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.