If you’ve driven through Detroit’s New Center on Woodward Avenue you probably noticed a major new renovation project.

It involves two buildings on the east side of the street… and it was spawned by graduate students at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Rendering Courtesy of The Platform

It’s called the Baltimore Station 1 and it’ll be a three-story residential and retail building from the Platform, the development team that also owns the nearby Fisher Building.

Baltimore Station 2. Rendering courtesy of The Platform.

They’ve also broken ground on Baltimore Station 2, a $29 million companion development just around the corner on Baltimore Street that’s slated to open in summer 2019.

They show decidedly modern architecture for the decidedly old-school neighborhood, with modular metal panels and exteriors that echo the New Center’s Art Deco designs and a soaring open-air third-floor balcony overlooking Woodward.

Station 1, on Woodward, will open this summer on two buildings built in the 1920s and 40s. Clawson restaurant Woodpile Barbecue Shack will open its second location in the building, and developers say an announcement about an artisanal bakery run by “high-profile downtown Detroit restaurateurs”  is also forthcoming.

We’ll let you speculate on who that might be.

The two developments will add 161 residential units and 19,000 square feet of retail space to the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. Baltimore Station was hatched by U of M graduate students as part of a class project at the business school. The developers ended up hiring all three to help make the project a reality.

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