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Could Detroit get its first national park?

 

State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López want the city of Detroit to deed Historic Fort Wayne to the federal government.

They’re asking for the landmark to be designated as a national park and their Change.org petition has gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in support of the plan.

“We launched this petition to show how much community support there is for making Fort Wayne a national park with dedicated funding and resources to preserve its history,” Chang said. “The time is now to restore the site and end years of deterioration, all while generating jobs and tourism dollars for Detroit.”

 

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https://www.michiganadvance.com/blog/could-detroit-get-its-first-national-park/

 

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A new rendering of The Corner

 

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Greenways to shared streets: Detroit to revamp 7 business corridors starting this spring

 

Detroit is finalizing plans to revamp seven business corridors across the city this spring as part of a $125 million campaign to breathe life into its neighborhoods. A request for proposals for the projects will be released later this month.

Dozens of city blocks, from the Livernois "Avenue of Fashion" to the heart of Mexicantown, are set to be overhauled into pedestrian-friendly plazas and greenways to encourage the type of "comeback" energy seen downtown and in Midtown. The designs, drawn up after dozens of community meetings, reimagine long-struggling retail centers that have the potential to be revitalized.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/economic-development/greenways-shared-streets-detroit-revamp-7-business-corridors-starting-spring?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=social

 

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Joseph Campau (south of Jefferson):

 

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1912 throwback

 

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In big Detroit news...

 

Apartments, retail planned for long-vacant Lee Plaza

 

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The city of Detroit plans to sell the long-vacant Lee Plaza to a joint venture that will redevelop the historic building into 180 residential units and retail.

 

The city announced Thursday that it has asked the Detroit City Council to approve the sale of the 1.7-acre site at 2240 W. Grand Boulevard for $350,000 to development partnership Roxbury Group and Ethos Development Partners. Council discussion on the purchase is expected to take place this month.

 

Lee Plaza, located in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood near New Center, has been vacant since 1997 and has fallen into disrepair. When it was built in 1928, the architecturally significant building housed one of the city’s luxury apartment hotels featuring concierge and room service.  It is one of two historic buildings for which the city requested redevelopment proposals in December; the other is the Woodland Apartments on Woodland Street.

 

“An entire generation of young Detroiters has known Lee Plaza only as that vacant eyesore next to Northwestern High School,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement Thursday. “While this building has deteriorated significantly over the last two decades, we have tapped a development team that has saved many buildings others said were too far gone to be brought back to life.”

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/02/14/apartments-retail-planned-long-vacant-lee-plaza-detroit/2869381002/

 

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Market, affordable housing to anchor Jefferson Chalmers revitalization

 

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A new development with a grocery store and affordable housing is expected to anchor a revamped Jefferson Avenue in east Detroit.

The project is a part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, a city initiative seeking to reinvigorate areas in the city outside downtown and Midtown with the help of philanthropic dollars. Jefferson Chalmers is one of seven neighborhoods the city is targeting to attract investment. Plans presented to residents Saturday seek to attract investment to return East Jefferson to the walkable, thriving retail corridor it once was.

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/02/16/grocery-store-affordable-housing-jefferson-chalmers-neighborhoods-detroit/2880571002/


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Ex-Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh buys Birmingham condo for $1.9 million

 

The swank Brookside Residences condominium project in downtown Birmingham has a pretty high-profile buyer.

Former Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh paid $1.9 million for a unit in the 26-unit under-construction development late last month, according to Oakland County land records reviewed by Crain's. The purchase shouldn't surprise anyone.

Although he has had some less-than-glowing comments for his former teammates, he has long expressed admiration for the region and its residents.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/sports/ex-detroit-lion-ndamukong-suh-buys-birmingham-condo-19-million

 

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Wow.

