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Old Posted Jul 27, 2022, 4:04 AM
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MI Department of Transportation wants input on proposed new Detroit train and bus center





Link: https://www.michiganradio.org/transp...and-bus-center
I wish that service was being restored to Michigan Central
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Old Posted Jul 27, 2022, 1:25 PM
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I wish that service was being restored to Michigan Central
There is talk of the new Toronto-Detroit-Chicago Amtrak Service which is in planning of using Michigan Central instead as it exits the tunnel from Canada, but that would only be a once-daily service.
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Old Posted Jul 27, 2022, 5:42 PM
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Construction is set to begin on a 120-unit affordable housing project in Corktown called Left Field. Construction was supposed to start last year but was held up by rising construction cost. The project is part of a larger project that will bring over 842 new units of housing to Corktown, about 500 of which will be affordable.
Construction to begin on affordable housing project on Tiger Stadium site after a yearlong delay

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A year after construction was supposed to start, an affordable-housing project on the site of the old Tiger Stadium is finally breaking ground.

The Left Field project is part of a signature redevelopment in Corktown that will bring more than 800 units to the area with the help of a $30 million competitive federal grant known as Choice Neighborhood.

The delays on Left Field, caused by rising construction costs and a dispute over the location of a scoreboard, have pushed back other aspects of the neighborhood plan, as well. This will be the first development to move forward under the grant.

Left Field, built by American Community Developers, will have 120 apartments when it is done — 40 percent will be set aside for residents who make no more than 60 percent of the area median income of $53,700 for a family of four or $37,620 for an individual.
https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-e...m-break-ground

The city is about to start on a project to transform five alleys into walkable art galleries for local artist. Projects like this will definitely bring positive changes to the neighborhoods of Detroit.
Detroit aims to transform alleys across 5 neighborhoods into artistic gathering spaces

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The Arts Alley project, which builds on ongoing city and community efforts to clean and beautify neglected backstreets, will serve as a pilot for potential neighborhood alley transformations in the future, the release said.

"The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the importance of safe, accessible green spaces in our neighborhoods," Rochelle Riley, the city's arts and culture director, said in the release. "We want to help communities create their own spaces for activities and enjoyment."

The five pilot alleys will be in these Detroit neighborhoods: Jefferson Chalmers, Old Redford, Shulze, Northwest Goldberg and Springwells.
https://www.crainsdetroit.com/arts-c...thering-spaces
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2022, 12:29 PM
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Here's a rendering of the Left Field project in Corktown.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2022, 2:50 PM
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Just a reminder that any post relating to a project should be posted on its respective thread, not here.

Current projects with threads:

Hudson's Site
The Louis
Exchange
Detroit Center for Innovation
Monroe Blocks
City Club Apartments Midtown
Michigan Central Station
City Modern

Compilation threads:

Metro Detroit
Ann Arbor
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Transportation:

General transportation
Gordie Howe International Bridge

Thanks everyone
Thanks for the reminder. I personally wasn't even aware that 3 of those separate project threads existed. Subscribed now.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2022, 5:18 PM
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The city has established a nonprofit conservancy to help fund and operate the Joe Louis Greenway.
City of Detroit launches nonprofit to help fund, run 30-mile Joe Louis Greenway


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The city broke ground on the first phase of the project in September. It expects to complete the greenway in the next four to seven years at an estimated cost of about $240 million, Dick said. It's designating $60 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars to the project and has secured a $40 million earmark in the state's fiscal 2023 budget.

"We are continuing to fundraise and are confident that we will achieve our goals," Dick said.

A $500,000 grant from the Hudson-Webber Foundation is helping to stand up the new conservancy's operations over the next two years and provide a reserve for due diligence on property that might be needed, such as land surveys, appraisals and environmental studies, Trudeau said.

https://www.crainsdetroit.com/nonpro...louis-greenway
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2022, 2:23 AM
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Photo update on the building demo'd at Washington Blvd and Michigan Avenue.



Also update on the mid-rise apartment on Third and Howard.





Photos by me, 7-28.
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2022, 3:31 AM
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The second and third photo are of the Cambria hotel, not an apartment building.
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2022, 3:57 AM
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Forgot it was changed to a hotel when it was downsized.
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This is great news for downtown Detroit. This will bring even more life to the west side of downtown.
Majorel picks downtown Detroit office for majority of its 500+ new hires

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Majorel, a European-based business-to-business services firm that recently decided to open a Detroit office, announced Monday that it will lease office space downtown where the majority of its new 500-plus Michigan workforce will soon work in person.

The company recently signed a lease for two floors of 211 West Fort Street, a 28-story building across from Detroit's federal courthouse.
https://www.freep.com/story/money/20...t/10206732002/
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The city council approved the brownfield plan for the Fisher 21 Body Plant redevelopment.
Fisher Body Plant redevelopment gets brownfield plan OK from Detroit City Council

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Plans to rehabilitate the former Fisher Body Plant for a mixed-use development with 433 residential units moved forward Monday as the Detroit City Council unanimously approved a brownfield plan for the site.

The developer, Fisher 21 Lofts, LLC, requested $24.8 million in tax increment financing for the demolition and environmental remediation of the site that sits on three parcels at 6051 Hastings St., 666 Harper Ave. and 991 Harper. The overall value of the plan is $31.3 million, which includes local brownfield costs, according to the city.
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/bu...k/10202172002/
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Thanks for the updates.

This reminds me - anyone know whatever happened to Packard? I thought South American billionaire Fernando Palazuelo was involved but I haven't heard anything in forever.
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Thanks for the updates.

