Louis Aguilar at the Detroit News has assembled an unofficial list of vacant buildings in Detroit’s central business district.  The list is not all inclusive, but based on the building having no signs of life (No tenants!), be 5 stories or taller, and contain 10,000 square feet or more.

The last two criteria are the threshold at which bank loans and tax credits would be required for redevelopment.

Again, this isn’t an official list and it is probably much, much larger without the last two criteria.   I’d love to see a more comprehensive list showing the impact of major developments on the concentration of vacant buildings.  It looks like there are not many vacant buildings around the stadium, but I know that’s not true.  The article includes a great interactive graphic and some input from local developers.

If you’re lazy, you can read on for the complete list.

48 Vacant Buildings in the Detroit CBD

  1. Former MGM Casino (1300 John C. Lodge)
  2. Salvation Army, Bagley Service Center (601 Bagley)
  3. Loyal Order of Moose Lodge (2215 Cass)
  4. Grand Army of the Republic Building (1942 Grand River Avenue)
  5. Detroit Free Press Building (321 West Lafayette)
  6. United Artist Building (150 Bagley)
  7. Detroit Life Building (2210 Park)
  8. Blenheim Building (2218 Park)
  9. 2110 Park
  10. 2030 Park
  11. 2001 Park
  12. AAA Michigan (139 Bagley)
  13. David Whitney Building (1553 Woodward)
  14. 1515 Woodward
  15. 1505 Woodward
  16. 1459 Woodward
  17. 1413 – 1415 Woodward
  18. Elliott Building (1404 Woodward)
  19. Kresge Building (1201Woodward)
  20. 1200 Woodward block
  21. 62 State Street
  22. 1120 Griswold
  23. 30 Clifford
  24. 124 Grand River
  25. Farwell Building (1249 – 1259 Griswold)
  26. Book Building (1265 Washington Blvd.)
  27. Lafayette Building (144 West Lafayette)
  28. 1133 Griswold
  29. People’s Bank Building (751 Griswold)
  30. 735 Griswold
  31. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (160 West Fort Street)
  32. 501 Woodward
  33. Layne Bryant (1520 Woodward)
  34. Arts League of Michigan (1528 Woodward)
  35. 1500 Woodward
  36. 1412 Woodward
  37. 1420 Woodward
  38. Metropolitan Building (30 – 33 John R)
  39. 1301 Broadway
  40. Dell Pryor Galleries (1452 Randolph)
  41. Wurlitzer Building (1509 Broadway)
  42. 1214 Randolph
  43. National Theater (118 Monroe)
  44. 139 Cadillac Square
  45. 600 Woodward
  46. Ford Auditorium (30 East Jefferson)
  47. ?
  48. ?
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