 

Guests tour renovated, historic Scott Mansion

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2019/02/21/guests-tour-renovated-historic-scott-mansion/2943821002/


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JPMorgan Chase to give another $15M to Detroit neighborhood fund

 

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JPMorgan Chase, as part of its $150-million commitment to Detroit's revitalization, announced Thursday that it will invest $15 million in Mayor Mike Duggan's Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

The Strategic Neighborhood Fund targets 10 selected districts in the city for intensive investment, including residential and commercial development.

JPMorgan Chase, the nation's largest bank, said its latest investment will include a $10-million, long-term, low-cost loan and $5 million in philanthropy, with the money primarily targeting projects in commercial corridors across the 10 neighborhoods.

The Strategic Neighborhood Fund recently expanded to 10 neighborhoods in the city from an initial three. The neighborhoods have been chosen because they already show signs of economic recovery and therefore, with new investment, could draw more residents, business startups and new jobs.

The 10 neighborhoods and districts include Jefferson-Chalmers on the far lowest east side, Livernois/McNichols on the northwest side, West Vernor in southwest Detroit, the Islandview/Villages district on the east side, the East Warren/Cadieux area, the Gratiot/7 Mile area, as well as Northwest/Grand River, Banglatown, Russell Woods and Warrendale/Cody Rouge districts.

 

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https://www.freep.com/story/money/2019/02/21/jpmorgan-chase-detroit-strategic-neighborhood-fund/2937080002/


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Flowers of Vietnam chef to anchor historic southwest Detroit building

 

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A Mexican restaurant from the chef of nearby pop-up-turned-staple Flowers of Vietnam is to anchor the redevelopment of a turreted historic building on a main southwest Detroit drag.

The renovation of the partially collapsed, red-bricked Grosfield Building has taken longer than expected. But financing is locked and major stabilization work is likely to start in spring on the nearly $5 million project, the developers said Friday.

The finished product is expected to comprise 19 apartment units, retail and a corner restaurant from George Azar.

The chef who grew up in southwest Detroit is best known for his Vietnamese pop-up that first appeared in 2016. It has since expanded from visitor status in the Vernor Coney Island to full-fledged restaurant.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/construction/flowers-vietnam-chef-anchor-historic-southwest-detroit-building

 

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Corktown real estate shows no sign of cooling

 

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Real estate prices shifted into overdrive in historic Corktown and surrounding neighborhoods as soon as news leaked that Ford Motor Co. wanted to buy the long-dead Michigan Central Depot. And they show no sign of slowing a year later, according to public property records.

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As of February, residential real estate prices in the 48216 ZIP code had risen 14 percent to a median sale price of $137,250, compared to $119,500 in March 2018, according to Realcomp II Ltd., which is Michigan's largest real-estate listing service. By comparison, home and condominium prices increased less than 1 percent annually from 2016 to the start of 2018, Realcomp II data shows.

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A potential new six-story apartment building on an empty patch of land in North Corktown shows that developers are finding nearby properties attractive. The deal is not yet sealed, but local developer Steven Rubinstein is working on the mixed-use development that calls for first-floor commercial space and more than 100 apartments. The location would be on an empty stretch on Pine Street between Trumbull and Cochrane. Rubinstein declined comment because the potential deal has not been finalized.

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2019/03/14/corktown-real-estate-still-heating-up/3052225002/

 

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New rendering for the Elm Hotel in Midtown.  It is tentatively named the "Hotel Bonstelle by West Elm" given that the theater is now a part of the development.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/roxburys-bonstelle-theatre-lease-okd-part-12-story-west-elm-boutique-hotel-project

 


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Boutique hotel, condos, apartments planned in two new Midtown skyscrapers

 

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Another boutique hotel is planned for Detroit along the Woodward Avenue spine, this time as part of a new development proposal called The Mid that includes two skyscrapers — one 25 stories and another 30 stories — in yet another development that would reshape the city's skyline.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/boutique-hotel-condos-apartments-planned-two-new-midtown-skyscrapers

 

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$310M luxury hotel, housing and retail project planned for Midtown

 

A luxury boutique hotel and condos are planned for Midtown as part of a $310 million mixed-use development.

