Development – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:15:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Checking In On The City Modern Development In Brush Park Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:25:02 +0000 The Brush Park neighborhood is pretty unrecognizable since the work began on Bedrock’s City Modern development. 

On Monday I checked out the progress on the two apartment buildings that Sachse Construction is managing inside the City Modern development. 

The first building I toured was the senior apartment building at 124 Alfred Street.

It is kitty corner to the famous Ransom Gillis House that Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis recently did.

The apartments in the building will offer affordable apartments for seniors over the age of 55. The area median income for this building is 30-60%. 

The building is more than 81,000 square feet and has 54 one and two bedroom units in it. 

Here’s one of the completed one bedroom apartments.

There are some pretty great windows in this apartment.

Each building will have in-unit laundry.

The building also has 52 parking spaces for tenants, 40 that are underground.

Residents will also have access to bicycles.

One of the key features of City Modern is that it will be walkable and is mixed use. Each apartment building will have retail space on the ground floor. This building will have 6,000 square feet. 

124 Alfred is expected to open later this summer and leasing will begin later this month.

The second property, at the other end of the development, is located at 440 Alfred Street.

There is not much to see at this site. Just know that the two levels of underground parking has been completed.

The building is just shy of 178,000 square feet and will have 69 units.

There will be a mixture of units from studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom options. Some units will also have two levels.

No prices have been released for this property yet, but this building will be market rate. The current market rate is $2.30 per square foot.

The building will have 155 parking spaces for residents of all four apartment buildings, ground floor retail, fitness center, tenant lounge, and an elevated courtyard.

440 Alfred is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

I talked about the development on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. The interview is below.

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LISTEN: Historic Detroit’s Dan Austin Talks About Michigan Central Station Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:24:21 +0000
The news that Ford purchased Michigan Central Station from the Moroun Family was the biggest headline of the day for those of us who live in metro Detroit.

Sven Gustafson on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast spoke with author and historian Dan Austin about the news. Austin is the curator for the website Historic Detroit He is also our go to guy when it comes to historical architecture in Detroit.

The interview covers Austin’s reaction, some history of the train station, what this could mean for the city of Detroit, and what other buildings Austin would love to see restored.

Postcard of Michigan Central Station c. 1915

Here are some highlights of the interview:

7:54- Austin’s reaction to the news.

9:30- Austin’s reasoning for why Michigan Central Station was the symbol of Detroit’s rise and fall.

12:05- Looking back at some failed proposals over the years.  Like Kwame Kilpatrick’s bid to turn the station into the police headquarters and why the depot was never demolished.

14:23- Austin reflects on some buildings that were demolished before Detroit’s turn around, and underscores the value of historic architecture.

16:49- Sven and Austin speculate on how much money Ford will have to spend to renovate and restore the MCS.

19:20- How will the city of Detroit benefit from Ford employees working in the city.

20:25- Austin talks about the last time he was inside MCS, and what he saw when he was inside the building.

22:40- So now that MCS has a brighter future, what are some other buildings that could use some love? Austin gives his top picks.

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Avalon To Open New Location Inside The Mike Ilitch School Of Business Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:17:38 +0000

Soon, you won’t be able to turn a corner in downtown Detroit without seeing Avalon International Breads.

Avalon Bakery which is known for it’s artisanal whole-grain breads, sweets and coffee drinks will be located inside the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

The newest location will open in August. If you are worried that you won’t be able to get your sea salt chocolate chip cookie since you’re not a student, don’t be. It will be open to both students and the public.

Avalon now locations in Midtown, downtown, New Center, on the east side at their bakehouse and in downtown Ann Arbor.

This story first appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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FlashFoodBox Launches in Detroit, Marijuana Ordinance Proposed in Detroit, Como’s Bought & More News Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:29:02 +0000

You Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast (subscribe free here!) recorded on June 7, 2018.

– Members of Detroit City Council will debate a new proposal to regulate medical marijuana businesses in the city.

– The Republican-controlled state House and Senate have adopted a citizen petition to pull the prevailing wage law off the books.

– City councils in two of Oakland County’s largest cities, Troy and Novi, say voters should be allowed to decide the fate of a regional transit tax in November.

– It’s one of the Detroit area’s hottest and most closely watched pieces of real estate. And now, the former Como’s Restaurant at Woodward and Nine Mile in Ferndale has a new owner.

– Nearly $98 million in Federal money, pending congressional approval, will be coming to help fix Mound Road.

– Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be in Detroit this weekend. He’s headlining the re-opening ceremony on Saturday for Wayfinding, a combination public art installation and skate park next to Campus Martius.

– Motor City Pride festival is this weekend.

– There’s a new delivery service called FlashFoodBox that’s opening up in Detroit as its first U.S. city. The company is looking to change the game, and get fresh food delivered to people, right to their door.

Jer caught up with their founder Josh Domingues at WeWork Thursday morning.

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DMC Sports Medicine Institute To Open Next To Little Caesars Arena Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:48:33 +0000

The fast pace of development downtown continues with the announcement Wednesday of the Detroit Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Institute.

The $65 million facility will be across the street from Little Caesars Arena. It will not only serve the Detroit Lions and Tigers, but be a destination for athletes professional, collegiate, and amateur.

The facility will be in one of the buildings already planned for the District Detroit and will be 50,000 square feet. The remaining 60,000 square feet will be available for other medical tenants. It will be in a five-story building that’s right now a surface parking lot at Woodward Avenue and Sproat Street.

Some of the amenities inside will include a golf simulator, 3-point basketball court and a 40-yard track. There also will be a mobile MRI machine and a rehabilitation pool.

At the press conference today, DMC officials said that they expect 20 to 30 new jobs to be created.

