The news of Ford buying and renovating Michigan Central Station has brought out some strong emotions in people. Many have such faith in them, that they’ve started returning items that were stolen back in the day when the old train station wasn’t secure.
The long saga of the failed jail site on Gratiot Avenue is nearing its resolution. Wayne County announced today that it has a tentative deal with Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures to build a four-building criminal justice facility. Rock Ventures will also get the Gratiot site its wanted for over a year.
While plenty of construction is underway downtown right now, one block in particular has seen a big transformation in the last year. Anchored by 1400 Woodward, the Shinola Hotel will take up much of the block between Grand River and John R. Buildings have started taking shape along the back side of the block on Farmer Street (over surface parking lots), so we’re doing a quick check-in of the progress.
One of the areas up for development in Detroit with the biggest potential is the 160-acre site of the former State Fairgrounds. The area could serve as a great connection between Detroit and the suburbs to the north, but development has stalled over the past few years.
What will be the fate of the Joe Louis Arena site? For the last few years, we believed a 30-story hotel would replace the hockey arena. Times have changed since Detroit’s bankruptcy, and now the creditor wants to reconsider the plans.
When Olympia Development announced the construction of the Little Caesars World Headquarters at Woodward and Columbia a couple years ago, part of the plan was always to create a restaurant and retail destination on Columbia Street. It looks as if those plans are coming along.
An $8.3 million redevelopment project well outside the downtown core officially broke ground today in Detroit. 7.Liv, the redevelopment of the old B. Siegel department store, will have ten residential units, 20,500 square feet of commercial storefront, and 29 underground parking spaces.
One of the most anticipated developments opening in 2018 is the Shinola Hotel—a collaboration between Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock and Shinola. The construction of the hotel involves renovating the building at 1400 Woodward, plus the Singer Building nearby, and the demolition plus construction of new buildings along the block.
Donna Butts remembers one of the moments that sold her on the idea that there was a sustained rise in the number of multigenerational households. As executive director of Generations United, a nonprofit that promotes intergenerational living, she was called to do an interview on the topic for a Louisiana radio station a few years ago.
A new program could help up to 80 renters across Detroit who could have lost their homes to the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction. The program—a partnership between Quicken Loans, United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), and the City of Detroit—aims to turn the renters into homeowners.
City Council member Scott Benson tells Curbed that the interim Historic Designation was replaced with a Historic District study, which gives them the same level of protection that the designation would give them. The HDAB meeting is October 12 and these buildings should be on the agenda.
The third Greater Downtown Residential Market Study has just been released by the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), in collaboration with Invest Detroit and Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc. How is the greater downtown area doing in terms of demand and need for housing? With increased units available over the past few years, we’ll need more to meet demand in the coming years.
Let’s take a minute to think about adaptive reuse, specifically with schools. Last year we visited St. Vincent in Corktown, which has been converted to offices for small businesses. We’re keeping an eye on the Cooley Reuse Project, which hopes to convert Cooley High into a community space in northwest Detroit.
In January 2016, we told you about the new renovations happening at the GM Ren Center, including a giant LED screen covering the People Mover stop on Jefferson. Sorry if y’all were really excited about that. Crain’s is reporting that the exterior renovations, including the LED screen, are on hold for right now.
We’ve seen more construction in the last few years in Detroit than we’ve seen here in decades. Much of that has been focused on the downtown core, although it’s slowly starting to move out into the neighborhoods. Two new reports highlight the growth over the past seven years and what we can expect in the future.
Home to Sydney Bogg Chocolates for decades, this Woodward storefront is an unusual listing. It’s located near Seven Mile, across from Palmer Park and near Dutch Girl Donuts. But this listing isn’t just offering an old storefront - it’s a bundle that includes the retail space, two apartments above, two lots, one vacant house, and some vacant lots.
For the past few weeks, we've been following the adventures of Sam and Tim on Detroiters, which is now airing on Comedy Central. Tim and Sam run an advertising business and make really terrible, but absolutely hilarious commercials. They also love Detroit, which is almost its own character on the show.
Just in time for the holidays is this decked out rehab in the Aviation Subdivision, right at the border of Detroit and Dearborn. We saw another house over here that we absolutely loved a few months ago and will hopefully hear of a closing soon (it’s been pending for a while).
This week, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) revealed its plans for the first Sustainable Urban Agrihood in the North End.
Wait, an agrihood? It’s an alternative neighborhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development. There are some agrihoods around the country, but in rural areas. This is the first within a city.
One of the more anticipated renovations downtown is the Metropolitan Building, which has been vacant for decades and was facing possible demolition. The Roxbury Group, who also renovated/restored the David Whitney Building, is renovating the Metropolitan into the Element Hotel.
With a population of around 680,000, Detroit has 258,000 jobs. Previously, this city lacks education and as a result of this, the rate of unemployment was high. But with due course of time, there is a sudden development in the city of Detroit as well as the education system and a large number of people started earning their livelihood and soon the rate of unemployment deteriorated.
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Shinola and Bedrock have announced plans for the first Shinola Hotel, located at 1400 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The location is right across the street from the Hudson’s site, which Bedrock will develop in the next few years.
Previously parents were struggling to get a suitable school for the education of their child in the city of Detroit. There were no good schools or colleges. Even the students have to travel a long distance to attend a school. But today, Detroit has become a high choice city.
Detroit, the most populous city in Michigan is considered to be the fourth largest city in the Midwest and the largest city in the border of United States and Canada. For the people staying in Detroit, 2016 is expected to be a development year as a large number of businesses have moved to Detroit.