The Mid, a development to sit on nearly 3.8 acres at 3750 Woodward Ave, was announced Thursday by 3750 Woodward Avenue LLC.

When it opens in December 2020, The Mid will include multi-family, luxury, co-living and affordable housing, developers said. There will also be space for retail, parking and public areas for residents and visitors.

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/03/21/mid-luxury-hotel-housing-and-retail-project-planned-midtown-detroit/3234396002/

 

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That looks great.^ No mention of parking but none if it is visible, the way it's supposed to be. *Looking at you Stark.*

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Ex-Detroit Lion Ron Bartell plans new development with $4.6 million investment in ‘Avenue of Fashion'

 

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Former Detroit Lions cornerback Ron Bartell is charging forward with $4.6 million of investment in new development and renovations along the historic "Avenue of Fashion."

The investment is spread across a handful of Bartell's properties on Livernois Avenue between Seven Mile and Eight Mile roads. It includes a new mixed-use building expected to cost $3 million to construct, as well as $1.6 million in renovations to a couple of buildings set to welcome new tenants this spring and fall.

The new development, planned for 19338 Livernois Ave., will be tied into a neighboring 3,000-square-foot building, which is vacant and part of the old Hunter's Supper Club property, Bartell said. Once complete, the 10,000-square-foot, three-story development would include three ground-floor retail spaces totaling 7,000 square feet and five apartment units.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/ex-detroit-lion-ron-bartell-plans-new-development-46-million-investment-avenue-fashion


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$16 million mixed-use development coming to southwest Detroit

 

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A $16 million mixed-use development is planned for the Hubbard Richard neighborhood and Mexicantown Business District of southwest Detroit, the City of Detroit said in a news release.

 

The proposed site is vacant land adjacent to the Michigan Central Station.

 

Detroit-based developer Woodborn Partners is behind the project, and will include 60 apartment units, 5,000 square feet of retail space along Bagley Street and 40 parking spaces, which will be hidden behind the structure. The four-story building will also include outdoor features that will connect to the planned May Creek Greenway. 

 

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https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2019/03/26/detroit-train-station-development/3276579002/


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I love all these new townhomes Detroit's getting, but I wish developers would try and restore some of the street grid or at least create a chain of public laneways and plazas. At the end of the day these are still "the projects" in form, albeit for yuppies instead of poor people. 


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Lenny Kravitz firm to help design new Temple Detroit hotel

 

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The $72 million redevelopment of the former Standard Accident Insurance Co. building in downtown Detroit is slated to feature a new hotel called Temple Detroit and have an interior design by rock star Lenny Kravitz's New York City-based Kravitz Design, the project backers announced Wednesday.

The Albert Kahn-designed building at 640 Temple St., a block west of the historic Masonic Temple, is to have 100 rooms and 70 apartments, adding to a bevy of hotel space planned and under construction in and around Detroit's central business district. There are more than 2,000 rooms recently built or in the pipeline to add to its existing 5,000 or so.

Los Angeles-based sbe is the hospitality group behind Temple Hotel, part of the company's House of Originals brand, according to a news release. That line of hotels has properties in London, Istanbul, Miami Beach and New York.

It is anticipated to open in June 2020 along with the rental apartments, with 20 percent of those being deemed affordable for those making 80 percent of the area median income.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/lenny-kravitz-firm-help-design-new-temple-detroit-hotel


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Bedrock purchases Woodward's Fowler building
 

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The last dead building along the downtown Woodward shopping corridor will see new life with retail and residential or office space, Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert's real estate firm Bedrock LLC told The Detroit News on Thursday.

Over the past several years, most of the properties along Woodward south of Grand Circus Park have seen major investment. The Fowler building at 1225 Woodward, however, has sat vacant, as the 1911-built structure waited for a major cash infusion.

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Work on the eight-story, 48,000-square-foot building began immediately following Bedrock's April 2 acquisition. The company expects updates to the building's infrastructure and electrical to be completed in the next six to eight months with a retailer possibly moving into the 6,000-square-foot first floor within a year, Ketai said. Both national and local retailers are options, he said.

