From Fail Jail To U of M Innovation Center In 8 Years

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The big news this week in development in Detroit is the announcement of a new University of Michigan Innovation Center, bankrolled and supported by billionaires Stephen Ross and Dan Gilbert.

The $300 million building on a $750 million campus will transform a site that was originally planned to be a jail.

But that old jail project was a mess and became the infamous Fail Jail through mismanagement and cost overruns.

So today’s show is a mini-audio documentary.

The proposed U of M Innovation Center from afar.

After visiting the official unveiling, we take a look at the past – how we got here, back to 2011 – and then today, then the future of the site at Gratiot and I-375 in downtown Detroit.

Close up of the proposed Innovation Center. Photo via Bedrock

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