This Is What Detroit Could Look Like In 2033 … And Beyond

December 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This Is What Detroit Could Look Like In 2033 … And Beyond

If you’ve never been to Detroit and only know what you see in the news, a story about the city’s future could seem confusing. Change is brewing in the Motor City. New projects are targeting investment in hotspots like downtown and Midtown, and the city’s neighborhoods could see major transformations under long-term plans like Detroit Future City. Some of those changes are a long way off, but others are already under way — enough that we can take a peek at 18 examples of the Detroit of the future… 1. The Globe Building This century-old warehouse along the Detroit River is one of the last remaining buildings of a major shipbuilding complex that helped develop maritime trade on the Great Lakes. Rather than knock it all down, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is saving half the warehouse. The new Discovery Center will offer visitors an archery range, 60-foot climbing wall, water sports simulator rides and classrooms to teach kids about Michigan’s... 

Wayne State approves $60M retail-residential complex for Midtown

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Wayne State approves $60M retail-residential complex for Midtown

Kim Kozlowski The Detroit News A $60 million, nine-story apartment, retail, hotel and conference center is planned to be erected soon in the heart of Midtown. The Wayne State University Board of Governors on Friday approved a memorandum of understanding and a long-term lease with Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services to develop a 1.5-acre site at the northeast corner of Cass and Canfield. Renderings of the project are shown here. (Broder & Sachse) Detroit— A $60 million apartment, retail, hotel and conference center is slated for Midtown following approval Friday by the Wayne State University Board of Governors. The board approved a memorandum of understanding and long-term lease with Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, which will develop the 1.5-acre site at Cass and Canfield that is now a parking lot. The project is proposed to include 248 apartments, 19,000 square feet of retail space, a hotel with up to 120 rooms and a conference center with capacity for 300 people. “In... 

Detroit Development Projects, Real Estate Investments Are Booming In 2013

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Detroit Development Projects, Real Estate Investments Are Booming In 2013

Midtown has arguably become Detroit’s most successful — and talked about — district for new commercial and real estate ventures. Mixed-use projects like The Auburn apartments and Willys Overland Lofts are filling their ground floors with new retail ventures, and new construction is ramping up at sites like the former Stone Pool Park, slated to become an apartment complex. In Detroit’s downtown, hotels like the Milner and residential buildings are getting major upgrades. Meanwhile, Quicken Loans honcho Dan Gilbert seems as eager as ever to pick up, develop and promote commerce at properties in the suddenly resurgent city core. Austin Black, President of the City Living Detroit real estate brokerage, told The Huffington Post that residential demand in downtown and Midtown has increased steadily over the last three years. He calls the opening of the Whole Foods grocery store in Midtown, in particular, “a game changer” that has encouraged people to start... 

Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined

October 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined

The year is 2025. Detroit, the poster child of the Great Recession, is emerging as a model of urban life. The transformation could be called a miracle but for the fact that the change was wrought by the very things that first made Detroit great: innovation, industriousness, and a will to win against all odds. The metamorphosis grew from desperation. In 2008, two of the Big Three carmakers were swirling toward the sinkhole of bankruptcy. The city’s population, which peaked at 1.85 million during the post—World War II auto boom, was approaching 700,000. Tracts of wilderness, abandoned factories, and empty houses sparked a perverse fascination with Detroit’s ruins. “This whole area really bottomed out,” William Clay “Bill” Ford Jr., Ford’s chairman and a great-grandson of the automotive company’s founder, says. But then something powerful and unexpected happened: Visionaries and ordinary citizens, tired of living in a crumbling... 

DNR expects a million visitors a year to Detroit riverfront discovery center

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DNR expects a million visitors a year to Detroit riverfront discovery center

Artists rendering of the Milliken State Park Interpretive Center to be located in the historic Globe Building on Detroit’s east riverfront. / Detroit Economic Development Corp. By John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Business Writer The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said this morning it anticipates as many as a million visitors a year coming to its planned discovery center to be built in the historic Globe Building on Detroit’s east riverfront. Features will include a 60-foot climbing wall, an archery range, simulator rides demonstrating kayaking and other water sports, and classrooms to teach schoolchildren and other visitors outdoor safety as well as the science of natural resources and wetlands. The details were revealed at this morning’s meeting of the city’s Economic Development Corp., a quasi-public board that holds title to the Globe building for the city. Built in stages from the late 19th Century, the Globe was one of the city’s most important... 

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