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/04/11/bedrock-purchases-woodward-fowler-building-detroit/3421835002/


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New renderings from The Mid planned to start construction this year in Midtown Detroit

 

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Roberts Riverwalk Hotel in Detroit becomes redevelopment play

 

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The Roberts Riverwalk Hotel on the Detroit riverfront is being marketed as part of a redevelopment play or for sale.

The hotel has 108 rooms and sits on 3.76 acres within an Opportunity Zone. There is no listing price. The hotel at 1000 River Place Drive remains open.

Michael Roberts, a St. Louis business mogul, bought the hotel in 2010 in the years leading up to Detroit's municipal bankruptcy and has owned it as investment activity along the river has heated up in the last several years.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/voices-kirk-pinho/real-estate-insider-roberts-riverwalk-hotel-detroit-becomes-redevelopment-play?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow

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Elton Park project in Corktown welcoming first residents in major new development

 

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Soave Real Estate Group will finish construction on its Elton Park project in Detroit's Corktown district this spring. The project marks the neighborhood's largest mixed-use real estate development in decades.

 

Elton Park will add six buildings, 151 apartments and about 13,500 square feet of retail to the Corktown community. The development is named for Elton Park, an historic park in Corktown lost to the construction of the Lodge Freeway.

 

The total cost of the development is $45 million. In line with city regulations, 20% of the units will be priced for moderate-income renters.

 

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https://www.freep.com/in-depth/money/business/john-gallagher/2019/04/24/corktown-elton-park-project-detroit/3548042002/

 

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New bar, alley with retail, nightlife planned in downtown Detroit after $14.5 million in renovations

 

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The owner of three office buildings in downtown Detroit is planning a total of $14.5 million in renovations to accommodate a new bar and "activated" alleyway for entertainment, retail and dining.

The properties at 44 W. Michigan Ave., 220 W. Congress St. and 607 Shelby St. are owned by Detroit-based Basco of Michigan Inc., whose principal is Roger Basmajian. They are largely empty and made up of 118,000 square feet of vacant space, including nearly 15,000 square feet of potential commercial space.

A bar is expected to take the 1,200-square-foot basement space below Brome Modern Eatery at the 48,000-square-foot building at 607 Shelby, with lease negotiations being finalized, according to Ben Hubert, vice president in the Detroit office of brokerage firm Colliers International Inc., which is marketing the retail space for the buildings. The brokerage firm for the office space is the Southfield office of Los Angeles-based CBRE Inc.

At 44 Michigan Ave., there is "a deal in the works" for a single retail tenant to occupy the full 21,500-square-foot building, formerly inhabited by First Independence Bank. There is also interest in 220 W. Congress, a vacant 35,000-square-foot building with 2,000-5,500 square feet of retail available, Hubert said.

 

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/new-bar-alley-retail-nightlife-planned-downtown-detroit-after-145-million-renovations?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter


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New tower could go up in vacant lot near Detroit Opera House

 

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Michigan Opera Theatre is seeking qualified developers to build a major new mixed-use project of the surface parking lot adjacent to the Detroit Opera House.

MOT has issued a request for proposals for the development of its 0.8-acre lot. The request includes the possibility of doing something new with the seven-story Detroit Opera House parking garage across John R Street from the theater.

MOT envisions a mid- to high-rise tower housing a hotel, office space, apartments, condominiums, ground floor retail and underground parking. The Detroit Opera House itself would remain as is.

 

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https://www.freep.com/story/money/2019/04/29/detroit-michigan-opera-house-parking-lot/3616455002/


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A lesson for us all....

 

 


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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It's a lesson that most people will never learn. Too many people form their identity based on their city's sports teams and frankly don't care that public money spent on stadiums or arenas (even if it's just for "infrastructure" to support them) have a very small or even negative ROI. It's worth the cost to them.