Recently, a number of buildings in the District Detroit, a 50-block master planned area around Little Caesars Arena controlled by Ilitch Holdings, switched their plans from residential to commercial in focus.

The Sports Medicine Institute plans to be open in 2020.

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Albert Kahn Building In Detroit’s New Center To Be Converted To Residential Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:54:23 +0000

The historic Albert Kahn Building in Detroit’s New Center has a new owner.

The new owners are Adam Lutz, of Lutz Real Estate Investments and Matthew Sosin of Northern Equities Group. They plan to convert it into more than 200 apartments. They purchased the building from a joint venture including Detroit-based The Platform, which is redeveloping a number of nearby New Center properties. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Plans are still being formulated, but the new owners say they also plan to include about 60-thousand square feet of retail and office space on the first floor and lower level. Redevelopment will also result in more than 300 parking spaces and other amenities.

Detroit-based Kraemer Design will head up the design while Cunningham Limp is the general contractor.

The 11-story building opened in 1931.

This story first appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast. 

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The Leland Hotel To Undergo A $120 Million Renovation In September Thu, 31 May 2018 21:31:49 +0000

One of Detroit’s historic hotels is due for a top-to-bottom conversion to rental apartments.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Leland House will undergo a $120 million renovation by Detroit developer Michael Higgins. He aims to remake the hotel into 340 rental units. And because the project will rely on a mix of federal and state tax credits, 20% of the units will be set aside as affordable.

The 20-story Leland Hotel first opened in 1927 on the corner of Bagley and Cass Avenues. Its offer of 800 air-conditioned rooms made it a state-of-the-art novelty at that time, notes the website Historic Detroit.

The hotel has had a colorful history.

Its bar was reportedly a hangout for Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang … and Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa hung out there, too.

It used to house a nightclub for banjo music that featured waiters with handlebar mustaches … and it currently houses the goth-industrial City Club, which first opened in 1983.

Higgins says he’s aiming to start construction in September.

This show originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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Work Continues On The Rethinking Royal Oak Development Thu, 31 May 2018 14:59:16 +0000 Workers will soon begin construction on a 581-space parking garage in downtown Royal Oak.

It’s part of a larger development project dubbed Rethinking Royal Oak. It includes a new public park, police station, city hall, and a six-story office building. The project kicked off earlier this month with the groundbreaking for the six-story Royal Oak City Center in front of the current city hall.

Officials say the north side of the Williams Street parking lot, near the city’s public library, will close on Tuesday of next week to start construction on the new parking deck.

The changes are meant to modernize outdated civic buildings that date back 60 years and add walkable green space on the site of what’s now the city hall and police station. The city has seen demand spike for parking as development of mid-rise buildings continues to draw new residents and office workers, adding to the city’s traditional draw as a nightlife hotspot.

A few miles to the south, Ferndale is expecting to break ground soon on its own parking deck a mixed-use structure with nearly 400 spaces called “The Dot” this spring.

This story aired on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.


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Detroit Residential Development Round Up Wed, 30 May 2018 17:14:24 +0000 A long-vacant building that hulks over I-375 in downtown Detroit is set to be demolished so developers can build housing in its place.

It’s part of a number of developments Crain’s reports are coming to the city’s near east side.

The Lafayette West project envisions two buildings; one being twelve story and the other being five stories. It will be on the site of the former Wayne State University Shapero Hall. The site would become more than 300 apartments and 60 for-sale condominiums.

Elsewhere, a joint venture that includes Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services is hoping to turn the former Friends School site in Elmwood Park near the Dequindre Cut into 248 residential units called Pullman Parc.

Detroit-based developers The Platform want to build as many as 180 residential units on the former Joe Muer restaurant site at Gratiot and Vernor.

In Eastern Market, a developer wants to build a 253-unit mixed-use project near Gratiot and Russell Street. It would include retail and residential units.

And finally, developers are expected to break ground in October on the city’s third Meijer store on East Jefferson near Rivard. That project would incorporate residential units into a smaller urban-concept Meijer that offers only groceries.

This story aired on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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Bedrock Projects In Detroit Approved For $618 Million In Incentives Wed, 23 May 2018 16:28:56 +0000 A state panel has approved hundreds of millions in tax incentives tied to four major projects planned by Dan Gilbert in downtown Detroit.

The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved $618 million in tax incentives for four projects being undertaken by Gilbert’s Bedrock real estate arm. They are:


  • The redevelopment of the former Hudson’s site on Woodward
A look at the flatiron-style building going in on the Monroe Blocks. via Bedrock
  • A multi-use redevelopment of the Monroe Block between Campus Martius and Greektown
  • Restoration of the historic Book Building and Book Tower on Washington Avenue
  • And the expansion of the former Compuware Building where Quicken Loans is now located.


Bedrock says the projects represent more than $2 billion in investment. They include plans to erect Detroit’s tallest building on the former Hudson’s site, which has sat vacant since the department store was imploded in the late 1990s.

“These landmark developments are a milestone representing Detroit’s credible new era of hope, optimism and growth,” said Dan Gilbert, Bedrock Founder and Chairman in a statement. “This process has been an outstanding example of collaboration between multiple levels of government and private industry that will unleash billions of dollars of investment, resulting in transformational impact to Detroit, the region, and the entire state of Michigan. Governor Snyder and the Michigan Strategic Fund were instrumental in getting these monumental projects to the finish line. I want to thank the Governor, MSF, and all of our local and state partners for their strong support and commitment to Detroit and the state’s transformation.”

Bedrock says the projects will support an estimated 22,000 new jobs, including 7,000 permanent, non-construction positions … and generate 2-and-a-half billion in state tax revenue over the 30 year span of the tax incentives.

The transformational brownfield incentives for cities were made possible by a 2017 law passed in Lansing following heavy lobbying by Gilbert himself.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast.

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