This reminds me - anyone know whatever happened to Packard? I thought South American billionaire Fernando Palazuelo was involved but I haven't heard anything in forever.
The city is in the process of taking the plant away from him. In fact, the city is in process of tearing down a portion of the plant.
Detroit City Council approves $1.7 million contract to demolish portion of Packard Plant
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The $1.685 million contract, set to be paid using American Rescue Plan Act pandemic funding, was awarded to Homrich Wrecking Inc., a demolition contractor headquartered in Carleton with operating facilities in Detroit. Homrich Wrecking was the sole contractor to bid on the project.

Packard Plant owner Fernando Palazuelo was ordered to demolish the long-abandoned structure at his own expense in March following a lawsuit by the city to declare the ruined plant a public nuisance. The lawsuit was won by default in Wayne County Circuit Court when Palazuelo and his attorney missed the March trial date.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...n/10152204002/
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2022, 3:48 PM
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Photo update on the building demo'd at Washington Blvd and Michigan Avenue.



Photos by me, 7-28.
Is there a proposal for this site, or he just trying to flip the lot to Gilbert?
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Nice spot, I hope he does flip it. I would hope, given its location, it will be at least a 15 story mid rise. (I read on another site that it would be a 6 floor apartment.
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Is there a proposal for this site, or he just trying to flip the lot to Gilbert?
A few years ago there was talk of building a new apartment building on the site of the demolished building and the adjacent parking lot to the north. I heard that the owner of the building recently purchased the parking lot, so maybe we’ll get a solid proposal soon.
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Indeed if I remember correct the last announcement came around the time of the Capitol Park proposals. I really liked those it would be nice to see them resurrected.

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City of Detroit secures $12M to build nearly 500 units of affordable housing

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The City of Detroit has secured $12.1 million to continue building nearly 500 units of affordable housing. The 486 units were jeopardized due to rising construction costs and labor shortages. The additional funding comes from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), according to Mayor Mike Duggan and state officials. Six major housing developments in the city were at risk. To cover those surging construction costs, the city and the developers requested additional Low Income Housing Tax Credits from MSHDA.

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“The Ruth Ellis Center, which is going to be providing 42 housing units for at-risk, LGBTQ youth that is expected to open this fall, is key to the revitalization of the city. We have a lot of homeless youth in Detroit. And so having this project move forward now with this low income housing tax credit is so important to move Detroit forward.”

Completion of these 486 units will help get the city closer to its goal of building 2,000 new units of affordable housing and preserving another 10,000 existing affordable housing units that were at risk of converting to market rate.
https://wdet.org/2022/06/29/detroit-...dable-housing/


Just came up on my google news feed when I went to do a search the city has a new plan to pay storefront owners to get their upstairs apartments renovated. I let my crain’s subscription lapse but anyone who’s got some free articles left or a sub can read it here.

https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-e...ts-over-stores
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Premier Pet Supply opened a store in Downtown Detroit back in July.

Michigan-based Premier Pet Supply opens full-service pet store in downtown Detroit



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The 3,000-square-foot store houses over 25 Michigan-based brands and carries products for urban pets such as fish, cats and dogs. It has a selection of food, supplements, pet care items and toys. It also has two do-it-yourself dog wash rooms.

The store opened its doors July 29. Mayor Mike Duggan attended the grand opening ceremony.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...e/10265256002/
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Old Posted Aug 11, 2022, 9:16 PM
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Great update on the hotels under construction in Downtown and Midtown Detroit in the Free Press. Unfortunately, some hotel proposals have been scrapped.
Detroit's boutique hotel boom crawling back after COVID-19 disruptions

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Weekly occupancy rates for greater downtown Detroit hotels was generally between 40% and 60% in June and July, reaching nearly 73% in the final week of July, according to the convention and visitors bureau. The average daily rate that final week was $196.

Still on Molinari's wish list to see built is a large high-occupancy hotel next to downtown's Huntington Place convention center, formerly known as the TCF Center and Cobo Hall. A creditor in Detroit's 2013-14 bankruptcy once considered such a hotel for the former Joe Louis Arena site. However, the development firm that now owns the property, Detroit-based Sterling Group, is instead building a 500-unit housing development. Yet there is still some land available to possibly squeeze in a future hotel.

“It is critical that we add a large convention center hotel, upscale, to the west side of (Huntington Place),” Molinari said. “Until we do that, we’re not going to be able to compete appropriately and we’re at a big disadvantage.”
https://www.freep.com/story/money/bu...n/10249605002/
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MDOT is planning a $50 million upgrade for Michigan Ave between Campus Martius and I-96.
Michigan Avenue in Detroit's Corktown to undergo $50 million overhaul

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The project, scheduled to start in 2024, is intended to tie into Ford Motor Co.'s renovation of Michigan Central Station, the nation's first wireless EV-charging road and the broader vision of creating a "connected corridor" from Detroit to Ann Arbor.

The Detroit Mobility and Innovation Corridor will include:
  • Expanded sidewalks and pedestrian amenities such as seating, lighting and street trees
  • Raised bike lanes at sidewalk level for areas with existing lanes, new dedicated and buffered bike lanes downtown and bike racks
  • Two center-running dedicated lanes for transit vehicles and for connected and autonomous vehicles, with transit signal priority to limit waiting time
  • Concrete transit islands and new shelters with improved amenities
  • Additional/enhanced mid-block pedestrian crossings with improved markings and islands
  • New signalized intersections

The red brick drag at the heart of Corktown, beloved for its historical value but bemoaned by motorists for its poor condition, will be replaced by new red concrete pavers while the old brick "will be carefully removed, restored, and reincorporated into other aspects of the roadway's design," according to the RAISE grant application.
https://www.crainsdetroit.com/infras...llion-overhaul
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