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Yes, it could. I don't personally believe that every dollar spent by a government needs to have a positive ROI. There are some things that are worth doing regardless. For example, I think parks, museums, are public broadcasting are things that governments should help fund because they enrich our society and have many unmeasurable positive externalities.

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Livernois median being removed as City begins Avenue of Fashion streetscape

 

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Construction on the first commercial corridor revitalization project funded through a $125M bond program announced by Mayor Mike Duggan two years ago is set to begin this month. Workers will begin removing the controversial Livernois median along the length of the project from Margareta (two blocks south of 7 Mile Road) to 8 Mile Road, which includes Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion.

In 2017, Mayor Duggan announced plans to revitalize 23 key commercial corridors in the city with a goal of making them more attractive, more pedestrian-friendly, and also to attract more small businesses. The plan is part of the city’s effort to recapture some of the estimated $2.6 billion dollars in spending that Detroiters do outside of the city due to the lack of quality shopping and dining options in their own neighborhoods.

 

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https://detroitmi.gov/node/20096


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Next phase of condos at Saint Charles development hit the market

 

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In Islandview, the slightly more economically challenged neighbor to the West Village, a luxury residential development is well underway. Banyan Investments LLC has been redeveloping the historic Saint Charles School into 25 condominiums ranging in price from $275,000 to nearly $1 million.

Phase two of the development, the Saint Charles Terraces, just listed for sale.

The 10 new-build condos have a very modern look, from the rectilinear design to the sleek surfaces. There are three one-bedroom units on the first floor, and seven tri-level units above which all have similar floor plans and amenities, including wood floors, marble bathrooms, Scavolini kitchens imported from Italy, and a private patio or rooftop.

 

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2019/5/8/18537470/saint-charles-school-development-islandview-townhomes


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First tenants move in to completed Baltimore Station 1 apartments

 

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A number of developments are underway New Center and Milwaukee Junction, and The Platform, which owns the Fisher Building, is involved in many of them.

Tenants are moving in to the first of its completed buildings, Baltimore Station 1 on Woodward Avenue, which has been under construction for a couple years.

This 27,110-square-foot mixed-use building has 23 apartments. Five of the units will lease for 80 percent of the area median income, or for households that make less than $45,440 per year.

 

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2019/5/6/18534540/baltimore-station-1-milwaukee-junction-the-platform

 

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And phase 2 is u/c:

 

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Sneak Peek: B. Siegel Detroit gears up for August opening

 

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A lot is happening on the Avenue of Fashion these days. There’s the beginning of major streetscape improvements and millions of dollars of investment by ex-Lion Ron Bartell.

Perhaps the biggest development is the $8.3 million rehab of the former B. Siegel building and two others at the corner of Livernois Avenue and Seven Mile Road. Headed by Matt Hessler, the project broke ground in February last year and has been making steady progress since.

At that time it was dubbed 7.Liv. But after Hessler acquired the trademark, it now has the more aptly named B. Siegel Detroit.

The development will bring 10 apartment units, 19,000 square feet of commercial space, and 30 spots of underground parking to the Avenue of Fashion commercial strip. Hessler expects the project to be completed by August.

 

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Hazel Park gets big boost in its vision for a walkable downtown

 

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Hazel Park’s vision for a walkable downtown along John R, between 9 Mile and 10 Mile roads, is getting a major boost.

A developer is proposing a four-story mixed-use building on the site of a former CVS pharmacy at 23722 John R.

The plans call for about 14,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, topped by three floors of residential apartments, according to Jeff Campbell, community development director and deputy city attorney.

The plans include a road diet in front of the project that would narrow John R to two lanes with angled parking in front of the development, he said, “in what we hope takes off as the city’s walking downtown area.”

 

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Modern townhome development in Corktown breaks ground

 

Elton Park, The Corner, Michigan Central Station—Detroit’s oldest neighborhood has been seeing a lot of new construction of late. The Bagley 10, which just broke ground, will be another addition to Corktown.

