grand Detroit Hotel

I'll post more when I can. I've been going to Detroit all my life and his was the first time that I adventured downtown by myself.

wanderer34 Mar 28, 2006 2:19 PM

It's nice to see that Detroit finally has a construction thread!!! I'd say the only thing that's holding Detroit back is the lack of a couple of supertalls (the RenCen doesn't count) and a legit subway/mass transit system. But it's nice to see that the city is putting up an effort to become world-class!

skyfan Mar 28, 2006 3:55 PM

Looks likewe started our thread just in time for this weeks Model D developemnt update

Construction begins on Vinton Building rehab Downtown
Construction has begun on the rehabilitation of the Vinton Building, a 1917 Albert Kahn-designed skyscraper located at the northeast corner of Woodward and Congress. Interior demolition is underway, asbestos and lead abatement have been completed, and exterior masonry work is to start this

The building’s developer, Vinton Building LLC, is a partnership consisting of 10 individual investors — eight of whom will each own and occupy one floor and two — Robert Porcher and Aaron Alston of RP3 Developments LLC — who will own four floors. The Garrison Company is the project’s general contractor. Norm Davies, the Vinton Building LLC’s secretary as well as future resident of the building’s 10th floor explains: “We've been able to place a premium space into the hands of moderate-level investors using this collaborative partnership.”

The first floor of the Vinton Building will be commercial, the second floor office space, and the remaining 10 floors residential. Each 3,600-square-foot floor will include two furnaces and two air-conditioning units. The 5,600-square-foot basement will be converted into a parking garage with room for one car per living space. The garage will be accessed off the alley.

The Vinton Building was originally built as the headquarters for the Vinton Company, Albert Kahn’s primary construction partner. It recently sat vacant until the City of Detroit issued a Request for Proposal for its redevelopment. Davies expects construction to be complete by December of this year.

Source: Norm Davies, Vinton Building LLC

MSHDA awards loan to 75-unit Willys Overland Lofts in Midtown

The State of Michigan approved a Homebuyer Mezzanine Construction Loan to develop the Willys Overland Lofts on West Canfield between Cass and Second Avenues in Midtown. “The Willys Overland renovation is an integral part of the city’s efforts to revitalize the entire downtown, and we are pleased to be a part of this exciting project,” MSHDA executive director Michael R. DeVos said. “By providing this loan, we are demonstrating our commitment to the redevelopment and success of Detroit.”

Willys Overland Lofts will consist of 75 units that will range in size from 1,000 to almost 3,000 square feet and will sell starting from the $170,000s. Selected condominiums will have private rooftop terraces, ground floor units will have private patios, and all residents will have access to a common rooftop garden.

Constructed in 1912 for Willys Overland Company, the building also served as a dry goods store, a department store, and most recently, a Detroit Public Schools warehouse. The project is being developed by Midtown Development Inc. and DeMattia Investments II, LLC.

Source: MSHDA

Nine on Third townhomes going up, more units planned in Midtown

Nine on Third is situated facing Third Avenue rather than Canfield Street because, “[That orientation] went towards the character of how the neighborhood was originally planned. It will create an enclosure for the street,” explains Kevin Borsay of Archive DS, the project’s design firm.

The 1,100 square-foot townhouses, which have been designed to complement the Canfield Historic District, will each include two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a balcony, two spaces of interior parking, and will start at $209,000. “The interior brick walls, exposed interior structure, 10-foot ceilings, and exposed spiral ductwork make the townhouses feel very ‘lofty’,” says Borsay. Archive DS anticipates the units to be made available for purchase in May.

The project’s construction partner is Shaheen Enterprises. The team also recently purchased 701 W. Canfield, a vacant multi-family building located across the street from Nine on Third, with plans to create 4 or 5 condo units. “We like this area because of its location within the Canfield Historic District—that’s a big plus. Another bonus is that we’re in the Wayne State police response area,” says Borsay.

Source: Kevin Borsay, Archive DS

toog05 Mar 29, 2006 4:21 AM

For those interested here are some pictures of the new YMCA in downtown Detroit...

toog05 Mar 29, 2006 4:22 AM

LMich Mar 29, 2006 4:29 AM

They really messed up that design with the aluminium siding. The rendering looked much better, IMO:

Still, a good addition to downtown, but it kind of makes you wish they had never torn the old one down.

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