Consisting of (you guessed it) 10 townhouses on Bagley Street, the project has a distinct modern design with large, street facing windows and burnished concrete. The architects say it is “inspired by a walk-up/walk-down rowhouse” more typical of New York City.

The units are divided into upper and lower floor plans, but all are a little over 2,000 square feet and come with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two secured parking spots. Each plan will either have a private front courtyard or roof terrace, and all will have access to a rear patio.

 

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Historic Detroit hotel was supposed to be renovated years ago. Now it may finally happen.

 

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The Ilitch family's Olympia Development said Friday it has reached agreement on a revised development plan for the old Eddystone Hotel near Little Caesars Arena.

Details are to be released at the next meeting of the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, scheduled for Wednesday.

Back in April 2015, Olympia and the city agreed on a plan for the Eddystone that called for it to be reopened as a mixed-use tower one year after completion of Little Caesars Arena. That would have meant a fall 2018 opening.

Delays in renovating the Eddystone has been one of the flash points sparking criticism of the Ilitches and Olympia for delays in fulfilling the vision for District Detroit.

Olympia said it had selected Kraemer Design Group as the architect and O’Brien Construction Co. as the construction manager for the project. To be known as 110 Sproat, the project will offer 96 residential units, 20% of which will be reserved as affordable housing.

Construction work is scheduled to start in June.

 

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Why this developer is revitalizing a quiet intersection in Core City

 

Drive down any of the main spokes in Detroit and you’re likely to come across groupings of now-vacant buildings—industrial, storage, automotive—which once worked together in their respective neighborhoods.

Past Woodbridge and the Grand River Creative Corridor, you’ll see an example of this now coming back to life. To the left stand various Quonset huts—now residential rentals—and on the right, a park has taken shape between older buildings with new purpose.

In the past four years, many four to eight story apartment buildings have risen in Detroit to meet the demand for more market-rate apartments. In Core City, a different development has taken raw materials—galvanized steel, a parking lot, industrial buildings—to create a whole new district out of mostly vacant spaces. And while it’s not going to solve pressing housing problems in the city, its approach could at least inspire other developers to think more creatively about placemaking.

 

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https://detroit.curbed.com/2019/5/22/18635719/philip-kafka-core-city-true-north-development

 

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Here's one concept for Michigan Opera Theatre's downtown Detroit property

 

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A high-rise is envisioned for Detroit Opera House property downtown.

It may never happen and the following represents my general thought as to whether it will: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But Michigan Opera Theatre, which owns the property, is apparently taking a big swing on this one, floating to local developers the idea of a high-rise soaring up to 480 feet into the air about a block away from Comerica Park.

The nonprofit wouldn't answer questions about conceptual designs and heights in the RFP, which is 36 pages and was not publicly released when it announced last month that it was seeking developers for the 0.8-acre surface parking lot next to the Detroit Opera House and the seven-story Detroit Opera House Parking Center at the corner of Broadway and John R streets. I obtained a copy of it Tuesday.

"We are encouraging developers to be creative to design a space that will be compatible with the Detroit Opera House campus and further the city's pedestrian-oriented community environment. Proposed projects may include mixed use, corporate, residential, restaurants, retail, etc. In addition, we are also looking for proposed projects that will be aesthetically compatible with our historic home," MOT CEO Wayne Brown said in an emailed statement.

 

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$5M donation to create children's play garden in West Riverfront Park

 

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Delta Dental on Wednesday announced a $5 million gift to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to construct a five-acre playground on the West Riverfront, officials said.

The Delta Dental Play Garden will be a part of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, a project estimated to cost $60 million. Construction on the park is set to begin in 2020, and it should open in 2022, officials said. 

The $5 million investment is the largest in Delta Dental’s 62-year history, the company said.

 

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Apartments, condos get snapped up fast at old Tiger Stadium site

 

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Nearly 20 years since its last Major League Baseball game, the old Tiger Stadium grounds at Michigan and Trumbull are proving to be a hot address for new Detroit apartments and condominiums.

Developer Eric Larson said Thursday that in the two weeks since he opened leasing for his 111-unit apartment building on the former stadium site, called The Corner, more than 25% of its apartments have pre-leased and many businesses are interested in its 12 ground-floor retail spaces.

In addition, 20 of the 34 townhouse-style condominiums planned for the site have sold in the past six months. The condos project, known as The Towns @ The Corner, is a joint venture between Larson Realty Group and builder Robertson Brothers Homes.

While both projects are still under construction, their first renters and condo buyers are expected to move in in June.

 

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$5M donation to create children's play garden in West Riverfront Park

 

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Delta Dental on Wednesday announced a $5 million gift to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to construct a five-acre playground on the West Riverfront, officials said.

The Delta Dental Play Garden will be a part of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, a project estimated to cost $60 million. Construction on the park is set to begin in 2020, and it should open in 2022, officials said. 

The $5 million investment is the largest in Delta Dental’s 62-year history, the company said.

 

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/05/29/five-million-donation-create-childrens-play-garden-west-riverfront-park/1276838001/

 

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A playground in a downtown park? I didn’t know that was possible. /sarcasm

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Leasing starts in newest rehabbed Corktown building

 

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Bedrock offered a look Tuesday at its first redevelopment project in Corktown, the Assembly, a $39 million mixed-use building that will house retail, office and residential space. 

The tour highlighted the residential component of the building at 1702 W. Fort, with leasing to begin Thursday for the 32 units that will include one, two and three bedrooms on the top two floors. The first tenants will move in starting July 1. 

As part of its redevelopment of the 1913 structure, Bedrock added a fifth floor with 10 residential units with terraces. The building was originally a warehouse for the dry goods firm Edson, Moore and Company.

 

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City of Detroit issues RFPs for four sites in Brush Park

 

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With parts of City Modern in Brush Park close to completion, hundreds of new units of housing will soon come online. In some of the buildings, the first tenants have already moved in.

But there’s still plenty of vacant lots in Brush Park. And with four request for proposals (RFPs) issued for new construction projects, it’s clear the city would like to see even more housing in the historic neighborhood.

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One address, 205 Watson, has its own RFP. The site is 10,805 square feet (0.25 acres) and has an asking price of $380,000.

The other three addresses—287, 295, and 301 Watson—are adjacent and come packaged as a single RFP. The total combined square footage is 14,985 (0.34 acres) with an asking price of $525,000.

 

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HUD OKs sale of former Brewster-Douglass site to Bedrock affiliate for $23M

 

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the sale of the former Brewster-Douglass housing projects site in Detroit for $23 million to an affiliate of Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock.

The approval of the sale last month to Douglass Acquisition Community paves the way for what will become a $300-million mixed-use development. The site sits near Interstate 75, south of Mack Avenue in the Brush Park area.

“We are still working through our due diligence inspections on the Brewster-Douglass site and expect to close in early fall,” Bedrock said in a statement Monday.

 

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Design team's 'boldness' wins competition to reshape Detroit's cultural district

 

A team that includes one of France's top landscape architecture and urban design firms, along with five other members with plenty of Detroit experience, has won an international competition to reshape the city’s cultural center. 

 

Its plan, called “Detroit Square,” suggests radically changing 10 blocks around 12 cultural and educational institutions.

 

Among the recommendations: Consider shrinking the number of traffic lanes on Woodward Avenue between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the main Detroit Public Library, add plenty of walkable green space and outdoor performance venues, build several outdoor cafés, convert an underground garage into a cutting-edge gallery, and lay the groundwork for a tech-savvy future. 

And that isn’t the half of what the winning team suggests. 

Early estimates put the plan's cost at $75 million to $85 million and could take around 10 years to be finished. But the first phases of the redesign could be ready early next decade, organizers said. The design competition attracted 44 entries from at least 10 countries and 22 cities, according to Midtown Detroit Inc., the nonprofit leading the campaign.

 

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